Should I come to yoga while there’s Coronavirus out there?

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Last updated May 14.

We recommend everyone get all of their information from the CDC and the WHO and make informed decisions based on their personal circumstances.

In regards to classes, Mindful Yoga Chicago does not have its own personal physical location and will follow the discretion of the locations that host us. Our main public locations are through the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Botanic Garden. At the time of this writing, classes are canceled or postponed. We are still awaiting information and hoping they are rescheduled once the danger has passed.

To help support the absence of our group classes, we now have live online classes. It’s just getting started, it may have some kinks or not be pretty but we’re hoping to provide an outlet to those who are opting to limit social interaction for the time being.

When we do come back to practice, we share a practice, space, and sometimes props so we wanted to include a few tips to keep the spread of any disease, the common cold, the regular flu, etc, during your yoga or meditation practice with us.

Bring your own supplies

If you are capable of bringing your own supplies to class, we suggest bringing your own mats and props. We’ve updated our recommended yoga mats blog post to include some props that you can order on Amazon to avoid using community props. The added benefit is would have props to support a home practice.

Cover your supplies

If you can’t carry everything but want some protection between yourself and a community mat, we recommend getting a lightweight travel mat to place on top of the community yoga mats at your facility. Additionally, if your location has bolsters, we recommend bringing a towel to place on top of them. 

Clean Your Props

We know sometimes this isn’t practical or possible to bring all of your own props especially if you walk to class. We are working on providing mat spray at all locations to spray down your props before use and after use. While we have some small hand towels at the locations, we recommend bringing your own hand towel to wipe it down to ensure the cleanest experience. If your location does not provide spray as of yet, you can purchase your own here.

Wash Your Hands

This one is always a little funny to us, since we should always be washing our hands. However just in case……. after class, wash your hands. If you were using community props, washing your face is also encouraged. While we typically would encourage more environmentally friendly options, you can also opt for hand wipes.

Stay Home

While we know it sucks sometimes to stay home, if you’re not feeling well, it’s best not only for others but yourself to stay home and rest. We’re working diligently on producing some online content if you opt to practice at home. However, even if you don’t practice for a few days, your practice will still be there when you’re feeling better.

Manage Your Stress and Take Care of Your Body

Stress wreaks havoc on our immune systems and aggravates any pre-existing conditions. If the barrage of information is overwhelming, take a pause and determine if the amount of stories in the media and opinions on the internet is being received as helpful in staying informed or causing more stress. Perhaps consider engaging in some stress reduction exercises like meditation, yoga, movement, or recreation even if it’s at home. Consult with your doctor to find practical ways to enhance your immune system through diet, exercise, medicine, and supplements.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About the author:

Melissa Leger is an MBSR and yoga instructor. She works with women, veterans, and the medical community to help decrease stress and incorporate healthier lifestyle habits. As a female veteran, recovering corporate professional, and business owner, she has experienced stress and the challenges it creates in overall health and interpersonal relationships. Through a practical and straightforward approach, Melissa facilitates wellness programs that focus on living fully in the present moment through meditation and mindful movement. Melissa Leger currently teaches mindfulness to veterans experiencing PTSD at the Road Home Clinic and offers affordable yoga and mindfulness program throughout Chicago through various organizations. She has completed training programs through Mindful Academy International, Bloom Prenatal, Connection Coalition, Sunlight Chair Yoga, and Yandara Yoga Institute. She has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Female Entrepreneur Association, Veteran’s Path Podcast, and the Tampa Tribune. Melissa holds an MBA from the University of Tampa and a BS in Business Management from the University of Tampa.

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