Namaste With Friends: The Benefits Of Going To Yoga With Friends

Yoga is a great way to connect. It helps you connect with your mind, body and spirit. It can also connect you to your friends!

If you were to ask me what was on my fall bucket list, taking an Autumnal Flow Yoga class at Athleta’s 5th Ave studio was not on there! But I am glad that I had the opportunity!

I’ve taken yoga classes before but none of them have been attended with or instructed by friends. I met Selena Brown, yoga instructor and founder of Pramana Wellness, while working at Afropunk this year. We were both working for CRWN magazine as brand ambassadors and I wasn’t aware of how this opportunity was going to create amazing bonds with such phenomenal women!

This bond seemed to increase during Selena’s yoga class. I realized three important benefits of going to yoga with friends!

It gives you confidence

If you’re someone who has never taken a yoga class or if you always get nervous before entering class, having a friend with you can ease your mind! You have a bit more confidence and motivation to practice. I’m not someone who usually enjoys going places alone, so it’s a relief to see a familiar face when I go somewhere.

It’s a great bonding moment

When you have someone who is going through similar experiences, your bond deepens. Whether you were best friends when you started going to yoga together or not, you will find yourself getting close to this person as they support you and you support them. Surrounding yourself with like-minded and goal oriented people who understand your struggle is extremely important for a happy and healthy life.

You tend to work a little harder 

There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition! While yoga is not about competition at all, it’s possible that you tend to feel slightly more competitive when someone is doing the same task as you. You might find yourself doing different variations of poses during the practice. You’ll feel motivated to keep up with them.

If you’re ever looking for a little love and light in your life while supporting Black women in wellness and get your downward facing dog on, I highly suggest you take a class with Selena!

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Yoga is a dance between control and surrender — between pushing and letting go — and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being