We are in the middle of a global pandemic. It’s okay to be scared, sad, and overwhelmed. Many of our most vulnerable members of society have been deemed “essential” and have to risk their health and safety every day so that we can eat and get the medicine that we need. If you’re an essential employee, I cannot thank you enough for the effort you are giving.
I’m lucky enough to have a job that can be done remotely. I have the luxury of staying at home and having my groceries delivered to my door. I also live alone, so I don’t have to worry about my roommate or partner getting sick or bringing “it” home to me. I am grateful for my bubble, I’m grateful for my yard, and I’m so grateful for each of you. Truth be told, I’ve been feeling guilty that I haven’t offered you all more practices during this unprecedented time. But if I’m being completely honest, I really don’t have the energy for it. It takes a huge amount of effort for me to lead online practices for the studio I teach at. It’s not that I don’t want to practice or teach – it’s that I’d rather be in my garden or laying in bed.
Yesterday, I accepted that it’s okay to do less and that I am doing the best that I can. So, this practice is a little different from others. It’s a recording of a live practice I offered via Facebook for Downtown Yoga. It’s about 57 minutes long and is somewhat vigorous as we work on Sun Salutation A and the process of “stepping to the top of the mat” from downward facing dog.
This practice is likely just as entertaining to watch as it is to follow along. Cosmo is grumpy and attacks me about 20 minutes in. My neighbor’s kid and dog make cameos through the window. It’s definitely rough around the edges, and that’s okay – our world has been turned upside down. You don’t need to be perfect right now. It’s okay to do less, you are doing the best that you can. I recommend having some blocks handy and maybe some water for this practice.