If you have one, connect your Bluetooth speaker to your device. This means you can hear the teacher more clearly than relying on your laptop or tablet speaker. It also means that you can play music from another source to go with your practice and still hear the instructions easily.
Ensure your device is far enough away for your camera to see the whole of you. If the session is interactive, using a platform such as Zoom, the teacher will be able to see you and give extra verbal cues or options if needed.
Make sure you can see your device clearly by using a stand. If you haven’t already got a stand for your tablet/iPad, you can easily make one using just a wire coat hanger, find out how here.
If you are using a laptop, you may want to invest in a webcam. You can get some cheap and delivered on amazon, they make a big difference. This will also serve you well for staying in contact with friends and family too!
Prepare your device. Ensure you have the required app or software downloaded before the class and that your device is well charged or plugged in. You don’t want to run out of juice mid-downward dog!
Make sure you have enough space around you. This is a challenge in my shoebox of a house, in the Yogaloft (my new name for my yoga class room), where I cannot reach my arms up fully!
In the words of the worst song that Bowie was ever involved in, “It doesn’t matter what you wear, just as long as you are there”. Pyjamas are forgiven. (If you know the song and video, check this out, it never fails to make me laugh)
You don’t have to have a dedicated space for yoga. Just set up your yoga mat wherever you have room. That is your space.
Treat each online class as you would an in-person class. Put your phone on silent, don’t allow yourself to be drawn into a conversation with a family member or other distractions. Treat your mat as a held space.
Feel free to change the position of your device when we change from long side to short side poses. I usually change my position in the class to give you a better view. This means that if you move me, you won’t be turning your head round all the time to see your screen. If you are streaming to a Smart TV, then you might not take on this tip!
Enjoy your Online Classes and embrace our new way of practicing!