In these days of social distancing, or as we like to more appropriately say – physical distancing, we are learning that we don’t have to be close but we must feel close. We need to feel we are together, even when we are apart. It is precisely the time, during and in recovery from the pandemic, to lean on each other. Even if we can’t be close physically with one another, we need to stay close emotionally.

A special edition resource guide is available here. The guide provides links to mental health and addiction supports currently available in Niagara and online resources you can access for information and support.

Alchemy Yoga Studio is offering free community online yoga classes. Learn more here:

Bridgewater Yoga Studio is offering free community online yoga classes daily at 9am. Learn more here: They are also holding a Mother’s Day class on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 1 p.m. On Monday’s at 7 p.m., their Y12SR Yoga of 12 Step Recovery class, free to the community “connects the dots” between the ancient wisdom of yoga, the practical tools of 12-step programs, and the latest research on trauma healing and neurobiology. The program serves people recovering from all manifestations of addiction, from behavioral addictions to substance use disorder – creating a safe place on the mat where trauma can be released.

CMHA Niagara has partnered with local businesses to present a virtual classroom of activities that support good mental health and wellbeing. You can pre-register for these classes by following the links below.

May 4 at 11 a.m. (45 minutes)

Mindfulness of Feeling Tone (Vendana) presented by Nancy Dougherty of Niagara Healing Arts. Learn more and register!

May 5 at 1 p.m. (1 hour)

Coping with Unemployment presented by CMHA Niagara. Learn more and register!

May 6 at 5 p.m. (1 hour)

#GetReal. Get Yoga., presented by Bridgewater Yoga. Learn more and register!

May 7 at 1 p.m. (1 hour)

Self Care for Uncertain Times presented by Laura Hughes. Learn more and register!

May 8 at 3 p.m. (1 hour)

Music Speaks: Tips and tricks to help you #GetReal using your own voice presented by Tenja Hagenberg of Performance on Point. Learn more and Register!