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Taking your yoga practice online

If the thought of moving your practice away from the traditional class setting and into the unknown online world seems a little daunting- don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with this handy little guide.

One of the main benefits of taking part in an online group class as opposed to watching a pre-recorded video, is that you can get real time feedback on your practice. It also means that we all have time to connect with each other before and after class just as we would in a traditional class setting. When you practice online, if anyone else in the household wants to practice along with you, they can, in fact sharing your yoga practice together is a great way to add a new dimension to your family relationships.

I will help to guide you safely in and out of each of the poses, I’ll be with you every step of the way

Top Tips for practicing Online Yoga

Make some space: Create a little corner or area of your home where you have plenty of room to move around and you won’t be disturbed during your session.

Choose your device: You can take part in an online class using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or phone. You'll want to make sure that you can clearly see your device so that you can follow the practice as we go. Ideally it is best to turn up the speaker volume on your device too so that you can see and hear clearly.

Gather what you need: Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a drink of water, and a cosy blanket to snuggle up for a nice relaxing savasana at the end of our session. If you have a yoga block or brick at home these can be helpful to support you at the level you are working at, but don’t worry if you haven’t got one, a good sturdy hard-back book will work just as well!

Centre yourself: Take some time out for yourself before the session starts so you don’t feel in a rush when you arrive in your practice space.

Tell people what you are doing: It sounds obvious, but just the act of letting your household know when your session is happening and letting them know that you would like some space while you are practicing can save you from a lot of distractions!

Don't worry about noise: There is no need to worry about external noises at home such as dogs barking, door bells ringing etc. These noises won’t be heard and won’t disturb the online group during practice. When we are ready to begin I will mute everybody’s microphone so whatever chaos may be ensuing at home- we’ll all be none the wiser!

Bring the magic: You can really add some atmosphere to your at home practice space- why not try lighting some candles, diffusing essential oils or burning incense. This can really help to enhance your experience, helping you to relax even further.

Enjoy your session: Embrace the new and unknown, you may even find you prefer the more private experience of practicing online in the comfort of your own home.

If you would benefit from viewing a larger screen while you practice you can hook-up your device to your television! This makes it easier to see as you move around during practice. To do this you can either plug your computer into your television using an HDMI cable or if you’re using an apple device you can ‘mirror’ your device to play through your television

I hope this little guide has helped to shine a light and open up the exciting world of online yoga to you! Of course, if there is anything else you would like to know about moving to an online practice I’d love to chat to you about this and help in any way I can.

I hope to see you online soon!

With all best wishes,

Ali x

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