I look around at Village Yoga and see fewer familiar faces, proportionately, as the room fills with new ones. I guess yoga is catching on. Most studios I frequent are filled, and I have many theories why this may be happening … Mostly I think that people have more time, with less work … and are opting to “exercise,” with the added feature of an emerging connection to the self, or Self. Yoga is a meditation and through this meditation a connection emerges.
Through this “outer” world of physical sensation and awareness, a yogi slowly becomes conscious of her inner life. The asanas become a meditation. In addition to this mediation, it’s fun and it’s social. Yogi’s are friendly, for the most part. Don’t get me wrong, Yoga, as a practice, is a serious spiritual undertaking, requiring years of work, but why not make some great new friends who also are seeking their spiritual center. It’s a powerful combination. Read I AM THAT, by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, in addition to performing your yoga.