Yoga studios play an important role in Yoga practices as they help in building a connection between the student and the teacher. In today’s modern and digital age, there are some factors such as the isolating effects of technology that keep us away from having a real human connection.
The most important role of Yoga studios is community. Community is a place for gathering, a place where people can connect, a place where interaction and relationships develop in a way that builds personal face-to-face relationships, a real human connection.
In Buddhism, the sangha, or community, is one of the three treasures that practitioners look toward for guidance and take refuge in during difficult times.
Yoga studios serve as a space where yogis can connect, learn and support each other. For students, this is vital in fostering personal growth as this is where they learn and practice Yoga. For the teachers, Yoga studios serve as an avenue where they can offer their special skills and unique styles, an avenue which fosters deeper, more intimate and lasting relationships with their students, a place to call HOME.
Here are 3 reasons why yoga studios are important:
A Place of Community
Yoga studios are a place of community. A place where like-minded individuals can connect, interact and share their passion for Yoga, a place of community where people can make friends. In addition to that, most studios also offer workshops, retreats and trainings which are meant to bring people much closer together thus, building a community for individuals who practice Yoga.
A Place to Learn
Yoga studios are a place to learn with well-experienced teachers. Yoga studios give every student an opportunity to learn philosophical teachings of Yoga as well as yoga practices and techniques with well-experienced Yoga teachers. Moreover, Yoga studios are a place where they can be more inspired as they learn valuable knowledge and wisdom from their teachers.
A Place to Focus
Though people can practice Yoga along with their tutorial videos at home, there are just a lot of distractions that may ruin their Yoga practice; furthermore, it fails to foster a sense of connection with others. One of the aims of doing Yoga practices is to have a deeper focus. Drishti is the Sanskrit term that loosely translates to an area of focus, a place to look. Drishti is a technique that is integrated into the teachings of many of the great yoga teachers, most notably Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in his Ashtanga practice, but also by B.K.S. Iyengar, Desikachar and many others. Yoga studios are a dedicated space to keep you on focus wherein your personal practice gets strengthened as well.