2020-03-28 Virtual Classes and More

Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,
When I wrote a week ago (seems like ages), I posed in passing the question:
HOW LONG . . .?
That is, of course, how long are we all going to be sheltered in place, pinned to our domestic points on the map? Out of work, out of step with the ordinary march of time?
Well, depending who you ask, we’ll either be elbow-to-elbow in church on Easter Sunday or hunkered down with dry goods till Thanksgiving or beyond.
No matter where you are, thinking about the future can make you crazy. Too many what ifs, and what thens . . .
But then, so can taking a deep dive into the present, as many spiritual teachers advise. How’s that gonna work if you’re in the throes of an anxiety attack or dark pit of depression?
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I don’t have any great suggestions for cultivating the patience the next few days, weeks, and months will require. But I have learned to just put one foot in front of the other. I have an index card on my desk that asks:  WHAT NEXT? It helps me focus on what I can and should do with the next little segment of time, whether that be answering emails, experimenting with housecleaning, or taking a breather to look out the window.
And while you do have some time on your hands, why not come back to the mat and practice yoga? I can honestly say that none of the countless hours I’ve spent on my mat were wasted. I usually emerge feeling a lot better, and cumulatively the practice has made me more lighthearted and resilient—traits I’m drawing on daily to feel joy amid this disaster.
My teaching has not changed in the past week, but the modes of connecting with you all evolve daily! As of now, all of my group classes and private lessons are done via Zoom or Skype. Here’s what’s up:


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Join me for Zoom classes
Sunday 3:30-4:45
Tuesday 3:30-4:45
Thursday 3:30-4:45
Email loisnesbitt1@gmail.com up to 30 minutes before class
and I will forward the Zoom link.
Venmo @lois-nesbitt or Paypal as Friends and Family
$10/class, $20/week
*Check www.loisnesbittyoga.com for schedule changes.
Join me “at” Mandala Yoga for a Zoom class
Friday 4:45-5:45
Register via www.mandalayoga.com up to 15 minutes before class.
Class cards and unlimited memberships apply.


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Log into Vimeo to take classes anywhere, anytime!


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I’ve been seeing students via Zoom and Skype for a few weeks now, and it works really well! As always, I tailor each session to your needs and offer verbal cues to keep you in top form. Sessions feature my signature blend of yoga, classic fitness exercises, and therapeutic techniques. Contact me via phone at 917-975-8009 or email for details on how I can serve you.


The elephant in the room. What’s keeping most if not all of us up at night. Yup, it’s scary. And yes, it does look like a low tide sinks all boats. And who knows when the tide will rise again?
I got into teaching yoga before it was a “marketable” profession, or even a job. I’ve never believed that money should come between anyone and their yoga. So, please know that I’m always open to negotiating special rates, discounts for packages, creative barters for goods and services, and freebies for those who just can’t give at this time. Reach out to me by phone or text at 917-075-8009 or send an email.


Keep things in perspective:
Are you healthy?
Do you have food and water?
Do you have shelter?
That’s more than most people on this planet.
Be well!


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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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!

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