January 2023 is very nearly halfway over, and this is right about when we step back to take a good look at the promises that we made to and for ourselves in the new year. Was starting, continuing, or learning more about a yoga practice one of yours? I'd like to walk you through--step by step--what goes into registering for one of my online group classes, and then I've added a full length class video so you can see exactly what it will be like! If you have any questions, please comment here, or feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Register for class
Go to stephaniecottrellnm.com and click on “Online and In-Person Classes”. From there, click “Book Now” for the session of your choosing. Next, fill out your name and email address. There is a space for you to write a message to me. If you have any questions about the session or if there’s anything you think I should know, please feel free to ask or fill me in! Because all of my group classes are offered on a "pay only what you can, when you can" basis, there is no payment required to register! PLEASE make sure that you put in your correct email address, because this is how you’ll receive the confirmation email which includes the Zoom link for our session.
Prepare your space
Before you even log on, go ahead and set up your space! I want to be perfectly clear that there is no “one way” for a yoga space to look or be.
In our home now, I happen to have a room (that I think is supposed to be the dining room) that is my studio where I teach and practice. In our previous house, however, I practiced either in our cramped office space or in the living room (but only if I moved the coffee table out of the way first). While I was teaching from my studio the other day, my husband rolled out his mat about 12 feet away from me in our kitchen. The most important thing is finding a space that works for you: a dedicated space, a corner of your bedroom, your kitchen, your back porch, or even an outdoor space!
Gather your props
If you’ve got a yoga mat, grab it. If not, don’t worry about it. The main reasons for using a yoga mat are: safety (floors can be slippery), padding (floors can be hard), and spacing (if you’re in a crowded group class, it helps give everyone the room that they need). Carpeted spaces, area rugs, or even just a pair of grippy socks can fill in the gaps left by a yoga mat!
If you’ve got traditional yoga props (blanket, blocks, strap, bolster), grab them! If you don’t, that’s not a problem! Check out this blog post that I wrote waaaaay back in March of 2020! I give some ideas for setting your space, as well as household alternatives for yoga props (which were hard to come by back then!).
Make sure that you've got an updated version of Zoom on your device, and that whatever headset or speakers you're using are working well! Go to your second confirmation email ("here are your online session details"), and you will see a link "join meeting". Click that link, and you will be on your way into the Zoom waiting room! I will start letting participants in around 5 minutes before the start of the session. Check for the link when you first register, and if you don't see it, please get in touch with me! If you email or text me right before or right as the session is starting, I might not see it!
You can leave your camera on or turn it off (but I'd love it if you could pop on to wave for a moment, or just throw a "hi!" into the chat as you come in!)!
This session is time that you've carved out for yourself, and I'm just here to facilitate!
Let's get started!
I've added a link to a full length class so you can see how they go.
We always start seated and with mindful breathing. We make our way toward standing poses, and then we make our way back down and to our rest, Savasana.
This is YOUR practice. If there is something that doesn't work for you, find something that does work for you! If you have questions, I am available to help you find answers.