How to find sanity in a lockdown

Our movement practice certainly is not the most affected area of our lives by the pandemic.

However, the constant change in regulations and bans on public spaces surely has had its impact on what we can and can not do, and forced us to reorganise our lives on an adhoc basis.

Is movement practice something that needs to be addressed right away?

Probably not. 

When health and economic matters are at stake, there is a sense of survival which is triggered inside us and commands our attention and resourcefulness. 

In the hierarchy of needs, despite the unusual nature of the situation, this had me mused over where Movement really fits. 

To decipher this further, we can borrow some tools from the Eisenhower Matrix, that classifies tasks over two variables: importance and urgency.

My proposal is that, for most of us, our movement practice is not Urgent here, but important. 

Therefore, if we are lucky enough to fall back on our feet and deal with our Urgent and Important matters, we may find ourselves compromising on the non-urgent but important parts of our lives. 

It’s fine, we tell ourselves. 

So we don’t even start thinking about how this could be better. 

Social interactions are one example. We are assigned to residence, we revert to online zoom calls. Even in-between lockdowns, when public structures are open again, many of us don’t get the same amount of touch, closeness, affection, camaraderie than we used to. 

This is insidious – for the consequences may not be felt that straight away – after all, we can still “see” the people who matter to us. Yet, our needs for connection aren’t fully met and loneliness is knocking at the door before you know it. 

I’d suggest that something similar is happening with movement, and would like to ask you the following:

What needs aren’t been fully met and what exactly is knocking at the door?

Again, my intention is not to hierarchise these problems, more so to provide the fruit of my own thought process around this. 

If you are reading this email, chances are movement (yoga, dance, handbalancing, parkour and anything else that you are into) is a bigger part of your life than the average Joe and Jeanne. 

If most (or even some) of your friends are as much into it as you are, consider yourself lucky. 

It feeds and nourishes us somehow, and there is some interesting biology behind it which is another topic for another day.

My humble suggestion is for you to take a few minutes to wonder:

  • If your movement practices changes at all between strict lockdowns and less-severe lockdowns / normality. 

And, if so

  • How is this changing the nourishment you get out of your practice. 

I am stepping on eggshells, of course, because I want to be respectful of how much more serious this has gotten for some of us. 

I am, through this message, expressing the fruit of my own thought process, having struggled through it and seeing students and friends battle with it as well.

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