Online Yoga in a COVID World
The current situation in the world has led most of us who love yoga to seek out classes online. A quick google search just showed there are lots of choices now and over 75,000 people may be in one class alone–not mine, but some yoga teachers are getting a lot of participants. It doesn’t matter now how many people are in an online class as you won’t be bumping elbows with anyone, worried about props, or any of the other things that might come up if you were to enter a crowded yoga class in a public space.
Online Yoga Classes Offer Options
If you haven’t already tried online yoga classes, it might be a good time to give it a shot—there’s an abundance of classes available now. Online classes have quite a few things going for them. Many classes leave you in privacy, but if not, you can always choose to not share your webcam (camera) so no one knows what you’re wearing or what your hair looks like.
You can also choose to follow along and do any yoga pose, or not—there’s no peer pressure. In an online class, if you feel like doing everything, great, follow along, but if for any reason you don’t want to, no one will know.
Some classes are being recorded and will be uploaded for use later. Be sure to check to see if the class you’re interested in will be uploaded and available for use later, especially if you are paying for a class or set of classes.
How Do I Find a Class that Best Fits My Needs?
There’s a lot of talent out there and many very experienced and highly qualified yoga teachers are putting excellent quality online now. Check out the bios of the teachers and look for the most experienced—these classes will generally be safer, and the teacher will likely use descriptive language to get you in/out of poses, and perhaps give multiple options. Remember these teachers likely already know the best way to talk someone in and out of a pose and can do it with their eyes closed and no one in front of them to see if what they are saying is happening.
So give online classes a try if you haven’t already. Or, if you have, be sure and let the instructor know what they are doing that you liked.
The article was specially written by JJ Gormley for You Call This Yoga.