Meet Sangha’s yoga intern: Gabrielle!
An introduction is in order. My name is Gabrielle, and I am delighted to say that I am a new intern at Sangha Space, and I look forward to meeting you all if I have not already! I am a California transplant; I moved to Media last winter. When I am not at Sangha Space I spend my time growing vegetables at Hillside Farm and Tyler Arboretum in the Vegetable Demonstration Garden. I am very happy to have discovered this studio.
Entering a new yoga studio is like meeting new neighbor. This is someone you will continue to see every few days, becoming more and more familiar as time passes. The first time you meet them you have a conversation and exchange the most vital information. You learn where the bathroom is, where to take off your shoes, marveling at the details but not retaining many of them.
Later on, you discover what side of the room you prefer, as though you’ve discovered the differences between the two sides of a person’s face, and which one has that awesome mole. The patterns of life emerge after a while, as weeks come and go, and there is a rhythm to it all. The energy of classes ebb and flow, as does the energy in your body. Some days you enter the studio exhausted and emerge vibrant and renewed. Others, you enter your practice eager and vivacious, and after it’s done you are dripping with sweat and can’t help but flop onto the couch when you return home.
When you’ve grown accustomed to a studio, and you see it as an old friend to depend and rely on, you might be startled when you witness changes, as though your old friend dyed their hair pink one day and you can barely recognize them, until you see that telltale mole. Some days the studio might smell different, or the light casts different shadows in a rain storm. You realize that you can’t help but notice the subtle changes, and the details are no longer details, but concrete attributes that make up your idea of the whole.
For me, this is when time starts to fly, you can look back on the memorable time periods of your studio. “Ah, yes, the time of that burgundy carpeting,” or, “the time when that one instructor taught on Mondays, what an amazing class!” Not only that, but you remember time periods of your own practice, and you can see how the world of possibilities opened up to you once you could actually touch your toes or find balance in tree pose.
Your relationships are nurtured over time: the relationship between you and your studio, the relationship between you and your practice, and the relationship between you and your yoga community. Let us celebrate all of these relationships as the blossoming of a beautiful flower, to enjoy how it spreads its petals and grows in intricacy. Thank you all for welcoming me into the Sangha Space community, namaste.