Music, Mantras and Rituals from the River Teachers to help you Cope with COVID-19

To our River Community – we love you and we are here for you. From the sweaty studio, to the grey couch, to conversations at the desk, to the ZOOM classroom, we are stronger together and bound by a force much bigger than us.

As Brene Brown so eloquently put, this pandemic we are living in is a “F***ing First Time” (FFT) for all us. Catch her podcast here. We are uncertain what to do, how to be or when this will end. But the one thing we know is that we are all in this together. I asked our River teachers how they are living their yoga practice during this time when we are physically a part.

First, our teachers shared one song that they are MOVING and GROOVING to right now.

Put your headphones in, start this playlist, keep reading and pause when you want to MOVE. Imagine our River community moving right there with you.  Maybe even guess which teacher shared which song!

Next they shared a mantra they are turning to. Read through their offerings, choose one that resonates with you (your gut will know). Write it in your journal each morning when you wake up…

“Let your next action be guided by your practice of gratitude.”

“Pause. Breathe.”

“When nothing is certain, anything is possible.” 

“Breathe, Notice, Relax, Choose.” 

“We are all doing the best we can. Give yourself and everyone else the benefit of the doubt. Don’t let a moment ruin your day.”

“April distance brings May Existence.” 

“I can do hard things.” 

“Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to.”

“Feel it to free it.”

“Do less, attract more.”

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” 

“I have enough I do enough I am enough”

“Nothing is permanent, personal or perfect.” The Buddha

“He who has a WHY to live for can bear with almost any HOW!”

“I create magic, love, and healing.”

 “Breathe in calm / Breathe out anxiety.”

“I create magic, love, and healing.”

 “Breathe in calm / Breathe out anxiety.”

“It’s not survival of the fittest, it’s survival of the adaptable.”

And for when the music and mantras are still not enough, our teachers shared the activities they are doing on a daily basis to stay connected to themselves and the world. My last suggestion to you: try one – a new one. If you like it, reach out to that teacher and let them know or text the idea to a friend so this connection ripples beyond us.

“Keeping my home in order (pro tip: always make your bed, it’s one thing you can control).” – Danielle Barbeau

“Dance parties. The crazier the better. Always barefoot. It helps shake out all my worries and makes me feel grounded and connected to the earth. My heart beats, my breath, booty, and blood move- it’s the best.” Christen Bakken 

“I started reading When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön and I read a chapter each morning. It’s been an incredible source of comfort and processing during this time.” – Ashton August

“Meditation using Insight Timer for at least 10 minutes each day.” – Courtney Besser 

“Cold plunges. They bring me right to my breath. A different type of meditation that keeps my mind in check.” – Marisa Kowalski

“Going for walks with my pup Greta. She is so present and joyful and makes others around her smile. I aim to be more like her!” – Samy Mattei

“I roll out the mat every single day – and especially on the days when I don’t want to, yoga has been my guiding force during this trying time.” – Sara Rice

“I have a routine in the morning where I make my bed, mediate, make coffee and move my body. But the most important thing is that I get dressed everyday and do my makeup. I know I’m just at home but it helps me feel put together and that I can face whatever comes my way. It’s gives me confidence and some sense of security  right now.” – Kristi Trujillo

“Daily dance workout/parties at 3pm MST with @mkik808 on Instagram.” – Brianna Johnson

“Drawing, walking, tattooing myself, sleeping, the office, sleeping.” – Ash Mills

“My go-to activity has been learning how to play the banjo (this is giving my brain something new to learn and take my mind off of the current events).” – Andy Jans

“Every morning I find 5 minutes of intuitive movement. I close my eyes, put on a song and dance for at least a whole song and sometimes it turns into an hour.” – Makayla Manisalco

“I am trying to maintain as much of my normal daily activities – meditate every morning, go for a walk, practice yoga on my own, to dance and read but not at the same time. And oh I almost forgot – I have been playing Frisbee, which I am still not able to throw very well.” – Mona Abkari  

“Sticking to my pre-quarantine schedule of a 6am wakeup to move in quiet by myself. Then coffee :)” – Sheri Colisimo

“Cleaning – to have a clear task to see to accomplish has been really helpful in maintaining some sanity, and not the daily normal kind of cleaning, but deep scrubbing baseboards- stuff I normally wouldn’t do” Whitney Maas

“During the work week 10 push ups every hour from 9-5 and drawing again.” – Kelsey Grady

“Howling every night at 8pm.” – Paige Butkus

“A run outside followed by corpse pose. The surrender can be found at any moment.”- Kelsey Brown

About the Author: Sadie’s mission is to help heal the physical and mental pain we all have by remembering and reminding that we are more the same than we are different. She shares her voice through teaching yoga at The River, writing blogs, and singing with her Ukulele. She hopes that by being vulnerable herself, others will feel empowered to join too. Sadie is a practitioner, teacher and student of yoga. She uses the founding principles of the practice to guide her own growth and writing outside of the studio. Learn more about her journey.

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