Yoga is a practice of connection and unity: connection to ourselves, connection to others, connection to nature. Through the practice, we begin to understand the inherent unity between all living things and we catch a glimpse of the part of ourselves that is exactly the same in everyone and everything else. No matter what name we choose to give to this energy – soul, spirit, the Divine – its existence is an underlying principle of the practice of yoga.
Our yoga community is incredibly diverse, bringing together people from all walks of life. We often find ourselves on the mat surrounded by people of different ages, religions, occupations, beliefs, and physical abilities. Each one of us has our own story, our own special set of circumstances that allows us to relate to our world in a unique way.
The process of yoga is often described as one of stripping away all the layers and labels that divide us, so we can experience the Oneness that ultimately brings us together. One natural effect of this experience is kindness and compassion. When we can truly feel a connection to the other beings around us, it is only natural to feel empathy and treat them kindly. Through the practice of yoga, we learn to appreciate and embrace our differences because we realize that beneath all of our quirks, idiosyncrasies, and diversity, there is an underlying similarity: a bond that unites all living beings. We are all special, unique individuals, but ultimately, we are all One..
Blessings and love, “