The capacity for physical togetherness has clearly been capped by the dawn of COVID-19, a day of which we do not know the length.
But these are interesting times. Since offering my first online class last week, I’ve received an unprecedented number of emails and messages from students expressing their gratitude, excitement, and hope. Despite my less than perfect video production skills, folks are just happy that I’m offering an opportunity for us to come together in this new and oddly comforting way.
In some ways, I feel closer to my yoga community than ever before. Last Saturday I saw students and friends I haven’t seen for years, as well as people who would like to attend my classes but live too far away to do so.
COVID has acted as a dam in the river of normality, and the resulting alternate route the relentless flow of life has taken has collected a larger, wider, more global involvement. In my weekly class, I’m witnessing a kind of togetherness I could not have imagined teaching my small but wonderful community classes in my little permaculture village in rural Australia.
Although I miss the capacity for physical connection an in-person yoga class offers, I feel as if I’m now riding the currents of this new branch of the river, along with everyone else. Strangely, yet reassuringly, we are in this together. We are being called to trust the flow. And in stepping into this new river, we find ourselves practising a yoga of acceptance, a yoga of letting go of the need “to know”, a yoga of embracing the unknown with open arms.
Apart, yet very, very much together.
Next LIVE online yoga class is Saturday 8:30am AEST. Classes are offered by donation and are intentionally inclusive and accessible to all. To join a class, click here.