The first word that comes to mind when I think of Patrick’s class is community.
More than any other teacher I know, Patrick weaves a supportive, loving community together in his classes and in his life off the mat. From the moment I walk in the door of the studio, Patrick makes me feel like I’m coming home. Every person is met with the same generosity of spirit and warmth of heart that exudes through Patrick’s words and actions. Outside of his yoga classes, Patrick creates that same sense of togetherness in all of the work he does – bringing together new people and new ideas to create something bigger, better and more beautiful.
The power of this community reverberated in yesterday’s yoga class. Before class, students hugged, chatted and caught up on each other’s lives. As we got moving and began sweating through a vigorous sequence, we smiled at each other, giggled, and encouraged each other on. Patrick acknowledge each of us by name throughout the class, highlighting our strengths. The most physically challenging moments of the class were lightened by an atmosphere of unwavering support and affection.
Closing class yesterday, Patrick said, “As you go back out into the laboratory, know that Kindness has got your back.” This community, he said, is here for each you with its smiles and support. In every yoga class with Patrick – in fact, in every interaction with Patrick – I feel completely held in that knowledge. The strength of the Kindness Yoga community invites me to open up completely to my full potential, knowing that, when I wobble or fall, I’ll be lifted right back up.
How does your yoga community help you thrive?
And, if you’re fortunate enough to have taken a yoga class with Patrick Harrington, share what you loved!
Blessings of love to my friend and teacher, Patrick Harrington!