Are you afraid to be in the yoga studio?
What is the most common reason people don’t try yoga? Marlynn Wei, MD, JD, and contributing editor for health.harvard.edu, drawing from information revealed in the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, reports, “Often, people see yoga as exclusive — designed primarily for young women or for those who are already flexible, athletic, or spiritual. This finding can hopefully inspire the yoga community to work on making yoga more accessible and inclusive, regardless of a person’s gender, age, current level of flexibility or fitness, or relationship with spirituality.”
In the Huffington Post, Dr. Wei also says, “The truth is that the practice of yoga is not about changing the brain, body, headstands, or even about gaining greater happiness and joy. If it were, it’d be just like taking a spinning class or doing a set of lunges at the gym. Yoga aims toward transcendence of all those things.”
While flexibility and stress relief are the most popular reasons for starting yoga (2016 Yoga in America study), “for most people, their primary reason for doing yoga will change. Two-thirds of yoga students and 85 percent of yoga teachers have a change of heart regarding why they do yoga — most often changing to spirituality or self-actualization, a sense of fulfilling their potential. Yoga offers self-reflection, the practice of kindness and self-compassion, and continued growth and self-awareness,” states Dr. Wei.
So why is a yoga studio so intimidating to some people? Perhaps it relates to the perception gap between initial reasons to begin yoga and the developing reasons for an ongoing practice of yoga.
Silvia Mordini, writing for doyouyoga.com, says, “The most important contribution studios offer is community. Community defined simply is a place for gathering. A place where hearts can connect. A place where interaction and relationships develop in personal face-to-face relationships. Yoga studios provide that space where we can connect, learn, support, and celebrate each other. For students, this is critical in fostering personal growth and highest self-study, or svadhyaya. As students, we need teachers who can actually be with us.”
Likely, for those who are already practicing yoga, this resonates. But for someone new to yoga, this may create a stronger sense of being an “outsider” or someone who may not fit in. To the newcomer, it becomes more about what (and maybe who) is inside the studio rather than what’s inside themselves.
When you come to Sunrise Yoga Studio, we hope you immediately feel welcomed just as you are, wherever you are in your yoga journey. We believe this process can be entered by anyone at any time, regardless of age or fitness level, and, as our name implies, we encourage each person to daily engage in this process as the relationship with yoga is explored. Wherever you are in your process, we invite you to join us at Sunrise Yoga Studio to experience growth, balance and peace!
We agree with Silvia Mordini who describes what yoga studios should be:
☼ They Are a Safe Space
They hold safe space for you to be your most authentic self. They are a place where it doesn’t matter what your balance sheet is or what titles you have on your CV. A home where your mind can soften back into your heart.
☼ They Are a Place to Learn
Yoga studios are a place of learning with a skilled teacher. This includes techniques and adjustments related to proper physical alignment and an opportunity to be inspired by the philosophical teachings of yoga, along with gaining insight from the life experience of your teachers.
☼They Are a Place of Accountability
Yoga studios offer accountability and camaraderie in sticking with goals. The accountability for one another to help stay the course with healthy intentions, be they physical or emotional, can have a powerful effect on your practice.
☼They Are a Place of Community
A community gathering of likeminded people. Opportunities to make friends. I have always said to my students, “I’m interested in you gaining friends more than poses.”
☼They Are a Sacred Space for Transformation
We are in changing times where more and more yogis are learning yoga through Instagram and their practice is by themselves watching their laptop. And while these ways of practicing are great, nothing can really take the place of studios.
And guess what! While flexibility and stress relief motivate people to begin a yoga practice, “Many people stay in yoga for a sense of community, purpose, and self-actualization,” says Dr. Wei.
And further commenting on this idea of community, Silvia Mordini states, “There is power in this union. And if we harness the power of connection with loving intention we can influence even greater positive changes in the bigger community outside our yoga world. Community requires we take responsibility. To see that our actions, our thoughts, our words impact the connections we have with those around us: positive energy creates more positive energy. In community, there is power in union and connection.”
Come on in to our safe place and get connected. What’s inside our studio is an environment that will help you connect with and develop the best parts of what’s inside you!
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Statistics seem cold and harsh. No one wants to be “just a number.”
But, we are all statistics . . . just by existing, each of us is a statistic. As statistics, we are measured in good ways as well as some not so good ways. From the time we are infants, we are measured in percentiles for height and weight, for instance. As we age, we might show more concern for the percentiles in which we fall for these two measurements.
Statistics help identify trends. “In 2016, an estimated 62.9 percent of the population worldwide already owned a mobile phone. The mobile phone penetration is forecasted to continue to grow, rounding up to 67 percent by 2019,” according to Wikipedia. Regardless of how you feel about cell phones, if you own one, you are part of that statistic and helped grow that trend!
As yogis, you are part of another trend . . . and this is a really good one! And, this trend is thousands of years in the making, not a fad that will disappear in a year or two!
Channel Signal, a consumer analytics firm, notes, “When compared to other similar forms of indoor recreation, yoga not only dwarfs the competition, it’s the only activity experiencing steady growth.”
The Good Body, an organization that reviews and provides case studies, insights, and analysis for health products, equipment and gadgets, provided the following data on yoga:
Where in these lists do you land? You’re a GOOD statistic after all. Where else within yoga would you be a good statistic?
If you aren’t yet a yoga statistic, let us help you get started! We have many yoga classes available to get you started. Find available classes through our Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.