There is a nice community of yoga studios near where I live. I moved to this place in large part to be a part of it. I attend class often and I get a lot from knowing others who attend.
I went to class today for the noon $5 class, which tends to be insanely packed. I enjoyed it today. Many times, I feel anxious with so many people in the same room.
I read an author talking about yoga who said that the more you practice yoga and the more progress you make, the more introspective your practice becomes. I noticed that today. In the past, I have attended the noon classes with some hesitancy because I did not feel comfortable in such a large group. But today, I found I was pretty much at ease in the group setting. I did not pay a lot of attention to what others were doing or not doing. I did not do wildly different things from others. but in some instances, I did my own thing a little bit.
It felt really beautiful to practice in a large room full of people and to feel comfortable with it.