Yin Yoga classes via Zoom

Thursdays 5.15-6.15pm

Hosted by Brighton Natural Health Centre

During this pandemic (and at the time of writing) we are currently in lockdown in the UK. The majority of employees are now working from home, most children are being home schooled and I know a lot of the self employed workforce have found themselves without work or income for the foreseeable.

It’s natural to feel isolated and fearful during this time, but we needn’t feel alone. Thanks to modern technology it is possible to stay at home and connect with our loved ones and our community.

Hurrah for modern technology!

Imagine if we were in this position in 2005 – just 15 years ago – when we didn’t have smartphones? Facebook hadn’t yet reached the UK. We didn’t have video calling (apart from Skype which was very poor back then), Instagram, Whatsapp or Netflix. How fortunate we are that all these mediums are available to us now! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52052502

Even though yoga studios and wellness centres are closed, I am really grateful to be able to continue teaching my weekly Yin Yoga class for Brighton Natural Health Centre. Zoom allows teachers to guide you through your practice, from our own homes to yours. If you haven’t already dived in, Zoom is a video conferencing platform that allows you and others to enjoy live classes. There is a wonderful feeling of community as we are all logging in from home and sharing the experience together. It’s a great way to connect, keep up your practice and perhaps try some new classes and teachers.

Whatever position we find ourselves in – employed and still able to do our jobs as a key worker; an employee working from home; self employed and unable to work; living with your family or partner; in a house share or alone – most of us have much more time on our hands.

Our emphasis has always been on mindful movement that benefits not just the physical body but also brings stillness and some peace to the mind. At this time we feel that is more important than ever before. So, we are now offering a pay what you can afford structure with per class rate options of either £3, £6 or £9.” – Brighton Natural Health Centre.

I taught my first Zoom class on Thursday 26th March and had a great turnout! Many students from past and present, near and far were able to join the class. So please come and join us this and every Thursday.

How to book your Zoom class

  • Download Zoom to your preferred device (instructions are clear on the Brighton Natural Health Centre website).
  • Visit https://brightonnaturalhealthcentre.org.uk/timetable/ and click on the class that you wish to join. N.B. Bookings are open until 30 minutes before the class start time (or, for classes that start before 9am, you’ll need to book by 10.30pm the night prior)
  • You’ll be directed to the online booking system. Log in or create an account if you don’t have one already. It’s really quick and simple.
  • Follow the easy step by step process to confirm your place and proceed to checkout.
  • Once you have completed your booking you will receive a confirmation email and receipt (check your junk mail if it doesn’t appear in your inbox).
  • On the day of the class you will receive an email approx. 10 minutes before the class start time with the Zoom link for your class.

Tips for practicing at home

  • Set up your space in advance to allow time to log in to Zoom.
  • Find a spot in your home where you can view your device, ensuring that you have enough battery charge and your volume is turned up.
  • If you don’t have a yoga mat at home, no problem. For Yin Yoga a carpeted floor or rug will be fine or simply use some blankets for padding if you have a hard floor.
  • Props? There are many things around your home that you can use in place of studio yoga props. For Yin, I recommend having a cushion/pillow or two, a blanket or two and perhaps get creative if you are accustomed to using more props such as bolsters and blocks. Check out my video for ideas. https://youtu.be/2faBtflwL_k

I hope to see you in the virtual world soon.

Be well. Be kind to yourselves and one another.

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