Learn using Facebook Messenger

Join your yoga, mindfulness or art therapy class from anywhere!

We love offering our clients the best tools to benefit their unique minds and bodies, instead of applying a one-size-fits-all approach.  Learning yoga, mindfulness or art therapy via Facebook Messenger is a bit like watching a smart DVD.  You get all the remote learning benefits, but you can also pause and ask questions if there is anything you don’t understand or when you feel stuck.

Isn’t it a bit… remote?

We actually feel the complete opposite.  Yoga, mindfulness or art therapy sessions conducted online often have a real freshness to them.  To many of us this style of communication has become second nature now, and in some cases it seems to encourage people that are naturally more introverted to come out of their shells and ask questions, we love this!

If you are looking to get to know other like minded people, but can’t be there in person Yoga Wellbeing runs a number of Facebook & Google+ groups that you’re welcome to join.

With yoga how do you ensure people are aligned correctly?

As long as you set yourself up so that your teacher can see your whole body, then they can easily see what is going on as you move in and out of the asana (poses).  This enables your teacher to easily tailor and adjust the practice just as we do for our studio based sessions.  Our teachers all use high quality equipment so that we are able to stand away from the camera and demonstrate what is being taught.

What happens if I have internet issues?!

We never book in back to back remote sessions, this gives us the ability to extend your class if we experience intermittent connectivity issues.  If either you or your teacher have a major outage, we will reconnect with you by an alternative means to re-arrange the session.  Remote classes enable a level of flexibility not previously possible when home sessions were the only option.

I like the sound of this, what do I need to get up and running?

  • The Facebook Messenger Application needs to be installed on your device if you are using a tablet like an iPad
  • You need a decent internet connection (Broadband, Fibre, or even 4G will work)
  • A camera and microphone. (most laptops and all tablets have built in microphones & speakers).
  • A private space in your home free from distractions
  • Dependent on your mobility it is recommended that you use either a yoga mat or a suitable chair, for new clients it also recommended that you keep a few cushions or pillows nearby which can be used if pose modifications are required.

I like to know all the details, tell me more about Facebook Messenger…

Facebook Messenger (often abbreviated as Messenger) is an instant messaging service. Over the years, Facebook has released new apps on a variety of different operating systems, launched a dedicated website interface, and separated the messaging functionality from the main Facebook app, requiring users to use the web interface or download one of the standalone apps.

Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio, and files, as well as react to other users’ messages and interact with bots. The service also supports voice and video calling. The standalone apps support using multiple accounts, conversations with optional end-to-end encryption, and playing games.

Special Features

Facebook Messenger is able to support group video calling for up to 50 people.  Users also have the ability to add animated versions of Facebook’s reactions on top of their face, such as tears for a crying face and an exploding halo of hearts around the head when sending heart emoji!  Additionally, users are able to capture screenshots, and live filters can change the color or lighting in the feed.

Users are also able to open compatible third-party apps inside Messenger, such as GIF generators, and then share those details with the other chat participants.  Perfect after a particularly invigorating yoga session!

Why take yoga, mindfulness or art therapy classes via Facebook Messenger?

  • You live in a remote location where it is hard to get to a yoga teacher or art therapist
  • You have a busy schedule and you would like to minimise the time that you spend travelling
  • You often travel for work and want to integrate your sessions within your lifestyle
  • You’re recovering from an injury and need to rebuild and restore at home
  • You’re a complete beginner and would feel more comfortable taking your first steps in your own space
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