Today as I write, I am huddled under my blanket, listening to the icy wind sweep around outside. The images you see below are from yesterday, when almost 700 people donned stretchy pants and sunglasses to come together and practice yoga at the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas for "Yoga on the Bridge," benefitting the Trinity Commons Foundation.
The Trinity Commons Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to create increased green spaces, water amenities, and transportation options in downtown Dallas, with hopes of improving both the quality of the environment and quality of the lives of Dallas residents.
As I walked up to the bridge yesterday with my husband, kids, and friends, the change occurring in the landscape of this area of Dallas was evident and unmistakable. But even more impactful for me, was the sight of nearly 700 people (and several dogs), gathered together in the sunshine to practice yoga.
There is something palpable about people breathing and moving together in those numbers that transcends fancy asana sequencing, brand-name pants, cork floors, coconut water, and all those other wonderful things we yogis obsess over (let's face it, we all have our "things," and that's okay). The truth is, yoga is about connection, and I know that for me, "Yoga on the Bridge" wasn't great because I was doing poses on my mat. It was great because I was practicing yoga - breathing and moving energy in community with other beings, with no purpose other than to celebrate life and the beauty of the day.
My hope is that purposeful events such as this will proliferate, because when lots of people get together to do good, the world gets just a little bit better.