We know that practising at home isn't always easy (shout-out to the woman whose partner was playing video games behind her in class the other day), but we are so impressed and grateful for everyone's willingness to quickly adjust and adapt to the new world of virtual online yoga! To support you having the best experience practising at home, we've put together a few recommendations and suggestions to hopefully make your classes with us just that little bit more enjoyable.
1. Find or create some home-made yoga props! A few of our favourites include: sofa cushions to lift your seat or pad your knees, rolled up pillows or blankets as bolsters, hard cover books as blocks, and belts or thin scarves as yoga straps.
2. Create a space for yourself. Whether that's your bedroom, a section of your living room or in the garden, carving out a little space that's free from distraction will make all the difference.
3. Turn off notifications and close any apps or programs on your laptop or phone (ex. Whatsapp, Email, Calendar etc...). Just like if you were at the studio, use this time to enjoy 60 minutes of uninterrupted peace.
4. Position your camera for individual adjustments. If you decide to have your camera on, it really helps the teacher to have your camera positioned so they can see the entire width of your mat and as much of your body as possible. Generally a distance of 2 metres works for most devices (yes, we're asking you to socially distance from your camera!). It can also be useful to have your mat positioned so that its at a 45 to 90 degree angle to your camera rather than facing the camera head on. These little changes make it so your teacher can more easily offer you individual instructions and verbal cues. Note: Keeping your camera off is always an option too!
5. Transport yourself to a studio state-of-mind. A few ideas of how to shift your energy before class: pour yourself a cup of tea, light some incense or a candle, and arrive on your mat 5 minutes early to give yourself time to settle into the space.
We hope you find these suggestions helpful! While implementing all of these tips and suggestions may not be possible for everyone, feel free to take what you like and leave the rest.