I first began offering Skype yoga sessions during a particularly snowy winter. The weather was causing so many cancellations for me and my students that I decided to try to find another way to connect.
I actually didn’t anticipate that online yoga would work quite as well as it did. I was afraid that my students would feel as if they were just watching a yoga video, or that we would miss out on the soul-to-soul quality that I love. I was surprised to find that the sessions still allowed a deep connection, as well as the customized practice that my students expect.
In an age where technology can often seem overbearing, I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to utilize it for healing!
I think it’s important to make yoga accessible for everyone. Time, location and life-circumstances often mean that studio yoga classes just don’t work.
I am continually met with amazing people and interesting circumstances that make Skype yoga the only option. Many of my clients are fellow entrepreneurs or yoga instructors looking for deep self-connection to facilitate change and growth. Students usually find me because they’re stuck or feeling trapped (how I once was), and I apply every creative tool that I know of to help move energy and stagnation physically, mentally and emotionally.
If you’ve been thinking about Skype yoga sessions, but aren’t quite sure if it’s for you, here are some of the common questions and hurdles my students and I have answered together:
What type of special equipment or set up do I need for Skype yoga?
If you’re not tech-savvy or have never used Skype before, don’t worry! You’re not alone and I will happily help to walk you through it. All you need is a computer, phone or iPad with a microphone and camera (most computers have them built in) as well as internet access.
I usually suggest setting up your computer in such as way that I can view your whole body. (You will not need to watch me) This usually means that you are positioned a few feet back from your computer screen. Simply launch Skype before your schedule session time and I will call you and help you make any adjustments from there.
How will I know what to do if I’ve never done yoga before?
If you’ve never practiced yoga before, your first few sessions may include a bit of demonstrating from me. But as long as I can see your body, I will guide you safely in the same way as I would in-person. Many of my students are brand-new to the practice, so just make sure you can hear my voice to listen and follow along.
What if my connection drops out?
Skype has worked very well for me over the years, even in rural areas. Though we sometimes experience connection issues due to storms or high winds on either end, I am always willing to work with your to utilize our time best.
If for any reason you have not received enough out of your session, we simply exchange a message to reschedule for lost time. Or if technology lets us down with only 10 minutes or so before the end of the session, I’ll most likely use that time to record a personalized meditation for you and email some extra notes or suggestions for you to complete on your own.
What happens after or in between sessions?
If you’ve booked a package of sessions with me, we are most likely working toward a specific theme or energy for you. Your sessions will be tailored toward that goal for you, and you will be receiving tips, suggestions and followup emails between sessions to support your journey. I am always available for questions or a quick chat between sessions.
If you have any questions I haven’t answered, please feel free to comment here or email me directly. I love being able to make Skype an accessible option for wellness and healing. If you’d like to set up a session, please fill out this intake form and I will contact you shortly!