Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)
In June of this year, the yoga studio where I teach (It’s All Yoga, here in beautiful Sacramento, CA…) celebrated its fifth anniversary with a talent show. Excuse me, a Talent Show. It was a harebrained, “my dad’s got a barn and I’ve got some tools, let’s put on a show” kind of idea that I figured everyone would solidly ignore. Boy, was I wrong. Not only did people pay attention, they jumped on board and drove that vessel to the stars and beyond.
There are evenings of entertainment, and then there are evenings where everyone is just collectively lifted up. This was one of the latter. The studio was dressed in silver spangles, and so were our spirits. People wrote songs and choreographed dances. There was hula hooping as I guarantee you have never seen a hula hoop. And it all ended with a full West African dance ensemble with live drumming bringing us all off our zafus and onto our feet. Just thinking of it now I have a lump in my throat.
It’s easy to remember you come to a yoga studio to tune up body and soul. Easier to forget, is that you come to create community. It’s one of those increasingly scarce and massively important “third spaces” – a place where people congregate which is not home or work. It also provides an alternate way to create community which is not based on work ties, family bonds, or even politics. It’s short on chit-chat and long on silence. Even so, for one night, we broke the silence, and we sang, and we shined.