By: Abby Isaacs BALTIMORE (WMAR) Channel 2 News Baltimore
"We were just really trying to fulfill a need," Michele Bickley, co-creator of The Om Collective.
With lots of local yoga studios closing, and the need for the benefits of yoga increasing, two instructors got together to create an online community that’s also giving back.
"So many other studios closed and a lot of teachers I knew were out of work and really wanted to teach, and so many people need yoga and meditation right now because rates of depression and anxiety are sky rocketing," said Emily Plauché, co-creator of The Om Collective.
So earlier this month, Bickley from Arnold and Plauché from Catonsville launched The Om Collective, offering live yoga and wellness classes every day, along with ways to connect while staying socially distant.
"For me, yoga was one of the only things that I did for myself," said nurse Malorie Yealdhall. Yealdhall immediately got on board. As an Anne Arundel Medical Center nurse, she has been working with COVID-19 patients since the start of the pandemic. "It’s been a lot on me and my staff. Emotionally and physically, it’s hard," said Yealdhall.