Happy Birthday Sangha

“A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence, and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society. Mindfulness is to protect ourselves and others. A good Sangha can lead us in the direction of harmony and awareness. The substance of the practice is most important. The forms can be adapted.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

The name Sangha came from a chant I learned in India many years ago.  It touched my soul and planted a seed within me that would not spring from the earth until July 31, 2017.  The sprout has become a plant with many branches and foliage.  Our roots grow deep in the 5,000-year-old tradition of yoga. What waters our soil and lights the path of growth is our student body.  Without you our space would be lifeless.  You bring the joy, the laughter, the raw emotion, the sweat and tears to your mat and the energy to our space.  We show up because you continue to show up and we are eternally grateful to you for choosing to practice with us.

It’s hard to believe that just 2 years ago this July we gave birth to Sangha Yoga.  We did this with the intention of creating a welcoming and loving space to practice where students could explore the physical, mental, and spiritual realms of their existence through the power of yoga. We spent the first year getting to know the community so that we could authentically become a part of it.  Scott and I did not want to force an agenda on the students and teachers who had been teaching and practicing in the space for many years.  Instead we hoped that our presence would create a nurturing and supportive container to hold the space for suite 10’s next evolution.

In the second year of Sangha’s life the studio began to feel like our second home. Students became family, teachers now our dear friends.  The kindness and warmth we received daily fueled us to invite in events and experiences that would support our community in going deeper into their own healing. We have witnessed powerful growth on the mat this past year and we are grateful to everyone who shared their wisdom and expertise with us.

Our teaching Sangha continues to bring excellence and positive energy into their weekly classes. We are so grateful to all of them for sharing their love of yoga with so much passion and authenticity. They are fearless, humble, awakened, mystical, magical, and devoted.  Thank you Annabell, Ashleigh, Beth, Jannine, Josephine, Jude, Julia H, Julia C, Kirsten, Leah, Liz, Manisha, McKenzie, Megan, Meghan, Michelle, Nancy, Noah, Sharon, Sheree, and Shumit for creating sacred space for our community from the moment you step into the space until the moment you exit. We are grateful to all of our subs as well, some of whom are recent graduates of teacher training. 

In our second year we led our first 200 hour yoga teacher training program at Sangha.  12 brave women took a leap of faith and invested 8 months of time into deepening their practice.  They emerged confident, energized, and ready to humbly share the knowledge they gained with our community.  It has been a true joy to witness their growth within their practice and daily lives. They have risen to the occasion and stepped into the role as teachers as leaders, and healers as well.

“…the main purpose of a Sangha is to practice, to practice mindfulness, to practice being more open, tolerant, and loving. This practice will bring happiness to ourselves and to the people around us. To bring peace, happiness, and tolerance to our families, we have to practice peace, joy, and happiness with our Sangha.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

This year we are devoted to continuing the dharma of sharing with you the most healing and sacred practices. We would like to find new ways of making our community more welcoming and more inclusive. Sangha is a special space and our work will be to make it more accessible to all. Let us know how we are doing. We welcome your feedback and honor your perspective.  Thank you for sharing your practice and energy with us and each other.

“We need to support each other to build a community where love is something tangible.  This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth. We have everything except love. We have to renew our way of loving. We have to really learn to love.”- Thich Nhat Hanh

Heather Falkin