How to create a strong community

by Bibigul Amirova

When the pandemic struck and The Yoga Space studio — the physical space — closed down, owners and Iyengar yoga teachers, Morgan Rea and Cheryl Joseph decided to go online.

Online classes have been a big adventure that students have joined because they are connected to the classes, they’re connected to the community and it’s a lovely experience seeing everyone on the screen.

It’s evident that Cheryl and Morgan’s goals have remained the same: to take Iyengar yoga to a wider audience, to be involved in the community, and to host events where students and teachers can come together and foster community spirit.

In my latest interview with yoga teacher and practitioners, Cheryl and Morgan talk about their own yoga journeys and why they became Iyengar yoga teachers. Cheryl was “so moved by the physical and meditative aspects, the state of mind that the practice brings” that she knew she wanted to share it with anyone who would listen. She likens being in Savasana to hearing monks chanting in Tibet and Japan. Morgan found yoga when she was in law school. She loved the community aspect, meeting new people, and chatting with them before and after class. If you would like to connect with Cheryl or Morgan or learn more about The Yoga Space please visit their website.


About the Author

Bibigul completed her studies under the guidance of Louie Ettling in 2019 and is now a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. Bibigul teaches in English and Russian, her native language, and currently serves on the board of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Association in Vancouver. She is excited to share her passion for integrating the wisdom of yoga practice in everyday life.