staying home yoga

It has been two weeks since I started teaching my Zoom yoga classes from home. What wild times we are living! The online teaching has been a mixture of super fun, kinda weird and truly wonderful all at the same time. I love chatting with people and I love teaching yoga, so that has been no different. The weird part is teaching to a screen. I can see people (usually well if the connection is good) moving with me, but because it’s best if everyone else’s sound is off, I teach to a quiet screen. And the quiet is kinda weird. Like did they laugh at that joke? Are they still breathing in this pose? I can’t see people’s facial expressions well and I realize how much I am usually reading people as I teach. Not so easy to do on zoom! But none the less I would say that my overall experience has been wonderful.

The Zoom classes have surprised me with some extra sweet gifts. The benefit of not being location specific is that people have been joining from across Canada and even from Switzerland. Isn’t that amazing? I have seen old friends from high school and University at these classes. It has been so wonderful to connect with people and laugh and move and rest. I am very grateful for this platform to be able to continue to offer what I love so very much: YOGA!!!!

And although I miss my in person classes very much, this time away has helped me appreciate how much I enjoy gathering with others. I definitely took being able to go out and teach yoga for granted. This time away also highlights for me the magic of coming together. And it has shown me that we can be adaptive. Because I have definitely felt the magic through the screen. And I have been very inspired by how my students, old and new, younger or older have adapted to using this platform and played so openly with me these past weeks!

During this adaptive time I will continue to teach Zoom classes!

You can find this week’s schedule here. Please help me spread the word! I am rethinking my schedule for April so if you have any feedback please let me know! I am open to suggestions. I have noticed that so far the most attended classes are in the evenings. What is your time preference? I will also be keeping a zoom class or two on my schedule even after we can meet up in person! That’s something new too!

I wanted to highlight that you don’t need a perfect anything to zoom with me. No perfect home, no perfect device, no perfect outfit nor body. You can come exactly as you are. Messy hair, smelly pits, messy room, cranky body. Whatever! That is how yoga works best: when we come as we are! You need only room for your body to move and stretch. Comfortable clothes work well!

Come move with me. I think we need some yoga right now. Or some kind of movement (if yoga isn’t your thing) and togetherness. I think it would do us good to support ourselves to calm our nervous systems. We can find our centres. We can breathe through this. We can!

Deep blessings to you as we journey into new places, as we face our fears, as we open our hearts. May you feel the deep strength that lives within.

xo Chantalle