Term 3 in the Studio Again!

The head is the seat of intelligence.The heart is the seat of emotion.

B.K.S. Iyengar

We have come a long way since the scary days of March 2020 when nobody could tell how the whole COVID situation would develop. Fortunately, Australia did better than most countries and we are lucky to be able to think about returning to some form of (new) normality.  
Four weeks ago we started to move softly forward from online to studio classes and I have seen that most of you have been eager to come back to studio classes. 
I have also heard from those of you who do not feel comfortable practicing at the studio due COVID-19 currently. I want to let you know that I understand. Everybody needs to decide for themselves how they manage this new risk in all our lives. 
So, looking at Mr. Iyengar’s words above, let’s use our intelligence and our emotion to be guided and find the decision that is right for us individually. For me, it’s the balance of wanting to continue to guide you in your development of your yoga practice on the one hand and the fear of being in contact with so many people on the other. 
I am grateful for the mindfulness of all students, who are helping me cleaning the chairs and blocks after each class and staying away from classes when not feeling well. Some have even been tested when showing symptoms of a cold and let me know the results. If we all continue this path of self care and looking out for others I believe we can proceed with studio classes.  
On the positive, I am very proud of the beginners from the Tuesday class who have been keen to take it up again despite not having tasted the “nectar of a regular yoga practice” yet. Well done!

Now, we are ready to take the next step and start with our shorter Term 3 over 8 weeks. To reduce the risk in our classes the number of students is still limited to 10. For that purpose please book via my website for Term 3 to reserve your place. During  checkout you will see a text box for additional notes. Please, write your preferred session in this box or let me know by email which class you would like to attend.
If there is a high demand for one class and the number of students will be over 10, I will offer an additional class on Monday at 7.00 pm. First, let us see how the bookings will proceed. 

If you have to attend another than your reserved class for any reason, please contact me and I will advise. 

I am wishing us all a safe practice!

Yoga in times of COVID-19: We are online!

Last week I told you about my crash course in streaming yoga classes live via the Internet. After much deliberation I decided against a webinar (where you only see me on screen and follow the instructions) and in favour of a two-way video conference where I can also see and hear you and give you feedback on your poses and necessary adjustments.

The trial sessions last week were a success (after some initial technical problems) with many of you commenting that this works surprisingly well. Hence, it’s a go!

Regular online yoga classes will commence on Monday, 9 April!

We will be using Zoom which is easy to use and has all the functionality we need. The process to join is as follows:

  1. Check the Class Schedule and select the class that you would like to attend
  2. Register by clicking on the class and then ‘Register here’ and pay for your pass online or via bank transfer (no cash in class, sorry :-)).
  3. After payment, I will send you an email to the email address you used when registering (The sender of this email is ‘info@northsideyoga.com.au’. Please, make sure that you can receive emails from this email address.)
  4. The email contains the link and password for the Zoom Yoga Class.
  5. Please, join the meeting about 5 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time to iron out any technical issues. I will open the meeting 15 minutes before the scheduled time in case of questions.
  6. Have fun!

Recommendations for the best experience:

Use a computer with a webcam, speakers and a microphone OR a laptop with integrated webcam and mic OR an iPAD (with some sort of stand). Headphones don’t work well for yoga.

You need your yoga mat and props ready before the class starts. You can order props by clicking here (Iyogaprops) or here (EMP Industries) and bolsters by clicking here (Stretch Now) (and no, I don’t have any affiliation with them.)

Make sure that you can see the screen and that the camera has a good view of you on your mat. The light needs to come from behind the camera. Minimise background noise as everybody will be able to hear it.