How to Get Started Learning Online
It’s easy to get started online – but whether it’s your first time attending an online class, or you want to improve the experience – here are tips for getting the most out of your practice.
Pick your membership
On Demand Classes 24/7
If you want to join one of our Yoga & Pilates classes anytime, anywhere choose the On Demand Membership option on the Membership page.
Enter your card details and complete registration. You will then be taken to the thank you page where you will be prompted to download the unique YPL App to your device to start using the 20 minute Yoga & Pilates classes.
Click on the On Demand page. Log In with your unique log in which you create. Click on the class of your choice and get started. Please remember your password and write it down somewhere safe.
Interactive Live Classes
With the In Person & Online Class membership you will receive access to all the On Demand contents and the Yoga & Pilates Live App described above in the On Demand section.
Also, you will have access to the Live Interactive Yoga & Pilates classes on the timetable broadcast via Zoom every week.
First, go to the Membership page select the In Person & Online Class membership and enter your card details to create your unique membership.
When you find a class or course you want to join, you need to book on through the Online Class Booking page.
You’ll want a device with a video camera and microphone, so that we can both see and hear you (like a laptop, tablet/iPad, or smartphone). The bigger the screen the better so that you can see your teacher clearly.
Get Everything Ready
Before you begin your class make sure you
find a space with enough room to practice freely
have any kit you might need at hand (cushions, socks, an extra layer)
have Zoom installed on your device and can sign in to the class
position your device where you can comfortably see it but far enough away that the teacher can see the whole of you 2 meters away from you is best
turn up the volume on your device so that you can hear your teacher
have natural light in front of you rather than behind you
extra lamps to the side or in front of you can also help too
have a good internet connection (video uses a lot of bandwidth)
How it works
We use Zoom to deliver our online classes. It is a popular video conferencing platform that you may already be familiar with.
If you haven’t used Zoom before, don’t worry, it’s easy to set up. First, you’ll need a Zoom account. Head over to Zoom’s sign up page and create a free account linked with the same address you used to book your class with Yoga & Pilates Live.
Although it’s possible to use Zoom through a web browser we highly recommend that you download and install the mobile app for your Apple or Android device, or the desktop software for your laptop.
Then you can sign in from your device to check your audio and video works, and you should be all set to join your first class!
What to expect
When you find a class or course you want to join, you need to book on through the Online Class Booking page. This will take book your space on your chosen class. Please note that bookings close 30 minutes prior to the class start time and date.
Within a few minutes you will receive an email that contains a link to your online class. Don’t forget to check your junk folder for the email, and if you find it there remember to mark it ‘not junk’ to prevent missing future emails. Keep the email safe.
We typically send an email reminder with the link a day before the class .
The link in the email or text will allow you to join the class in either an app or you browser.
Ready to begin
Your teacher will open registration for the class 10 minutes before the class is due to begin. Please take a few minutes to get yourself settled when you first arrive. We recommend that you create a space for yourself where you have some room to move, a good wi-fi signal, and minimal background noise.
The teacher will greet you as you sign in and will ask you to gather any blankets or cushions that you’ll need for the class.
Controlling your screen
Within Zoom, you have the option to change what you see on your screen. You can choose between “Gallery” view (where you can see a bunch of different talking heads in smaller windows) and “Speaker” view (where you see only the person currently talking, in a large window). “Gallery” is nice before and after class so you can chat and recognise friends. “Speaker” view is usually best for the actual class.
Position your device
Usually it’s better to place your device higher up on a table or shelf so that you can see your teacher from a variety of positions. Please have your mat rolled out and ready. Or if you don’t have a mat, you can just practice on your carpet or a rug on wooden floorboards. Some people find a large towel on a carpeted floor works well too.
If your connection gets sketchy during class, try turning off your video camera (so you can still see us, we just can’t see you). That will usually help as it places less demand on your device and internet connection.
Friends & family
If you live with friends or family, they can join in too. Participants need to be over the age of 18 for safeguarding reasons. You only need one person to sign up, a screen big enough for you both to be able to see clearly and enough space to practice together without furniture obstructing your practice. If you have any health conditions or unsure if my classes are suitable for you fill out a health questionnaire and I will get in touch.
Good class etiquette
Starting a class
When you join the class, your microphone should automatically be muted. This is to reduce any audio feedback, and keeps the virtual meeting space from becoming an echo chamber!
As a general rule, if you have arrived before the class start time, you may wish to unmute yourself to say hello to your teacher and let them know about any new injuries or illness you currently have. Then you should mute your microphone once the class has started.
Your teacher will say hello and give you an overview of the theme of the class for that session. You might hear the teacher mention that they’re starting the recording – the recording will be in “speaker view” so that only the teacher will be shown.
If you have any questions for the teacher during the class, you’re welcome to unmute yourself and ask. The teacher can’t monitor the chat window during class, so your voice is the best way to get the teacher’s attention.
Please note, if you do unmute yourself, you will NOT be visible on the recording which is available to other Yoga & Pilates Live users. We will edit out all chat and conversations before or after the class before it is posted on the On Demand section of the site. Only the teacher will be filmed throughout the class.
Learning at home is different from being in a dedicated studio space, and it’s natural that you may encounter interruptions from pets, children or a delivery. If you need to switch off video or leave the room temporarily – that’s okay.
The end of a class
At the end of your class, there will be 5 minutes for you to chat to your teacher and fellow students. We actively invite you to ask questions or speak to friends. We find this helps us to stay connected socially as part of a group. But if you’re feeling pretty chilled and happy to slip off quietly you can just choose to ‘leave meeting’ and that’s fine with us too!
We'd love to hear your feedback. So please get in touch if you would like to see different classes on the timetable. Our classes are evolving all the time. If you enjoy our classes please tell your friends and leave a review on our Google My Business page.