It’s been a while since my last update, so I just wanted to take a moment to let you all know how things are going. As you may be aware, I have been gradually resuming some in-person private yoga classes for 1-2 vaccinated people at a time. I am still teaching some private Zoom classes as well.
I have continued offering my ‘Live+Virtual’ courses throughout this past year. While I have received a lot good feedback about these courses, registration numbers for them are about half of what my normal pre-COVID, in-person class numbers were. I am so grateful for the students who have stuck with me throughout the pandemic, as well as those new and old students who found me or returned during this time. Your loyalty, support, understanding and patience has been greatly appreciated.
We had a wonderful summer for outdoor yoga, and while I was somewhat surprised that not as many registered students took advantage of the free poolside classes as I’d hoped, I taught an average of 2-3 Aqua Yoga sessions a week, which were greatly enjoyed by all!
Now that the pool is closed for the season, the Delta variant numbers continue to decrease, and some of us are even able to get booster shots, I am turning my attention back to the possibility of gradually adding some in-person group classes back to my weekly schedule. However, what I have come to realize is that for the foreseeable future there is just not enough space in the studio to safely and comfortably resume classes of 7 people, which was my pre-COVID class size. So I will take time this fall to figure out how many students will safely fit, how many are ready to come back, and what all the details would need to look like to offer smaller classes.
I also know that some students have really been enjoying my ‘Live+Virtual’ courses and would actually prefer to continue taking classes with me this way, so I will give myself time to contemplate how this option might feasibly continue as well. Ultimately, one of the biggest realizations I’ve had during COVID is that I had been burning myself out running my business, teaching classes, doing the ‘pandemic pivot’ (ie. learning how to be a video producer, for example!), and checking off items on a never-ending to-do list–and I desperately needed to slow down to make time to take care of myself. As my new schedule evolves, it will prioritize and make time for my health and wellbeing. I am so grateful for those of you who not only understand this, but who have been encouraging me to make changes that are best for me. Thank you–and thank you all for your continued patience as we thoughtfully navigate this continuing situation together.