About three years ago, a Bikram teacher got on my case...
"Missus! You always practice in the same area of the studio for each class. You need to be moving around. Don't practice in the same spot every day. Mix it up. It will add to your practice."
She was correct. I was getting used to the nice breeze I would feel as I practiced a few spaces down from a pregnant woman in class, who had access to a door and would occasionally open it a crack to prevent over-heating. I was being strategic with my positioning. And my practice had plateaued a little because of it.
As soon as I began moving around the room, I saw my practice become more challenging. There were some hot spots in the room I had never realized before... And practicing in them definitely knocked me flat on my ass. I love that simply changing where I put my mat offered a new challenge in my practice.
Nowadays, I still mix it up... But I try to stick towards the front of the room. As a more seasoned practitioner, I think I can help newbies understand a little more about the execution of the poses by standing up front. I still move around though... Sometimes second row... Some times front row... Sometimes far left... Sometimes far right... Even when I pull back-to-back doubles! I never practice in the same spot two classes in a row.
What about you? Do you claim a spot in class?