Are you keen to get back into the classroom?

On 17th May I was back in the classroom for the first time in 14 months and it felt like I had never been away. Even though we are now living in a different world to the last time we met, it felt very familiar despite all the changes. Everyone arrived wearing masks which I used to find very disconcerting, as masks hide so much of our faces. My hearing is not great, and I had not realised how much I rely on facial expression and lip pattern to fully understand what people are saying. The mats were a lot further apart than they used to be, and I had to teach from the stage, though I was pacing about up there like a caged tiger as all my instincts were to get down into the room and be with my students, offering an adjustment here and there, or a word of encouragement.

Now, my hope was that after 21st June I would be able to take more students into the three classes, and I have full waiting lists for each class. Watching the news it looks like social distancing measures may well be with us for the longer term, and if this does turn out to be the case, the classes will have to stay as groups of 12. Because of the extra time involved in preparing a room in line with Government Guidance on how to stop the spread of the virus, it is not possible for me to run a full programme of classes when they must only run to half capacity. I am actively looking for another evening venue for us, and have a few irons in the fire, but this will only be possible once we are fully out of lockdown.

I may however be able to teach one more class earlier in the morning. What would be useful to know from you is, what time slot in the morning would work for you? Now bear in mind that the venue is slap bang in the middle of multiple schools, so the school run traffic would affect your journey to Merrow if you were driving. I did run a very early morning class a few years back 6.45am – 7.45am and though it was fully booked, the turn out was very low. Getting out of bed that early, especially in the winter, turned out to be too hard for many people!

So, I am wondering, now that more of us are working from home, if there would be any interest in a class that ran 8am – 9am on a weekday morning. This would be an active class designed to get you up and ready for the day ahead, with a short relaxation at the end. I think, with everything that we have all been through in the last 14 months, employers need to do all they can to safeguard the mental health of their staff. Allowing a little more flexibility in the day so that people can engage in activities that promote well-being would be one way in which they could contribute. Some of my students have, in the past, succeeded in getting their organisation to pay for their yoga lessons, and in these times when for many, finances are tight, this would be an idea worth looking into, especially as classes are more expensive at the moment.

It would be interesting to hear if an earlier morning class would be of interest so please email me at with your thoughts.

The online classes are continuing for the forseable future as I have heard from many students that this way of practicing yoga works better for them than attending class, so going forwards I will continue to film and upload new content every month to add to the catalogue of classes already available.

I hope you are all emerging from your bunkers and finding your way in this new world



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