Yoga & COVID-19
19 March 2020, updated 21 March, 19 April, 30 May, 7 June, & 1 July 2020; 13 Nov 2021
I'm getting used to the idea of wearing a mask in certain places: shops, cinema and now when I am teaching yoga.
When I am teaching I talk - obviously - and talking is a way to pass on information, but also other stuff (maybe). The morning before class I take a LFT - all negative so far. I will be ensuring that the rooms in which we practise are ventilated to the satisfaction of attendees. To help with this, please bring warmer clothes so that the window and or door can be left open (a bit) to the cold Autumn night air. If you want to wear a mask in class, that's fine. If you want to take a LFT, that's fine too. But you don't have to in order to attend my classes and I am comfortable either way I hope everyone who attends will be comfortable with the decisions each of us makes in this regard.
Anyhow, let's not make a fuss about whether to not to wear a mask. Keep an eye on the latest recommendations or rules issued by SoG. Let's keep practising as long as we can!
One of the aims of Yoga practice is to avoid future suffering. Heyaṃ duḥkhamanāgatam is the way to express this idea in Sanskrit (YS II.16).
Heyaṃ duḥkhamanāgatam asks us to take time before we act to ensure that what we do and do not do won't increase suffering, will reduce suffering and will prevent the return of suffering.
Thank you for your understanding
The Yoga Project
1 July 2020