Thank you for taking the plunge into online yoga with us!
Setup for Virtual Family or Prenatal Yoga
You don’t need any special equipment. A yoga mat is great, but you can skip it or use a towel or blanket. Your teacher may email class-specific supplies you may want to gather in advance, but will always suggest alternatives you are likely to have on hand. Scarves, for instance, can be literal scarves, cloth napkins, pillowcases, facial tissues, or even a t-shirt.
When you log in, please change your Zoom screen name to be the first name of the class participants: parent and child, or child alone.
You will want to set up your space so that you can see the video screen and, ideally, your teacher can see you (and your little one in Baby Yoga & Play).
Class specific set up tips:
- Baby Yoga & Play: See the videos here for additional set up tips for Baby Yoga & Play.
- Prenatal Yoga: See set up tips and recommended supplies here.
- Toddler Classes: Many of our studio class students enjoy bubbles at the end of class. This is entirely optional at home, but you may want to have some bubble solution or a wand on hand.
Behavior Expectations and Tips For Enjoying Zoom Yoga
1. Just like our studio classes, expect your child to behave like a child. There will be highly variable levels of engagement across the group for each activity. Know that your child will participate exactly the way they need to. They may simply sit and watch the screen. Or they may wander off. It’s all good.
2. The best thing you can do to facilitate your child’s experience is to be near the screen, modeling the poses for your child. Because we know children will not be as engaged by a computer screen as they would by an in-person class, we’ll add in a little more yoga for the grown-ups so that you can continue participating if your child disengages. Just like in a studio class, the more yoga you do, the more yoga your child will do.
3. When you enter the Zoom meeting, your microphone will be muted. Feel free to unmute for introductions or if you need to say something to the teacher, but in general, keep yourself muted. Background noise from individual students becomes extremely distracting very quickly.
4. Expect this to be a practice in authenticity. Life is messy right now, and sometimes, so are these yoga classes. We promise – no one is paying attention to your hair, your house, or your children’s behavior. Your children will climb all over you. They will jump on the sofa. There will be toys or laundry scattered around your living room. Your teacher’s children may decide to guest-star in the video. The yoga is important, but so is community, so let’s all take a collective breath, give ourselves grace, and decide to let each class experience just be what it is.
Note about privacy: Zoom has a setting to record only the instructor for our replays, but each teacher must enable that on their recording every time they start class. If they forget, it is possible that snippets of your living room will appear in the replay video during introductions or other times when you unmute your audio.
Additionally, we are taking steps to ensure that our Zoom participants are only our enrolled students/members and that we do not experience the spamming problems you may have heard about on publicly accessible Zoom events. In addition to circulating the link ONLY to enrolled participants and taking attendance in classes, we have enabled passwords on all our events. We can change those at anytime. We have also disabled participant screen sharing and file sharing. Currently participants can engage in private chats with each other and the instructor and we feel this is appropriate given our other precautions. Please let us know if you have concerns.