Yoga instructor helping amid coronavirus crisis with online class

Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 22:53:26-04

NEW YORK — Alexandra Schueler is in business development at a think tank, but she’s also a yoga instructor who came up with a novel way to help those on the frontlines battling the novel coronavirus and, at the same time keep friends and family connected and in good health.

Schueler’s created a virtual Schuyoga class on Sunday mornings, raising close to $2,000 for Montefiore Hospital workers.

“I wanted to do something where we could be supporting the people on the front of this crisis," 32-year-old Schueler said. “And Montefiore is on the front lines."

Using Zoom technology, it’s also a way to connect millennials in the city with boomer parents who may be far away, like 32-year-old Chris Schembra and his girlfriend in Chelsea and his 74-year-old father in South Carolina.

“We haven’t worked out together in 10 or 15 years,” Chris Schembra, yoga participant, told PIX11 News. “To get the opportunity to come together from his living room to my living room, brings a greater sense of connection."

His father, Phil, added, “anytime I get to do something with the two of them is gratifying and to do that for a charity is even more gratifying."

Another successful endeavor giving back is a Five Towns Facebook group organized by Blair Longaro called Feeding Local Heroes and Friends from Local Businesses.

The Hewlett mother of two has raised more than $41,000 to give food and thanks to essential workers.

She’s particularly proud restaurant Da Nicola, through her funding, was able to make dinner for 50 police officers at the 4th precinct in Nassau county.

“We are thanking you, that you show up every day to do what we can’t do but what you were trained to do,” Longaro told PIX 11 News.

To find out more about the Facebook group go to Feeding Local Heroes and Friends from Local Businesses.

To find out more about Schuyoga go to