Hello and Happy Monday,
This marks week 4 of social distancing and no school for my family. Last week was hard! I am missing my everyday activities, especially going to Trader Joe's. While I have tried my hardest on seeing the silver lining in all of this, there is a certain amount of discomfort that has come with this pandemic that me wondering when will this ever end?!
I wrote last week about checking-in, and I did a great job of checking-out after I sent out the email. Before I get into this, I'm, on purpose, making all my statements "I" statements". While you may be feeling the same way, I don't want to project what I am going through onto you. I checked out, by setting up and testing the new mic I got for my online classes and recorded some videos. I then went and put together some new playlists for upcoming classes, and did more "work", organizing my webpage, managing the kid's schoolwork, and so on. The price I pay for not checking-in is high. I feel agitated and irritable and I react instead of responding. Being housebound doesn't make any of this easier. So I have a choice. I can continue to sit in my pity, to grow my frustration, or to check-in. Want to know why I'm avoiding checking-in? I don't want to be sad, I don't want to be in pain. I miss seeing my friends, I miss teaching classes and seeing all the smiling faces looking at me, I miss dropping my children off at school, I miss taking my Thursday walk with one of my friends, I miss picking my kids up from school and hearing about their day, and I miss coming home with bags from Trader Joe's that I can't carry all at once and hoping Joe sees me through the window to help me in.
I know this is all temporary. I know this isn't a "new normal". I know this is what is happening right now. The only way I know how to find harmony and balance is knowing when it's off. For me, right now, it is off. I know if I check-in, get quiet, relax, I can be a better me. It's not easy. So I need to be disciplined and know that I am worth it, that my behavior has an impact not just on me, but all those around me. So, I'm working at it again, every day I have a list of things I need to do to create harmony and balance. They include journalling, riding my bike, doing yoga, and listening to music.
I'd love to know how you are doing?
What have you changed in your every day to show up for yourself?
Should we meditate once a week together for a few minutes?
Are you practicing yoga, taking walks, riding your bike?
Please let me know.
Also, my new mic is pretty great. I am very happy how this mornings class turned out- even if I *might* have missed a pose on one side ; ) You can catch it on my webpage if you missed it. Remember if you haven't, you can register on my webpage on the last tab, and get access to all the classes I've done so far.
Please make sure to sign up and join me this week and going forward: http://www.jesspurtellyoga.com/schedule.html
Classes are live during the time listed, but you can watch and join in at any time.
Monday 9:30 am Yoga Flow
Tuesday 10:00 am Gentle Flow
Wednesday 9:30 am Pilates for Yogis
All classes as Pay What You Can (suggestion is $5-$15 per class). I know it's not easy for everyone and maybe these classes serve as part of your check-in. Payments can be made via PayPal CLICK HERE, Venmo @Jess-Purtell, or check. I can send my address to you separately if you want to do that.
With so much love and virtual hugs,