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Yoga doesn't take time… it gives time

“Yoga doesn't take time … it gives time,” Ganga White.

When MSU closed to in-person classes and Yoga 150 and 230 went online (as did all other MSU classes), I tapped into the depth and power of the practice with the intention of helping my students adjust to our new awkward and uncertain situation.

Rather than holding classes on zoom and requiring them to login at a certain time from wherever they were sheltering, I decided to give them time and space to view video practices online. This format was intended as a way for the students to be with the awkwardness, uncertainty and fear as well as the beauty, simplicity, and peace of pandemic lockdown. I wanted the class to help them be more open and receptive and ready to meet the challenges of this time as well as have energy and a clear mind to focus on their core classes.

Yoga (not just the physical practice, but all 8 limbs) is a practice that can help us navigate our way through life, to see obstacles not as problems, but as opportunities. But if your nervous system is triggered by fear, and you’re stuck in fight/flight/freeze, it is difficult, if not impossible, to be open and receptive to change. You need to feel safe and supported before you can open your mind and your heart.