Let’s look at how one small business is trying to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
With all of the layoffs, travel cancellations, and other factors contributing to the feeling of unease during this time, one small business owner is trying his best to provide a sense of normalcy and calm to the community.
Leif Losinio, the owner and instructor of the Turning Leaf Yoga Studio, says that his business took a hit due to concerns about COVID-19.
Because of social distancing mandates, he can no longer teach his classes in person.
“What’s happening right now and with most businesses, the social distancing has…I wouldn’t say limited my clientele but almost wiped it out. My business and vocation requires me to be in close proximity with the students and adjusting them or working on their poses, so it’s been a big blow to my livelihood,” Losinio said.
Before the COVID-19 outbreak, Losinio was teaching three to four classes a day to dozens of tourists and island residents at various hotels. Now, he has resorted to teaching yoga online from his personal studio in Tumon.
While he accepts donations, he doesn’t necessarily conduct his classes for profit but to teach, encourage fitness, and provide a sense of routine during this period of uncertainty.
He says that it’s important to take care of your health during difficult times.
“Of course, our mental health and of course, our physical health. Yoga actually boosts our immune system. If you haven’t heard about it, there’s a lot of information on the internet that doctors are not only encouraging yoga practice but also exercise. It boosts the immune system. Eat right. And of course, our capacity to deal with everything. I mean, the internet is wonderful. But of course, we can only get distracted so much,” Losinio said.
If you want to learn more or take his classes, please go to Turning Leaf Studio on Facebook.