Words cannot express the gratitude that fills my heart when I think of the community that walks in the door each day at Greenville Yoga (both locations). People who started out as students have become confidants, friends and people I care so much about. If my children are sick and students find out they always ask upon my return. If someone isn’t in their normal spot in class, we actually care and miss the energy they share in class. Emails are sent with well-wishes and gratefuls each week. This community has carried Brian and I through some hard questions and we are forever humbled by this. What if we had the opportunity to expand this community and this circle to encompass even more people?
In his book, Max speaks about the Mennonites and how they were known for their work ethic and their kindness. They kept to themselves, but everyone knew they could trust these hard-working people. He asks and offers that one day maybe yoga students and teachers alike could have the same impact on those around them. One of our intentions as we lead teacher trainings and as we live is to be an example and to be like the Mennonites- kind, truthful and ethical. With this in mind I have sent a call to action to all the yoga studios in Greenville and the yoga teachers alike. I have asked that we realize how much we have in common so we can expand our community and be an example for our students. How can we teach that yoga means union, yet be divided ourselves? The beauty of yoga is that there is something out there for everyone and yoga is not a “one size fits all” kind of thing.
My thought is this– what if the yoga teachers from different studios got together and built a house for Habitat for Humanity? Not only would we be working side by side getting to know one another, but we would be creating something of value for members of our community. To me, this is the essence of yoga and community. This isn’t about self-promotion, making money, getting known. This is about getting to know one another as people who are connected in so many ways. If you live in Greenville or in another yoga community, I ask you to get inspired and get creative. Think of ways to get rid of the divisiveness in your community. Maybe a coffee or tea gathering? Maybe take classes at other studios and introduce yourself? Maybe a flyer exchange? Maybe build a house or serve at your soup kitchen?
Whatever the choice, let us continue to set an example for others through our words and actions.