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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:
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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