coronavirus update: online classes until further notice
UPDATED 31st MARCH
Following the recent UK government guidance update to avoid non-essential social contact and travel, we have made the decision to pause in-person Yoga classes until further notice. We hope to be able to bring back in-person classes in a few months once the situation has stabilised and the social distancing guidance is lifted, but at this point timings are unclear.
As we strongly believe in Yoga to support our health at these challenging times, most classes have been replaced with live streamed online classes accessible through the very easy-to-use Zoom web conferencing software.
We are doing all we can to keep Leyton Yoga afloat and of service to the community during this challenging time, and your support of these online classes will be absolutely key and deeply appreciated.
We're all disappointed we can't attend Yoga classes in person but worth remembering the advantages of doing online Yoga:
- It is lower cost, something we all will appreciate at this time!
- We can accommodate more people - you can be assured of a spot!
- You do it in the comfort of your own home - you don't need to do your hair!
- You don't have travel time or cost - get more done and do more Yoga!
Existing bookings and passes:
- Your existing passes will be valid for use in the online classes, or if you prefer you can keep them for in-person classes once they're reinstated.
- Just let us know at whether you want to suspend your existing pass(s) for use in in-person classes.
- If you choose to suspend your existing pass, we will note the expiry date and apply the remaining time period once we open up in-person classes again.
New booking process and passes:
- Online bookings only, dropping in isn't possible
- Book online as you normally would, via our schedule on this site or on the Mindbody mobile app
- For purchases of new passes we have set up new online class passes, and removed any pass options that will not be valid for these online classes.
- The updated price of an online single session pass is a little over half of the price of the in-person pass - so £7/£7.50/£8 for 60/75/90min classes respectively.
- For ease, we are offering a new 10 class pass for online classes (only) which is £70 and a new monthly unlimited pass which is £90.
- After booking, you will receive the link to the Zoom class via the booking confirmation and reminder emails. You need to have opted in to receive schedule updates to receive these emails. You can ensure you're opted in by logging into your account and reviewing Communication Preferences at the bottom of Account Information.
Attending these online classes*:
- If on tablet or mobile it's best if you download the Zoom app from the app store (free) before attempting to join the meeting. You don't need to create a Zoom account to attend a meeting but if you want to set up a basic account then it's free.
- If on laptop, you will be prompted to download Zoom when first attending the meeting.
- Join the class 5-10 mins before start time, to have time to solve technical challenges with video and sound, and give the teacher a chance to sign you in on Mindbody
- After clicking on the Zoom link you will need to register with your name and email address on Zoom for every class.
- Keep yourself on mute once the class is underway. Feel free to say hi and bye at the start and end! If there are any super critical questions then do ask, being mindful of not disturbing the flow for other students, as with any yoga class.
- Choose either video on or off. We recommend video on, so the teacher can see you're following correctly.
- You'll need your own mat and props like bricks, blocks, blanket and cushion/bolster or creative home-style versions of those aka rolled up jumpers! We are trying to secure bulk discounts of mats and props for you, get in touch if you're interested.
- *Get in touch with us on 07468331450 or with any questions, we'd be happy to help you set up the technology for this!
Further technical advice:
- Zoom adjusts the video quality depending on how good your internet connection is. Test your internet connection via the device you intend to use by visiting on that device. Download and Upload speeds of above 2.0Mbps are recommended for the best experience. If your internet speed is less than 2.0 Mbps up and down then you could try to move closer to the Wi-Fi router, or connect an Ethernet cable between the router and your laptop. Also, minimising the use of the internet from any other devices that might be using it will increase the bandwidth available to you.
- You can always contact your internet provider to discuss how to get faster upload and download speeds if required
- We recommend you join this generic meeting test well beforehand so you can download the software and get familiar with where the mute and video on/off buttons are. If you don't have the required software you'll also be asked to download it at this point.
- You don't need a Zoom account to attend a meeting (just to run your own meetings), and if you did want a Zoom account then it's free!
- If Zoom is still not working for you then check you have the required system requirements here: or contact Zoom support: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us
- What is the cost of Zoom? Free, you don't need an account to attend the class, and the basic account is also free.
- Can I use headphones? Sure, if you are wanting to keep noise down for people around you. The headphones would need to be wireless to be practical in this use case.
- How many people will there be in class? Probably a similar number to who are in your usual in-person class
- Can people see me on Zoom? Yes, if you share video (recommended) then other attendees will be able to see you, as with a normal Yoga class
- How long will you be pausing in-person Yoga and offering replacement online Yoga? For as long as the UK government guides/dictates avoiding non-essential social contact.
- Is it as good as in-person Yoga? You are doing the Yoga so as long as you are following the teacher then the Yoga is as good! Obviously it's not the same vibe/buzz as a normal Yoga class and you don't get to talk to your fellow Yogis. You also need to manage your own environment to be noise and distraction-free.
- If I have coronavirus can I attend the online class? Yes, you get to choose whether it supports your recovery from coronavirus. As usual, consult your GP or a specialist if you have any concerns.
- Is doing Yoga good to avoid getting coronavirus? Yes, one of the benefits (amongst many) of doing Yoga is reducing stress which in turn strengthens your immune system
Stay safe, we hope to see you online soon! Any questions about any of this please contact us. xx Leti & Q