There's more to it than just yoga at fun places (although that's pretty rad).
The idea behind Social Yoga came about during my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Here I was, breathing, sweating, and practicing with a group of strangers a few days a week for over two and a half months. Over the course of the three months, these strangers soon became good friends and I found myself connecting closely with a small tribe of girls with whom I truly let my guard down. We would talk about anything and everything from deep-seeded trust issues we had with men to the best hummus recipe around.
It was like we had been friends for years despite the age differences in the group and the differing interests and careers. I'm not sure what it was, but I attribute much of the connection to the environment. At the same time that we were learning about yoga stories, beliefs, and philosophies, we were becoming better, more compassionate, versions of ourselves. Being connected by yoga allowed us to be vulnerable and authentic.
Fast forward to present day where I've taught enough classes and attended enough classes to know that this special environment doesn't come around often. Our schedules often have us hopping from one studio to the next and although we have favourite teachers we may follow, we don't ever really get the chance to get to know the people we practice with. Sure, we recognize faces...sometimes.. but that's about it. The concept of individuality- what makes us different and unique- is one that is emphasized throughout our life. We strive to be unique and in doing so, we often forget how similar we are to others, despite our differing skillsets, experiences, upbringing, and opinions. Asides from those few-and-far-between moments of "Omm-ing" at the end of a yoga class, we slip into the mindset of "me" rather than "we", and we forget how connected we are to the world around us. Even worse, we forget how crucial these connections are.
Human beings are social by nature and most people yearn to be close to each other; however social norms make it too costly to express those feelings. Through Social Yoga, I wanted to be able to offer and hold a space for true dialogue and connections.