On March 15, 2020, Orlo and I squeezed onto our couch amidst a pile of unfolded laundry after putting the kids to bed.
We put our chins on our knees and looked at each other.
“Are we doing this?” one of us said, and we both knew the answer.
It was Orlo’s birthday, but we had already decided to postpone the festivities.
We'd made the decision to announce that evening our plans to close the studio, at least for a while, to do our part in “flattening the curve.”
The word was getting out that COVID-19 was a “thing,” and we sincerely hoped there was something we could do that would stop it in its tracks.
We shut down on March 17, hoping it would only be a couple of weeks.
On March 23, Governor Brown announced that, among thousands of other small businesses all over Oregon, yoga studios were mandated to close their doors.
The rest is history... but don't worry, I won't rehash it here!
Instead I want to share some heart-warming stats you may not know about our community over the past 365 days:
Not too shabby for being shut down by the govnah, eh?
It actually gives me the chills:
Homies, you have stepped (way) out of your comfort zone this year and done things (hot yoga in the bathroom??) in the name of your own health and sanity that you'd possibly never imagined you'd do.
That is what we discover when we practice yoga: the essence of who we are:
Look how powerful you are, and how resilient! Look how you have found and made the time and space to care for yourself. Especially when it has been hard, when it has not been pretty.
A lot has changed this year, but not everything. For example, our mission at Home Hot Yoga is still:
To get the most people feeling the best by providing a joyful, inclusive environment for yoga.
Our “environment” has moved online of course, which means we’re able to reach people all over the world with our transformational yoga system and help them feel better, wherever.
Speaking of which:
We have a very exciting project in the works, so be on the lookout for some Major Announcements coming soon!
Do you have any happy “stats” of your own? What has your yoga practice helped you handle, accomplish or become this year? Comment below and let us know!
See you in the Zoom room.
HHY Founder, Yoga Business Coach, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay Afif!