22 Jul Listen to the sound of the breath, and know you’re not alone
With the exception of a few dozen times in hotel rooms, saunas and gyms, most of my yoga has been done in a group.
It’s just not the same when I’m alone.
But for me, that’s a good thing. Because at certain point in your life, you don’t need more you. True growth only happens in the presence of other people. It’s the naked humanity with enables true community.
My teacher has a great mantra for this very ideas. During final breathing she says:
Listen to the sound of the breath, and know you’re not alone.
It’s a simple yet soothing reminder that when we do this yoga practice, we are richly supported. We are connected.
In fact, that’s the slogan for our studio.
Every. Body. Belongs.
What helps remind you that you’re not alone?
Scott Ginsberg is a writer, regular practitioner and community leader at Bikram Yoga Park Slope. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, A Year in Hot Yoga: 365 Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat.