Aw, remember group photos?

This one was taken last year in Costa Rica on February 28th, 2020. This is me and my yoga teacher training sisters, beaming with big smiles, happy hearts, teaching certificates in hand from Soma Yoga Institute, bathed in the golden light on the Pacific coast.

Little did we know that two weeks later, taking a photo like this would be impossible due to this new thing called: “COVID-19”.

On March 2nd, I came home from a magical time of learning and bonding in Costa Rica to a relieved partner. He showed me the cans of soup and pasta he purchased “just in case”. I thought his preparation was sweet, but if I’m honest, also a bit blown out of proportion. I figured this pandemic would be a thing for a few weeks, and then the news cycle would move on to the next fresh new horror of the moment.

I was wrong. As of this writing, we as a world have been grappling with a pandemic for more than a year now.

With all the uncertainty swirling around, my anchor in the chaos was this:

I didn’t want to stop teaching or practicing yoga.

For more than a decade, yoga has helped me cope with hard times. All signs pointed to us entering one of those “hard times” with an end date of TBD.

In the past, I’d used a video conference platform called Zoom for my coach training and thought it might work well for yoga. Determined to make space for myself and others to keep practicing, a year ago this Thursday I taught my first online yoga class. 52 weeks later, this class is still going strong.

I want to celebrate this milestone, but a full-blown celebration doesn’t seem appropriate. We have endured a full spectrum of experiences this year and I want to honor the dark, the bright, and everything in between.

Instead, I’m offering two ways to practice yoga moving forward.

Online Ashtanga Yoga Classes

  1. This Thursday’s live yoga class is free for everyone. We’ll make space to process the pandemic.
  2. Introducing the Online Yoga Membership! This includes live classes and pre-recorded library of classes to support your yoga practice, plus special offers on private yoga lessons. All on Zoom and maybe in-person if we’re both fully vaccinated.

And while we’re on the subject of vaccines: please get vaccinated for COVID-19 if you’re eligible. Tomorrow I get my second dose of Pfizer!

Ask your questions and do your research as needed, but don’t delay vaccination because you’re afraid of it or people without medical or science backgrounds are telling you fear-based stories about vaccines. The pandemic is hard enough; let’s not fuel a disinfodemic with fear-based information.

Hope to see you on your mat soon!



Rachel Drummond is a student and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, handstand enthusiast, and writer. She enjoys practicing and teaching yoga all over the world and writing about how to bring yoga to life off the mat through contemplative physical practices.

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