Before the pandemic, most of us did not give too much thought to taking virtual wellness classes. Well, that certainly changed! However, even with so much now available via livestream many people still have not taken virtual classes mostly due to simply not knowing where to get started. Here are the most common questions and concerns, let’s try to clear up these for you.
We're here to help you see how simple it really is and guide you through the process. Once you have everything organized you will be shocked at how easy it is to just maintain a complete schedule that can offer even more availability as your studio is accessible to you so much more of the time!!
1. How does it actually work?
Register for the class you want to attend. Upon completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Then before the class, either few hours or around 1 hour before, you will receive an email with a link for the class. The link is usually a Zoom link, you will be live with the instructor and the other participants in the class. You can choose to only view the instructor. Join the class a couple of minutes before start, be all setup and ready. The instructor will put everyone except themselves on mute during the class.
2. How do I setup on my side?
You will need internet connectivity with either your phone, iPad/tablet or computer with a camera. You will need to ensure your setup allows you to see the instructor and the camera is on you. Your camera will need to be turned on, facing you, as the teacher needs to see you to help with adjustments during the class.
3. What do I need to have at home?
You will need a yoga mat for all classes, however, if you do not have a mat, find a rug or carpeted area you are able to lay on. I've even used a towel in a pinch in hotel rooms. Equipment needed, may not be used in every class, for each for specific classes type class:
Yoga - Mat, set of blocks, strap, bolster and an eye pillow. All items can be modified with things from around the house, books, a hand towel for a strap and a pillow as a bolster. The eye pillow is optional.
Pilates– pilates ball, resistance band
Barre– a chair you can use as a barre, light weights (2 kg), pilates ball (not absolutely required)
Fitness – no additional equipment is needed
4. How much space do I need?
The space needed is at minimum double the space of your yoga mat plus location of your phone/tablet/computer. You do not need a huge amount of space but you also do not want to be restricted so allow for as much as you can in a room that you are able to spread out, you may need more space in some classes than others, just something to keep in mind. Personally, I've converted my conservatory by storing all my equipment in the corners and on shelves, then I can pop in at anytime and be fully prepared to just roll out my mat and grab the right equipment depending on the class. We have one DW client that has a very small apartment and uses her hallway!! Anything can work!
5. How I avoid distractions?
The best way to avoid distractions is to secure a room by yourself with ability to close the door. However, that is not always possible. Other pro tips are to use sound reducing ear buds (airpods are great) that are wireless as well. Then it'd harder to hear anything around you. If you have pets or small children that love to interrupt, incorporate them into the process! I use my french bulldog as a bolster sometimes :)
If you are using your phone, turn off notifications.
6. How do I stay motivated and maintain consistency?
This is the biggest question for all of us. There are many ways to accomplish this, here are a few suggestions:
Join with a friend!! If both of you are committed to being online together you are 100 times more likely to go! "See you online in class" is my motto.
Book the next class right after finishing one, you always feel so great after completing a class so sign up for the next one then.
Try different classes with different teachers
Map out your week on Sunday. Check your work & home schedule to the class schedule, sign up for at least one class a day, put it on your calendar.
Now that you know the gig, we expect to see you in a class soon!
Destination Wellness Team and all of our teachers!