This online group gathering will be conducted using Zoom’s video conferencing, which provides an option to turn off the your audio/video at any time, supporting privacy and facilitating a reduction in distractions. For first-time attendees, signed release of liability/waiver forms will be needed. Once these forms have been received, along with payment via PayPal, an email will be sent to you with the link and meeting ID to join the class. We look forward to being of service to you!
Virtual Community Gathering Practice Tips
We understand that this is not the ideal way to come together to practice and how sometimes just the thought of more technology might bring shivers down our spines. Accepting that it’s OK to feel intimidated is the first step. We are doing our best to make the connection simple and easy. Harnessing the warrior energy within will help you to face any tech fears you might have and join us!
Once you let us know that you are interested in attending, we will send you an email that will include details around what is needed from you, including:
- Signed Releases/Waivers of Liability forms (one time, for new students only)
- PayPal information to facilitate payment
- Checking your email for the Zoom link to join the class
- A few minutes before the class, simply clicking the link within the email to be sent straight to our meeting room
To facilitate the benefits of such a virtual community practice at home, below we have provided some helpful hints:
- Set up your mats at least 3 giant steps from your device.
- Elevate your device 21-24″ from the floor and have it tilted forward slightly.
- Have your props nearby.
- Although not required, having a headset or ear buds to listen when the singing bowls are playing may enhance your listening pleasure.
- Please know you will not need to have your audio/video camera on during the practice. If you would prefer to reduce the number of distractions or increase the sense of privacy, we invite you to turn off your audio and video once the class starts.
On the day of the class, here are some additional recommendations to create a more sacred space in advance for your practice:
- Make sure you’ll be in a space where there won’t be any background noises, distractions or interruptions.
- Adjusting the lighting in the room to your liking, perhaps turning off any overhead lighting and minimizing outdoor light and instead turning on a room lamp or lighting your favorite candle(s).
- Wear warm, comfortable clothing including socks.
- If available, bringing your favorite deck of intention cards and essential oil to your mat.
- Placing your props (see below) to the side of your mat so they are within an easy reach during the class.
In home prop ideas:
- Bolster: couch cushions or a tightly rolled comforter, towel, or blanket (can be secured with 2 ties, scarfs or belts)
- Pillows: couch, chair or bed pillows will do
- Blankets: your favorite blanket to cover yourself and either 2 additional blankets or bath or beach towels (no sheets)
- Yoga blocks: books, either paper back or hard cover, stacked
- Eye pillow: hand towel, tie or scarf
Both of my parents have a diagnosis of hypertension and were put on antihypertensive prescription medication to control it. I think my mother received the diagnosis in her 30s. I was turning 40 when I first heard my physician say my blood pressure was “elevated” and wanted it monitored in order to determine if I too would need to be put on some medication. Boy, am I glad that shortly after that I discovered yoga!
I found yoga while celebrating my 40th birthday in Neversink, NY at the New Age Health Spa. I recently learned that this place closed down a couple of years ago, which made me a little sad to think that it truly launched me on a path toward holistic health and wasn’t able to sustain itself, unlike the riches the pharmaceutical companies rake it. The first things I noticed after practicing yoga initially were that my low back pain (from bulging/herniated discs) went away and the chronic tension in my body began to lessen. The best news though was when I went back to the doctor’s office and was told my blood pressure was back to “normal”. Now, after many years of practice, my blood pressure is actually considered “low”!
This dramatic change in one of the leading causes of morbidity in my own experience – and one in which prevented the need for a life-long attachment to a prescription medication – was all the motivation I needed to continue to explore the benefits of a yoga practice, eventually leading me to becoming a teacher to offer such healing benefits to others. Unfortunately, my individual story doesn’t equal proof of a connection, so it has taken many years for the research to show that yoga does have a positive effect on your blood pressure.
In a recent systematic research article review that included 49 clinical trials, the data now show that yoga, when breathing and meditation practices are included, is a viable antihypertensive lifestyle therapy. It is in moments like these that I would like to say “I told you so”!
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