How COVID-19 has affected the way that I'm teaching yoga

The pandemic has brought so many changes to the way we live and work. Although we’re still in the process of working our way through it, for some industries it has brought about a fundamental shift to the way they do business. It’s safe to say that any traditionally in-person activities (like yoga classes and retreats) have changed forever, and that it may be a long time until they look similar to the way they did before March 2020. COVID has changed the way I teach yoga in a couple of ways, which I wanted to share with you today. Change might not be easy, but it can also open up new doors, as has been the case in my personal experience.

Craving Personal Interaction & Connection

The immediate effect of the pandemic was a move towards online classes. I immediately shared a week-long yoga course to help beginners tap into yoga during such a stressful and uncertain time, and to introduce online yoga to clients who had worked with me before. Online yoga took off around the world as soon as the pandemic hit, and many instructors had to pivot in order to keep serving their clients to the best of their abilities. At the same time, there was a real demand for personal interaction and connection. I was very mindful of this when I continued to teach online, and as I started exploring what it means to create a safe and COVID-friendly yoga space in my own home, as well as how to get this across to clients who wanted to do the same.

Creating A Safe Space To Do Yoga

Going about creating a safe space for yoga, especially if you are using an online instructor, requires a little more effort than an in-person class does. When you arrive at a studio or a private venue, a lot of times the scene has been set and a specific mood has already been created for you to plug into. When you’re practicing from home, you’ve got to think about all the props you need, including your yoga mat and other items that will make the experience more comfortable. Getting into the right headspace requires taking a bit of time before the class for a mindfulness exercise (even if it’s just taking a few deep breaths), lighting some candles if you feel like it, and creating rules for proximity and mask wearing if you’re practicing with others who don’t live with you.

Groups & Individual Classes

As the pandemic has gone on, I’ve made the shift towards teaching individuals online, as well as teaching groups in the privacy of their own safe spaces. It’s been a great honour to plug into classes with groups of people with an interest in returning to in-person classes in a safe and controlled manner. One of the groups I teach consists of eight to ten people, all meeting in order to get their bodies moving, to help boost their personal collection, and also to reintroduce a physical social aspect into their lives. This includes having some tea and rusks after! Others might enjoy cocktails or watching the sunset, which I used to incorporate into my yoga events and hope we can do again sometime in the near future.

Customised Yoga Experiences

COVID might have changed the way Hello Happiest. operates, but I’m thankful to still be able to do something I love, even if it doesn’t look the same as it did before. Teaching private yoga classes online or in-person is a dream come true, and I love connecting with bigger groups who are navigating uncharted territory together as we look towards a new normal. I recently got the chance to travel to Mozambique to teach yoga to a private group, which involved a lot of “firsts” (like traveling again for the first time). In these uncertain times, I’m doing my best to remain flexible, and to meet my clients in a way that they feel most comfortable. If you’re ready to try a private yoga class, or you want to learn more about my customised yoga experiences for groups, drop me a message and hopefully we can get together sometime soon.