Yoga for the Present

Yoga tells us that as long as we are subject to the pairs of opposites, we will suffer. When we connect instead to the infinite within, we may learn to experience true peace and joy. The current situation is certainly challenging me as I struggle with the dualities of hope and fear, gain and loss, success and failure. I feel best when I am immersed in the moment, whether that is while doing yoga, playing music, gardening, cooking or walking.

I am thinking of you – my yoga friends, students and colleagues – every day, and imagining that we are all going through similar ups and downs. I hope you are finding ways to stay present, cheerful and optimistic, despite the enormous challenge that we face.

Part of being present means accepting things as they are, and that means accepting that the way I can share yoga right now is with a computer. While I was hesitant about this online teaching endeavor, it has been unexpectedly rewarding. I find that I can see my students, make suggestions, and see whether my instructions have been understood. The classes are truly interactive, and I am grateful for the Zoom platform that is making these classes possible.

I am delighted to be connecting with the students who have joined me on this online journey. It is wonderful to see that many students who normally take one class a week are now able to take two or three classes a week. With travel time taken out of the equation, there is more time for yoga classes! For some of us, new daily schedules may now allow more time for yoga and other pursuits. You may be taking this opportunity to dive into your personal practice, trusting your training and inner guidance.

I understand that taking a yoga class through an electronic device may not sound appealing to everyone, but right now it is the only option. I am enjoying my opportunity to take a couple classes per week with my teacher, and it is a silver lining within the chaos of this strange time. If you have not tried an online class because you are unsure about what the experience will be like, I warmly invite you to join us and find out. Students have discovered that they enjoy having the chance to practice in their own space in the comfort of their home. Some students have found that they feel more relaxed and comfortable without me seeing and correcting them, so they simply turn their camera off.

The health and well being of my students and teachers is very important to me. I am doing my best to keep up with the news and best practice recommendations for when we do reopen. For now, the way to take a yoga class with me is online. There is no way to predict how much longer the onsite studio will be closed, but the online studio is open now. 

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However you choose to practice your yoga in this challenging time, I wish you all the best. May your practice bring you balance, self-knowledge and serenity.

Sending love and light,

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5 Responses to Yoga for the Present

  1. Dear Karen, I am so glad to be on your blog! FYI, I lead a chant session on Tuesday afternoons at 4 PM Eastern Time. There is no charge. If you would like to join us, you would be most welcome. The group is diverse in yoga lineages. At any rate, I am glad you are well. Best wishes to you and Cliff,

  2. Connie Wolfe says:

    I am so grateful to Karen for making her excellent classes available online. I have been able to participate in more classes per week through Zoom than I ever did at the studio. I really encourage any students who have not tried online classes to do so asap. Yes, Karen can see you and correct you! Take advantage of the gift of yoga now; as Karen says, be in the moment rather than grieving the lack of in-person classes.

  3. Julie Tamarkin says:

    Thank you for the update, Karen! I am so glad the online classes are going so well. I am sending you love and gratitude, and wishing you well, always. 🙂

  4. It is so nice to hear from you, Leslie! I will be in touch about joining the chanting group!

  5. Thanks so much for your support, Connie!

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