The entire purpose, the raison d’être, the intention or sankalpa, of Vital Yoga with Meta is to translate the ancient teachings of yoga into modern experience so we can live more beautiful, productive, alive, vibrant, and yes, vital lives.

We learn from the ancient text, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the six factors for success in yoga and the six factors for failure in yoga. And there is only one factor that is in both lists: The company we keep. That blew me away when I first understood that. Here are the verses, translation from Swami Muktibodhananda:

Chapter 1, Verse 16
Enthusiasm, perseverance, discrimination, unshakeable faith, courage, avoiding the company of common people, are the six causes which bring success in yoga.

Chapter 1, Verse 15
Overeating, exertion, talkativeness, adhering to rules, being in the company of common people and unsteadiness (wavering mind) are the six causes which destroy yoga.

Of course my personal favorite is that adhering to rules is a cause to destroy yoga, because I’ve never met a rule I didn’t question, but also notice, there is only one common factor, the company we keep.

Please don’t take offense at the wording “common” people, the idea isn’t about hierarchy or haughtiness, simply that we need to find like-minded individuals who can share the path. When we share our experiences, our joys and challenges, we connect and that is a definition of yoga: connection.

And here we are in the modern world with modern technology, let’s use it to support one another and share our success and failures. In the end, I’m betting this new world of worldwide connection has a place for positive growth, not just another burden or divisiveness.

We are offering three ways to be part of like-minded people, called a sangha in Sanskrit.