Connection starts with you. You can be a teacher. You can be a friend. Your stories can transform, heal, comfort and help others grow. Your story matters. Share your story and connect to others by becoming a Yogi Blogger.
Sanctuary Yoga is about community. Authenticity builds connection. In order to make yoga more accessible, we offer many ways to get involved, including blogging for unlimited yoga. This yoga trade program has allowed many individuals to deepen their practice by sharing their story, whether by exploring something they learned in class or within their own personal practice. This aspect of our studio not only builds community but cultivates a culture of authenticity that shows people that it’s okay to be vulnerable and real. Everyone has a different yoga practice because everyone has a different body and life experience.
Why share my story?
In our culture, we typically rush to and from yoga class without saying a word to anyone in the studio. Talking about our experiences in class seems to go against the very practice we’ve been taught. Yoga is about drawing inward. What happens in yoga class stays in yoga class. The studio is a safe space for you to find stillness and connect with yourself. Keep in mind everyone else is probably there for some of the same reasons you are. Everyone wants to be healthy, change, grow, and improve. Everyone has deep hurts and hangups.
Many of you have probably watched the TED Talk of Brene Brown speaking about vulnerability. If you have not, we encourage you to do so. Brene shows us that vulnerability encourages connection. Sometimes we need to move past the screen and seek out quality time for deep conversation. We find ourselves surrounded by many connections, but still feel isolated and alone. The willingness to share who we are, our struggles past and present, enables us to connect with others who share our experiences and sentiments. It transcends the imaginary walls we’ve built around ourselves to keep everything looking neat, tidy, pretty.
Sharing your experience is powerful because it not only encourages connection, but it can be healing and comforting to you and others. As a yoga studio, we strive to hold a space for our students to be who they are, wherever they are at in their life. We invite you to sit with the emotions or experiences that are on your heart and mind and use your breath and movement to be present as we move through the class. We challenge you to look at the places where you need to let go and free yourself to feel, breathe, and move. We want you to feel safe to just be you.
“As a result of authenticity, they were willing to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were… You have to absolutely do that for connection.”
If you are interested in reading other perspectives or experiences related to yoga, check out this list of yoga blogs from all over the U.S.