By: Jaime Vining
On March 22, Broward County ordered all non-essential businesses closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to temporarily shut down places where public health officials fear the new coronavirus is spreading, like bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, and gyms.
For those still looking for a fitness fix, local exercise instructors are now hosting virtual workout programs. Popular yoga instructor Michelle Rassner Cash of Coral Springs studio Fusion Fitness & O2 Yoga is currently offering different variations of yoga and meditation, as well as workshop-style classes on ballet barre and boot camps.
“The online presence of yoga, meditation, and other helpful healing modalities is abundant. Many teachers and studios have made a quick transition to online offerings,” she shared. “Another wonderful option is to sign up for private virtual classes via Skype or FaceTime to ensure the class is tailored perfectly for your needs.”
This period of quarantine and social distancing is an excellent time to begin practicing yoga at home, either solo or with the family.
“Yoga is for everyone. There are some useful props, but essentially, all you need is a good quality yoga mat, easy to move in clothing, and an open heart,” Cash explained.
She added that the benefits of practicing yoga transcend any circumstances. Investing time to mindfully move the body, consciously breathe, and release is a powerful practice to nurture your peace and well-being.
“Yoga practice helps hone your tools of peace and bring you deeply into the sanctuary of your own heart. And yoga helps quiet the mind, so no matter what might be going on, it helps to detach our thoughts from any distractions and simply be, breathe and trust,” said Cash.
We could all use a little more deep breathing these days.
Unroll your mat and join an upcoming virtual class led by Cash and the local staff at Fusion Fitness & O2 Yoga. For more information, check out Cash’s Facebook or Instagram pages or “like” the studio’s Facebook page here. Namaste!
Jaime Vining is a Florida native, but recent Parkland transplant. By day, she is a Florida Bar-certified Intellectual Property attorney, adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law and an avid blogger.
Prior to earning her law degree, Jaime was a featured journalist for publications like the Orlando Sentinel and aXis Magazine. In 2009, she released a compilation of interviews with musicians under the title Off the Bus and On the Record.
Jaime is also a mom to two little boys and you will regularly find her running early mornings at Pine Trails Park trying to keep up with them. She joins Coral Springs Talk with excitement about assimilating into her new community.