Like most of you I am going into week three of quarantine; something I never thought I would say. However, here we are. One day I feel optimistic and productive, other days I feel sluggish and depressed. In just a matter of three weeks I have gone through an emotional roller coaster and a complete lifestyle change, which is quite exhausting.
In my last blog post just two days into quarantine I said, “Remember, whatever you are feeling during this time is valid.” Every day since then, I have had to remind myself of that. It’s so easy to disregard your feelings, and I know I have gone through moments where I questioned the validity of them… Especially knowing other people in this world are going through so much worse.
In just three short weeks my income is nearly obsolete, and I will most likely need to file for unemployment and apply for a small business loan. This has brought up feelings of shame and negative self-talk. Yet, deep down I know that this is temporary, I am not defined by my circumstances and I am strong and resilient enough to respond mindfully to these conditions. I think deep down inside we all know that, no matter what we are going through during this time. Yes, we can feel what we feel and think what we think, but at a certain point we must pick ourselves up and keep on going.
More and more we are seeing the silver lining in all of this. Our world is cleaning itself from the clear canals of Venice to the improved air quality in Los Angeles. We are also working together to flatten the curve and keep each other safe and healthy. In my life the silver lining has been spending quality time with my family, connecting with friends, and still getting to do what I love. My husband and I are currently living with my parents, so we prepare dinner, watch TV, do puzzles, play board games, and are in the process of creating an herb garden. Since my schedule has slowed down, I have had the opportunity to connect with family members and even held virtual Happy Hours with friends. And, the most important thing is that we have a roof over our heads, enough food and water to sustain us, and we are all safe and healthy.
I still get to do what I love and am currently teaching meditation every weekday morning at 10:00 AM on Instagram live, recording guided meditation and filming online classes for my subscription, and will be teaching live classes on Zoom and Instagram. I am here to support you during this time and will keep you posted on future offerings. In the meantime, I hope that you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe.
With so much uncertainty, our default reactions can be triggered by stressors that can bring out some weird things. But remember, there is always a reason why people do the things that they do. Everyone is affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. Small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, employees are getting laid off, individuals including myself have no pay or minimal work for several weeks, parents are scrambling for childcare, low income families may not be able to put food on the table or pay their rent, and much more. Please remember to be compassionate, kind, and respectful of others. We may not have control of how others choose to respond, but we can choose how we do. And remember... this too shall pass.
I am currently on day two of quarantine and I am not going to lie, I am going a little stir crazy. I am so used to going outside, socializing with people throughout the day, teaching my classes, and driving around town. Yet, this time in quarantine doesn't necessarily need to be boring, unproductive, and useless. We can still make valuable use of our time while giving ourselves permission to rest when needed.
Here are some tips to make valuable use of your time during quarantine:
When I first began teaching, I solely taught public classes at various studios and gyms. I remember the excitement of getting my first class on the regular schedule. One by one I added more classes until I was averaging 10-15 per week. It worked for a while until I realized it wasn’t sustainable. I was getting sick all the time and felt burnt out. I then decided to expand my offerings to include private classes and yoga retreats. This is where I really shined. When teaching my private classes I enjoy creating a personal experience just for them based on their goals, wants, and needs. When leading my retreats, I get the opportunity to travel and build a deeper connection with my students through the yoga practice. So, for about 3 years I focused on these offerings.
My mission has always been to make yoga accessible for everyone and to teach based on an individual’s unique experience within the practice. Yet, when I sat down and re-evaluated the focus of my work, I saw some gaps.
Although there is value in taking public classes, going on yoga retreats and experiencing private yoga, I realized that daily challenges may prevent us from starting or maintaining a yoga practice. A lack of time, finances, resources, accessibility, and many other factors could play a huge role in this. Once I mapped out these challenges, I set out to try and offer yoga to as many people as I can and through as many offerings as possible. Therefore, I created my online classes and virtual private classes to fill in those gaps.
Online classes allow you to practice from literally anywhere in the world. My classes range from five minutes to an hour and I offer a wide variety because I know everyone is on a different journey. There is everything from pose breakdowns to restorative classes, chair yoga, morning and evening classes, guided meditation, educational workshops, trigger point therapy, and much more. My online subscription is also extremely friendly for your wallet and allows you to practice at your own convenience without feeling self-conscious.
My virtual private classes are a bridge between my online subscription and public or private in-person classes. Thanks to technology, you can take a private class with me from anywhere in the world. All you need is access to Skype, Google Hangouts, or even FaceTime in a pinch. You will get the same personalized class plan from me at half the cost of an in-person private.
Now that I expanded my offerings to include public classes, private lessons, retreats, my online class subscription, and virtual privates you can integrate a yoga practice that meets your lifestyle demands.
Hi, I'm Lauren and I am here to support people to find freedom in being authentic and the power to carry that out in their lives and community. Writing is one way I like to explore that for myself. Here is my archive of reflections.