That’s been true for the studio, just like in our personal lives. First there was the change to a total video platform and recording classes from our living rooms. That was a really sweet time of filming classes listening to the wind chimes outside my window and watching the afternoon light trace across the wall, while I imagined you all on the other side of the camera.
Once we were allowed back into the studio in late June, we began organizing and cleaning the studio like mad to prepare for opening, and started teaching classes in the park. I remember how incredibly excited I was that first class in the park to actually see my students and teach in person again! At that point we also pivoted back to filming videos at the studio to give our students at home the feel of being at the studio again for class.
When we opened the doors for in-studio classes on July 6, it felt a bit surreal after so many months of just watering the plants in Garden studio to actually hold classes again. And there were so many changes with that re-opening – limited number of students, virtually no props, and endless cleaning protocols to follow! But people are resilient, and little by little, students started to return, we became creative with available props, and the cleaning became routine. This is our current “new normal” and it has started to feel, well, normal!
I know that you have also navigated so many stages of change in your personal lives, and your priorities have no doubt shifted. When you feel ready to return to yoga classes – either in the park or at the studio – it may feel a little strange and like another life adjustment, but it will also feel wonderful to take care of yourself again through yoga. After just a bit of time and adjustment, those in-person yoga classes will become your “new normal”.
Besides yoga in the park or regularly scheduled classes at the studio, take a look at the Circle of Friends option and consider returning with your own group of friends or family to make that transition just a little more comfortable.
Looking forward to seeing you when you are ready to shift once more!
Read the rest of our August Week 2 newsletter from 8/8/2020!