National Holiday

It is 420 All Day.

As I laugh in my head and out loud that it is 4202020 and we are not only in a shelter in place, but in a surreal existence where time is suspended and the world is battling an invisible killer…the most sobering thought is this is actually reality and no, it is not a sci-fi thriller on Netflix and no, you can’t chill with anybody. 

There have been so many changes in each of our lives during the last few weeks, it almost feels like we have all been in a “Dizzy Lizzy Race,” you know, where you put your hand on top of the bat standing up on the ground, put your forehead on top of your hand and run in circles for a minute as fast as you can and then sprint 20 feet to tag your team mate. When you are crying because you are laughing so hard from either watching or from the run that invariably goes sideways and includes crashing bodies and flailing limbs. Yes, homeschoolers, consider that for “Gym” today. 

What am I talking about? Pausing for a moment of reflection is overwhelmingly difficult and mandatory. Look back at what has happened the last few weeks, the changes made, what is working and what isn’t. Somehow a 2 week shut down has become a month and we are all slowly realizing this is going to be a longer experience than any of us expected. What do we do next? Reflect. Create some space, close your eyes and breathe. The answers will come.

We are shifting our digital strategy over the next week and the changes are bigger than anything we have done in the last month.  I’m not telling you it will be easy, I am telling you it will be worth it. This week we have a smaller team streaming on Twitch with a renewed focus on fitness and strength and personal training. We don’t really know what that means, seriously, we are figuring this out in real time. We are going to have a mix of fitness classes, a yoga class or 3 and this new approach, personal training you can do or watch for inspiration and education. We are trying something new, while continuing to do some of what you know and expect from us. It is an attempt to make this transition smooth and easy for you.

If you are thinking that is confusing and doesn’t sound very big nor even exciting, give us a week and watch us try and figure this out. Consider, if this week is a Dead Show and we have just entered “Space,” you have a choice, go get a drink and complain about how the lack of music sucks, sit back and “change your mind” as the band figures out how to make music, and possibly “once in a while you get shown the light, In the strangest of places if you look at it right.” Scarlet Begonias. Listen carefully, you will hear the music.

The website sucks. It is ugly and the technology has broken all week. Our team is creating new classes privately this week, testing new technology and experimenting. We will finish April with a new launch of our studio streaming online on our website with higher quality streams, better archives and a wide variety of classes. We will have chats on the videos and it will be easy to use. We are evolving to a Membership model that will be affordable and accessible, with great teachers and classes. 

How will it work financially? We are committed to doing the right thing, you know that. We will be reaching out to all of Annual Members this week and everybody who donated since we closed and getting you set up in the new system. Amy will make this easy. If you were on auto-pay before we will send you a registration code and an opportunity to register in at a discount, we plan on doing the same thing for everyone who has been a Member of MPY. If you have ideas on how we should do this, tell me, you can reply to this email, message me on Facebook, or send an owl or carrier pigeon. Suffice it to say, more information is coming.

What else? Respect. This is the word of the week. I have been struggling with the idea of masks the last week, from the historical context in America of thieves wear masks to our ideas on freedom and choice. Consider the idea that wearing a mask is RESPECT, to other people around you who may be vulnerable or have compromised health. It is a new habit for all of us and we all struggle differently. I encourage you to embrace the mask and set new standards for how we interact in the real world. This isn’t the time to cite studies or theories on why you don’t have to change you ways, that is so 2019. It really doesn’t matter whether you think this is dangerous or not or if there has been a study of 2,000 people that says people with your name won’t get it or have already had it. There is too little information and too few tests done to say anything is a fact in terms of safety and health. Instead of being right this week, practice RESPECT, wear a mask, stay in your neighborhood and stay away from anybody you don’t live with.

Sorry for the rant, I know we are all trying and that we all feel differently about what is happening. There are no easy answers. Be patient with yourself this week, do the little things to protect yourself and your people, keep your head up and a mask on. If you need help, ask for it.

Love, Respect and Happy 420,
Jamie

PS- We have info on how to subscribe to Twitch for free with your amazon account on our blog, a few posts back. Here is our channel: https://twitch.tv/marinpoweryoga

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