My lovely new space is blessedly mirror free!
I teach at a couple of gyms that are so mirrored up that they feel like a fun house to me. Students always have their heads cranked to the left so that they can check themselves out.
Don't get me wrong, mirrors can have their benefits. As a teacher mirrors give me some extra angles to check on alignment etc. And mirrors can be really nice to check your own alignment in a class. Is the back actually flat here? Am I actually arching here? How does my knee look? Which is really nice. I especially like a mirror for chaturanga because my butt likes to float up.
But, to me yoga is more about how it FEELS rather than how it LOOKS. I like the sensory deprivation that not having mirrors creates. It takes me more inward. With all of our gadgets that take our attention and focus outward, isn't it nice to have that non-tethered hour of bliss? How on earth do I know if my ass is floating up without a mirror?! I feel it. I float it up to sassy chaturanga. I float it down to sad chaturanga. And then I feel where I am level.
I was working with some lovely ladies last night and they so desperately wanted a mirror to let them know if they were doing it "right". I asked them how it felt. Does it feel good? Well, yes. But am I arching up enough? Well, try arching up some more. Arch as high as you can. Pull through that navel. FEEL it.
Ultimately they would love it if I would add mirrors to the space. What are your thoughts on mirrors in a yoga space?