At this time, April 2020, we are being called to practice and to regularly push ourselves to be courageously in the uncertainty of a worldwide pandemic. Bringing aliveness and vulnerability to your inner reality could mean a regular practice of yoga and meditation, and the perspective piece is watching where it becomes rote or a numbing tendency instead of curious, allowing painful emotional releases, and the cozy sense of nurturing your inner child.
Due to changes in my own life, I have had to pare back my yoga, childbirth classes and doula offerings in 2020. This site will remain mostly inactive – at least for the rest of 2020, I imagine.
I was teaching yoga once weekly, and now that too, has been consciously put to rest by coronavirus. I have turned to address what is in front of me in my life, chosen to surrender to the service I’m being called to offer at this time. One of my paid jobs has ramped up to allow Emergency Fund management and Emergency Granting to my community, and I’m rising to that challenge, while being the sole income earner in my household and juggling another work from home job that has variable work hours and workload.
I want to send out this sincere wish to all of my students, and to all who read this: I hope and wish that this pandemic offers something unique and tangible to each of you – an awakening, a softening, a vulnerability that brings you home to your path, your journey and your ability to see God in All. Yoga – like many other centering practices, like music, walking awake in nature, and others – has the capacity to bring us out of mental stories/past/future/anxiety, into a state of awareness of what is True, and the awareness of being part of a larger organism, yet also being Spirit itself.
Sat Nam! I trust that we’ll be practising together again if it is for the highest good and in the meantime let this be a reminder to continue to do the challenging work of self awareness – now more than ever it brings us perspective and peace.
~ Shannon Dharmatma