I have been thinking all day about what it is that connects people through yoga. My new personal yoga page is up and running and while it is still in the skeleton/development stage I am getting lots of input. I asked some fellow yoga teachers about it (what it needed, what was missing, etc) and I got amazing suggestions. People showed me their passion for their practice and for what I was doing. I was stunned by and thankful for the folks whom I had never met and how much time they took to let me know what they thought.
Your practice is not limited by location but by intention. – Judith Hansen Lasater
Yoga connects across the world, the internet and across the room when you are practicing with a group. My students form this community with each other, my fellow tweeters are a tribe and yoga teachers speak each other’s language. We are all intertwined by this magical practice. Our intentions are to grow and breathe, to feel space and openness and to just exist in our bodies. In sharing this intention, even if it is slightly different for each person, we have a connection that is like family.
My youngest elf went to a birthday party today and those girls all became buddies within a few moments. Most did not know each other, and the few that did met new friends. They were connected through their love of sparkles and princesses and cake. Their intentions to have the best time ever removed all barriers to the new faces and it was like they had always been friends.
I feel the same way about the yogis I have met since developing my personal practice and becoming a teacher. Some are here with me at studios and gyms, some are in Europe and Australia, some are in the cyber sangha, most I have never met in real life. But I feel connected to them all and it is our yoga that links us.
So the next time you feel that pause in your practice, set your intention to connect with the yogis around you, on the next mat or the next town. Breathe with them and share the yoga. Be connected and be yoga.