Online Yoga and Meditation Participation Etiquette

Online Yoga Etiquette

                                  Yoga Classes and Meditation

Book your Class:

Book your class using the Classes and Passes page on our website or use this link: https://centenaryyoga.com.au/product/online-yoga-class/

  • You can also use a class from your 10 class pass; text or email teacher to use this option. We will be adding a 10 Class Online pass ($160) to the website soon.
  • Booking essential.

Check your Tech:

  • Download the Zoom app on any device (available on Google Play or the App Store)
  • Tech: Wifi/4G – good internet connection
  • · Computer/laptop (ideal), iPad or other device (phones may be difficult due to small screen size)
  • The Zoom app (download Zoom for laptop/computer,  download Zoom for Apple, download Zoom for Android

3. Ace your Space:

  • IF you can, choose a quiet comfortable space free of distraction. Set up near your modem for good connection.
  • Set up your mat and have 2 cushions or a bolster, 2 thin blankets and 2-3 blocks (or you can use books). Tell any family you’re available only if it’s an emergency! Explain gently to pets and close the door unless you have a pup or kitty relaxed around your yoga.
  • play play: If you’re new to Online Yoga, Set up your device and click on the link plenty of time before class. You will see yourself only (as the teacher won’t have logged in yet) so you so make any adjustments to lighting and position. You will also see how to mute and un-mute yourself. The mute button can be found to the bottom left of the screen. You can also turn on and off your video. Play around with the settings, then end the meeting with yourself. You will use the same link to join the class later. First time is the hardest!

10 Minutes Before Class Begins

  • Ensure you are wearing something comfortable.  
  • Check your email for the link and click on it.
  • As the ‘Meeting’ starts, ensure your camera and microphone are allowed access. You may be the first person in the meeting. Stay there… others will be there soon.
  • Once we have said our hellos, please ‘mute’ your microphone when time to start class. You can always unmute if you have a question.

Troubleshooting

  • 502 Network Error: This is often to do with your internet connection. Close and start again. If you have an alternative Web Browers (Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox) try an alternative one of these.
  • We can’t hear you when speaking: Ensure your microphone is not muted. This button can be found on the bottom Left hand of the screen.
  • You can’t hear me: ensure your speaker is turned up (speaker symbol bottom right of screen)
  • All participants are the same size and you want to see your teacher: top right change from gallery view to speaker view

Privacy and Confidentiality

  • There is to be no videoing or recording of the virtual classroom. Permission is not granted for private or public reproduction of content.

Code of Conduct

  • Students should be mindful that a Zoom Meeting Room has students and staff connecting from various locations. For the comfort of everyone, please be mindful of:
  • Language and Noise – At times, students will be required to un-mute their microphones. Please ensure that whatever is heard by the group is free of profanities and free from extra background noise (no television or private conversations).
  • ·Environment – Please ensure that your home environment that is in view of the class is appropriate for all participants.

·Respect – As per classes in our Yoga studio, it’s expected that all students, staff and anyone present is respectful, encouraging and kind.

Reporting an Issue

If at any time you have an issue please contact Sarah on 0468334636 or sarah @centenaryyoga.com.au

Sources and acknowlegement:

Lainie Jenkins; OnefamilyYogaandFitness

Dancing in the Rain

Australia has voted to retain its conservative government. For some this is good news, for others, bad. Regardless of where you stand, there will always be winners and losers in every election. Indeed, we experience the ups and downs of winning and losing throughout our lives in many different ways: the job that we “won” or the promotion that we failed to “win”; relationships where we have “won” or “lost” the love of a partner; football or other sporting teams we support that have winning or losing streaks.  Whether we like it or not, competition with its winners and losers is an integral part of life.

How we respond to the challenges of life’s ups and downs defines us as a person.  Every true champion has faced adversity and risen above it.  The key is having the right attitude.  We all know people who have a “glass half full” outlook and others who see the “glass half empty”.  Actively looking for the positives instead of focusing on the negatives is a start. Equally important is the ability to keep your eye on the big picture – the end game – and not get dragged down when you experience a setback.

Yoga helps us deal with life’s challenges through its body-mind-soul connection. It begins by preparing the body, as a healthy body is needed for a healthy mind.  Next comes the calming of the mind and, with it, finding a deeper connection with the soul.  When we find this connection, we learn to see the beauty that is life – the beauty that lies deep within each soul.  Yoga teaches us to be present – to live in and appreciate every moment.  When we can keep our eye on the big picture – how amazing and beautiful life is – and apply this to every moment, then we truly know how to dance in the rain.

Surrender to Love – Isvara Pranidhana

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

(Dalai Lama)

The last of the ten Yamas and Niyamas is Isvara Pranidhana.  This is the culmination of a series of steps leading us to that deep sense of peace, tranquillity and overall happiness that is yoga.

Isvara Pranidhana may be translated as the surrender of the ego to the divine.  While the concept of “divine” might mean different things to different people, the essence is the same regardless of the interpretation.  The “divine” may mean God, the universal oneness, or simply “love”.  Replace “divine” with whatever is your concept of the ultimate source of life – I will be using the word “love” in this blog.

Surrendering our ego to love means taking a deep look at ourselves – our thoughts and actions, and removing any self-centred motivation.  All that we think, say and do comes from a place deep in the heart that is inspired by love for all life.

This may sound simple enough, but is it realistic?  Can we love that neighbour who likes to party when we need to sleep?  What about that person who rudely pushes in front of people who have been waiting in line?  Isvara Pranidhana may be the hardest of all the Yamas and Niyamas to put into action.  This is why we start at the beginning, Ahimsa, and work our way through the Yamas and Niyamas to get to Isvara Pranidhana.

Our starting point, Ahimsa, teaches us to be kind to all.  Regardless of whether someone else is being mean or acting rudely, we respond with kindness.  This in itself can have amazing therapeutic benefits for both the person giving kindness and the receiver.

As we work through the other Yamas and Niyamas, we become more in touch with our true selves (think of Satya, Saucha and Svadhyaya); learning to let go of what doesn’t serve us (Aparigraha) helps us rise above problems caused by the ego (I explore this concept further in a forthcoming blog); and our journey takes us to a place of deep happiness (think of Santosha) where we fall in love with life.  Here we are ready for Isvara Pranidhana.

The world is more beautiful when all our thoughts and actions come from a loving heart.