– where flowers bloom and virtual feels “real”
Between the blooming wildflowers along our creek path, the tulips and bleeding hearts gracing the yard, and redbud and cherry trees in glorious array throughout the woods, the world is awash in color and indescribable beauty! Spring is resplendent in its delicacy of form, sweet fragrance and abundance of life – an apt reminder that life triumphs.
Spring is also a time for pruning dead wood from the roses and forsythia bushes, cutting back the clematis vines, and dividing and transplanting the day lilies; clearing away the old and spent so that new shoots have the energy to emerge.
And, so it is with our lives. While we are sheltering at home, we have a great opportunity to clear our closets – both real and metaphorical – to uncover what is real and true in our lives, and to foster what might be ready to take form. I spent the weekend clearing over 20 years of old yoga files – clipped Yoga Journal articles to use “sometime”, workshop and retreat handouts since 2005, tried and true resources that have shaped my teaching of yoga over the years. Themes emerged – the importance of home yoga practice, layers of learning about the effects of stress, the chakras as a guide to understanding our deeper selves, and a passion for scoliosis and structural yoga therapy. Those themes still shine in my heart and inform my teaching, but perhaps now they will find a new forum.
MSY has been virtual for 2 weeks and it is working! More than 75 students have ordered over 200 video links and are coming back for more. I couldn’t be more grateful! In the midst of filling all those orders (that’s me behind the virtual curtain) I also ponder what this may mean in the future for the studio. Perhaps we’ll continue to offer some virtual classes for our far-flung students, or those workshops may become online courses. All is uncertain, except that the virtual has become our current reality and anything may emerge for the future.
Thanks to all of you who have sent me sweet notes of gratitude for what we are offering! It’s lonely and just a little strange to imagine all of you when I’m teaching to my camera lens without you being present. So, your feedback makes a difference…as do all of you.
Sending an abundance of light and love,