By Bridget Fujioka
As Stephanie and I tackled the everyday aspects of getting our new location in the Jersey City Heights up and running (we actually have a spreadsheet called the MAC DADDY TO DO LIST.xls) we always come back to the core of what we are building at Yoga in the Heights: a community. This concept of community, a place where people of common interests gather and support each other, has been integral to my own life as I started on this path of yoga almost 15 years ago.
Back then yoga was so new to me. I was so raw from my own personal struggles, mainly being the death of a close friend and my mom, that the time on my mat and the community I was invited into brought me through the difficult times. It transformed me. Not only did I learn to be comfortable by myself in those quiet moments of reflection, I was then able to share my experience with others. If I had questions, a bad day or anything people were there. At the end of every class we would gather in a circle and have a cup of tea. Some days there would be chatter and others we would all sit there in silence and that was ok. It was one of the first times I ever felt I belonged. All of us were far from the same, we came from all walks of life from all over the world, but we had each other, a community.
As Stephanie and I talk with our teachers and students, we have been asking the questions have you ever felt part of a community and what does it feel like to you. The answers that keep coming up are a place of belonging, support, friendship, and encouragement. What does community feel like to you? Feel free to leave a comment below!