Virtual Classes

In 2020, the Covid pandemic suddenly closed yoga studios and community centres. But the shutdown had a silver lining. I started live streaming my classes and discovered that I have a knack for video teaching, which is actually mostly about audio—words and voice.

My classes are interactive (not recorded videos); I give feedback and answer questions. Although distance learning cannot replace the in-person experience, it’s uniquely effective: Students acquire not only asana skills, but also focus and autonomy. At home—with neither classmates to follow nor the influence of my physical presence—students must become more self reliant (and more familiar with Sanskrit pose names!).

2022 Schedule

Note: I’ll be away and not teaching Zoom classes from October 30 to November 16.

Tuesday

5:30 – 7 pm

Wednesday

10:30 am – 12 pm

Sunday

4 – 5:30 pm

Fees

Class lengthDrop-in“Mini session” registration
90 minutes$20 per class$18 per class
Fees include GST.

FAQs

WHEN DO “MINI SESSIONS” START AND END?

My “mini sessions” comprise two calendar months, starting with January-February. You must register for all classes within a two-month session. Note: If I’m out of town, I don’t teach. I’ll announce my trips in advance, so that you can omit them from a session.

In 2022, two sessions remain:

  • September-October
    • Tuesday: 8 classes, $144
    • Wednesday: 8 classes, $144
    • Sunday: 8 classes, $144 (no class October 30)
  • November-December
    • Tuesday: 5 classes, $90 (no class November 1, 8, 15)
    • Wednesday: 5 classes, $90 (no class November 2, 9, 16)
    • Sunday: 5 classes, $90 (no class November 6, 13)

MAY I MAKE UP A MISSED CLASS
If you register for a mini session, you may make up missed classes, but only during the session. No carryovers. Please notify me in advance so that I can switch your class dates.

WHAT SOFTWARE DO I NEED?
I am conducting my virtual classes with Zoom. Although I initially resisting using Zoom due to its questionable security and privacy practices, I’ve discovered that it’s far superior to other apps in functionality. Bottom line: Zoom lets me give you the best video class experience.

If using a desktop computer, you can either download the free app or join by browser (if you prefer not installing the app). Chrome and Firefox are recommended.

If using a mobile device (e.g., iPad), you must download the free app.

Note that successful live streaming depends on your Internet connection. Check your bandwidth at speedtest.net.

WHAT HARDWARE DO I NEED?
A computer with webcam is ideal. A tablet (e.g., iPad) is harder to position, but also works.

WHERE DOES MY CAMERA GO?
To capture your entire body, your device must be at least waist high and 10ft/3m away. If your screen is small, however, you won’t be able to see me. Therefore, prioritize between my seeing you (place device farther) and your seeing me (place device closer).

MUST I TURN ON MY CAMERA?
If you prefer being unseen, you may turn your camera off. Note that if can’t see you, I can’t correct or guide you. Please carefully protect your own safety.

WHAT YOGA PROPS DO I NEED?
Find yoga props (or substitutes):

  • mat
  • blocks (boxes, books)
  • chip-foam blocks
  • blankets (towels)
  • strap (necktie, belt, TheraBand)
  • chair

MUST I SIGN A WAIVER?
Before you attend my virtual classes, you must complete my intake and waiver form, which I’ll send to you by email.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Send an Interac e-transfer to me by email. Please specify the class date(s) and time(s) in your message. Also, please double check your math!

The night before class, you’ll receive an email message with a unique Zoom link. If you don’t receive a link, please contact me and I’ll resend it.

HOW LATE CAN I SIGN UP?
If possible, please sign up by 6pm the day before class.

HOW DO I JOIN A CLASS?
To join, simply click the link in my email message. You will then see options either to open the app or, if using a desktop computer, to join by browser.

You will then enter my “waiting room,” from which I’ll let you enter. Please arrive by the stated class time, otherwise you might get stuck in the waiting room while I’m already teaching!

Class etiquette:

  • Turn on your camera (unless opting not to be seen).
  • Mute your microphone after checking in. If you need to speak during class, unmute yourself.
  • Choose “active speaker” view, so that you see only me, and not “gallery view,” which shows all students.

WHAT TIME DO I JOIN A CLASS?
Please join five to 10 minutes before the official start time. Use this time to check in and to set up your camera and props.

WHAT IF I LOSE VIDEO OR AUDIO?
The key to a worthwhile class experience is sufficient Internet bandwidth. If you repeatedly experience choppy video or audio, your bandwidth might be too low for streaming. Last resort: call (778) 907-2071 to join by phone; you’ll need the Zoom meeting data included in my email message.

WHICH CLASS IS APPROPRIATE FOR MY LEVEL?
All classes are geared for mixed levels. Options are given to ensure that you work toward your potential.

HOW LARGE ARE THE CLASSES?
Class size varies, but averages 15 students.