Since covid-19 changed our way of living and I've begun to teach yoga online, I've been offering 7am yoga classes every weekday. Even for me personally this has been life-enhancing. I get up at 6am so I'm ready for 7. Getting out of bed is definitely hard! However having that 30 minutes of movement, mindfulness and connection with others every day makes it worth it and it's been particularly helpful during this period. It's given me structure and is helping me to develop the habit of starting the day with yoga. I generally do this in the summer when we don't have to rush out the door to school but during normal life, yoga can slip down the to-do list and start to feel like a treat that's not important enough to give myself.
This time we are living through is so unusual that it's hard to get my head around it sometimes. It will pass, I know, and we will eventually be looking back on it, maybe even thinking I wish I'd done this or that.
What I hope is that when we move forward and eventually return to normality that I'll bring with me some of the good stuff to arise out of this - the realisation that I don't need as much stuff as I thought, the relief of keeping things simple, the understanding of what really is important in life and what doesn't matter at all, the joy of healthy routines like a daily yoga practice.
I feel like a strong memory of this time will be those early mornings, getting out of bed half-asleep, drinking a coffee in the quiet of the kitchen, joining my online yogis on the mat and moving into our yoga practice together.