Unbusying ourselves is not for the faint of heart. At-home learning and work from home orders are wide-spread and the shift to stay home causes uncertainty on a level most of us have never encountered before. With furloughs and layoffs came impending pay cuts triggering fear and of course the loss of in-person human connection and interaction.
I don’t think anything could have prepared us for the global pandemic that shifted us into orbit—completely untethered. People keep echoing, “there’s no manual for this.” And there essentially is not. There is however a complete science of life and well-being that helps us manage our expectations and outcomes by settling us into present moment awareness. We can tap into that awareness anytime and that is the heart of yoga.Yoga practitioners and teachers alike have been practicing this. It’s finding calm in chaos. It’s choosing love over fear. It’s that place deep within that is unmoved and always whole and lit regardless of circumstance. For us, teaching yoga is such a passion project, if I wasn’t able to teach in a yoga studio or gym, I would teach online. I would grit and bear every time I pressed upload or record but vulnerability is at the heart of what we, as teachers, are doing right now—even with tension. Even with fear. We are made up of these conceptualized realities of what we think we should be doing or what we think it should look like. This habitual pattern not only robs us of our time but also of our creativity. In these moments we have to get out of our own way to be able to master something new. Sometimes its by choice. This time it was by force. By adapting and taking these small but significant shifts, we are practicing what we teach. We are breaking patterns and getting uncomfortable.
Think back to early March. Almost immediately and without much warning the tension in our bodies and mind came. For many of us, the tension still lingers. Seeing kids in grocery stores wearing masks is something that will never resonate with me as “new normal.” But in spite of it all, in the midst of this tension, we are witness to people shifting, adapting, normalizing and innovating the experience of the external.
Adapt or be stagnant.
The yoga landscape has forever changed. I’ve seen many yoga and group fitness teachers get completely uncomfortable and host a plethora of online and outdoor offerings, sharing their craft, honing in on their demographics and implementing helpful resources for virtual strangers that start to resemble friends and family. The overarching theme here is connection and a willingness and openness to serve. I’ve seen YTTs completely transition to online meetings and virtual connection, round tables and guest speakers. I’m proud to be a part of a YTT that started earlier this year and has continued to persevere in spite of all the circumstances. It’s an invitation to keep moving forward.
People are not changing the way things are being taught but they are using their creativity to fuel innovation and progress in stride of the changing world. Reframing is a word that comes to mind. Problem solving in this new era requires identifying and solving the right problem.
Identifying shifts and then taking action. In an instant, we saw studios, gyms, businesses close their doors. In the next moment, we see people adapting. We see brilliant collaborations and gentle tugs on our hearts to press on. Tele-health accessibility, photographers scheduling at home porch portraits, local produce delivery, online yoga channels, cycle studios dropping off stationary bikes to clients’ homes, app developments, DIY garage gyms and the list goes on.
What shifts have you seen in businesses you keep close to your heart? If you are a business owner, how have you had to adapt? Have you kept teaching yoga during quarantine?