Thursday, September 6, 2012

One of Thou Art Yoga's online students shares his experience


I believe I have done it for a period of six weeks or so. May be more.

I like the convenience of doing it from the comfort my own home. I don’t have to dress, drive, etc. I simply turn on the computer and yoga is at my avail. Right now I am not too well and having Skype yoga affords me the opportunity to still be a part of my classes and to connect with my yoga family. It is also convenient when traveling because you can do it from any location.

I choose to do it the porch. I like that it is open air. I can also observe the evening as it changes with my mood during the yoga. What I have realized though is that because I can move my laptop anywhere I can do it from any room I choose on that particular day. Sometimes changing rooms help my yoga mood as well.

Originally when I started online yoga I thought I would miss the interpersonal connection. What I have come to realize is that it is still there. I can see everyone. We can chat before, during and after the class. We are still able to connect.

The instructor is also able to clearly explain and demonstrate kriyas etc online. She also observes us and can give guidance accordingly just like in studio.

(a) you must ensure that you have a Skype account and that your version is up to date.
(b) Webcam is also a necessity.
(c) Join Thou Art Yoga group by sending request.
(d) On day of class log on at least 15 mins before to ensure all tech is working properly.
(e) You will receive the call from the instructor.
(f) Accept call, turn of your microphone so there is no feedback and then follow instructor’s guide.
(g) You will see all class members on screen.
(h) Audio is usually very clear once connection is strong.
(i) You also have the option of typing messages.
(j) Once class is done, you end call.

I have enjoyed all online yoga classes thus far. 99% of the time the connection was good. I still feel that intense energy, especially after the class. It’s just as invigorating as in studio.

It is worth it, especially when you think things are difficult and you don’t have the time to devote to going to studio. Studio or Skype, yoga class always feel like it is especially for me.

Click here to see how to join us for Thou Art Yoga's Kundalini Yoga classes via Skype.


Lynn Cohen said...

Isn't modern technology amazing?
I just ordered my skype camera from Amazon for $4. I can't wait to see my grandkids this way.
I think what you are doing with a yoga class is simply amazing.

Elspeth said...

I first had this experience with a yoga group in Canada in 2009. It is a great way to connect for any reason with people who are somewhere else.