The Buddhist word “Sangha” means community. People who gather together with similar interests and goals, offering care and compassion to one another. This feeling of Sangha is essential for our well-being. We are social creatures. We search to belong and to identify with others and to have that sense of belonging. Yoga answers that need for community. Stop searching. You’ve found it! The universal message of yoga is:
“You belong. We are your community.”
As with most new experiences, walking into your first yoga class can be intimidating. Our mind runs through the familiar questions of a new social situation: Will I feel comfortable? Will I belong? Will I be good enough to follow along?
In a yoga class, the answer to all of these questions is Yes! You will feel comfortable, you do belong and you are good enough. Yoga is for you.
Yoga invites everyone into the community: all ages, all levels, pregnant women, beginners and lifelong yogis. There are gentle restorative classes, power flow classes and even chair yoga! Yoga is the community that has something for you – something for everyone. The inclusivity of yoga extends even beyond physicality: it embraces those of all races, sexual orientation and gender identities. We can practice in a group of three or three hundred and all still belong together. If you have a body, you can do yoga.
I often tell my students that their yoga practice is their own individual experience on their own mat. Yet, we come together as a collective of energies within the class while we practice. We are a community. Whatever we bring to class on any given day becomes a part of that community. Our energy can be high or our energy can be low; sometimes we lift others up and sometimes others lift us up. We are all connected. You will feel it. The more you practice yoga, the stronger that feeling becomes. Community.
Come and join a yoga class. Your Sangha is waiting for you!