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
9:30 am – 10:45 am
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
5:30 – 6:45 pm
10:45 am – 12 pm
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.
WHAT SOFTWARE DO I NEED?
Download and install the free 8×8 app. You can enter as “guest” and need not create an account. You can also join by browser (Chrome has full support; Firefox and Safari have limited support).
Either way, successful live streaming depends on your Internet connection. Check for minimum wifi bandwidth with this speed test.
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, it might too distant to see. Therefore, prioritize between my seeing you (place device farther) or 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):
- blocks (boxes, books)
- chip-foam blocks
- blankets (towels)
- strap (necktie, belt, TheraBand)
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:
- Email me your requested class date(s).
- Once I confirm availability, pay by Interac e-transfer to email@example.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. You will also receive a phone number and meeting ID to join by phone if necessary.
MAY I PAY FOR MULTIPLE CLASSES IN ONE E-TRANSFER?
Yes, but only for classes within the current month. For example, starting on June 1, you may pay for any class(es) until June 30.
MAY I MAKE UP A MISSED CLASS?
To keep my accounting simple and efficient, I have a no-refund, no-make-up policy. Therefore, pay only for classes that you can definitely attend. Exceptions: medical and other emergencies.
HOW DO I JOIN A CLASS?
To join by app, open 8×8 on your computer. It is optional to log in. Next, open my email message and click the link. You will immediately join the class.
To join by Chrome, open the browser and enter the URL. You will immediately join the class.
For basic controls, move your cursor to the bottom of the screen:
- Camera and microphone should be turned on (default).
- Mute your microphone after checking in. If you need to speak during class, unmute yourself.
- Enlarge my video feed by turning off tile view (click on “four squares” icon at bottom right).
- After class, exit by clicking the red “phone” icon at center bottom.
WHAT TIME DO I JOIN A CLASS?
Please join five to ten minutes before the official start time. Use this time to check in and to solve any tech issues.
WHAT IF I LOSE VIDEO OR AUDIO?
The key to a worthwhile class experience is high Internet bandwidth. If you have delayed or disrupted video or audio, your bandwidth is probably low. In 8×8, check the circular icon at the top left corner of your feed: green is good, while yellow and red indicate mediocre and bad connections.
Since bandwidth varies, moment by moment, your connection might improve over time. In extreme cases, the app might freeze or close. If this occurs, join the class by phone—no video, but clear audio.