When I moved to Charleston, SC a couple of years ago, I was thrilled to find an amazing, thriving yoga community. Studios everywhere. Amazing teachers. Fabulous workshops. Excited students. You'd think I'd be right at home--immediately making close friends and becoming a part of the scene. But that's not what happened.
You might not guess it based on my online personality (if anything, I'm a little TOO eager to get involved in online communities), but when I go to a yoga class.. I'm painfully shy. I unroll my mat and either rest in Child's Pose (nose squished firmly into my mat) or stare at my toes until class starts. When class is over, I pack it up and I leave. I am not usually one of those students who crowds around the teacher waiting for her turn to ask a question or give a hug. As you might guess, this has made it quite difficult to find my place in the community. (Not to mention the full-time job I had--and now the baby--that made it nearly impossible to attend class regularly.)
But recently, I've decided I'm tired of observing. I want to teach again--and not just a little bit, but a lot! I want to really dive in and start sharing my practice with the world in a meaningful way. To do that--I have to find my place in this amazing community.
So I set out on a mission. I started reaching out to teachers I admire in the area and get to know them a little better. I asked them questions about the yoga they teach, the communities they serve, and what newcomers can expect from their classes. I also asked them out for tea or lunch. And because I'm sure that there are others who can benefit from their amazing stories.
In the coming weeks I'm going to share Q&As from the amazing teachers right here in my own beautiful city in a series I'll call Hometown Yoga Heroes.
But first, I want to know: How did you get involved in your yoga community? Do you have any tips?