Aside from the fact that the words cohort, group, hive, pack, or flock didn’t seem quite right, I landed on Yoga Pods for our new offering because this particular term has special meaning for me. For as long as I can remember, my sisters and I have considered ourselves 3 peas in a pod, and even today, our ongoing text thread is named “The Pod.” Not very original, I know, but right on point.
I think it was our move from Chile to the US when I was 8 (Ximena was 10 and Conti was 2) that strengthened our bond and made us feel like we were more than siblings who just happened to be born into the same family. Adapting to a new language, a new school, and a whole new lifestyle proved to be a lot tougher (and lonelier) than we had thought, and after long days of not feeling comfortable in our own skin, coming home to each other became the most incredible gift.
According to Brene Brown, “fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”
At school, we each had to work so hard to fit in, but around each other, we could relax knowing that we truly belonged. In our Pod, we were free. And that deeply satisfying sense of being loved for precisely who you are, my friends, has been the fertile soil from which our friendship has continued to flourish. Our sister Pod (aka the OG Pod) is rooted in mutual admiration, respect, and unwavering support for each other – even when we don’t hold the same viewpoints or choose the same path (or have to share a car – that’s a different story for a different day.) Even though we no longer live under the same roof, at the end of the day, we know we can still come “home” to each other, just as we are.
Of course, I can’t guarantee that you’ll meet your best friend in our yoga pods (although you very well could!). However, I can tell you that our Pod Leaders and I have put a lot of energy and thought into creating a space where our students feel like they truly belong. After a long day at work, our pods are an invitation for you to take off your mask and get on your mat, exactly as you are.
All this to say hat if you are looking to grow in your practice and do so in a cozy, playful, judgment-free and super supportive environment, I think a Yogaleena Pod might be just what you’re looking for.
Here’s what a few of our Pod student have to say about their experience thus far:
“I’ve been a student at Yogaleena for almost 4 years, and the studio feels like a second home to me. I feel so welcome in the community I’ve found here. As I became a more seasoned yogi, I started looking for an opportunity to grow further in my practice, in a deeper and more technical way. I wasn’t ready to commit to a teaching program, but the Yogaleena pods were a perfect fit for my needs.” – Sammi
“Nervous to go back in to a studio with such a long time off the mat, the School Pods have given me my confidence back. I am so grateful for ability to ask questions and try new (and old!) poses in such a supportive environment. Kelsey’s Vinyasa Pod has been a such fun exploration of movement, intention, and education! I am thrilled to be a part of Yogaleena and so happy to have found a home.” – Marie
“The best part of the pod, though, without a doubt, is our time together as our communal support system. We have 30 minutes each session to support each other and encourage one another to tackle new challenges and leave old battles behind. Delving into the emotional side of yoga and filling my cup with my new yoga community has made a dramatic difference in my week.” – Rachelle