We are all feeling the pain of being apart right now, even though many of us are blessed with the ability to teach and participate in our classes online. It is a very different world and it looks like it has the potential to remain in this evolved state into the foreseeable future. I don’t have a crystal ball but I do not think we are going back to where we were. The yoga studio where I teach has already decided that we will be online at least through the end of August. It is certainly unsettling AND it is giving us an opportunity to change, to innovate, and to get out of a rut.
When we started iHanuman over a decade ago, one of the main reasons we created this service was because we live remotely and wanted access (for us and others) to teachers around the world. I have been encouraging teachers to record their classes for some time and now look at what is happening? EVERYONE is teaching online because we have to adapt. We would have never innovated this way without a push in this direction.
There are so many aspects to this time that are actually encouraging. We are seeing air and water pollution levels return to “normal” after only a few weeks. I shared a link recently where tour operators and conservationists in Australia are taking this time to restore coral reef populations on the Great Barrier Reef! We are becoming more keenly aware of what is truly important, what we actually need not only to survive but to thrive. We have slowed down to a point where we can think more clearly and appreciate the world around us. My husband and I have delighted in watching each bud turn into a flower. We have committed to expanding our garden and growing our own food.
It appears that if we remain vigilant and listen to the recommendations from the scientists & doctors to wear masks and stay social at a distance, most of us will survive this pandemic. And we will undoubtedly be better prepared for the next one. This is our chance to learn, innovate and prepare ourselves as best we can for the unknown of what lies ahead. We are so blessed to have access to the skills to observe and discern through our yoga practice. It is comforting to practice being present with what is in each moment. What is true for you right now? What actions can you take given the truth of your current situation?
We are here for you, as always, and would like to point you in the direction of some new, some free and some ongoing classes in our library to help you remain grounded during this time.
Yoga Asana Sequences from Online Intensive with Abhijata Iyengar: The Iyengar National Association of the US and the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles facilitated an unprecedented Online Intensive with BKS Iyengar's granddaughter, Abhijata, last week. It was so wonderful to be together virtually with over 1300 Iyengar Yoga Students for early morning practices with Abhijata. There were so many gems from this gathering and we have curated the daily sequences for you in our Asana Index. Please Enjoy the Sequences from the 7 Day Virtual Retreat! Create and Share Your Own Sequences in Our Asana Index. Simply Create an iHanuman Account and Share Now!
FREE Live Restorative Yoga Class on Thursday, May 28 at 5:30pm: Yoga Charlottesville is offering FREE live yoga classes in May. My ongoing Level 1-2 Iyengar Yoga class will be free on Thursday evening May 28 at 5:30. You will need to email the studio for access to the class. So please join us by emailing email@example.com for more details. Grab your props and join us for an hour of relaxation and restoration!
Become a Member of IYASE and Access FREE classes!
Membership has It's Benefits: The Iyengar Yoga Association of the Southeast is offering several workshops that are FREE to members of the Association. In the next week alone, you will have access to a 3-hour Asana & Pranayama workshop with Advanced Iyengar Teacher, John Schumacher, as well as a 2 Day Virtual Summit! Become a Member to Enjoy these Benefits Now!
Latest Yoga Downloads with Jen Kagan: Jen is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Junior 3 Level who trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York with Mary Dunn. Jen is offering 1 - 1.5 hour class recordings from her studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Listen to Jen's latest classes including a FREE Restorative Class Now!
New Classes with Scaravelli - Inspired Yoga Teacher James Foulkes: James is a Certified Yoga Therapist and E-RYT 500 and has been teaching classes and trainings for nearly 20 years. James regularly adds Scaravelli-Inspired yoga classes to his iHanuman Library from his studio in the Washington DC Metro area. Listen to Samples and Download a FREE Class Now!
Technical Support During This Transition: Now that many of you and your studios are comfortable providing classes live online. You have the potential to create another revenue stream by creating the absolute best recordings you can and distributing them online. Sign Up for a FREE iHanuman Teacher Account and Distribute Your Recorded Classes Online. We would love to help you. Create A Free iHanuman Account Now!
Starchive It!: You will need a place to archive, curate and distribute your files. We partner with Starchive. Starchive costs about the same as a Dropbox account and not only is it light years ahead in terms of functionality, it is much easier to use. Many organizations like the Satchidananda Yoga Ashram use Starchive and you should too! Create a Free Starchive Account Now!