Yoga Teaching Reflections on Covid 19-20-21…

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Here I am, seemingly ensconced in the resplendence of my Cotswold countryside existence. Yet worldwide, I have been witnessing this most complex, convoluted and cataclysmic cycle of Covid chaos with its unpredictable inroads into all aspects of our lives. It is extraordinary how deeply into our everyday lifestyle the impact of this minuscule being has penetrated, whether personally, locally, nationally and transnationally.

I remember the last live workshop I had in my home with a small group of students in March last year. Within it observing how we were becoming increasingly aware of the likely effect of its presence in terms of travel restrictions, et al.

Though from a personal working viewpoint, the travel restrictions meant only a marginal impact on my teaching commitments, given that much of my interaction is online with 121 students worldwide. Hence, my online workshop and course module programme has remained as it was pre-Covid, almost as if there had been no pandemic.

Yet looking back, I realise how little I had foreseen the immanence of its spectre in terms of its ability to penetrate so profoundly into the breadth and depth of all our lives.

It was within this somewhat optimistic attitude, bolstered by the pleasantry of the 2020 Spring climate and the social spaciousness offered by the first UK lockdown, that I re-scheduled my upcoming weekend workshops and courses some six months down the line to September onwards. Little did I know!

Spring arrived and departed within the shadow of the first lockdown twixt March and June, only to find the intended relaxing of restrictions from July quickly fading into Autumn restrictions. So once again I rescheduled my programme, this time shifting a whole year ahead, thinking March 2021 onwards could work.

Again, hindsight offers another perspective; this time winter drawing in on itself with its cloak covering us within a second national lockdown but this time, without the optimism of Spring light or weather. As if this wasn’t enough, instead of the Covid crisis fading as the year ended, the New year ushered in lockdown three, the most severe yet.

It was at this point that I thought OK, I need to really clear the decks. So, rather than just pushing my live group study dates a further six months down the line in the hope that maybe September this year is gonna work, I chose to shift them all by a further year. So, as it stands my diary dates are now two years from their original date.

This ‘latest’ and more pragmatic re-schedule seems to be realistic, as we here in the UK shuffle slowly out of the latest lockdown. I would suggest here that it is bolstered surprisingly, by the Government organising a vaccination programme, actualised unsurprisingly, by the wonders of the NHS workers and the ‘as if wartime’ community support volunteers.

Thus the live small group programme is shown below, commencing from March 2022. However, I am now finding students saying gosh, it seems a long way away from study dates, now showing up as 2022-2023, let alone future modular projects such as the Sāṃkhya Kārikā now pushed back to 2024, or the Bhagavad Gītā Hexad One in 2025.

I agree in some ways with this point of view. However, it also raises reflections for me that I would like to air. I offer these reflections both for students already holding bookings around previously cancelled dates, as well as those wanting to book and have been on hold awaiting changes in the Covid climate.

So as it stands, presuming that the UK progresses fully out of the Covid restrictions by June 21st, I will be able to resume receiving small groups of students into my home without any restrictions or Covid compliance requirements. This means that even with a three-month buffer, I could recommence group teaching from September onwards.

However, I am questioning as to whether this choice to return to a teaching ‘normality’ this year is premature? In other words, do we need time to as if re-sensitise to our ‘everyday’ surroundings and patterns before engaging within intense group processes, such as sitting closely together during study sessions?

Are we perhaps a little shell shocked or even a tad traumatised from such as social distancing or wearing masks incessantly? Do we need time to get used to being with friends and work colleagues within daily life, such as we remember it? Can we meet again easily, as if free of the social patternings imposed on our lives this past year?

I accept, given my later life situation, that I am not driven by economic imperatives. Even so, I raise the question and ask those students looking to join me for weekends, to offer me some feedback as to when they would like workshops and courses to resume, perhaps later this year from the Autumn, or next year from Spring as below?

As it stands the programme is from March 2022 onwards. However, I am happy to re-schedule earlier, from say September 2021. Do let me know what your feelings and choices are. I will respond according to what works for you best. I merely want to consider that we have space to take things in, after this past year of trying to keep things out.

Meanwhile, Spring abounds, Summer beckons and I hope with it our lives together can resume. With best wishes and greetings to all and friends, Paul

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An in-depth exploration of the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One
– Module Two – 2 Weekend Course
– Weekend 1 March 12/13th 2022
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– Module Four – 2 Weekend Course
– Weekend 1 March 26/27th 2022
– Weekend 2 June 25/26th 2022
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The Art of Sūtra Psychology – Module Five Personal Sādhana Course
An in-depth exploration of the Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four
– Module Four – 2 Weekend Course
– Weekend 1 September 10/11th 2022
– Weekend 2 December 3/4th 2022
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– Module One – 2 Day Workshop October 15/16th 2022
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– Module One – 2 Day Workshop March 11/12th 2023
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The Art of Sūtra Psychology – Module Five Personal Sādhana Course
An in-depth exploration of the Yoga Sūtra Chapter Four
– Module Five – 2 Weekend Course
– Weekend 1 March 25/26th 2023
– Weekend 2 June 24/25th 2023
– Places Provisionally Waitlisted

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