If you’ve been around these parts really at all, you know I’m a pretty committed yogi. A little over 8 years ago, I took my first class, mostly at the urging of Alicia. It was definitely not love at first down-dog, but I was at least willing to give it a try again.
I’ve never been very athletic or coordinated and, up until yoga, had never really stuck with any one particular way of working out. But even in the beginning, something kept drawing me back to yoga.
One of the things that I’ve always loved was the combination of physical activity with mental rest that yoga offers. I could find a time to feel more centered and at peace while simultaneously getting a workout in. There have been many times when I came to mat thinking all I needed was to move my body, only to find myself in tears, letting go of emotions I didn’t even know were lurking.
Throughout the entire time I’ve been practicing, I’ve been lucky to find good, solid home studios where I could connect with the teachers and the other yogis. I think that’s another part of what made yoga really stick for me: studios become communities.
Which is not to say I haven’t switched my home studio a few times. But when I landed at Yoga Roots about four years ago, I knew I had found something truly special. The teachers and fellow students have become friends. I have found myself able to be open and vulnerable on my mat in ways I never anticipated. Some of this may be from deepening my own practice over time, but I also know that it comes from finding a community that supports it.
Yoga Roots has been offering virtual classes since late March, which have allowed me to not only maintain my practice, but to do so with the teachers I love. I’ve never been great about discipline for at-home workouts, but in this time, I knew how much I needed yoga and I am so glad it’s been there (and I’m so grateful for those who get why and support that I’m daily unrolling my mat.)
As outdoor yoga classes start up again, I’ve been able to reconnect with friends while practicing, which only increases the sense of community and connection. Check out Alicia’s teaching schedule, with lots of outdoor options, here.
One of my favorite Yoga Roots teachers, Aimee, said that yoga is a community where we can be vulnerable. It goes beyond just the asana practice. I have found this to be deeply true in my own practice and I am so grateful for it.