In spreading compassion, care and the common good…

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Like most of you, I have been receiving e-newsletters from various businesses – both big and small – in regards to the COVID-19.  Some of these emails have focused on how the business is supporting customers/clients during this time.  Other offer suggestions on how to maximize the time at home both for business and family.  Still others are simply giving information on closures and modified hours.  Many give information on hygiene.  But the most compelling e-blast I received today was from Richard Davidson, the founder of an organization called The Center for Healthy Minds. In the newsletter, Davidson reminded his readers that social distancing not only limits the exposure of the COVID-19 virus to ourselves, but is also an “act of generosity and compassion towards others.”  By limiting interactions, staying home, opting for online or virtual meet ups, we are thinking of the greater good and how these choices can help others stay healthy.  He sums up the letter by saying …”even with the stress and anxiety and unprecedented challenges that we are facing with this pandemic, we can be grateful for the many opportunities to recognize our basic good nature and to extend our self-care to the caring for so many others.”  His words gave me pause, enabled me to re-frame my thinking.  For this I am grateful.

In this same realm, the owners of Camarillo Pilates have chosen to close their doors this week even as other gyms are continuing to stay open. At their request, I have copied their email below.  I know it wasn’t an easy decision by any means, but I applaud Cori and Jimmy for doing their part to help stop the spread of this virus.  As you all know I am on maternity leave, but please keep in contact with your subs and with the studio as the days and weeks unfold. They will be the best ones to let you know of new developments and when the studio will reopen for privates and group classes.

For my part I continue to be home in my little cocoon with my boys.  Besides a mild cold that my 4 year old has, we are all healthy.  Thank you for the texts and emails, I enjoy hearing from you all!

As always – be well, breathe well and stay in touch,


Dear Camarillo Pilates Community,
After much thoughtful discussion and consideration we have decided to temporarily close the studio effective tomorrow, Monday March 16th through Sunday March 22nd. This includes all group classes and private sessions. With the recent closure of school districts and all park and recreation programs, in addition to other small businesses like our own, we feel the most responsible choice is to take pause and observe how the COVID-19 pandemic effects our community and surrounding communities. We would rather be one step ahead than one step behind.
Several of you have already reached out to let us know that you would like to take some time off. We whole-heartedly understand your concerns. We also know that many of you will be disappointed about this decision. While our group classes are indeed small, it is important to recognize that up to 35 people attend sessions and share pilates equipment each day. We feel an immense responsibility for keeping you safe and healthy within the walls of our studio. We want to have a better understanding of this situation before we move forward.
This is a hard time for our small family run business. We love our work, we love our staff and clients. We appreciate this amazing community of kind, friendly and down to earth individuals that enrich our daily lives. We hope to implement a safe and socially responsible plan to continue to serve you. If you need us to push your membership payment back 7 days to make up for lost time, we are happy to do so. If you can afford to give up a week, we appreciate your generosity and support. We understand that this time will have a financial impact on many of us. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.
We will assess the situation next weekend and update you on our plan for the week of Monday March 22nd. Until then, let’s take good care of ourselves, practice smart social distancing, enjoy time outside in the fresh air, eat healthy foods and drink lots of water. We hope to see you all again soon!
Cori & Jimmy Riggs

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