Up until now our "40 Reasons to Love Yoga" posts have focused on the individual benefits of yoga practice - lower stress levels, improved flexibility and balance, a more focused mind. But one of the most important reasons we started the Downtown Yoga studio was to build community and connection across individuals.
Research tells us people with strong social connections are happier, healthier, and live longer. Love and belonging are right above safety and basic physiological needs on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. And yoga is a great way to build this sense of connection and belonging.
"When people start yoga, they don't really know what they're getting into," says Rama Berch, founder of the Master Yoga Foundation and the founding president of Yoga Alliance. "But it has such a powerful effect on their minds, bodies, and hearts that they want to link up with other people who are having similar experiences."
Downtown Yoga has been open for five months now, and we've loved the connections, relationships, and friendships that have begun. Help us deepen and strengthen this growing community by getting to know your fellow yogis and instructors in your upcoming classes. Introduce yourself, ask questions, share your story. As our weekly wisdom tells us, "Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided." The more we spread the yoga love the more it multiplies!