Dear Yogis,
Beautifully, every year our community continues to grow. This growth, with similar minded beings being drawn together, has created a satsang. Satsang is a Sanskrit word meaning “a gathering of truth.” Traditionally, a satsang is a gathering lead by a guru (spiritual guide), where spiritual matters are discussed, meditation held, songs sung and scriptures read.  Simply put, it is a gathering of like minded people in the pursuit of deepening their understanding and knowledge of spiritual matters.  
A simple fact that we see occur over and over again is “like attracts like.” Ambitious people group together, frustrated and disgruntled people group together, happy people group together, and we don’t always feel comfortable when we are not in tune with the group that we are are in. Although, it is important to note that as human beings we have the amazing ability to adapt and therefore we must be mindful! The more time spent with negative minded people, the more negative and jaded we become. Buddha said “…association with fools, as with an enemy, is always productive of pain… Therefore, even as the moon follows the path of the constellations, one should follow the wise, the intelligent,the learned, the much enduring, the dutiful, the noble…”
In order to grow and deepen upon the spiritual path, we do need to make the right associations, but that does not mean that after the right associations are made the responsibility is taken out of an individual’s hand. A satsang is not just showing up for a moment, singing and leaving. In a satsang, each member has the responsibility to uplift all those around them. Each and every one of us have the ability to change the consciousness of that which surrounds us. A satsang is a group effort and as our one of our teachers, Sri Dharma Mittra, tells us over and over again if we “move together, we learn from each other.”
Next time you are in class and a teacher starts a chant that you know, sing a little louder so that those around you can learn it as well. Make room for students entering an already full room. If you have been practicing for awhile, move a bit slower, breath a bit deeper so that those around you can learn from your asana practice. New students, talk to more established practitioners in your classes, ask them questions. Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers questions, they may be able to point you in the right direction. This is the true meaning of satsang, we all move together and no one gets left behind.  
We wish you and your family health and peace.
We hope to see you soon on your mat!
Om shanti,  
Living Yoga Staff