Practice tips for online classes
If you’re not familiar with Zoom or have never used video chat, no worries. There’s not much of a learning curve. All you have to do is download Zoom to your computer, create a free account, and accept the invite to the meeting when it arrives by email.
Here are a few simple tips for setting up a successful online session:
If possible, choose a practice location that will be relatively free from distractions such as phones, people or pets. (Though sometimes, pets are a nice addition, if you choose!) You only need enough space to set up your yoga mat or towel, so let yourself get creative with what’s available to you.
Position your camera, phone or computer at least 4 feet away from your mat, or even further if you have the room. That distance allows me see your entire body so I can help with any pose adjustments you may need. The height of the camera also makes a difference. Placing it on a chair for standing poses, and placing or angling it lower for floor poses usually works well.
If possible, choose a well lit area, or at least not back lit. If your screen is facing a bright light or there’s a window behind you, you will appear as a dark silhouette. It’s better to place your camera so that you’re facing a light source, such as a window or bright lamp.
Please keep the following props at hand for the classes. Don’t worry if you don’t have them all. I always teach alternative variations so you can practice the entire class prop free if needed.
• Yoga mat
• Yoga blocks
• Several blankets – thick bath or beach towels also work well
• Yoga belt or any kind of belt – bathrobe belts are especially good as they’re usually long and pliable
• Yoga chair or other sturdy chair – preferably without armrests and light enough that you can easily pick it up
• Yoga bolster – couch or other firm cushions are good alternatives
In person classes are a lovely way to connect face-to-face. You can receive hands on adjustments, use specialized props, and escape from the many distractions you may face at home. But being able to experience the practice within your own space is a powerful, convenient and useful way to realize that your experience is not dependent on a specific place. We might not be in the same place physically, but the heart-to-heart connection remains the same.
Check out this blog post at Zoom.us for more tips on how to set up and use Zoom at home.
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