Moving to entirely online teaching was a big change for me (and thousands of yoga teachers all over the world, no doubt).
One of my questions as I began teaching through digital media, was ‘what happens to the group bond, the vibe?’ Would that wonderful connection created in yoga class be lost?
During the first days of teaching I was pretty focused on the technical aspects — making sure the lights were right, hitting the right angles and distances so students could see me clearly, learning to give feedback without being able to do corrections.
But once things got into a flow something amazing happened. Classes started to be social — just like in the studio. Students log on early to chat and hang out afterwards. They ask questions and tell stories about the joys and frustrations of daily life. We share tips for staying patient, strong and sane. We laugh. We swap series recommendations.
I’m realising that yoga is never virtual. The unity, the bond, the energy is always real — whether we are 20 people in one room or one person each in 20 rooms. The logistics are far less important than the spirit, and the spirit is strong.
Every time we step onto the yoga mat, whether for solo practice or an online class, we are entering the global yoga community. This is real. Our bodies and minds are real. The ground beneath our feet and the air we breathe.
It is easy to feel a little isolated or overwhelmed by quarantine; it is normal to miss physical contact and routines; but we are truly not alone.
Yoga reminds us of the precious reality of our lives and surroundings. Let’s use this practice to stay connected, stay energised, and stay focused on the positive.
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