How does Online Yoga work?
Private & group yoga classes online
As we enter this time of being locked down and staying in to tackle Covid-19 together, you may be wondering how you can keep up your regular Yoga practice or start over with your Yoga journey.
You can improve flexibility and posture, reduce stress and increase your energy right where you are! Enjoy a private yoga class from the comfort of your home! No matter where you are in the world! My Online Yoga classes are a great way for you to incorporate a yoga practice anytime, anywhere.
How does it work?
Online yoga is super easy to set up!
1. Choose the class you’d like to attend, signing up here and you will get a confirmation email with a Meeting ID code.
2. Download Zoom app from zoom.us/download. You don’t have to register. Once you installed the app, press the “Join Meeting” button and insert the Meeting ID code you received on the confirmation email.
3. Find a nice cosy space to practice in, with any props you need for your practice. If you booked a private session, we will place our screens in such a way that we can see and hear each other. Make sure you set yourself up so that I can see your whole body.
4. I will then guide you through the practice while I demonstrate each pose for you to follow along with and will teach you safe and proper alignment for each pose.
5. Enjoy it! 🙂
What you’ll need
- Yoga Mat
- Zoom installed in your computer – for private sessions we can also use Skype or Google Meet
- Computer with webcam, microphone and internet connection
- Any props you want (block, strap…) – keep reading for some household substitutes 🙂
- Optional – Blanket, bolster, cushion to make you comfy during meditation/relaxation
You can safely use an iPad too (camera and microphone are built-in). If you have an older computer without a camera or microphone, you can usually purchase them as accessories (see this for example).
No Yoga Props? Practice With These Household Substitutes!
When it comes to doing yoga at home or we’re travelling, sometimes we find ourselves in lack of the props we need to make the most of our practice. With a little bit of creativity, you can take common household items and easily turning them into functional yoga props!
I would not recommend substituting the yoga mat with a squishy workout mat or a blanket. The squishy mats can make balancing tricky and can be tough on the wrists and a blanket does not provide enough support for your back against a hard floor. If you don’t have a mat, you may want to practice on a carpeted flooring or use a rug with a non-slip padding.
A good place to start looking for substitutes is on your bookshelves and in your closet. A stack of books wrapped in a towel may do just fine, or you could grab a shoebox and fill it up with items to make it solid. You can also play with fantasy: books, a pack of A4 paper, old DVD box sets, tins of soup, tupperware containers… possibilities are endless!
Yoga straps are great get deeper into your stretches and they’re quite easy to substitute if you don’t have one at home. You can easily use a belt, a men’s tie, or a piece of rope as a yoga strap. Just be sure to check that the fabric or material that it’s made of is strong enough and not elastic.
Bolsters and blankets are used in restorative poses and during meditation, but they’re not necessary! A bolster is really just a long pillow with more stuffing than most pillows for greater support. Grab a bunch of bed pillows or a stack of towels and maybe tie them up with some rope to keep them together.
Blankets offer support when rolled and keep your body warm during still poses. You may use a towel or a bed throw instead and you are good to go!
Benefits of Online Yoga
Online yoga offers a multitude of options and solutions in terms of timing and location for the modern super-busy yoga practitioners. Without the need to arrive at a studio at a certain time, you can select the time of the day that suits you, allowing you to commit to the yoga practice in a simple and easy way.
You can practice when you are travelling, using your laptop in your hotel room. Or maybe you can join me for a restorative practice while your baby is down for a nap. Options are endless!
Practicing yoga online means that you are there for you, focused 100% on your own practice with no distractions or opportunity to compare or compete with other people.
Online yoga creates a truly personalised practice where I am offering you my undivided time and attention. It’s just you on your mat and me on the screen. It’s a proper private yoga session in the comfort of your own home.