General Information on Joining a Yoga Class
Follow these simple steps:
1. Food/Drink: Generally we recommend refraining from eating ideally at least 3-4 hours (or at least 2 hours) before the class. We also recommend that you drink enough water before the class begins to hydrate. Traditionally there is no drinking of any beverage during class but if you need it, you may sip some water or tea during class.
2. Props you will need for class: a yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, a yoga strap, a couple of pillows or cushions of various thickness and a blanket. If you don’t have a yoga mat, a large towel or an area rug will work just fine. A couple of thick books or Tupperware boxes is a good substitute in place of yoga blocks. If you don’t have a yoga strap, a scarf or a long belt, like a bathrobe tie will do.
3. Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict movement.
4. Book a block of classes to register: Follow the link on the Website to register for a block of classes (i.e. a “Block Booking”). The booking window to register for classes closes 30 mins before the class begins. Your booking is confirmed upon receipt of payment and when you have received a booking confirmation email from us.
5. Download the Zoom app to your desktop, mobile or tablet from www.zoom.us.
6. Zoom Link: After you have registered for your Block Booking, you will receive a confirmation email with your Zoom Link. You will use this same Zoom Link for each class in your Block Booking. This link is non-transferable.
7. Setting up your space for the class: At least 5-10 mins before the class starts, set up your yoga mat in a relatively quiet space. The set up for your camera should be positioned so that the yoga teacher can see as much of you as possible, whether you are standing with arms up or laying on the mat. Click the Zoom link in your booking confirmation email and you will be invited into the class from the Zoom waiting room. Please arrive in the Zoom waiting room a few minutes early so that we can review any possible technical issues and start on time. The class will start promptly at the stated time unless otherwise indicated or a delay is unavoidable due to unforeseen circumstances.
8. Switch on your camera / mute mic: Once you are in the Zoom class, your microphone will be muted automatically. You are welcome to switch it on to say ‘hello’, or to let the yoga teacher know that you are new to class or to inform them of any injuries or conditions you may have before the class begins but are advised to switch it off afterwards so as not to distract others also practicing yoga in the Zoom class. Alternatively, please use the Zoom Chat feature if you have any comments or questions. Feel free to select the yoga teacher’s name or ‘host’ from the drop-down feature in the Chat box if you’d rather speak with the teacher privately at any time during the class.
Please click on the camera icon on your Zoom screen to switch on the camera. It is recommended that you turn this feature on so that the yoga teacher can see you to offer support and guidance throughout the class. It is possible that the video may freeze or lag momentarily but often this resolves after a few moments. If it doesn’t resolve after a few minutes, just leave the meeting and log back in using the same Zoom link.
9. Distractions/phones: Be fully present to what is taking place in the class. Try to avoid distractions during the class as much as you can, e.g. avoid having and/or talking to others in the room with you during the class. Turn off any audio-visual devices such as radio or TV. Don’t bring your phone to your mat and if that is unavoidable, ideally, put your phone on silent mode and avoid checking your phone messages or taking calls. If in exceptional circumstances you need to take an urgent call please keep your phone on silent or low vibration mode and wait until you are out of earshot or you have muted your Zoom audio before answering it.
10. Modifications: It is important that you inform the yoga teacher before the class gets underway that you are new to yoga or of any injuries or medical conditions you are experiencing which could be relevant during a class. All classes will have modifications to accommodate those who are new to yoga / beginners or those experiencing mobility issues or physical/medical conditions. Additionally, for those who feel they can go deeper in a pose or enjoy a challenge, there will be variations of the postures.
11. Waiver: A yoga practice is a safe and effective form of exercise and Inner Pose Wellness takes great care to ensure your well being. However, be reminded that you must take full responsibility for your own practice. It is important that you agree to honour your body by adjusting and adapting the practice according to your own capabilities and needs to ensure that you practice in a safe manner and do not injure or harm yourself. Feel free to take breaks as you need to, such as whenever your breathing feels laboured, or you feel tired. By participating in these yoga classes you agree that you do so at your own choice and risk and you assume all risk of injury. If you have any medical and/or health conditions you should consult a medical practitioner before participating and you must inform the yoga teacher about them prior to the class. Should injury occur during class, you agree to release the yoga teacher and/or Inner Pose Wellness of any claims or causes of action known or unknown arising out of these Services.