I couldn't resist posting the photo above! I live in a house with 3 teenagers and memes are shared around everyday; sometimes I laugh at what I see, sometimes I cringe.
This is newsletter number three going out into the community since we closed the studio over 10 weeks ago and I feel strangely disconnected from our Vraie Nature students and the studio itself (I have managed to keep the plants alive, barely!). The longer the doors are closed the more I feel like I'm floating on a life raft waiting to find the shore.
There have been huge positives to this time in isolation and some real struggles; I wonder if you have felt the same? Technology is a blessing and a curse, being in close quarters with family is also a blessing and a curse (I say this with great love). My biggest and most personal challenge has been to stay motivated to set and reach small goals everyday without a lot of external structure and deadlines. Many days seem to blend and I move more and more slowly (also a blessing and a curse!). I am very thankful to our teachers at Vraie Nature who have stayed connected and provided motivation to hold our yoga space intact, in spirit and in action.
We will continue to offer free access to our Namastream online class library until the end of June. We have over 20 classes for you to choose from and you can login and practice any time . Our GoFundMe donation page is also still online and has now passed the $2000 mark! Thank you to all who have generously contributed to this campaign.
Please read below for details on how we will transition back to yoga in-studio AND online. We also have a SURVEY that we would love you to fill out to help us direct our efforts in this.
Regularly Scheduled Classes
are Coming Back!
We have missed our practice in community and are in the process of re-tooling to bring our cherished students and yoga teachers back together.
Vraie Nature Yoga & Mouvement will be resuming a regular weekly class schedule in coming weeks – on-line via Zoom!
Our regular teachers will be broadcasting live from their own homes, where you will be able to engage and practice in real time, greet your fellow on-line students and interact with class instructors. We have been playing with the software, re-staging our homes 😊, testing out microphones and are really looking forward to reconnecting with you all!
Once our weekly schedule is posted, you will be able to register as per usual via our website. Class passes and memberships will be back in effect and may be used for on-line registrations.
There has probably never been a better time to reconnect with our Vraie Nature community, our bodies, our breath and serenity.
We are aiming to re-launch on or about July 1. Stayed tuned! We will be sure to let you know as soon as we are live.
“Yoga is not about the shape of your body.
Yoga is about the shape of your life.”
We need your feedback! In these unprecedented times we find ourselves having to re-design and redirect the way in which we do business here in Chelsea.
Please fill out this short survey; your input will help guide us.
New Tales from India !
Read another story from Brenda-Lee, sent from South Goa
We have had a couple of updates from Brenda Lee in the last 7 weeks and some good news about finally finding a way home. Fingers crossed, she and Jean will be back this week, having finally found tickets out of Mumbai.
We have another wonderful email below for you to read sent by Brenda Lee late in April describing more about daily life during the COVID19 shutdown in India.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- My 68th birthday was last week and I wrote about it here.....
I had fine day on (April) the 18th. After my yoga practice outside, we had our typical breakfast of fresh Indian fruit, a lunch of homemade pasta with garlic and a special, for us, nut/seed from the Jackfruit. For my cake, I made heavenly brownies, with local cashews. This was done on the gas stovetop in steam as we have no oven.
But, we are coping very well, now that we have access to food when we need it. The big bonus to being stuck here is that we eat all of our meals outdoors in 33° under sun filtered by the palm trees over our balcony. And after the heat of the day subsides we walk, with masks on, down to the village and look at the sea. Now that the police have stopped patrolling our area -- south Goa is declared a green zone in India with no cases of Covid19 -- we are allowed to swim just before sunset.
This is such an odd situation. Of course, one could say that about anywhere on the planet that is experiencing lockdown. Here, in the evening, streets are empty, all the battered metal shutters pulled down. It is quiet. Some Indian pye-dogs, black pigs and their multiple piglets, and skinny brown or white cows meander. A few human souls are walking to pick up items at the food store or the little convenience shops that stay open. No one does the normal greeting, even between the western foreigners. Locals mostly rush by on the ubiquitous scooter, many wearing masks.
But the strangest sight is the groups of young men roving on the beach where they may also play a game of football or cricket at sunset. Who are they? Young husbands and fathers who came from Nepal or northern India for seasonal work in restaurants. Most hotels and accommodations are closed now and tourists fled if they could. Not many of us are left in this little town of Agonda. But the workers are stuck like we are because all of the trains and buses and planes are suspended. So they have no work -- money to take back home -- and they wait like us. We saw small groups of them attempting to fish last night, with nets, but no catch. I said to Jean, I hope they are not fishing because they are hungry. This would be rather upsetting as we still have access to our Canadian funds and are comfortable. These young men are the kind who used to serve us when restaurants will still open and who have just enough English to have meaningful conversation with us. They are the same population who work in other places all around the south where tourists and yoga students gather.
Another phenomenon here is the reduction of air pollution in the whole country. People in one city up north in the state of Punjab are seeing the mountains of the Himalayas for the first time in 30 years.
So much more is going on in this country, especially for the people who work in cities and are attempting to get back to their villages. I try not to read too much online. Jean is more of a news junkie than I, and sometimes tells me what he finds interesting.
With that, I will sign off and imagine when we will be together again for a meal or tea.
Sending you my affection.
Props Still on Loan or for Sale
Vraie Nature has ordered in beautiful recycled dense foam blocks from Manduka and equally beautiful bolsters from Halfmoon. We also have high quality mats, yoga straps, eye pillows and Yoga Tune Up massage therapy balls to practice the art of self massage. Please email usif you are interested in purchasing props to support your home practice. We would be happy to arrange safe pick up or delivery of these items. As an alternative to purchasing we are pleased to help out our students with a loan of any of the props we have on hand in the studio, currently underused - a prop lending library of sorts!
We continue to offer this amazing deal of both a massage and a 5 yoga class pass at a 15% discount. This package is available to purchase online and can be used anytime. Our in-house massage therapist, Val St-Aubin is registered and is able to issue insurance receipts.
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