As I talked about in my recent message titled “Remain Calm,” we can do what we need to do yet we can allow our mind-body-spirit personal practices support and nourish us regardless of changing circumstances. These practices would benefit us most by making them forefront in our lives.
I will continue to hold in-person sessions until it is not appropriate to do so. Be sure to watch the website and Facebook for any changes.
I will also continue to take necessary precautions with extra disinfectants and extensive cleaning. I also ask you to bring your own yoga mats, pillows, blankets and/or a towel(s) for bolsters you may use at the studio. And if you are ill at all, please do not attend sessions.
During these high stress and anxiety-provoking times, finding ways to join together either in person or remotely is critical for us to find some peace, comfort, and support.
As of this writing, the potential for contracting COVID-19 is still low in the Madison area. Today, though, Gov. Evers has declared a Public Health Emergency. The potential spread here in Wisconsin can change quickly, as we have seen in other areas and countries. This is being realistic.
Remember that we can practice equanimity as we prepare ourselves appropriately with proper health hygiene, including washing hands, social distancing, and staying home if ill. Follow the advice of the Public Health Dept. of Madison and Dane County. You can read there advice here.
I want to remind you that I do offer private sessions so that can be an option for you. If you would like to talk about your fears and anxiety of the situation. I am a spiritual teacher and minister and happy to help you in alleviating your anxiety with a listening ear, breathwork, meditation and movement.
Always though, follow your comfort level.
To prepare for the potential long-term effect, I will start virtual classes soon so you can still receive the benefits of mindfulness meditation and yoga. We need to these practices to help us relieve the anxiety that we may be feeling.
For some of you who may have not taken a virtual class before, it may be a challenge to do classes in this manner. I will make it as easy as possible for you to attend or watch recorded sessions. I have worked with people of all abilities, including those in their 70s, who join me in online weekly classes currently. Have faith, we are in this together and our lives right now are forever changed by this virus.
I know that it doesn’t feel quite the same in joining with others in person but we have to do what needs to be done. Joining with like-minds is vital to our peace of mind.
If the possibility of these types of sessions interest you, please let me know.
I have offered spiritual online classes for many years, and folks from all over the country have found community in our interactions. For what I am planning regarding meditation and yoga, I would like to offer 1-2 meditation sessions a week (I currently do offer a livestream meditation on Sunday afternoons already), a gentle yoga class with conscious relaxation, a chair yoga session to help those with limited mobility and flexibility, and perhaps other classes influenced by your suggestion.
Some classes you can attend live online and interact with me, and I will record those if you cannot attend at the time the class is offered. Some classes will be pre-recorded that I will make available.
I am still working on the details and I aim to have more information for you next week.
I have been working on a version of my “Learn to Meditate” class that I was about to debut as an online self-study course.
With all that is going on in the world, RIGHT NOW is the PERFECT time to learn and practice more meditation and yoga.
In moving to an online format, your support will help the studio to keep the lights on so it’s ready and waiting for you when things return to normal.
If you appreciate what I offer at the studio, I hope you will consider either still attending, scheduling private sessions, or taking some of these online options so Meditate Madison can stay in business over this COVID-19 outbreak and return to operations when the coast is clear.
I thank you immensely for your support. I know many other small businesses will be affected by this, and together we can help everyone!
May all beings be happy, may all beings be well, may all beings be safe, may all beings be peaceful and at ease.