Thinking About Yoga
| March 25, 2020 | first virtual advanced practice
When the stay-at-home advisory was announced in March 2020 and it was clear that there would be no in-person yoga classes I invited those yogis who I had been practicing with to join me virtually. Ellen Olson-Brown generously offered to host the classes using her Zoom account.
I put the invitation out to the group and we decided to start practicing right away on Wednesday’s at 6:00 am and Saturday’s at 8:00 am. It was a challenge and oddly exciting. It didn’t take long to figure out that I would not be able to replicate the studio heat and practice that same way. Eventually I had a method that worked well enough for me – a 5-minute hot bath and a simmering kettle on the stove gave me the extra that I needed.
* When I wrote this piece I found that my memory was a little twisted and decided to check the facts. Here’s a link to the COVID-19 pandemic timeline for Massachusetts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_COVID-19_pandemic_in_Massachusetts.
| September 14, 2020 | first virtual 26+2 practice
By September we were still basically at home and there were some rumblings that yogis were looking to take class but not the 84 practice. We decided to offer the 26+2 on Monday’s at 6:00 am with a slightly changed format. I would practice the first set with and instruct the second set. Over time that changed and I teach the first set now and practice the second set with.
| July, 2021 | fk yoga
I gave the practice this name, FK Yoga, after my brother-in-law who introduced it to my while we were on vacation in Italy. Generally though I call it Range-of-Motion Yoga because the definition is in the name. If there there is something that I have learned over time it is that yoga and yoga classes are intimidating. If you can understand it, you can do it.
When I came home from vacation I continued the practice a couple of times a week and then started to teach it to my non-yoga friends. It’s very approachable and accessible. As the name implies, this practice focuses on range of motion using yoga exercises to maintain and improve it over your lifetime.