09 May End of an Era
With the fanfare of the last of the bathwater swirling down the drain, we say goodbye to the first ever Open Awareness Yoga free online yoga class, Tuesday Active Class.
It lasted from March 17, 2020 through May 3, 2022. 111 weeks, from the very beginning and through the belly of the pandemic. And now, as the pandemic changes gears and my in-person teaching schedule gets busier in Portland, I’m reducing my regular free online schedule to once per week on Wednesdays. It’s bittersweet.
I did my pandemic freakout grocery shopping on Thursday, March 12, 2020 and I found out I would not be returning to teach at my LA gyms or studios “for a couple weeks” the next day. That very first week of nationwide stay-at-home orders I started teaching this Tuesday class. You might remember, it began as a YouTube livestream.
I had no idea what I was doing technically, but over the following months with the help of family, friends, and generous internet people, we all figured it out together. A special thanks to my husband Adam and my magic internet/website/business fairy godfather Brian, and all of you out there who have ever participated in this class. It kept me going creatively, socially, and professionally through the worst of it.
Teaching Tuesday Active Class has been hugely instrumental in my development as a yoga teacher. My style, technique, and trauma-informed and inclusive skillset deepened and broadened by meeting the needs of online students and online classes. It’s one of my pandemic silver-linings for sure.
In fact, teaching Tuesday Active Class inspired me to write these Monday newsletters. I had to create work for myself so I didn’t wither away over the coming years of change. And so I could get that sense of being of service to the world. That you read these at all means so much to me. That you sometimes hit reply gives me great satisfaction. That my work, sometimes and in small ways, might help people is what brings meaning to my effort. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I’m not going anywhere!
I’ll still be around, of course! On Mondays here in your inbox. Wednesdays for free for Yin Online. On Zoom if you ever want a private session and you’re not in Oregon. And all over Portland in person. My job is being for you. I’m so grateful for that. I love it.