The importance of community.
Communities play an important role in every aspect of our lives. We have communities in our friends, our families, our employment, our neighborhoods, and in so many other places. We find community in the sports teams we support, or the artists we enjoy, even the food that we like.
Having a sense of community unites us.
And what makes it strong, is its unanimity towards a common goal.
Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves and it can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure.
A strong community is a place of opportunity. Big or small, a community can provide countless opportunities for growth and experience. With a community of people looking out for your best interests and working together for a common goal, there is no shortage of opportunities to strive for something that you want.
In yoga, the importance of having a community is incredibly profound. Yoga brings together people of all different ethnicities, religions, ages, interests, shapes, and sizes to join in sharing an experience.
When we first started practicing yoga, this communal aspect was one of the main things that had us coming back for more. During class, people would go into their bodies and their breath. But at the end of class, when everyone felt elevated physically and emotionally, the connections we would share were so positive and encouraging!
Sangha (or Sangat) is the Sanskrit word for holy company. This denotes the kinds of individuals who gather together seeking spiritual liberation. The yoga community is known for this type of behavior, and we love being able to create a space where our beautiful community can come together.
Building a community is all about having the right people involved. The community has to have a structure and there needs to be accountability among people. What often happens is that communities without foundation become temporary holding spaces for people to feel better without making any meaningful progress in their lives.
Sometimes we go into dark spaces in our minds and our lives. We creat
e habits that are destructive to ourselves and our dreams. We connect with communities that promote more of the same, and pretty soon, we are living in an extremely negative vibration. In the same way that positive energy creates more positive energy, negative energy promotes increased negative energy, so we need to be mindful of the communities we join.
Strong spiritual communities reignite our passion for light and divinity.
Everyone has the capacity for divinity. For some, it takes practice, for others it takes action. The Yoga Lab community is a safe place to do both, and you are always welcome.
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