As a Yoga studio, our job is to share our knowledge, experience and ideas about Yoga. Our hope is that you, our practitioners, will absorb what we share and, eventually, begin to do the same. There is a middle ground, though, for all of this. You see, we all have to practice and our practice is more than just what we do in the studio. It is the generalization of the skills we learn in class into our lives.
Have you felt the effects of your practice? To find Yoga is to find your Self. In order to get there, you have to restrain (Yamas) your wants and observe (Niyamas) your needs. The way you treat yourself should be reflected in how you treat others. And, if you see yourself as spiritual, holy, god-loved, etc. then you will see all others in this way.
During the month of June we focused on communicating. The definition of the word Satsang (saht-sahng) is "communing with the divine." This doesn't necessarily mean talking to a god or holy spirit of some sort. It means to connect with the divine within yourself and others. There is a saying; "keep you friends close and your enemies closer." Taking this concept from a Yogic viewpoint it embodies the idea of Satasang.
To understand your Self, you must see what is within those whom you do not agree with. Ultimately, in Yoga, you will find that you are always surrounded by those whom you agree with, those whom you do not and those whom you cannot understand. Each one of these people is there for you to learn from and to teach.
Remember, we are always practicing and we are always learning. Take the time to communicate with those around you and soon you will discover your Self; your own divinity within.