Advice For Your First Official Yoga Class

First yoga class online

Taking your first class might seem a bit intimidating especially if you’ve never done it before – with that teacher, at that studio or at all. So let’s talk about what to expect when you take a class with me.

What are classes like?

My classes are accessible and welcome to everyone – all body sizes, all ages, BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ friendly, if you are new to yoga or have been practicing yoga for years. I want you to feel accepted, respected and welcome to join any class. I believe that yoga is for everyone and am keen to find out how yoga can fit into your life.

This is a safe place to practice, learn and explore – and anyone joining my classes should have the same commitment to create a beautiful, welcoming community based on respect, acceptance and openness. Let’s hold space for ourselves and each other.

Booking your class

  1. First, you’ll need to decide which class is right for you. You can see a description of all the classes on my classes page.
  2. Next, you’ll want to check the schedule. Find the public class schedule page and click the”sign up” button on the right.
  3. You’ll need to book and pay for your class online to sign up. You can buy a weekly or monthly membership, a class pack or just drop-in. You can find all those options on my pricing page.

Sign up ahead of time if you can to help me plan the class and get a sense of how many people will be joining. Classes are cancelled when no one has signed up a few hours before it starts. 

Check out the private classes page if you’re interested in a 1on1 or small group class. 

Getting prepared for class

Clothes & space

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move, try finding a small quiet space (if you can) and grab a mat. If you don’t have a mat, a towel could work too.

Zoom link

The link for class will work 20 minutes before it starts. I will be joining at least 10 minutes before the class to meet you, answer any questions, take requests or for you to tell me about any injuries or issues you might have. If you’re running late, feel free to join anyways. You might come in after I’ve explained props or what we’re doing but if you want to practice, come join us at any time. 

Making it your class

Although no props are needed, they do make poses more accessible so you get more benefit from them. Check out my blog post on using household items for yoga props.

I also have no issues if you’d like to do an entirely different practice than what I’m teaching. This is your practice so modify and change the poses. Or you might stay in savasana or child’s pose the entire class. I encourage you to tune into your body and do what feels good for you. I’m there as a guide but it’s YOUR practice. So if you need permission or to feel accepted to do that, this is it right here. Make it your practice. <3

During class everyone will be on mute but I invite you to unmute to ask any questions and I will also stay around after the class for a few minutes if there’s anything you’d like to discuss.

Logging into Zoom

You can either download the Zoom app on your phone or laptop or login through the web URL. Downloading the app is a much more user-friendly experience. A Zoom link is included in the confirmation email when you sign-up for class, in the reminder email before class and under bookings when you login to your account. Click on the link and it’ll take you to our class.

Music

If you want music with your class, download Spotify on your phone or laptop or use the web version. Each class we will play a playlist from the playlists page. You can also access the playlist from my Spotify profile. The link is posted in the chat before class starts. You can also use your own music. Music is played on your side (not mine) so that you can choose the volume level and to reduce audio issues. For the best experience, I’d recommend using a pair of Bluetooth headphones while practicing. This will allow you to hear the music, hear me and adjust the volume for you.

In my playlists you’ll typically find soft piano, Lo-Fi hip hop vibes or a light EDM feel. I like catchy tunes but also music that will help you connect deeper to your practice and go with the vibes of the class. Most of the music is instrumental (or very close to it). I try not to use music with vocals because it makes it harder to hear my voice during class.

Classes are recorded

All classes are recorded and posted to the on-demand library within 60 minutes from the class finishing. 

Turning your camera on is optional. 

Consent to the recording is given when you join. Having your camera on is a personal choice so you can decide what will work better for you and your practice. The main benefit of having your camera on allows me to provide you feedback on your alignment.

Tips if you are turning your camera on:

The best view is horizontal (wide-length) of your mat and place the camera so I can see your feet and the rest of your body. This can be tricky in small spaces but we’ll work with what we have!

As long as you are on mute, you will not appear in the recording. If you do go on unmute I will do my best to cut you out of the recording after but note this is not always possible. I turn everyone on mute before we start class so this shouldn’t be an issue.

Ending our yoga class

We will always end together coming out of savasana. Savasana is a way to integrate your practice, calm the body down and connect to the breath. Although I highly recommend sticking around for this part of the class, if this is not for you, feel free to exit early. Remember, this practice is yours and you need to do what is right for you and your body. No judgment at all. Be there for you, not for me.

Also, if you need to exit for anytime – maybe you’re not feeling class that day or have something going on, you can drop off no issues. This is your practice.

Cancelling your class

With saying all that, you can also book your classes 5min before and still get the link to join the class. And, if you have to cancel? No stress, cancel even if it’s a few minutes before class. Going to classes shouldn’t be stressful.

I can’t wait to see you in class! If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to me at jenn@movewithjenn.com.

DISCLAIMER

Please consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. By participating in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge Move with Jenn from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of Move with Jenn’s negligence.

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