Client Guide for Virtual Sessions

Your Space

    1. Set up your mat square to the room so that you can use your room to help you with your own alignment.  Check the space around you and move furniture out of the way. 
    2. Gather your props.  Below is a comprehensive list of what you may have at home, as well as some DIY hacks if you don’t have the official prop.  No need to have all of these, just get together what you do have.  If all you have is a piece of carpet with just enough room to move, we can work with you!
      • your mat
      • roller
      • gertie ball — or a pillow folded in half!
      • pinky ball(s) — or tennis balls!
      • magic circle
      • ther-a-band
      • yoga blocks — or some sturdy books!
      • hand weights — or cans of food!
      • a pillow 
      • a full-sized bath towel
    3. Lighting: as in the studio, we need to be able to see you.  The best way to do this on camera is to ensure that you are front-lit, and not back lit.  Do not set up with a window behind you.  If easy to do, an extra lamp in front of you will make sure we can see you well.
    4. If you can, please wear contrasting colors to your mat – we love our black leggings, but black leggings on a black mat is especially difficult to see your alignment on screen. 

The technology

    1. You will need a screen, microphone, and camera.  Ideally, you can use a laptop which has these, as the camera has a wider angled lens, and the angle of the screen is easier to control, allowing us to see you better.  However, a phone or tablet can be used if your laptop does not have a microphone and camera.
    2. Turn the volume of your device up.  If you get feedback, try turning it down a notch or two.
    3. Set your computer, phone, or tablet up so that your full body can be seen.  The best placement for us to see you is to place the device so that the screen is at an angle (not square on in front of you), and slightly above you, so that the screen is looking down at you.  If you are using a phone or tablet, you may need a tripod, or to work with books, soup cans, or other props so that the screen can be angled down. 
    4. Keeping the screen going
      1. Switch your screen saver to one hour or never
      2. Ideally, plug your computer in.  If that’s not possible with your set up, switch your energy saver to one hour or never.