Online and Outside Classes
Online Class Timetable
For the duration of our closure due to Covid-19 we will be offering online classes four days a week (you can book here):
Monday 6.30 - 7.45pm Level 1/2 - 75 mins, £6. Level 1/2 is for both Level 1 students who are ready to work a bit harder and for Level 2 students, but the class is not suitable for complete beginners
Tuesday 9.30-10.30am Gentle/General - 60 mins, £5. This class is for those who need or enjoy an easier going practice, and for those who can or want to work a little harder alternatives will be given. The class will use supports and props.
Wednesday 6.30-7.45pm Level 2/3 - 75 mins, £6. Level 2/3 is for students who have attended Iyengar classes regularly for at least 18 months, who know the basic poses and the correct use of props. This class will include inversions.
Thursday 9.30 - 10.30am General, 60 mins, £5. General Iyengar classes are suitable for all students - variations and adaptations will be given to accommodate varying levels of experience in the class.
Tuesday 6.30-7.30pm Outside, ACTIVE class - 60 mins, £5. Suitable for all. You need to bring your own mat (and any props you like to use), and dress for the weather! Location is Tayfield Estate in Newport on Tay - details will be sent once booked.
These classes can be booked online and paid for through our usual Glofox booking system.
The classes are all 'Drop-in'/'Pay as you Go' only, existing credits will not be taken, and there will be no passes for the online classes.
For those few who do not want to use card booking through Glofox, and have thus far operated on a cash basis with us, please email us and we'll set up an alternative for you (also if you are booking from abroad). However, if you can, then please do use the Glofox system!
You must book an online class at least 2 hours before the class starts. After that you will not be able to book.
Once you have booked we will send you a 'ZOOM' link about 45 mins-30 mins before the start of your class.
Outside classes must also be booked at least 2 hours before the class starts. We will send you the location details once you have booked (location will stay the same throughout).
What to expect from our online classes
These will be LIVE classes with our senior teacher, Julie (assuming she stays well), who will be teaching from home rather than the studio. The classes will be run through video conferencing software called Zoom and you will receive a link to join the class (it will be called a meeting) beforehand.
The most usual way of "joining" the class is by using a device with a camera - pc, laptop, tablet or mobile phone (however this is not so good for you to see with).
Depending on the number of people in the class and the equipment that Julie uses, you both should see each other in action. Julie may not be able to see everyone at once, so you may not have the same level of interaction as you would in the studio, but she will be able to give feedback and corrections (as long as she can see you on your mat - see 'Getting ready for class' below).
Please note that by participating in one of our online classes you agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries or damages, known or unknown, which might occur as a result. So make sure to clear a sensible amount of space in your home, and practice within your capacity.
How Zoom works
• Zoom is free for you as a student. You do NOT need to pre-install Zoom or pay for a subscription.
• You will be prompted to download and install zoom once you click on the link for the class (and it'll save any confusion about which version to use).
• Please say YES to launching Zoom and YES to joining with audio / video. Select 'speaker view'.
• It is helpful in the first instance if you can 'arrive' for your class 10-15 minutes before start time so that you and Julie, or someone else, can get any technical issues sorted out.
• We ask you to keep the video on as it helps Julie to potentially keep an eye on how everyone is doing and respond appropriately if you have video on.
• Julie will turn your microphone off during the class to avoid issues with feedback and time lag but it will be possible to ask a question at anytime by pressing the space bar on your keyboard.
• If you are planning to use a tablet or mobile device to join a class, you might want download the Zoom App from the Apple App store or from Google Play. If you need to install the Zoom App on a mobile device to join a "meeting", this can take a few minutes so it would be helpful to have this already installed.
This is a new experience for us at the studio as well as you, our students. We will be learning together and will aim to keep it as simple as possible until we all get used to this new way of coming to class.
Getting ready for your online class
Many of us find it’s good to arrive a bit early for class at the studio. This gives time to greet fellow students, get equipment ready and mentally and physically prepare ourselves. It is exactly the same for an online class. It helps to check in 10 minutes or so before the class starts so you can:
• Prepare your space with props to hand. Remember that dressing gown (or other) belts, folded towels and blankets plus large books for blocks can be good substitutes for specialist yoga props. Having a chair to hand can be useful also. A firm kitchen chair is a good option.
• Set up your device, check the battery and plug in if required. It may help to connect a speaker if you have one.
• Check your lighting and camera angle so Julie will be able to see you clearly as you would in a studio class. Your mat (or a good part of it) should be in the screen so you can be seen sitting/standing. Having too much light behind you (for example a window) can make it difficult to see you, so consider swapping your set up round.
• Say hello to each other! Pets and children are all part of the experience so long as you can stay safe while practising.
All of the above will help you to enjoy your class and your access to yoga can then help support you through our 'stay home stay safe' way of living for now.