We hear this word often in yoga world, and in the non-yoga world for that matter. Connection. But what does it really mean? Does it mean to hop on facebook and post something on someone’s wall?
To find the answer to this questions I got on my yoga mat to be in complete inquiry.
As I moved through my practice along side my partner, John I realised in that moment that I was fully connected. I was fully connected to myself and to John . It was a true, authentic, loving and non-judgmental connection. Even though we were on separate mats, doing our own thing, I was with him and he was with me moving through the postures.
I am fortunate to teach many people from all different backgrounds. Yoga makes that possible. One of my favourite moments of seeing this happen was at a public high school during exams. Perhaps one of the hardest classes I've ever taught. The teenagers were rowdy, stressed and their attention span was limited.
After a physical asana session, the students began to open, trust and they let me in. In that moment, we were all the same. We were connected. There was no difference in our ethnic background, economic status, hearing and speaking abilities, or age. We were one, moving on our mats and sharing a space that created lightness, hope and possibility.
I have experienced these moments a hundred times over, in India, in the upper class parts of Melbourne and in those moments with my partner on my mat. Each connection is on the surface completely different, but in the end the same.
Connection is about being a stand for others. It is about dropping everything you know about yourself and the other person to create a clear space that will allow you to completely be yourself, your authentic self. It is allowing yourself to connect like children do with innocence and hope. And what can come out of this connection is powerful. It can change the world. I see this change in action every single day. And it all starts by getting on the mat.