PHOTOS | Indoor yoga returns to Santa Cruz County under a fitting reopening-tier color: orange
Santa Cruz County’s move into the orange tier of COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday allowed for various businesses to reopen — including the beloved Yoga studios.
In Hinduism, the color orange — saffron to be exact — is a sacred color that signifies the fire that eats away at the impure and leaves behind only purity. Often, it is the traditional color of the loincloth worn by gurus of Yoga as they practice the ancient bodily rituals meant to detoxify the body and restore balance.
In Santa Cruz County, that same color allowed for the practice of yoga to return to the area’s many studios Wednesday. On hold for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, incense sticks were lit and soothing tones were played once again at studios for practitioners who finally got to unfurl their mats and breathe with gratitude and intention.
Lookout’s Kevin Painchaud went to Santa Cruz Yoga on Swift Street where instructor Jessica Weitzenhoffer taught 16 students in person — while also streaming her class online on Wednesday.
Here’s what he saw: