At the height of the pandemic last summer, I realized I needed an outlet that not only made my mind feel more at ease, but my body, too. Taking the dog out for her daily walks helped, but I missed my time at the yoga studio where you could turn off your brain for an hour, put your problems on pause, and just stretch your weary muscles.
Like so many other companies and industries, I was grateful that many of my favourite yoga studios in the city diverted their zen energies to offering online classes. So I tried out the Virtual Flow Yoga at OM Yoga and signed up for a Saturday class.
I may have mentioned before that not only am I not overly flexible, but I’m also painfully uncoordinated; I’m usually the student who stands as close to a wall or something solid as possible, so to be honest, an online class where I struggled and wobbled only in front of the judging eyes of my husband and dog somehow felt safer.
Let’s face it – we could all use a bit of therapy after a year of varying degrees of lock-down. For some, traditional therapy with a social worker or psychologist will help. For others, maybe they’ll try scream therapy. Some may bake to work out their worries, or get lost in romance novels. (Or listen to Slayer. Ed.)
For me, I’ve discovered virtual yoga classes is a type of therapy I can get behind, and will likely continue even after restrictions have been lifted. It will help keep me relaxed, connected and maybe a bit more coordinated (after LOTS of practice, of course!).