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Virtual Studio Etiquette

Dear Friends & Students,

As all of you who have been to the studio know, there’s a little sign posted just to the right of the door that says “Shoes Off, Please!” It’s a reminder to perform an action that is a statement of love. By removing our shoes and leaving the dirt and germs they accumulate outside, we are showing courtesy to the other students and a sign of respect that we acknowledge the studio as sacred space.

Now that we have a virtual studio, I’m noticing the need to develop some livestream yoga class etiquette guidelines to make the experience of our Zoom classes as enjoyable as possible for everyone participating. Zoom is a new platform for many of us, including me, and I’ve noticed there’s a bit of confusion about signing up, etc. I hope the following points help to clarify that process, as well as providing a couple of suggestions of things we can all do to contribute to having a better class experience.

I’m so grateful to be able to continue having livestream yoga classes, and want them to be the refuge and release we all look forward to during this shelter-in-place period. Thank you for reading and embracing these guidelines.

Process & Etiquette for Yoga Libre Livestream Classes on Zoom

  1. Invitations to join Yoga Libre’s livestream classes will be sent to Yoga Libre Members the day before the class and contain a link to allow you to register on Zoom. If you are not a member but use a class card to attend the virtual classes, please make sure I know your desire to register the day before class so I can send you an invitation.

  2. Once you register, you will get a confirmation email from Zoom, not me, that will give you the link to join the class. Please check your Spam folder if you don’t receive the confirmation email from Zoom in a timely manner. If you don’t receive it in a couple of hours, please email me and I will have Zoom resend you the confirmation.

  3. Please log into the class meeting on Zoom about 10-15 minutes before the scheduled class time to make sure you can get in. I’ve been getting texts and emails from people telling me they can’t log on, but since they were sent at the time the class is scheduled, I didn’t see the message until after class was over. Once I’ve started class, I won’t be able to resend your confirmation.

  4. I’m delighted that your pets are practicing with you, but if you have dogs that may bark at all during class, or birds that might chirp, or any other noise-making pets, please mute your microphone on Zoom so that others may enjoy the instruction and especially Savasana in peace.

  5. Similarly, please mute your phones or turn off your home phone’s ringer before class begins. If you have a roommate or a noisy appliance in your home, please practice in a different room from them/it and shut the door to the room before class begins so those noises won’t disturb the other class participants. You also have the option on Zoom to mute your computer's microphone at the start of class.

Thank you for your consideration!

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