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Adapting during Covid-19 - Vanessa Garrett Yoga

Skills Jersey speak to Vanessa from Vanessa Garrett Yoga on how their business has adapted during the challenging times of the Coronavirus pandemic.

What were your initial thoughts to Covid-19 regarding your business?

We entered into a time of accelerated uncertainty which presents immense challenges. It was a good, though really unpleasant, reminder that having a yoga practice is paramount to our physical and mental well-being. For the last 4 years, I have also helped to fund raise for The Jersey Shelter Trust through teaching, and this is something I really wanted to continue to support. Moving classes online was unexpected but it meant I could continue to provide the space for people to drop anchor, manage stress and anxiety, get introspective and stay connected whilst continuing to support Jersey Shelter Trust.

How did you adapt and change your business routine?

It's definitely been a learning curve and many (too many!) Google searches but it's been a great challenge. It's really inspiring to see businesses adapt and I have so much respect for everyone moving their offerings online!

I have adapted the business with two online Yoga options:

  • Yoga On Demand: A friend had asked me if I wanted to film video content for their videography portfolio but as the situation developed, we changed our plans to quickly film a Yoga class. I wanted to give people the option of continuing (or starting!) a Yoga practice, at a time that worked for them. 100% of the proceeds are donated to The Jersey Shelter Trust and the response has been amazing with downloads from Jersey, the UK and Hong Kong. I owe Martin from Tin Kins Video and Hanna from The Wildly Design a big hug (as soon as it's safe!) for helping me make this happen.
  • Weekly Live Stream Classes via Zoom: I teach two online Yoga classes a week (Vinyasa & Restorative Yoga) via Zoom. This has provided a really wonderful space for us to continue to connect. It also provides a sense of shared humanity; that we're not alone, we're in this together and we're doing our best. I think that's immensely valuable and totally worth moving all my furniture each week so I have the space to teach.

What positive changes do you think you will take from this experience?

Of course human contact is always going to be preferable but I see us using technology in such positive ways to create and maintain meaningful connections. I'm a firm believer in the efficacy of community and in some ways I think we're more connected than ever; people are engaging, collaborating, supporting, championing - it's inspiring. So many things are different but the heart and core of this community has remained just as mighty. This situation is not what we anticipated, expected or desired but I also think there's valuable insights into the capacity and depth of the human spirit; we've remained curious, focused, determined and innovative in the face of adversity and I think that's really powerful and gives me hope for the future.

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