Your sangha…is the soil, and you are the seed. No matter how vigorous the seed is, if the soil does not provide nourishment, your seed will die. A good sangha is crucial for the practice.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Yogic living is simple. It’s just not particularly easy. That is why we need sangha. Sangha is a community of like-minded people supporting each other on their common spiritual path.
Within every human being is the desire to connect with something greater than their individual self. Many of us grew up in religious households. Some of us were raised without a spiritual tradition at all. As we become adults, most of us develop ideas about the nature of the Universe that are at least somewhat different than our birth family’s. Whatever our tradition, in order to feel adequately fed by our practice we need to be in community with other people.
Yogic living in the modern world.
Being a yogi is counter-cultural. In a world based on separation, we choose a life of connection. The word Yoga means union. This refers not only to union with the world around us and with Source, but also union with other people. From a yogic perspective, there is no separation between ourselves, Source and others!
Yoga is not meant to be practiced in isolation. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali were not written for cloistered communities. They were written for everyday people like us who have jobs and families. We don’t have to go to an ashram to experience Yoga. Yoga is our birthright. Sangha provides a supportive environment in which our yoga practice can grow and flourish.
Sangha is our spiritual family.
Sangha gives us a foundation on which to build our practice. When we experience a milestone in our practice, sangha celebrates with us. When we feel like giving up on our practice, sangha gives us the strength to press on. Our sangha shares our joys and sorrows. Those in the sangha inspire, uplift, and invoke the best in each other. Sangha is our shelter from the storm of daily living. It provides the spiritual nourishment we need to embody and live our practice in the world.
Like any family, sangha is not perfect. After all, everyone participating in the sangha are ultimately there for psycho-spiritual growth and healing. Personalities will clash, people with disagree. This doesn’t mean that something is wrong with the sangha. Quite the opposite! Challenges are often catalysts for doing the work required for us to be our best selves. It isn’t perfection, but love and forgiveness that keep the sangha strong.
Practice Sangha at Eternal Health Yoga!
The Eternal Health Yoga community is certainly a strong, nurturing sangha! According to our mission statement, “We provide the highest quality of teaching of authentic yoga practices in a welcoming, warm, safe environment.” All are welcome at Eternal Health Yoga! Everyone is invited to participate in EHY’s sangha.
One way to participate in the EHY community is regularly attending classes. However, there are many other opportunities to get involved in deep, meaningful ways. Our yoga teacher training programs not only train excellent yoga teachers, but also allow students an opportunity to learn about supportive yogic practices to use in our day-to-day lives. Informative workshops and enlightening events are wonderful ways to get to know the teachers and people you practice alongside every week. All of these offerings build and strengthen sangha.
Upcoming courses and workshops at Eternal Health Yoga…
We would love it if you would join us for these special events!
Yin Yoga/Acupuncture Seasonal Attunement with Shanna Portman
Friday December 20, 2019
Vegan Holiday Cookie and Candy Exchange
Saturday December 21, 2019
Restorative Yoga for Anxiety and Stress with Shanna Portman
Saturday December 28, 2019
Saturday January 4, 2020
Seeing 2020: An astrological forecast for the year ahead with Shellie Crow
Saturday January 18, 2020
An Evening of Crystal Bowl Sound Healing for the Chakras with Amy Aboud
Friday January 24, 2020