There’s a bit of a tradition in my office that when we have visitors from one of our other offices around the world we take them out to drinks, or dinner, or some sort of welcoming social engagement. Tonight I took our executive vice president to a yoga class. Previously I’ve taken her up into a handstand while teaching an early morning class at our annual retreat. I’m not even sure how we found each other out as yogis, but now we always have something to talk about and share. I have another yoga friend with whom I went to middle school with but haven’t seen in over 15 years. We went to the same university and didn’t even know it. But we found each other again through yoga. And he’s friends with my other yoga friends. It goes on and on.
I love how yoga brings people together. I love how I walk into my yoga studio now and I have a group of friends from my teacher training – and we share the practice.
Some people have their sports team, or favorite pub, or book club – I love how I have yoga – and I have a group of students, and friends, and fellow yogis who are all mutually concerned with health, fitness, spirituality and self-improvement – and how we all boost each other up and give necessary pushes. I love how some of those friends I’ve never met but only know through words on a computer screen. But I know I have their support and I learn from them and laugh with them – and we share the practice!
I love my yoga friends – and if you’re reading this, I consider you part of that circle.