Health & Wellness Yoga

Teaching yoga during the global pandemic

2010 birds of paradise

10yrs ago I taught my very 1st public yoga class... 2wks ago I taught my last (at least for now, while we all practice safe social distancing).

During these past 2wks, I've felt the entire spectrum of emotions, sometimes within minutes. I'm working on holding space for these feelings and then letting them go. If I can offer you any advice it's not to numb yourself, but also try to not let it consume your day.

The biggest thing I've learned from my decade of teaching yoga & one that also feels relevant to the world we now live in (amidst the novel coronavirus), is that change is constant AND necessary. In order to grow, we need to evolve. This is true in many ways—when we change jobs, experience pregnancy, throughout a marriage, & of course during this pandemic.

There's a reason Harvard Medical School recommends yoga, meditation & controlled breathing to address anxiety issues right now! Yoga is a dance of dealing with what is, and allowing yourself to fully experience whatever you’re experiencing right here (in the moment). In life, we often resist what we don’t like or don’t want to do. Being on your mat is a safe opportunity to see what’s on the other side of that.

But the benefits of yoga are so much more encompassing than just physical. Yoga is largely a mind practice. We use the physical to keep us limber & strong, so that we can better sit with our minds. Through this awareness and stilling of the mind, we come to know our “true self." Practicing yoga affects your cognition, as well as how you process your emotions, stress, & anxiety... pretty essential toolkit, don't you think?

On that note, I leave you with a mantra, one that I hope helps ease your mind during unsettling times:
ᴍᴀʏ ɪ/ʏᴏᴜ ʙᴇ ꜱᴀꜰᴇ
ᴍᴀʏ ɪ/ʏᴏᴜ ʙᴇ ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ
ᴍᴀʏ ɪ/ʏᴏᴜ ʙᴇ ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜʏ
ᴍᴀʏ ɪ/ʏᴏᴜ ʙᴇ ᴀᴛ ᴘᴇᴀᴄᴇ.
[1𝘴𝘵—𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨/𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧, 2𝘯𝘥—𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦]

Looking back on a decade of teaching yoga, I am in awe of how much the practice has illuminated my life. I gratefully & eagerly look forward to the next decade, be it virtual & again in person

What has your yoga practice taught you?

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