Virtual Classes

When Covid shut down yoga studios, I began teaching online classes from my home. They’re live streaming classes, not recorded videos, so they’re interactive. Although distance learning has its limits, I’ve found virtual teaching to be uniquely effective: Students acquire not only asana skills, but also more focus and autonomy. At home—with neither classmates to follow nor the influence of my physical presence—they must become more self reliant (and more familiar with Sanskrit pose names!).

2020 Summer Schedule

Sunday

9:30 am – 10:45 am

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Tuesday

5:30 – 6:45 pm

Thursday

10:45 am – 12 pm

Fees

One drop-in class $17 + GST ($17.85)

Two or more drop-in classes $15 + GST ($15.75)

All classes are 75 minutes long and suitable for all levels. Space is limited and most classes max out, so sign up in advance.

Note: If you are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus shutdown and cannot afford my fees, please email me to discuss a price that’s sustainable for you.

FAQs

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 personally found it to be 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

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Before you attend my online classes, you must complete my intake and waiver form, which I’ll send by email. To sign up, do the following:

  1. Email me your requested class date(s).
  2. Once I confirm availability, pay by Interac e-transfer to llyamamoto@gmail.com. You must pay by 6pm the day before class. Specify the class date(s) in your e-transfer message.

The night before class, you will receive an email message with a URL link to join the class. Do not share this link with anyone.

MAY I PAY FOR MULTIPLE CLASSES IN ONE E-TRANSFER?
Yes, you may pre-pay for any classes that you can commit to attend.

MAY I MAKE UP A MISSED CLASS?
To keep my accounting as simple and efficient as possible, I generally apply a no-refund, no-make-up policy. But, if an unexpected schedule clash arises, email me immediately. I make exceptions for medical emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances.

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 high Internet bandwidth. If you repeatedly experience choppy video or audio, your bandwidth might be too low for streaming. Email me to discuss.