Our lives have all changed drastically over the past several weeks. And, if you’re like me, those kinds of sudden changes result in feelings of stress, which manifest themselves physically. I catch myself clenching my teeth until my jaw aches. My shoulders rise slowly until they’re hunched up below my ears. Sitting to work for long stretches at the kitchen table causes my hip flexors to tighten. Thankfully, many yoga studios across the world are offering free or donation-based online classes using Zoom, Twitch, Instagram Live, and Facebook Live in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. So stay at hOMe, find a quiet spot and link up to reduce your stress, take care of your body, and find some peace during this difficult time.

1. Metta Yoga Edmonton 

Check out this studio, physically located in Alberta, on Facebook  or Instagram for class types ranging from “rocket” to “metta” then join via Facebook or Instagram Live (and if you’re a parent cooped up with your littles, they also offer the occasional class for kids).

All times are listed in MST.

 

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. HELLO COMMUNITY . Wow as we’ve said it before what a unique time we are going through as a collective. We are definitely in this together and we will get to the other side of this together! As we settle into our new normal this too is rapidly changing and morphing day by day, hour by hour. That’s why it’s so important more than ever to stay connected. We’ve rallied to bring what Metta offers into your living rooms, bedrooms, garages, basements wherever you’ve chosen to land on your mat to tune into our live Instagram stories or Facebook live videos. . These days we get our high seeing all the familiar names tuning into our feed and seeing the comments and conversations. Trust us, all the comments and direct messages truly make our day. We wonder if you are actually practicing or just having a virtual happy hour – which both are amazing … CHEERS haha it’s the continued connection and community vibes we will maintain during this unprecedented time. Even when it’s a familiar instructor from Metta teaching to a camera in an empty studio, we feel you! . This is when our practice comes into play more than ever. Practice kindness, be ecstatic and be sad whatever comes up for you at anytime, feel all the feels, and breathe! We are in this together. . We simply can’t wait for the studio doors to open, our space, our community has and always will be fuelled by the energy of this community, the amazing instructors, sweat exchangers and the Balance Massage team. We can’t wait to see you, the people who come in and sweat, cry, laugh, drink tea and make it feel like we’re having a kitchen party in the studio! Keep up with your daily practice and we will all come out stronger. . Hope to see you all soon! . Angela Zawada Owner, Metta Yoga Edmonton (West + South)

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2. ArvindWinter

Connect with these ladies on Instagram for posts about their weekly offerings such as yin, restorative, and even yoga nidra. Right now, they’re also offering a 10 minute meditation each morning at 6:00 a.m. To access their Zoom sanctuary space to virtually attend a class, use the link in their Instagram bio (you’ll need the Zoom app downloaded to your smartphone for access). All times are listed in GMT.

3. Yoga for All Bodies

Body positive yoga teacher Natalia Tabilo offers classes in English and Spanish. With offerings that include “Yin and Roll” (melt away tension using tennis balls) and “Yoga for All Bodies” (an accessible practice no matter your size, shape, or ability) you can connect with her on Instagram or follow her Twitch channel where she live streams classes. Donations are accepted, but not required. Natalia is located in San Francisco, so all times are listed in PDT.

 

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When I started practicing Yoga I felt left out and unseen… that’s why I created Yoga for All Bodies 🥰!! Yoga for All Bodies is a Yoga practice for all bodies! No matter your shape, size, age, abilities or experience with Yoga 🥰! And I am Natalia, a Body Positive teacher! We are going to roll with therapy balls, relax and enjoy our bodies that are wonderful, just as they are !! LINK IN BIO to follow me on twitch so that you don’t miss the lives!!! PS: Share my @twitch channel Twitch.tv/Yogaforallbodies or my IG with someone who will benefit from this Yoga practice 💕 yaaaay !!!! . #YogaForAllBodies #LiveYogaClasses #yoga #yogapractice #yogainspiration #yogajourney #selflove #takecareofyourself #CultivateSelfLove #love #kindness #Selfcareisselflove #yogateacher #yogaeverydamnday #therapyballs #sanfrancisco #EveryBodyIsAYogaBody #celebrateyourbody #sfyogaclasses #onlineyoga #twitch #yogaontwitch #yogastreamer #bopo #bopoteacher #bodypositive #twitchstreamer #twitchcommunity #relax #breathe

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4. Hoame Meditation

Billed as Toronto’s, “modern meditation studio,” Hoame’s physical location is closed, but they still have a daily offering of classes like “Grow” and “Chill” online. Follow them on Instagram for classes on Instagram Live, and where they’re running a daily meditation challenge until April 21. All times are listed in EDT.

 

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✨ IG Live Event⁣ ⁣ Incredible things happen when we come together, online or off! That’s why we’re calling on everyone to stay #hoametogether ⁣ ⁣ Join our Hoame teachers and guest speaker Julien Christian Lutz @directorx in partnership with @op.pfc at 8pm this Thursday March 26th on our Instagram Live for an hour long metta meditation to practice loving-kindness for both ourselves and the world 🤍🌎. ⁣ ⁣ During this time of uncertainty we want to do our part to encourage #socialdistancing but still connect with one another. ⁣ ⁣ ✨Please tag your friends and share this post to help spread this important message of health and love. We’ll see you all on Thursday!⁣ ⁣ ** This is a free event but please pay it forward and consider donating $1 (or more) if you can to @foodbankscanada 💛

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Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at shelooksforadventure.com, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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