The sense of community, or Sangha, is palatable in the world of wellness.
There is a tribal element of being among people like yourself that both yoga and meditation share. When people convene for group activities, they connect with one another in a more natural and casual way.
As an operator of studios, I've been watching bonds form for over a decade—and it really is a lovely thing, particularly because they are between people who are seeking to live healthier, more meaningful lives. We need others to inspire us when we are down, and we help others on their path when it is our turn to support.
The role of the teacher remains the same in both practices. Students place their trust in their instructors and expect them to have access to higher levels of information and spiritual understanding. As someone who has managed almost 100 yoga and meditation teachers of varying experience, the power of the guru–student relationship is evident. It can be instrumental in personal transformation, and sometimes it is counterproductive to growth and emotional health.
I strive to work only with instructors (yoga and meditation) who teach from a place of abundance and wholeness. In choosing a teacher, I choose life experience and temperament over social media following or physical beauty any day.
In yoga, fashion is way more important than in meditation, at least for now. This is probably because yoga falls under fitness, and people change to work out; at least some percentage of people clearly put thought into their outfits.