When the pandemic hit, I was hesitant to teach online. The struggle of internet connections, setting up your equipment, and being away from the energy of the Yoga studio felt overwhelming. It felt like a lot to handle on top of the grief I was feeling over how different my life became. I was scared that the experience wouldn’t be good enough or comparable to the energy of a live studio class. It was difficult to let go of thinking about the way things were and the pressure of delivering a quality class held me back.
The first step I took was to acknowledge what I was going through – the sadness, the grief, the loss. I realized that I needed to accept things as they were because at the end of the day, my why was more important – the passion to share the change this practice made on me to others. COVID-19 has created such an impact on people on a physical, mental, and emotional level that it is clear how much we all need it now more than ever.
Yoga is about being in the here and now and the biggest thing I’ve learned from all this is that the difficult moments in our lives never last and that change is inevitable. Yoga teaches us to stay present in order to take things with grace, to be responsive instead of reactive. So for any of you that have been hesitant to this digital shift, all I can say is that it has been such a comfort in these crazy times. And guess what, the energy is still there! Let Yoga help you go through what you need to go through because all you need in this practice is you, your breath, and nothing else.
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Teacher Ben and Teacher Rianna are experienced yoga teachers, who dedicate their lives to guiding fellow practitioners reach their full potential.