I, like many of you, have been thinking about how I can help in this Coronavirus crisis. As a yoga and journaling teacher, I’ve been thinking about what I have to offer. Online classes? Meditations? Embodiment resources? Journaling prompts?
Honestly, though, I’ve needed to resource and find safety within before putting any offerings out there. Some of us are stronger than others. Some of us need time. We’re all individual and we’re all called to help in different ways and at different times.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term, resourcing is simply a way of finding safety in the midst of chaos or trauma. I am familiar with resourcing because of the deep work I did a few years ago in the aftermath of my mom’s death. My daughter left our home at the same time so it was like living through two deaths at the same time. I was in deep depression, certainly in a place I’d never been before. But I digress. The important thing is that if you’re feeling unsafe, unsure, depressed or depleted, you find the resources you need to get back to normal, or at least stable enough to get through whatever it is you’re going through.
This coronavirus is calling us deeper into our selves. It is testing us in ways we’ve never been tested. It is creating distance between us physically but it doesn’t have to create distance socially. We can and should stay connected to one another. I wrote a bit about the way we’re using language in this situation here.
Sooooo, my offering is simple. I’ve been in and around the yoga/meditation world for a few decades now. I have friends and teachers I rely on and I’d like to share some of them here. Please find those resources below. I will continue to update this list as I learn of others. Be well friends.
FREE ONLINE MEDITATIONS
- Traver Boehm is an author doing great work, bringing men back to their hearts. He offered a free meditation this morning that was powerful and will be continuing those on Instagram.
- Jeannie Zandi is an embodied meditation teacher who is offering a few free online gatherings to find center in this time of need.
- Over the years, I have recorded meditations for my students at Ohio University and other places. Here are a few you can use as you need: Rotation of Consciousness, Smile, Breathe & Go Slowly, Yoga Nidra
- Resilience in Challenging Times by Sounds True
- Honoring Our Fear, Finding Our Resilience with Thomas Hubl … Live on Saturday, March 21st with a recording after if pre-registered.
ONLINE EMBODIMENT RESOURCES
- Liberated Being is an online community created by Brooke Thomas who originally created a podcast called Liberated Body, and who now co-hosts another podcast, Bliss & Grit. She is a self-proclaimed ‘body nerd’ who educates others about the embodied spiritual path.
ONLINE YOGA CLASSES
- My dear friend, Rachel Matz, yoga teacher & massage therapist, owner of Grass Roots Yoga Studio and Matz Fitness, is offering live stream yoga classes. Check her out!
- Pearl Yoga in Lancaster is also offering online restorative yoga and meditation.
- Eva-Lotta Lamm is an illustrator, artist and sketch noter who I started following a while ago. (She teaches people to sketch yoga poses!) I found many of the resources below via her newsletter.
- Carson Ellis started a Quarantine Art Club.
- Oliver Jeffers is an artist and author based in Brooklyn. He’s reading one of his books each day on his Instagram story.
- Wendy MacNaughton is an artist giving free drawing lessons on her Instagram stories.
- I am preparing some journaling prompts to get us through this time and will be sharing them on my Instagram story in the coming days. Please join me there. I may even go live. Eeeek. We’ll see.
CREATING A MORNING RITUAL
- A few years ago I created a short guide about creating a morning ritual. You can find it here.
I hope you enjoy these resources. Please share with your friends and check back often for updates. Stay well. Stay home. Stay connected. Namaste.