Summer of 2021
New York City has an unstoppable, ever-changing quality that I love. The walks I’ve been taking recently, south of where I live on the west side of Manhattan, have left me feeling, “It’s a new day!”
So much has emerged in these neighborhoods which were once urban wastelands – much of it during the austere COVID-19 year.
The Irish Arts Center has moved to a new space on West 51st Street. A bit south, there is new construction featuring apartments with entire walls of glass. In a new development by the Hudson River, there is a geometric fountain built into the cement that turns colors, and on these balmy, summer evenings, people are enjoying picnics in the parks, while listening to live jazz or viewing a gorgeous sunset. There is a feeling of peace in the city.
I’m grateful for the silver linings of the COVID-19 year. For me that meant practicing regularly and deeply, reading some deeply inspiring books, taking long walks every day, and enjoying the beauty of a quieter, more stark NY City. Over the past year, I also deepened my knowledge and expertise of using yoga to heal a wide range of medical conditions by working in Dr. Fishman’s office as a yoga therapist.
COVID-19 reminded us that life is short and our time on the planet is precious. It may have also increased our awareness of our interconnectedness with others. So with a new season upon us, I’m asking myself and now you:
What’s next, now that sheltering in place is mostly behind us? How do you want to spend your precious time and energy?
During times of change and transition, my daily meditation practice (even more than the physical practice of yoga) is the one constant that grounds and centers me and enables me to access insights that inform my decisions.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to explore the benefits of a meditation or yoga practice. A silver lining of the pandemic is that we have mastered using Zoom for yoga and meditation so we can practice—and teach—wherever we are.