Those of us who are committed to an ongoing yoga practice have done so because we’ve experienced the incredible, transformative powers of yoga. Yoga can improve our relationships. The vibrant yoga community creates opportunities to deepen our bonds with friends and family and forge lasting new friendships.
There is something quite beautiful about a room filled with complete strangers from a wide variety of backgrounds who assemble to practice yoga as one. Each individual is internally focused during the series of flowing postures. Yet, we shift from one asana to the next in a graceful, unified dance.
The participants don’t typically communicate during the class. Yet the vibrant energy of the group keeps us all connected. When we arrive to class exhausted or in a foul mood, the group dynamic energizes us and lifts our spirits. It gives us the confidence to try a challenging pose and the comfort of knowing that if we “fail,” it’s all right. That failure is another essential building block in our journey toward our better, stronger selves.
As a teacher of hot yoga, I’m privileged to witness this interconnectivity as the class meets the challenges of the practice. When a class flows smoothly, the group energy carries us all to a place of meditation and openness. When the group energy is discordant or individual members of the class struggle, the group steps up to maintain the energy. Some of the best practice opportunities happen precisely when there is a need to step up. We get and give positive energy through words, looks and thoughts.
Yoga is an energizing practice. When practiced in a group, that energy increases exponentially. We leave the mat sweaty and spent. Yet, we’re brimming with contagious mental and physical energy. That energizing group dynamic doesn’t only exist during the flow of asanas. Before and after class we build relationships with fellow yogis.
We encourage one another and shares stories of how we, too, struggle at times. We share tricks to achieving a particularly challenging pose and tips for maintaining our practice, despite busy lives and hectic schedules. This strengthens Hot Yoga TNT’s vibrant yoga community. From that nucleus, many of us have forged new friendships that grow beyond the studio. For instance, I connected with one of our members over a shared need for childcare. Our blossoming friendship has also created a budding friendship between our children.
Yoga delivers a consistently positive experience. Is it any wonder we’re so eager to share our love of yoga with family and friends?
February, relationship month at Hot Yoga TNT, gave our yoga community the opportunity to do just that. We invited members to bring friends and family to Family Day to discover the wonders of hot yoga. It was an exhilarating experience for everyone. More importantly, the event created a shared experience on which family and friends can build.
One of our members has practiced yoga for nearly two years. Her family, friends and co-workers often comment on the transformation they’ve seen in her. She’s more fit and has a healthy glow. No longer the shy wallflower, she exudes a quiet strength and confidence. They want to know what created the positive changes they see in her.
Not content to tell them about her yoga journey, one-by-one she’s been bringing them to the studio to experience the power of hot yoga for themselves. Several have also become members, creating a sub-community of her family and friends within our larger yoga community. In addition to the health benefits they enjoyed, these new members were drawn to the positive energy derived from our group classes.
Whether you’re in a room full of people or in a group of two, energy is contagious. Practicing yoga with your partner, a family member or a friend diffuses draining emotions like anger, resentment and fear. Positive energy is harnessed and multiplied. In fact, a few of our members are sent to yoga by their spouses, who claim everyone in the house feels better after yoga, even if everyone doesn’t go.
It can be challenging for couples with young children to get in a regular yoga practice several times each week. However, the sacrifice consistently pays off. One couple at our studio is committed to ensuring that both members get their regular yoga practice in. Mom takes a 4:30 PM yoga class. Dad picks the little one up at school and meets her at the studio. She takes their child home and starts dinner while he takes the 6:30PM class. The arrangement has had a positive, energizing effect on the entire family.
Whether you want to improve the relationship with yourself, friends, co-workers or significant others, yoga can help you do so. Additionally, our vivacious yoga community creates incredible opportunities to forge new connections in an encouraging and supportive environment. To experience the hot yoga difference for yourself, attend a hot yoga class today.