Let's get it ONNNNNN...LINE...
From Tuesday 24 March, Sass classes have taken place live online... I've HAD to keep teaching - for your sake more than mine.... ;) So far it's going better than expected and I'll be honest - I'm absolutely loving it!
This is how it works...
I teach THREE live classes every week - all classes are an hour long (or longer should you wish to snooze in your own Savasana...).
Tuesdays - 7pm (GMT)
Thursdays - 6.45pm (GMT)
Saturdays - 8.30am (GMT)
ALL classes are live via Zoom, an amazing meeting platform, which needs to be downloaded to your phone or computer - and there's no registration needed! I've been reading about the importance of routine during stressful times like this so I want to encourage you to continue to set a specific time aside for practise.
Book your space via my usual online booking system at www.sassyoga.co.uk/classes (click on any 'see classes' button) or direct via Smoothbook. If you've never done a class with me before, you'll need to register for this and complete a short health questionnaire. You must pay online in order to confirm the booking.
THEN, 30 minutes before the class start time, you'll receive an email (please make sure your email is correct on the booking system and add my email to your address book - Sass emails tend to go into junk folders occasionally - HOW RUDE!)
Click on the link in the email and YOO HOO, you'll see my home studio as well as other people joining in. If you don't hear any sound, do not fear - we are all muted until the class starts. I've edited a little video this morning to show you how to download the app when you click on the link in the email.
The biggest concern from people initially is that their phone or computer says 'your browser cannot open the page because the address is invalid.' Ignore this, click okay and just download the app - once you've got the download, this won't happen!
View tutorial here.
My advice right now? Check out Zoom - download it to your computer or phone IN ADVANCE of your first class. You don't need to register at all. You will only need the link from the email I send you before class and/or the meeting ID and password in the same email. Only the host (that's me) needs to actually register - read all the instructions on screen when you download the app before just clicking to the next step - and keep referring back to the video above.
It might sound complicated - it's absolutely not if you just take your time! My 72 year old parents are nailing it and you'll see them on every class - they're my biggest fans...... ;)
"How much does it cost me," I hear you cry? Well - most definitely less than a cocktail or a glass of wine!
All Sass Online classes are £5 drop-in or you can buy a 5 class Online Pass for only £20 (£4 per class). Face to face classes are usually £7 so grab yourself a bargain whilst you can and enjoy Yoga and Movement from your own home and even in your PJs if you wish!
Classes can also be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance of the start time via your online profile without a charge.
I also tend to have a special guest or three join me at class - to the tune of my husband or our four-legged furballs - they're pretty needy and nosey and try to be the star or every video... I encourage you to get your whole family involved too - human and animal versions!
For those of you who have never practised with me before, I'm going to be honest - I'm not a traditional Yoga teacher... there's no chanting, no heavy breathing, no staring into candles and mostly nothing too complicated. What you will discover though is how YOUR body moves. You'll feel parts of your body you might never have felt before and I'll make you question whether you really CAN move well... Just remember, it's YOUR journey. There is no pressure to do everything, there are options for complete beginners as well as those who want a challenge; you may sweat, you may get out of breath, you may even ache for a day or two - but I promise you, it's all for your own good and you will improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
If you can't afford to pay for classes right now, I'm also doing a 30-40 minute live 'Monday Mobilisation' via my Facebook and Instagram pages. Every Monday, 7.30am.
That just leaves me to say Thank YOU. Thank you for being there for me in this time of need. I hope you will join me online over the next few weeks and enjoy an hour or so of switching off from the madness that's currently taking place in the world.
Please look after YOU. Look after your loved ones and abide by the government rules to help others stay well too. See you on a screen very soon - your phone, computer, or even your big TV!
Finally, finally, I know some of you may be struggling with this more than others and through this difficult time, I want to support you and your mental health - equipping you with the skills you need to take care of your own and others' emotional wellbeing. I've written 6 practical tips for looking after your mental health with the coronavirus outbreak to do just that.
Big love to you,
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