Corona Practicalities: Delight Yoga Closed

by Katiza Satya & Kevin Sahaj

Update: 15-3-2020
 

Delight Yoga closed until April 6th

 

The Dutch government just announced that all sports clubs in The Netherlands will be closed until April 6th 2020. This means that Delight Yoga will be closing her doors until that date. We would like to explain how Delight Yoga will handle this situation and what this means for our community. 

Schedule with online classes/live-streaming

As a result of our studios being closed, all of our classes/workshops/etc. are now cancelled. We are currently working on creating a new class schedule, taught online via live-stream, that will replace our regular class schedule. Through these virtual classes, you will still be able to connect with your favourite teacher and continue practising in the comfort of your own home. We will work on creating a schedule with our new live online classes - expect more information about how this works tomorrow (Monday, March 16th). In addition to our live online schedule, you are still very welcome to use our online video platform, ‘The House of Yoga’. We are offering free access for 30 days through this website with voucher code: c135aba4972e65e4 

What will happen with my Delight Card/Credits?

Your Delight Card will be automatically frozen until April 6th, 2020. This means that your current product will remain unchanged until 6 April, so you can continue your practice once our studios open their doors again as if nothing happened. We will not be offering refunds for products, but will instead allow you to use those credits at Delight Yoga once we are open again.
 

What will happen to my Delight Membership?

We have one big favour to ask our community of Delight Members: as Delight Yoga, including our teachers and staff, will now face financially challenging times, we would be incredibly grateful if you decide to keep your membership running for the next few months. We understand that this may not be financially possible for everyone, but continuing to support Delight in this way will make a significant difference and allow us to cover all the costs that continue to come our way. Thank you so much for your understanding and support in these challenging times. You can, of course, also freeze your membership for a month (between 1 April and 30 April) or terminate it as of 1 April.
 

What will happen to my upcoming workshop booking?

Workshops that are scheduled between today and April 6th will be postponed, and we will contact you with new dates as soon as possible. If you are not able to join the workshop on that new date, we will discuss options with you in order to give you a refund on your account, so you can spend it on another workshop at Delight Yoga.
 

Can I book private classes with my teacher at home?

Yes, this should be possible, but we will need some time to arrange appointments with our teachers. If you would like to schedule a private class. We ask for your understanding - we are processing a lot of requests at the moment, so you can expect a delay before we can get back to you.
 

How do I stay up to date?

Please keep an eye on our blog and social media for updates about what is going on in our studios or sign up for our newsletter here. We are getting a lot of questions at the moment, so please allow for some time before we can get back to you. Our hosts are working as fast as they can to respond to all the questions that are coming in. Please enjoy this free meditation while you wait for our reply.
 

As always, thanks for your support and the kind words you have been sending us. We are incredibly grateful to our community and wish you health and ease in these challenging times.
 

Hope to welcome you back in the studios soon.
 

Love,
 

Delight Yoga Team

 





Update: 13-3-2020

 

Corona Practicalities

 

Delight Yoga has chosen to take the following precautionary measures to ensure the health and ease of our students and staff. We aim to avoid the spread of Coronavirus while still providing a beautiful yet safe practice space for our students. 

We would like to emphasise the following: please, do not come to class if you have even minor symptoms. Remain at home if you are sick, but keep doing a home yoga practice to manage your stress. We believe that yoga and meditation are especially necessary in these times of fear and anxiety. We have decided to offer free access to The House of Yoga. Use voucher code: c135aba4972e65e4

We hope that the beautiful yoga and meditation practices and talks offered there, help bring peace of mind to all affected. 

Due to the current situation, we will also be taking the following measures:
 • We ask all members of the Delight community to avoid greeting one other with hugs and kisses. Until the situation has calmed down, we encourage greeting one another with the traditional Indian “Namaste” instead. 
 • We will reduce the maximum capacity of our classes to make sure each student has more space and create peace of mind.
 • Our teachers will no longer use hands-on adjustments, no longer use coins to check in our students, minimise the use of props and eye pillows will not be used in any classes.
 • Mysore Program classes will be held without any hands-on adjustments nor assistants in the room, the teacher will primarily be there to hold the student’s space for their practice and be available for questions.
 • In addition to having students spray their mats after each class, our mats are also thoroughly cleaned by our hosts. When you clean your mat after your yoga class, please help us to maintain hygienic conditions by cleaning your mat with extra care.
 • We will provide paper towels instead of regular towels in our changing rooms and restrooms.

We will be adhering to the guidelines issued by the Dutch Government and will be keeping constantly up to date in case of further changes. Please refer to this blog for the most up to date information.

Warm regards,

Delight Yoga Team

 


 

9-3-2020

 

Corona: How to respond to the current climate of fear

 

We are living in a very interesting time in the world right now - with so many possibilities for positive growth and collective conscious evolution. There is an increasing awareness of our world as one unified planet, where borders and ideological differences are becoming less and less important and people are waking up and realizing that we are all together in this beautiful blue paradise spinning through space. At the same time, there seems to be an increase in collective fear as negativities are constantly being fed to us through the sensationalized media. There are also some very real concerns like climate change, poverty, and environmental destruction. Careless and greedy heads of governments and corporations are not listening to the seriousness of these issues. Then, in the midst of this global uncertainty and fear, the Corona Virus pops in and starts to spread itself across the whole world. Viruses don’t need passports, they can travel wherever they want!

I feel that in this current climate of fear in the world, the panic surrounding the Corona Virus is the collective demon that is really showing people the nature of fear in their minds and the vulnerability of the people on the planet.

Of course, this virus is a real health issue and needs to be addressed with a serious and global response. But at the same time, this Corona Virus is waking people up to our unity as a planet and how fragile the whole world really is. So in a way, this is a very positive thing! Strange that sometimes what seems like a terrible event in our lives can often be a mirror showing us where we really are abiding in our minds. Wake up calls for growth often take the form of painful experiences - this pandemic is like a collective call to wake up and grow. 

There is a yogic ancient story told in India that I believe is relevant to the current issue of the Corona Virus:

 

Once upon a time, there was a spiritual practitioner who for many years practised yoga and meditation. One day, he saw the perfection in things so clearly, that he felt an absolute trust in God and how everything was happening in such a beautiful manner. He felt protected in this newfound spiritual confidence.

One day, he was walking along a road and encountered a huge elephant running quickly down the road towards him. The yogi stood in the road, knowing that God would save him because he had full trust in life. The elephant's driver kept yelling at him: 'GET OUT OF THE ROAD!! YOU WILL BE KILLED!' But the man knew he was protected and God would save him. Then, in one instant, the elephant squished him into chutney and he was dead.

When the man’s soul floated up to the spiritual sky, he saw the Goddess waiting for him. He asked Her, 'I trusted you and believed you would save me from the elephant! What happened?? Why did you let me die??'. The Goddess said, 'You fool! didn’t you hear me in the form of the elephant driver telling you to get off the road? You didn’t listen to me and now you are dead!'

 

What this story is telling us as yoga practitioners is that we need to be aware and awake to our relative condition. We need to take care in times like these to do what is necessary to keep the spread of the virus in check, and to help those in need. Intelligent and skillful action is needed, not fear and panic.

May all beings be healthy in their bodies, hearts, and minds.

Namaste,

Kevin Sahaj and Katiza Satya

About Katiza Satya & Kevin Sahaj

Katiza Satya Katiza Satya is a yogini in heart and soul. She is An experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT500-RYT 500) and licensed to certify students at the 200 & 500 hour levels.