Sunday, March 15, 2020
Dear Lighthouse Family,
After deep consideration in mind and heart, we have decided that effective tomorrow, Monday, March 16th, Lighthouse Yoga School will close with hopes of reopening April 1st.
Acting in concert with other studios, businesses, and neighbors in New York that have opted to close for at least the next two weeks is the best way to ensure that COVID-19 containment and prevention efforts are as effective and democratic as possible. Each of you knows that physical health is essential to our mental, emotional, and spiritual vitality— not just as individual creatures, but as members of a planetary community.
Stay tuned as we put together class offerings via instagram and youtube. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We love and miss you all and are excited to come back and practice together. Be kind to each other!
We know the atmosphere out there is tenuous and tense. We encourage each of you to keep up your practice, whether you choose to do so at Lighthouse or at home (stay tuned to @lighthouseyogaschool and @wearejared on instagram for some remote classes this week!).
Since we have little control over our external circumstances, one of the most valuable things we can do for ourselves and others is to stay curious and playful; connect with friends and loved ones however you can; and practice gratitude. And, of course, breathe. If you find yourself in a stressful moment, find a quiet place to sit down and breath in through your nose for 5-10 seconds, hold for 5-10 seconds, and exhale 5-10 seconds. This pranayama exercise will help to ease stress in body and mind.
This is also the perfect time to solidify a daily meditation practice. We recommend 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening: Sit comfortably and quietly. Close your eyes and take a bow to honor yourself. Sit up straight and breath into low belly. Surrender and allow whatever sensations and emotions to arise and allow them to express themselves as needed. This is especially important in a time where you may feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Let it move, let it out, and let it go. Find peace within the divine energy of your own heart. When you are finished, take a bow to close, and appreciate the ripple effect that your daily mediation creates.
We wish all of you and your loved ones health, safety and supportive connection as we move forward into spring.
Jared, Rebecca, Maggie and the Lighthouse Team