Tips for using/improving your Zoom setup in a yoga class

It’s easy to get started online – but whether it’s your first time attending an online class, or you want to improve the experience – here are my tips for getting the most out of your practice.

You’ll want a device with a video camera and microphone, so that I can both see and hear you (like a laptop, tablet/iPad, or smartphone). The bigger the screen the better so that you can see me teaching you clearly.

Let’s get ready

Before you begin your class make sure you find a space with enough room to practice freely. If you need any props to hand like a yoga block, cushions, socks or extra layers make sure you have them ready. Check that you have Zoom installed on your device and can sign in to the class. Position your device where you can comfortably see and check you can hear your teacher and that you have a good internet connection (video uses a lot of bandwidth).

Zoom room

I use Zoom to deliver my online classes. If you haven’t used Zoom before, don’t worry, it’s easy to set up. First, you’ll need a Zoom account. Head over to Zoom’s sign up page and create a free account.

Although it’s possible to use Zoom through a web browser I highly recommend that you download and install the mobile app for your Apple or Android device, or the desktop software for your laptop.

Then you can sign in from your device to check your audio and video works, and you should be all set to join your first class! If you can’t hear me, make sure you have clicked “join audio” and if you’re struggling to find that, just the option to “leave meeting” and re-join again choosing “join audio.”

Ready, set, GO!

I will open registration for the class 5 minutes before the class is due to begin. Please take a few minutes to get yourself settled when you first arrive. I recommend that you create a space for yourself where you have some room to move, a good wi-fi signal, and minimal background noise.

I will greet you as you sign in and will ask you to gather any blankets or cushions that you’ll need for the class.

Controlling your screen

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 the person currently talking, in a large window). “Gallery” is nice before and after class so you can chat and recognise friends. “Speaker” view is usually best for the actual class.

Position your device

Usually it’s better to place your device higher up on a table or shelf so that you can see me from a variety of positions. Please have your mat rolled out and ready. Or if you don’t have a mat, you can just practice on your carpet or a rug on wooden floorboards. Some people find a large towel on a carpeted floor works well too.

The end of a class

At the end of your class, there will be 5 minutes for you to chat to me and your fellow students. I actively invite you to ask questions or speak to friends. I find this helps us to stay connected socially as part of a group. But if you’re feeling pretty chilled and you’re happy to slip off quietly you can just choose to ‘leave meeting’ and that’s fine with me too!

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