Q & A with Meghan, a founding member of the Compassion Club:
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Kate: You've been in the Compassion Club since the start, and coming to our online classes and workshops. I just thought it would be nice for people to hear from you and what you have gained from the Compassion Club.
Meghan: I've so much enjoyed the club. Not having it over the summer kind of made me realize some of the things that I really like about the club.
Accountability: Live Online Yoga and Meditation Sessions Help Me Maintain Consistent Routines
One of those things is the consistency of it. It makes me be accountable, because I really need that for my body movement routines, but also for my self care routines, because we all know it's very easy to say, oh, well, I'll just do that later, or, I'll just meditate later, and then you get to it. so to have that calendared out for me is really helpful.
Community: Checking in With People is the Unexpected Gift of the Compassion Club
I also really appreciate the community which I didn't expect to happen online necessarily, but it does. And, at a time when we've all been dealing with so much, post COVID trauma and isolation. Feel like it's still difficult to be out in the world in a pre pandemic way with classes and with community. so it's really nice to just have that community of people to check in with about how you're doing and what you're dealing with and to share that. And that's been really great.
So How Would You Say That It's Different From a Yoga Video?
Oh, my God. Because I feel compelled to actually do what you're telling me to do, instead of just like, "Oh, I don't want to do that move, or, oh, somebody texted me, I'm going to check my phone." because if I'm not fully committed to the video, I kind of go off the rails. But it's the accountability part. I feel like this is more like I would be in an in person class where I want to fully participate.
And Are You Someone Who Does the Replays Generally, or is Showing Up Live Better for You?
Showing up live is much better for me, though I have done the replays, and it's nice to know when I can't make it because of life, that there is something there waiting for me. I tried to get to that on the same day that I missed it, because then, that keeps the consistency going for me.
That's a good tip.
Try and get to it on the same day.
Yeah, exactly. Because then it gets too far down the list.
Momentum... You said you feel compelled to do what I'm telling you to do? Do you feel like I'm telling you what to do?
No, not in that way. More in that, because we are interacting, while we are in class together. I want to show up for that and I want to show up for my community members as well. Not that I don't make adjustments or, modifications or anything like that. or if I feel light headed or whatever.
it's different for me with regular videos because if I'm not present, I won't want to do it. And having other people there really helps me be present.
That's a good one. Having other people there helps me be present too.
Another Thing I Think is a Big Objection is the Money
This is NOT a $27 a month yoga video membership. This is kind of premium, like more of a commitment in the monthly cost. How do you feel about the money, if you don't mind me asking?
I think it's worth it. what you don't get from a video is you don't get to say, "Hey, I really need hips today." Or, "Can we talk about something that's happening in the world today?" Which we do get to do in your classes.
And that's really worth it to me. That kind of customized type of class.
And knowing that every class is going to be different and it's going to be new in some way is also very appealing to me. I like variety. I get bored doing the same thing over and over again.
And again back to the accountability. Knowing I'm going to show up for you and for the community members and for myself. Then I know I will get my money's worth out of it because I won't buy it and then not do it like we've all done. and I'm guilty of that for sure. so I know I'm going to actually do it.
And that's money well spent to me.
You have a pretty busy schedule, right? You've got the two kids and you work and you somehow manage to make time for this.
Well, it's important. It helps me refill my cup.
Have You Noticed Any Ways That the Compassion Club Really Helps You?
it makes me move my body, which always makes things better for me. I've realized that I have anxiety that I probably had before the pandemic, but post pandemic, it is far worse. And finding ways and tools that you give us, whether it's through breath work or movement or mindset, is helping me deal with that, on a day to day basis.
Thank you so much for being honest about that.
I'm a pretty busy person I work from home and I'm a single parent and I have a lot on my plate. so sometimes an hour can feel like a lot during the week. But I've just recently wrapped my head around, oh, if I can do something for 20 minutes or 30 minutes that seems more manageable, I think that will also help me make that consistent on other days of the week as well. Whatever I'm going to do for myself on those days to just carve out that time. I'm kind of excited about trying that out.
I'm also excited about having a little more meditation. That's something that I used to be better at and now not so much. I think it will be nice to have somebody to be on that journey with.
Well, I really appreciate you. When I was creating this membership and thinking about what would be the best way to deliver what I offer to my students, you're one of the people I definitely thought of. So I'm really glad that you're continuing on this journey with us.
If you'd like to try out the Compassion Club for yourself, we're having open enrollment for the whole month of January, 2023! Our online therapeutic yoga membership is for deeply feeling people who want customized support, encouragement, and connection, so they can fall back in love with their lives.
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