Monday, March 30, 2020

Stocking up on Vitamin G

Ingela holding a Zoom yoga class
This morning I attended a remotely held yoga class, in Ingela's front room, I think. She's the owner of Yoga Northwest, where I regularly attend two classes a week. In the midst of all this physical distancing we are forced to take, she is trying out Zoom, and sent out the first of which we all hope will be many more Zoom classes. Other than a lot of weird stuff at the beginning, once it got started, it was really pretty cool.

I downloaded the Zoom app onto my iPad, clicked a couple of buttons and suddenly I could see her living room, along with those of others, and then I was ready to join them. Nineteen people joined the class, and I know that there is some way for the others in the group to talk with Ingela, but we didn't do that.

It worked pretty well, but I sure do miss the interaction with not only the instructor, but the others in the class as well. Nevertheless, it's the first time I've done a full yoga class since all this started a few weeks ago. I've been more than a little downhearted about our worldwide pandemic. Just getting myself up to go out for a walk has been a struggle.

I guess I really didn't want to fully accept the magnitude of the changes in my life now, and the lives of all of us to come, after this all settles down, with (hopefully) most of us still here afterwards. It's beginning to sink in, reminding me that I need to start taking better care of myself.

So Ingela reminded us all to stock up on that essential vitamin, Vitamin G, for Gratitude. I'm going to look around for things in my life that will remind me of all the wonderful and beautiful parts of the world, that are everywhere, if I just look for them.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. —Gilbert K. Chesterton
:-)

23 comments:

  1. Jill set us up with Zoom last week. Tom is trying to organize a group visit with some of his family. It really is a great too.
    Since Jill and the kids are still hiding out at the Rockaway cabin, we were tasked with picking up Chrome Books at the high school for them. Some attempt to have remote school is in progress. I'll be curious to see how that works.
    Each day I am looking for beauty in small things and feeling gratitude for all that I have. Tom and I have talked about how fortunate we are.

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  2. Grateful today for temperatures warm enough to work in the yards. Terry and I both got a lot done and filled out green can to be put out for pickup tomorrow. Also grateful to our garbage trucks that will roll through Tuesday. God is good in so many ways.

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  3. I am going to have to wrestle with Zoom - and my technophobe self dreads it.
    I am thrilled that your first zooming class went well - which is in itself something to be grateful for.
    Heartfelt (non contagious) hugs and oceans of caring are flowing your way.
    How is Smart Guy?

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  4. The change to staying home is a bit of a jolt but it's the best thing to do. It's too bad they didn't start all this much sooner.

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  5. I experience Zoom for the first time this evening when the family got together for a few drinks and a quiz. We were in 3 different locations and it will probably be months before we see one another so this was the next best thing. Zoom might be able to provide you with that little bit of light at the end of the tunnel. A weekly yoga class which might be followed with get togethers with your hiking group. The possibilities are endless.

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  6. DJan, you take better care of yours than most of us. You’re just a bit ‘down’... and easy to understand with what’s going on. But remember fear is the real enemy. Here’s to lots of Vitamin G!

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  7. I am so thankful that you found a yoga class! I am certain that made you feel better! Vitamin G is a good thing! Keep me in the loop, good thoughts and prayers for Smart Guy too!

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  8. Good for you. I just got on to Zoom for the first time. Still not sure how it works. It must have felt so good to be "in" your class again.

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  9. This is terrific! I can imagine how fun it was once you got it all set up. For me personally, I've not been much for socializing, so, this isn't much of a change for me. But, I miss going outdoors, walking, without the concerns of being too close to another.

    It will pass for us & life will be a new normal with more interaction.

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  10. Spor yapmam lazım ama virüsten bu yana dışarı çıkıp yürüyüş yapamıyorum. Umarım bir an önce biter.
    Hiç yoga yapmadım:)

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  11. This Zoom things sounds good, especially if it helps people to cope in these times.

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  12. That's fantastic! I don't know anything about Zoom, but whatever works is a great thing. I hope she continues to have classes every week and you figure out how you can talk, too. Makes me very happy just to know you did a yoga class. :) :)

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  13. You ought to try that Zoom with your morning coffee bunch. I hear for individual conference calls it is free. You could have coffee and solve all the world's problems.
    Love that Vitamin G. I need to make sure I get a daily dose too.

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  14. Dear DJan your the quotation with which you ended your posting. As I age, I become so much more aware of all I have for which to be grateful. And this pandemic demands of us that we look deeply within ourselves and in our world to find that which can fill our heart with wonder and gratitude. I'm grateful for you. Your postings have always been "silver linings" for me. Thank you. Peace.

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  15. I've only just heard of the Zoom app, after talking to my brother in England, I should try it.at least a way to stay in touch.
    Glad to hear you interacted with your Yoga class friends,
    We haven't ventured out of the house in almost three weeks, that's is OK too since I'm generally a stay at home type.
    Stay safe, dear friend.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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  16. So many people have died due to the virus. Not to be taken lightly.

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  17. One of my blog friends is teaching a yoga class online. I keep meaning to join, but something work related always seems to crop up at the time she is teaching. I'm hoping to join on Friday. It will be my first yoga class and I feel this would be a good way to start.

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  18. A lot of yoga studios are using zoom now. Grateful for the technology!

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  19. MY wife has used zoon for a couple of meetings but not for yoga. Instead, the instructor at the Y has uploaded a video she can follow.

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  20. Our Y has been doing Zoom or Facebook Live classes. There's a whole schedule of classes each day. We've had a family Zoom chat, a happy hour with friends, a travel group get together and church services via Zoom. My 80 year old friend learned how to use it, and we had a lovely lunch hour together. We have a new great grandchild that we've never held, although she lives about 30 minutes away so it's nice to see her even if only online.

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  22. I tried doing online workout classes the first few weeks of quarantine. Was quite motivated! But work would get in the way, or I wasn't feeling up to it... and I'm not fond of floor exercises... and the generic group classes I found weren't that inspiring. And so slowly I just stopped trying.
    Have been ever so grateful I can go out for walks now, finally get moving again! But I would like to find something online that would motivate me to get into pilates, yoga or tai chi... Either of those would do wonders for my back and my anxiety.

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