Ohana, in essence, means family. Of course, this refers to true familial relations, but this concept also involves creating loving relationships with more than just blood relatives. Embracing ohana means developing a sense of care and devotion to all members of the human family. A yoga community provides this for so many.
The evidence is in. We thrive in communities. You might even say we need other people. This could potentially be a tough one to accept - especially if you, like me, have cultivated ways to successfully take care of yourself on your own. Especially if you, like me, are a natural introvert. Being independent and capable on your own is admirable, but it’s still fundamental to nurture connections with other people.
Studies show our relationships, more than anything else, set the stage for our health, happiness,
and well-being. One of the best ways to surround yourself with an uplifting community is to drop into an existing one. There is no better place to begin than the studio. Each person who shows up to take a class at Pineapple has something in common with you. At the very least they are carving out the time, just like you, to breathe, practice mindfulness, work on strength, leave feeling a little bit better than before, and improve their overall health. The social connections we cultivate in the studio have the potential to improve far more than our physical health.
Though it might feel out of your comfort zone initially, stepping into vulnerability to start a conversation with another practitioner, taking a new class, or cultivating friendships you might enjoy in and out of the studio will have long-lasting and tangible benefits.
Building your community doesn’t have to happen overnight, and it certainly doesn’t mean you have to create friendships with every new person you meet. Start small. Be intentional. Be open to being seen and engaging in conversations.
We see you as an important part of our ohana, and we’d absolutely love to support your connection with other like-minded souls.