Here in the city, it took a while before I felt comfortable asking our neighbours for sugar. If it came to an emergency, I would certainly knock on their door for help, but I know that as an apartment dweller I am in the minority.
Andrew always thought it was weird that wherever we lived I made 'friends' with random people. In BC the coffee shop and local organic grocery store people knew me. At the time I chalked it up to feeling lonely and needing a semi-familiar face to greet me. Now that it seems to have continued in Halifax... I'm thinking maybe it's something to do with 'me'.
Guerrilla Yoga in the Park! Can't wait until Spring!
I like connecting with people- so I try. Which results in many awkward moments (especially when I lived in Montreal! I had to be careful!). Sigh, I think it's the 'rural' in me that just never went away.
Local is a huge part of living sustainably and it requires some connection. None of us can bake, sew, create everything from scratch and still have the time to pursue our passions. By building a community, along with creating connections to take advantage of different skills, we nurture feelings of ownership and responsibility. The more we connect, the more we care about our community and the Earth it inhabits.
For some reason, I thought getting 'in' on the yoga community would be easier than say, other groups. In Halifax, not so much. It's actually been more difficult- who knew? Oh, each teacher and studio owner knows everyone else, but us students don't see them together all that much. The studios even have different Lululemon-featured months!
Instead of having all the studios come together for general yogic celebrations such as solstice or Yoga Day, each studio has their own free or by donation isolated events.
An example; Seth's new Ashtanga studio that has opened above the Lulu store (convenient location!). As a reader commented, The Shala was having a week of free yoga classes to commemorate their opening... so I went last Monday. The studio is gorgeous, beautiful colours, bathroom with two showers, trendy low couches and decorations. As I walked in, yogis were lounging on the couches and looked très cool... in fact I felt not cool enough to be there (flash back to high school or what?). The class was fine, Seth intimidated the crap out of me and then I left.
Until I spoke with the owner of Breathing Space while cleaning the studio on Sunday, I didn't think much of it. She pointed out that The Shala's free week coincided with The Yoga Loft's annual (forever!) free week... As Seth was a previously well-loved instructor at the Yoga Loft prior to opening his studio, obviously it was no coincidence. It was also rumoured that they had a very public falling out and there's some weird drama occurring.
It's all quite weird and a little sad. Personally, as a student, this type of drama makes me want to stay away from that little soap opera. I want to practice yoga and didn't expect this type of division between studios for whatever the reason (style, theoretical approach).
So how to foster community in Halifax's Yoga world? I could just accept that it's lacking... but then I like community. As I'm not an instructor that also adds a bit of a challenge on my 'street cred' front. What I was thinking was organizing some sort of group open to students, teachers whatever. We could meet, have yoga-geared events, perhaps have a reading night with different topics of discussion and.... dare we say... speakers? We could talk about yoga stuff over fair trade organic COFFEE... and of course it would have to be 'eco'.
It's time I step out of my 'boîte' of an apartment- what do you think my eco-readers? Suggestions, thoughts?
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