As tempting as it may be to focus on what’s falling apart, I’m in awe of the generosity I’ve experienced and witnessed lately, and doing my best to pay it forward.
All this time
The Sun never says
To the Earth,
“You owe me.”
With a love like that.
It lights the
Ashley Sharp invoked this twice during the yoga class she streamed yesterday from her Pudding Creek refuge. Whether written by Hafiz (Hafez?) or Daniel Ladinsky, these words released an enormous sense of… relief? gratitude? after weeks of feeling so incredibly fortunate while also wondering: “Am I doing enough to help?” Not to mention the more frequent thought, “I know I could do a LOT more, but wow I’m exhausted.”
I am beginning to recognize that my desire to keep doing more and more is an attempt to avoid feeling certain emotions: anxiety, grief, confusion, overwhelm. I would like to trust that we’re all doing as much as we can with whatever edible, technological, financial, and emotional (etc) reserves we’ve got available.
A remarkable gift emerging from these times is that we suddenly have unprecedented access to healing practices offered from afar, so we can continue to fill our own cups! I am so grateful to many of my favorite yoga teachers from my California days for making their teachings available online (see list below).
Last weekend I had the immense privilege of taking Devi Daly’s first remote yin yoga teacher training course — thank you thank you thank you Devi for a lovely and inspiring three days! — and yesterday I taught my own first remote yoga session ❤
If you feel you would benefit from a bit of yoga instruction in your living room, here are a few resources from teachers I love:
- Devi Daly is streaming two yoga classes by donation every week.
- Point Reyes Yoga is streaming most of their usual classes (for the usual fees?), including Devi’s and Amanda Giacomini’s… I attended Amanda’s Gentle Yoga classes nearly every weekday for I don’t know how long and I wish it took place during NZ-friendly hours ❤
- Ashley Sharp is offering a range of yoga and meditation sessions weekly; you’ll have to contact her — or better yet, join her email list! — to get the details.
- Christy Brown is livestreaming two slow flow vinyasa sessions by donation every week; get in touch with her or sign up for her e-newsletter to get the details.
- Rachel Meyer has a brand new YouTube channel where she’s shared a variety of classes, from 15 to 90 minutes long.
- Brenna Geehan’s Vimeo channel has a number of classes available by donation.
I haven’t actually tried these yet, but you might find the yoga offerings on these sites useful?
- Yoga for the People offers free live-streamed classes, videos you can watch whenever, and even a podcast if you’d prefer a simple voice to guide you.
- MyYogaWorks has a massive online class library, and you can sign up for free for the foreseeable future using the code “ONLINE“.
- DoYogaWithMe is offering their premium subscription for free for 2 months.
- Down Dog (and all associated fitness apps) are offering their courses free through May 1st for most of us, and through July 1st for K-12 teachers and healthcare professionals.
- Yoga with Adriene has been teaching yoga on YouTube for longer than just about anyone… check out this awesome Yoga for Uncertain Times playlist! ❤
- Fitbit offers streaming yoga classes through their app as part of their premium offering; if you haven’t already taken advantage of the trial offer for newbies, you can get 90 days free at the moment.
There are probably many, many more online yoga options available; I’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments and I’ll be updating this post as I hear of new resources 🙂