As our Abhyaasa community grows, the meaning of yoga reveals itself on more and more levels. As a philosophy, discipline, and practice of yoking or joining, yoga brings us within ourselves, so that we may discover the connection with all things-- all beings. We come together to practice-- we move together, sweat together, sometimes we groan together. Together we meditate, laugh, cry. We share our stories, experiences, preferences, likes, dislikes. We have triumphant moments in poses where our bodies open in a new way, and we applaud one another. Sometimes we fall out of poses because we are in a safe space and know that stumbling too is okay. We dance, we chant, we suspend ourselves in hammocks. Sometimes our practice does not involve a pose at all. However we come together, we are making deep connections that have the power to bring more unity to the world, more peace, more abundance and love.
South African philosophy embraces the concept of Ubuntu (oo-buun-too) which translates as " I am because of you" or "I am because you are". We know this to be true. This is yoga's most precious gift. Yoga is the ultimate social network in which I am grateful that we are all connected.
Read more about why yoga increases feelings of connection from other perspectives in an interesting article from Kripalu.
Thank you to Lara for the lovely photo of the meditation circle.
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