Be the change
Its been a pleasure over the last few weeks to watch my own yoga community grow, thank you for attending my classes, showing up fully on your mats with open and humble hearts. If you don’t regularly practice with me and have signed up to my letter as a friend then thank you for your support, I am eternally grateful.
The essence of community has resonated with me recently. Having one or several communities within your life and the various aspects of it, is one of great importance. Over the last year and the various ups and downs I’ve been through, one thing has been highlighted that every ‘down’ has been brought back up by the help of others. I am someone who deeply values their own space and has no problem traveling, living and entertaining myself solely. It is vital that we gain confidence and stability in our own company and learn to love ourselves. We tend to ponder and figure things out our own. However I found I was becoming too reliant on myself. Too stubborn to ask for help, simply because I wanted the control. I had built a barrier and as a result failed to let myself go and equally let anyone else in. I grappled with the careers I'd chosen and the solidarity that tended to come with them on a day to day basis. You see people all day as a teacher but after the movement and the Namaste’s you are once again left in the sea of the city traipsing from place to place on repeat, on your own. Fleeting hello’s and recognising faces but never learning names week in and week out. This routine caused me to wither in to a sadder version of me. My barrier was still there. Then the subject of community was brought prominently into my stratosphere during my last training in America. The yoga community I have there is strong. 5 months apart and within 5 minutes back together it was like time had no purpose and none had passed, all was whole and complete once again. Instant happiness. Barriers down. Hands and heart wide open. Fear becomes almost non-existent there. No fear of asking for advice, no fear teaching to nearly 50 yogini’s because you know they will all be there to catch you if you stumble or fall. Your friends are you community, your partner is your community, your work place is a community. I am slowly grasping my work place community. Its there and I’m on a mission to make it even greater. If you feel you ever lose touch with your community, fear not or ever, as we as primal beings create communities to survive. Its nature. Nothing is ever lost, only gained.