Hello Looseleaf Yogi,
I value my clients and their yoga practice. My goal is to create a welcoming, uplifting, safe environment for all to enjoy and develop their yoga practice. With that said it is important that we all familiarize ourselves with some ways we can all work together to enhance every client’s experience either at the studio or virtually.
- Always be sure to check in when you arrive for class.
- Remove your shoes upon entering our space.
- Silence your cell phones or turn if off prior to the beginning of sessions.
- Don’t forget your belongings when you finish sessions.
- If you arrive late, please enter peacefully, set up your mat quietly, and join the practice.
- If you have to leave early, please set up your practice space in the back of the room, gather your belongings, and exit quietly to avoid any disruptions. Please plan to leave the practice before we enter savasana to respect others during their final relaxation poses.
Virtual/ On-Line Sessions
- Prep Your Tech
For the best experience, you’ll want to join us from a device with a video camera and microphone, so that we can both see and hear you (like a laptop, iPad, or smartphone).
We are using Zoom as our videoconference platform, and it works with all of the above devices. Download and install the mobile app for your Apple or Android device, or the desktop client for your laptop. Sign in from your device, test your audio and video, and you should be all set to join your first class!
- Watch Your Inbox For Your Welcome Email and Zoom Room Invitation
If you haven’t received your welcome email after a couple of hours, send an email to email@example.com and let me know so I can help you out.
- Joining Your Yoga Session
Follow the Zoom meeting link in the Zoom registration confirmation email. This link will open the meeting in your Zoom app or in your browser.
When you arrive in the room, your microphone should automatically be muted. This is to reduce any audio feedback, and keeps the virtual meeting space from becoming an echo chamber! As a general rule, keep your microphone muted unless you want to speak, and then feel free to unmute yourself. As long as you’re not interrupting anyone else, don’t feel you have to raise your hand…. the teacher can’t necessarily see everyone who is in the room!
A broadband internet connection is highly recommended, since video does take a lot of bandwidth. We ask that you have your video on during all classes so that our Teachers can assist you with alignments and poses if needed, however, your connection gets sketchy during class, try turning off your video camera (so you can still see us, we just can’t see you).
- The Virtual Studio Experience
Take a few minutes to get situated when you first arrive. Create a space for yourself where you have some room to move, a good wi-fi signal, and minimal background noise. Try to assure that your full body can be seen, this will make room for assistance with alignments is needed.
Orient your screen and mat in your space so that you can best see the teacher in a variety of potential poses. A mat is not required, but helpful. A hard floor with a yoga mat gives you the best balance of stability and cushioning. A yoga mat on a cushy carpet is squishy, but not as stable for balancing on. (A towel instead of a mat on a carpeted floor can sometimes work better.)
I will greet people as they arrive in the room, and point you in the direction of any props or resources you’ll need for class. This might include:
- Props: like a blanket or towel to sit on or cover yourself with, a yoga block or sturdy water bottle to bring the floor up to your hands in certain poses, or a long strap to improve stability or sensation in certain poses.
- Pre-class poll: a quick survey about what you’re feeling that day in your body and what you need in your yoga practice. This is more likely to be necessary in larger classes where I can’t necessarily see or talk with everyone in the room.
Within Zoom, you have the option to change what you see on your screen. You can choose between “Gallery” view (where you can see a bunch of different talking heads in smaller windows) and “Speaker” view (where you see only person currently talking, in a large window). “Gallery” is nice before and after class so you can chat and recognize friends. “Speaker” view is usually best for the actual class.
Before starting class, I may ask about any physical considerations you need for your practice that day (either verbally or through the above poll survey), so that they can offer you some options or modifications during class.
- Class Structure
I will formally start class, introducing myself and giving a high-level overview of what you’ll be doing in class that day. You might hear me mention that I’m starting the recording – the recording will be in “speaker view” so that only I will be shown.
During class, if you have questions or are unsure about whether you’re safely aligned in a certain pose, you’re welcome to unmute yourself and ask. I can’t see you or monitor the chat window during class, so your voice is the best way to get my attention.
That said, if you do unmute yourself, the recording will be in “speaker” view and so you will be visible on the recording that is available to other registered Looseleaf Yogis after class.
- After Class Open Chat
Just as the social element is key in a physical yoga studio, so it is in a virtual one! After class you’re welcome (encouraged, even!) to ask questions and mingle for a bit. I have scheduled our classes so that we have time to chat before and after. We get that sometimes after savasana and the final “namaste” you’re in a good head space and just want to slip out quietly… and that’s totally OK, too.
If you do stay to chat, be respectful of other people who may wish to speak. We provide a safe space, free of judgment, expectation, or competition — where all should feel welcome and supported. Please keep conversations confidential unless you’ve received explicit permission from the speaker to share something they said outside of the Looseleaf Yogi circle.
- Last, But Not Least, Keep Showing Up
The benefits of yoga are greatest when you have a regular yoga practice.
I will do everything that I can on my end in order to help! One thing that I can’t do, is make your commitment for you. You’re the only one who can choose to keep showing up. To choose to keep your priorities where you want them to be. To choose to create the space in your life for yourself…. and the things that make you happy and healthy.
I will be right here beside you, every step of the way.
Looseleaf Holistic Wellness is committed to providing students with a fulfilling practice and experience. My goal is to enhance each student’s practice and bring out greatness from within.
As a new client, I ask that you fill out the Registration Form and Liability & Waiver Form that are linked below. This applies to all Yoga+ classes, events, and workshops, Virtual and In-Person. You can email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Registration Form will be submitted electronically once completed. I thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. See you in class!
Click on the link above to access our Registration Form. This assist us in having knowledge of the amount of participants that will be in each session. Thank you.