In the modern Western world, sangha is used to identify a community or a network of people. But the concept of community is not very strong in classical yoga philosophy. Although there are communities in yoga -- like ashrams, where students live under the same roof and practice under the guidance of one guru -- the yogic path has been mostly a solitary pursuit.
With the growth of yoga and spiritual values in the Western world, the term yoga sangha has been established, referring to a community of yoga practitioners. Yoga sangha hastens the learning process, breaks down boundaries and provides support for the true spiritual practice. As the practitioner learns to center themself as an individual, they are encouraged to be inclusive and accepting in a broader community setting.