2020-03-17 Coronavirus

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Strange times . . . new rules,
new behaviors, new priorities.
Not to mention lots of contradictions:
“Stay apart!” we’re told. But, “This is a time when we all need to come together!”
In fact, social distancing is
itself an oxymoron.
Ponder that for awhile.
It’ll make you crazy.
Human beings are also propelled toward extremes: voluntary or involuntary quarantine means too much time alone, which can lead to binge watching the media. Absorbing lots of information, quickly evolving statistics, without the water-cooler (or yoga community) collective to hash it all out. To try to make sense of it. To concur on courses of action, best practices. So we swing from panic and hypervigilance to f*@k it.
Behind all of this looms
the really scary question:
How long?? When do we
get back to “normal?”
If the prospect of being homebound and alone indefinitely strikes fear into your heart, stick around. I’ve come up with some virtual and actual tools to help us all get through this, one person at a time, one day at a time, one breath at a time.
Let’s get started!


Many of us are avoiding gathering in public places—like yoga studios. But probably the best way to dispel anxious thoughts is through the physical practice of yoga. When I committed to yoga 25 years ago, I chose yoga because I knew it was something I could do anywhere, anytime, without special equipment, specific yoga conditions, or other people. This is one of those times. But if you need a little inspiration to get back to your mat, here are some options:
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I’m still teaching private lessons (hands off or disposable gloves) at students’ homes and my house in East Hampton. I’m also happy to move out onto my deck (sunlight all day) or under my covered porch—apparently the virus hates sunlight and fresh air!
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Miss the group vibe of studio classes? No problem! Gather a group of friends, and I can lead you through a class on my deck, covered porch, or spacious lawn, surrounded by trees.


Outside my geographic area (the Hamptons)? More comfortable practicing at home? I’m now guiding students through private lessons via Skype and video calls. As always, I’m happy to customize lessons to meet your specific needs and desires, including any therapeutic needs or special conditions. Don’t let that tricky knee or wonky shoulder keep yoga out of your life!
I hope to post some online classes in the next few days. Email loisnesbitt1@gmail.com for updates.
Bingeing on Netflix? Downloading Contagion? Always saying you don’t have time to up your yoga game? Well, now you do! Visit my Youtube channel, for lots of short, practical videos on things like
  • how to drive, type, and sleep without messing up your body
  • how to master (or approach) some of those wacky, back-of-the-book poses
  • how to teach more effectively (or why your teachers are doing what they do)
  • one loopy asana flow of me in China
Because it’s impossible to laugh and think at the same time. I’ll be posting silly videos, aimless play-by-play musings on it all, pointless stay-at-home activities, and more on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn, currently under #KeepCalm. Be sure to follow me on all channels. We all do need to carry on!
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I have two rooms coming available soon in my house in East Hampton. If you’ve had enough of urban lockdown or just want to enjoy summer by the sea, email me for details!
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Read a free excerpt of my inspirational memoir of recovery through yoga after a total hip replacement – and then order a copy for everyone you know who could use a boost right now…which is all of us, really!
Lois Nesbitt, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, has practiced and taught yoga for 25 years. Known worldwide as an expert in the therapeutic benefits of anatomy applied to yoga, Lois has helped thousands of students in her group classes, teacher trainings, injury clinics, and private lessons to resume healthy yoga practices and lead happy lives. She attributes her skill in sharing complex ideas in simple and often playful ways to the excellent professors who mentored her at Harvard and Princeton.
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