As I reflect on the trying times that we are in right now in the world, I’m reminded of the first statement in the yoga sutras:
“Atha yoganushasanam.” Now, begins the study of yoga.
There is a lot of fear, uncertainty, and stress that we are being subjected to as the human due to the circumstances surrounding the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus disease). The challenge of dealing with adjusted work schedules and environments, quarantines, financial changes, and new family and social patterns/routines has made one thing very clear: the world needs a lot more yoga right now.
The word yoga is derived from its Sanskrit root “yuj” meaning “to join,” or “to unite.” At its very origins- yoga suggest bringing us together through the practice of this beautiful philosophy.
An interview between Emily Esfahani Smith and esteemed social psychologist and neuroscientist Matthew Lieberman illustrates our brains need be social well in this statement:
Whenever it has a free moment, the human brain has an automatic reflex to go social. Why would the brain, which forms only 2 percent of our body weight but consumes 20 percent of its energy, use its limited resources on social thinking, rather than conserving its energy by relaxing?
Evolution has made a bet, Lieberman tells me, that the best thing for our brain to do in any spare moment is to get ready for what comes next in social terms.
(Research by Emily Esfahani Smith and Matthew Lieberman, 2013, The Atlantic)
In a time of suggested and in some cases, required “social distancing” how can we, as yoga instructors, continue to support our communities through our example, teaching yoga, and offering guidance to a world that so desperately needs it?
Many studios and individuals have temporarily switched to live streaming of classes. This is a great way to keep up with your students from the comfort of your own home or studio space.
If your studio/company has offered you this opportunity in their own studio space:
If your studio/company has not offered you this opportunity:
Set up your own live stream!
Also, beYogi is pleased to inform you that our coverage includes online live streaming. This is a great way to continue teaching while adhering to social distancing protocols. If you need coverage for live streaming, here's a $20 discount.
If your studio or space has no been closed due to recent events, below are a few important tips to remember in order to keep yourself and your students safe.
A note from beYogi:
We recommend following CDC guidelines and government recommendations. Some of the below are recommendations for in-person yoga instruction. As many, if not most, studios and gyms are closed, this information may be most useful once it is safe to return to normal activities as advised by the CDC.
Many students feel more comfortable from their own homes and living spaces. This can be a great way to continue to teach and to help you keep up with your budget and finances. Consider advertising online via social media or other self- marketing sites to acquire clients.
In conclusion, avoid letting fear limit you, and find safe ways to spread your light. Not only does fear restrict your brain and bodies ability to function well, but it can drastically lower your immune systems functionality.
Go forward with love, and take care of each other.
“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.”
- William Allen White
Shine bright, Namaste.