We are at the halfway point of 2020 and I think we can all agree that so far it has been a wild ride. Just in the month of July my husband and I bought our first home in Long Beach, California, I launched a brand new business, and found out about several family members' whose health was severely compromised due to COVID-19. From one high to a low, we have truly experienced what it is like to go with the flow. Thankfully, those family members are now on the mend and we are slowly adjusting to our "new normal."
One of the many adjustments for me in the last four months has been teaching and practicing yoga virtually. I will admit that at first I was hesitant and resistant to the change, but I have grown to love and value my home practice.
In our current times that we find ourselves in, I believe that investing in mental, emotional, and physical health is so important. I think all of us in some way, shape or form are finding new ways to explore that.
Personally, I have discovered so many precious moments of practicing yoga at home. First off, I absolutely love not having to fight LA traffic or parking nightmares in order to get "my spot" in class. I love having my clean, personal, and open space to move, flow, and breath as freely and loudly as I like. I love rolling out of bed, onto my mat, and in my pajamas. I love giving myself enough time to sit in meditation or lie in Savasana without worrying that the next class will rush in. The only disruption I receive is from my pup Ziggy, but his wet kisses are always welcome.
2020 hasn't been an easy year, but this time away from all that I was familiar and comfortable with has offered me so much perspective. From that I am incredibly grateful because I have found the freedom to be authentic and re-gained my power to carry that out in my community no matter how near or far we may be physically.
These past 4 months have been a rollercoaster of emotions and learning curves. I cried a lot, got really frustrated, and was ready to throw in the towel. And for a moment I did. But, not to quit, to reflect.
I took a step back and really thought about what was important to me and how I could fulfill my purpose in spite of the new road block of COVID-19. With my new open availability, I meditated, journaled, gardened, went on long walks, and sat with my thoughts.
In the process, I learned to lean into the unknown instead of fighting it or trying to convince myself that I had control in the first place. I think in many ways our "new normal" has woken us up to that inner wisdom.
The tools I actively learn and teach through the yoga practice have especially helped me to not just get through these times but to thrive from it. In this instance, the problem of not being able to safely teach yoga in person has created the solution of launching THE STUDIO by Lauren, my new virtual yoga studio!
In these last couple of months, I have come to the realization that although we may not physically be near one another, that doesn't have to prevent us from being apart of a community. I created my virtual yoga studio as a means to support you to find freedom in being authentic and the power to carry that out in your life and community no matter how near or far.
I invite you to lean into the unknown with me as I start this new venture. I hope you will join me!
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti,
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.