Happy New Year!
I started off the year right by getting a Mysore practice in at AYC on January 1 and 2. K has given me kurmasana, which is scary because I'm only just getting back into the practice, and T at LRY has only just given me bhujapidasana, which I'm still working on balancing in, not yet getting my head/chin to the ground. And for giggles, K put me into supta k which was kind of fun, actually. Hopefully I will use this as motivation to have the discipline of a daily practice. I did not practice today, however, as moving my arms and legs is an interesting feat at the moment.
Next reverb11 prompt!
Where have you discovered community in 2011? What are the defining characteristics and essential qualities of your tribe?I love this question. The feeling of community is very important to me. I love the Ashtanga community, both in person and online. Simply seeing the same people every week at practice makes me feel like I'm a part of something. I don't necessarily equate community with friends and I don't need to be besties with everyone.
On the other hand, family is also important, and it means the world to me that my Arlington neighbors and friends have grown into my Arlington family. To be able to call them family and to feel completely at home with them is a feeling unlike any other. It is comfort, security, and love - and it is fun.
Looking forward to 2012, I know deepening my commitment to Ashtanga will deepen my feeling of being in that community, even if I don't see people more than I do now. Because again, for me, I'm realizing community is being a part of something. So the more I commit myself to the practice, the more I commit myself to the community. There was a debate about whether or not the online community is [sufficient, legitimate, adequate, etc.]. I think it functions similarly to the outside world - sometimes you're actually friends with people, sometimes you're acquaintances because of a mutual friend or a shared interest. And that's ok. Kate Bartolotta had an interesting comment on the link above, that sometimes online we can show only our best parts. Thats definitely easier to do online, but certainly possibly in person as well.
What are your thoughts on community? What does it look like for you?