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Thoughts and News on Corona Virus

Dearest friends, we all hope that you and your loved ones are well and calm. 
In these emotional times of concern and uncertainty, we will do our best to help and keep you posted on important news and measures from our side. Of course, just like anyone else, this situation is new to us. We are learning as we go, and therefore, any help from you as part of our community is much appreciated. Forgive us if we overlooked something in this post.
These days our mind is overloaded with incomprehensible information. Our hearts deal with surging emotions and instability. Fear, uncertainty, and worry sometimes get the better of us. We may feel as if there is nowhere to run, like being stuck in a dream we wish to wake up from. 
At this point in time, our practice is more important than ever. Our practice can give us shelter. It reminds us that our body is a temple. One that is always open and where there is always space for us, just as we are. Our practice helps us stabilize our emotions and bring calm to our minds. While this is great in normal times, it is ever so helpful in turbulent times. For this reason, we will do our best to keep serving you in the only way we know for as long as we are allowed to. 
We cannot heal this virus but we can try and cultivate a bit of calm and well being for our nervous system, mind, and heart. 

General things to know

  • Till further notice or guidance from the authorities, the school is open and classes go on as usual. 
  • Please follow the online schedule to see if any classes are canceled and watch your emails for reservation/cancellation notifications.
  • AcroYoga classes and Massage workshops are canceled for the coming two weeks. 
  • To minimize risk we limit the maximum students per class to 12. This number might change as days go by and new guidelines are being communicated.
  • Please book ahead of time and please cancel (even late-cancel) online if you know you can’t make it so others can use your spot. Late cancellations will not be fined during the coming two weeks. 

Hygiene Guidelines when Attending Classes

  • If you are showing symptoms please stay home till you are better. Below a wonderful yoga sequence for self-practice at home. If you have any questions about it just write to us.
  • Please avoid physical contact with each other. A smile can go a long way.
  • Please wash your hands well before and after practice. 
  • Please bring and use your own mat to practice. If you don’t have a mat consider using a big towel that you can lay over our own mats. Please don’t use fabric towels to clean the mats. Unfortunately, we can’t find enough paper towels to replace them continuously.
  • We will do our best to minimize the use of props during class. If you wish to use props please bring a towel to cover your bolster or blanket. 
  • We will do our best to clean the door handles multiple times per day. 
  • For as long as we can we will provide paper towels to dry your hands after washing your hands. In the event, they run out please dry your hands over your clothes.
  • To minimize any contact with reusable glasses we will not serve tea before/after class.
  • If you cough or sneeze please do so into your elbow instead of your hands and if you do by accident please wash your hands well right after. 

Last words

We find it ever so important during these times to stay humane. To ask ourselves how we can be of help to others around us. Our first instinct is to protect our own. And that is ok of course. But if we can remember to protect each other too, to care, to ask if anyone needs help with something, we will not only overcome this as a community but also with human dignity. 
Help can be physical but it can also mean being available on the phone. Many of us live alone, others are less mobile. Look out for those around you. Give a hand. It will help us all heal the world, but you might find that it will also help you heal yourself.
Sooner or later this will pass over. It will be a thing of the past.
Let’s come out of it looking back at ourselves with pride and dignity. Let’s show our children how to handle such a difficult challenge as a community, staying calm and loving.

 Immune System Yoga Sequence by BKS Iyengar

In case you wish to practice at home, here is a unique yoga sequence developed by BKS Iyengar in 2012 during the SARS outbreak.
immune system yoga sequence
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