I'm on "vacation" this week. My original plans involved a family trip to the Netherlands. A week of visiting tulip fields, windmills, and historic museums. Well, lo and behold, like many things these days, those plans had to change. I still wanted to do something special with my week off though.
Enter my "virtual yoga retreat!"
What's a virtual yoga retreat? Well, it's something I made up! Basically, I'm taking 1-2 online yoga classes a day from some of my favorite yoga studios. (Shoutout to Beloved Yoga and Atma Bodha Yoga)
All these online yoga classes are reminding me of when I launched an online yoga space in 2018. That was such an exciting time and steep learning curve for me! During that time, I made video tutorials for my students. I want to share those videos with you today. Online yoga is becoming popular as a self-care practice while social distancing. I hope you'll find these videos helpful as you explore online yoga for yourself:
I made the yoga props video this past weekend. I taught a restorative yoga class online to a group of my fellow physicians. Yoga props are so helpful for restorative poses. So, I created that video as a resource for you to have easy ways to make yoga props at home. I hope you find these videos useful!
Also, you may have noticed that I no longer offer an online weekly schedule of classes. I'm still available to teach private (individual or group) online yoga and meditation. Contact me if you're interested!
Take Time To Tune-In
How are you? Really. How are you doing - emotionally, mentally, and physically right now? I hope you're finding moments through all this to pause and check in. We're experiencing something massive on a global and individual level. There's so much information and advice floating around, it can all feel overwhelming. And, that's why I want to remind you to tune in. Check in with yourself.
I also want to remind you that small tweaks can make a big difference. So, if you tune in and notice that you're feeling tense in your shoulders, take a moment to do a few shoulder rolls. If you find that your breath is super shallow, pause to take 3-4 deep breaths. If you notice that you feel anxious when you check the news, then set a specific time and time limit to checking it. You don't have to make massive shifts in your life all at once to feel better. These small moments of tuning in can give you the peace you need right now.
I also want to remind you to be gentle with yourself. If there was ever a time to honor your own process, it's now. Everyone will have their own way to process what we're experiencing right now. Some people may be pouring themselves into work and creating projects. Others may need more connection with family and friends through Zoom and phone. You may need a day of binge-watching Netflix, or a very structured day. This is the time to tune in and honor your journey for self-care, whatever that looks like for you.
If you need a little help getting started, here are a few resources:
1. Wholepreneur Summit For Mind, Body, Spirit, And Business.
My friend, Tanya, brought together 15 experts to lead 17 workshops over the next couple of weeks. I'm speaking April 7th on Ayurveda Routines For Wellness. You can find the entire lineup and register here.
2. Simple Habit App.
Free premium membership for 45 days. As you know, I'm affiliated with Simple Habit and have created meditations for the app. They have many meditations available for free. But, they're currently offering even their premium content for free. If you're interested, please contact me for the link and offer code.
3. Women's Circle.
I'm planning on hosting another women's circle this Saturday, April 11th at 6pm EST. Topic will be on processing grief. Save your spot here.
That's all for now. Let me know how you're doing. And, if there's a particular resource I can provide you with in the upcoming weeks, please let me know!