COVID-19 swept through the world and forced us into our homes in the early months of 2020. The experience is still raw as many of us had loved ones that were impacted by the virus, and our optimistic freedom still appears to be on shaky ground as we watch daily numbers of cases increase.
This shelter-in-place scenario was a shock to most of our systems. We couldn't go out into the world around us and partake in the things that give us pleasure. Even the simple things were suddenly out of reach like hugs and face to face interactions with, well, anyone outside those we live with. On a macro level, major league sports seasons have been canceled. The environment has seen unimaginable breaks from pollution and businesses have gone under. On a micro level, couples have broken up. Kids have flunked their virtual classes. Mental health conditions have skyrocketed. 2020 has been a watershed year for all of us collectively, and we're not even officially in summer yet.
The world is opening up at varying paces, but the inevitable "new normal" seems to be bouncing back at a full steam ahead pace. As the stubborn virus seems to still lurk in the background of our society, we're starting to carry on with our daily lives. Even though life is getting back to something similar to what it was before, I'd like to make the case for holding onto some of the adaptations we've made during this period.
Maybe we'll keep eating healthy, homemade foods. Maybe we'll keep going for walks and bike rides every day. Maybe we'll spend more time swimming in our neglected pools. Maybe we'll unapologetically lie in bed with coffee and a good book more frequently. Maybe we'll appreciate those times when we do hug and have more gratitude for that casual encounter with a friend. AND, maybe we'll still take Zoom yoga classes. I know, I know...you prefer to be in the yoga studio side by side with your yogi friends, sweating it out in a hot room and guided by the voice of your favorite teachers. But, hear me out, my case for keeping Zoom yoga around is strong.
6 Reasons Why Zoom Yoga Should Stay On Your Radar Post Pandemic:
While so many difficult things resulted from the quarantine period, some good, unintended consequences happened. In this yogi's humble opinion, one of the most beautiful things that went down during the pandemic of 2020 was the connections it created. Connections between people who had never met before and even those who had known each their whole lives. Many thanks to technology platforms like Zoom and others.
As we go about our busy lives in normal times, we often get set in our ways, too busy to break out and take notice of something new. CoronaVirus forced us to rethink our comfort zone and find new ways to connect. It forced us to do the things we never had time to do. The results:
Yes, of course, I'm continuing my Zoom yoga class, I teach an all levels Zoom yoga class on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM EST - contact me for information!
Or explore the many offerings from Pop Up Yoga including outdoor yoga events open to the public, private one-on-one or small group as well as events and corporate yoga classes. What did you have in mind for your Pop Up yoga event?
Jen Seitz is a yoga teacher and writer who wants to dive deeper into the yoga lifestyle. Care to join? Read on...