I was recently interviewed for a magazine article and was asked, “Why do you think yoga is becoming so popular in our culture?” This question had me in inquiry for awhile, even after my interview. When I put the physicality of yoga aside (because I could go on and on about the physiological benefits of yoga) and looked at it from a place of humanity, I think that yoga is so strong today because it offers community.
Since the time of man people have created environments where they come together. In many cultures groups of people still live together in colonies, tribes, and, most common to us, the family unit. Over the centuries the evolution and sustainability of religion can be attributed not only to the strong beliefs and traditions that a group of people have in common, but also to the fact that religion offers a place for people to be together. A church has services as well as events for the congregation throughout the week.
I am not comparing the practice of yoga with the beliefs or traditions of religion, but I am recognizing the power of community. Author Neale Donald Walsh states, “We all have a gift to give.” The greatest gift we have to give is not in the material realm, but is to share our presence and love with one another. The ability to go to a welcoming, safe place and connect with other human beings is a beautiful way to share our presence. Yoga offers a healthy environment such as this to be together.
Many people are seeking to belong and we all want to be loved. Bala Vinyasa Yoga is a place where people can be in fellowship. It does not matter what religious beliefs you have, where you were born, where you live, your socioeconomic status, how old you are, what color your eyes are, what shape your body is, or what gender you are; you can go to a yoga community and be with other human beings.
Whether you come to your mat for the physicality of the practice, or the possibility of awakening your spirit, or the fellowship that is available to you, if you open up to your practice and this community, you are always welcome. BV is a space for you to get healthy, clear, and empowered to succeed in all aspects of your life. And what we can do and create together in fellowship is so much more powerful than what we can do on our own.
Courtesy of Bala Vinyasa Yoga.