The new normal for yoga classes over the next few months is live streaming video.
There are advantages to this:
- you can wear your PJs if you like
There are disadvantages to this:
- we don't get to chat as much, although there is still chat before and after the practice time
We are figuring this out as we go and are excited to continue meeting and sharing yoga with you and providing much needed yoga practice and support during rapidly changeable times.
How it works
It is actually easier than I thought it would be
1) You book into a class either via our online booking system or MoveGB, ideally at least 30 mins before the class begins.
2) Set up a home practice space - somewhere warm and quiet if possible where you'll be undisturbed. Set up your computer, tablet or smartphone where you can see the screen and hear me.
3) You're sent a link straight away once you've booked via our online booking system. The link is active 15 mins before the class start. Check your spam folder if you don't receive the link. MoveGB members will receive the link when they 'check-in'.
4) Click on the link you've been sent and join in the class. :-)
5) Enjoy your practice.
Here is more detailed information. And we are happy to help if you need support getting you up and running.
You’ll need a laptop, computer, tablet or smart phone to join this online class.
If you plan to use a tablet or phone, we recommend downloading the App in advance via your App store.
You’ll receive a Zoom link for this class once you’ve completed your booking which can be used up to 15 minutes before the class start time.
Visit the link 10 minutes ahead of time for your first class. There is a very quick and straightforward download to join in and then you can set up and relax before the class begins.
Check your spam folder if you don't receive the link.
When you join, you can choose to have video switched on or off. We'd prefer it switched on so we can see you and support your practice and offer suggestions, but you are equally welcome to have it turned off if you prefer. If your video is switched on, just like at YogaSpace, everyone will be able to see you - except you'll be a very small thumbnail video.
Once you arrive in the virtual studio, make sure that is your main view and not all of the thumbnail videos of the attendees. If it isn't by default, scroll or select the virtual studio and click on the three dots to 'pin' the teacher and make them full screen.
Once your in if you want to chat to the teacher, there is an option to 'raise your hand' next to your profile which we will see, and we can unmute you so that you can chat to us or we can chat via typing too.
If you need additional help, we’d be happy to talk you through your first set up earlier in the day or prior to the class.
Yoga practice at home - top tips
We are learning as we go given the sudden change in situation so any feedback or suggestions for improvements is very gratefully received.
We look forward to seeing you online soon.
2 metres apart - 9 max per class
We are limiting class sizes to 9 participants so that there is at least 2 metres distance between heads in the class. Arrive early and avoid lingering in reception too long to maintain your distance. The side room is also available to head towards and leave your belongings to provide more space.
Bring your own mat or towel
Bring along your own mat or towel to lay over ours. Ours are cleaned before each use with sanitizer but lets maintain caution.
Adjusting the practices slightly
- We are not adjusting using our hands or walking around in between people to maintain the social distancing recommendations.
- We are avoiding any poses that are face down on the mats and not recommending anything that involves touching the face.
Paper towels and wipes
We're using disposable paper towels to encourage hand washing and avoid communal towels.
Cleaning the studio and wiping everything
After every class all door handles, taps etc. are all wipes down with sanitizer which as far as we know kills the virus.
Looking into online class offerings
Watch this space. But we might be able to offer some classes live online so if you are self isolating, then you can still maintain some practice. .
What you can do to help
Check the website before coming in case the class has been cancelled. If the teacher feels unwell or anyone in their house does, they won't run the class.
Arrive 10 minutes early to settle in, wash hands etc.
Wash your hands before and after class
Avoid touching your face
Please don't come if you have a cough or temperature or are living with someone who is
Keep up your yoga practice
Maintaining equanimity during times of difficulty is so important and helpful not only to you but to those around you. Staying grounded, maintaining a connection to the wider perspective, knowing that this will pass, and tending to the seeds of worry that can grow out of proportion if we don't also tend to the seeds of calm and steadiness.
If I can be of any help please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Please bring along your own mat or towel
Given the need to be proactive and sensible in our response to the current corona virus outbreak, I'm recommending that if possible, please bring along your own yoga mat or a towel to lay down over the yoga studio mat where your head will be placed.
Avoiding close contact sharing could be either over cautious, or helpful in inhibiting the spread of the virus so let's err on the side of caution.
It will also help you relax in your yoga practice and place your awareness more effectively.
~ If you feel unwell, have a temperature or cough, please avoid coming to class. (We will ensure that any missed classes can be made up at a later date, we would rather you were cautious.)
~ Wash your hands before and after class.
~ Wipe down your mat when you get home.
We do clean the mats and the studio regularly and thoroughly and will be stepping up our efforts here.
In the meantime, keep moving, keep breathing, keep calm and carry on.
Founder of YogaSpace,
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