The emergency declaration has been lifted, and things are gradually returning to “normal.” The streets and parks are overflowing with families and couples, and the laughter of children can be heard from outside again at long last. This lengthy period of self-quarantine has given us a lot to think about.
For those of us who love meditation, spending quiet time alone in a room is a gift. At the same time, economic concerns and the loneliness of self-isolation can take its toll.
Mindfulness is all about living in the moment. Setting aside worries about the future and regrets about the past, we plant our awareness firmly in the present experience of this place and time: these hands and feet, this breath, this tasting of our experience and our world – in the moment. It is from here that we can boldly venture forth to tackle the many challenges we face.
Seeking to overcome hurdles or difficult times gives us a unique opportunity to assess the fruits of our spiritual practice. It’s vital here to come at this in a spirit of tender loving care. “If I had practiced harder, I wouldn’t be upset now!” – this kind of thinking is counterproductive to our purpose. We ought to pat ourselves on the back, holding space for ourselves in love as we appreciate the heartfelt energy and interest we have poured into yoga and meditation. This supportive attitude can be a powerful ally in facing whatever the future will bring.
As the impact of the ongoing pandemic continues to ripple through our lives, I feel a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation seeing us doing our best to make something good out of all this. It is always my joy and honor to share cushion time with you, whether online or, hopefully before long, in person once again.
Keep well! Keep safe! xo John
“Enjoy Meditation with John” June Online Class Schedule
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Online Classes continue as Japanese State of Emergency continues.
As emergency measures in Japan continue until May 31st and a new lifestyle is emerging in response the current pandemic and its future outbreaks SHIZEN Yoga Studio will remain closed this month and continue to offer our online open class schedule throughout May and beyond.
With the studio closed our instructors are doing their best to adapt at this time and to offer online classes and private lessens of their own in addition to those for SHIZEN Yoga.
To enable everyone a wider access to the yoga they need and the community they love here is a list of our instructors and their current websites and online offerings in addition to their SHIZEN Yoga online classes.
Online Classes: All-Level Open Classes, By Invitation, Private Lessons