Learn using Apple Facetime

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 Apple Facetime 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?

  • You need an Apple device
  • The Apple Facetime Application needs to be installed on your device
  • You need a decent internet connection (Broadband, Fibre, or even 4G will work)
  • 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 Apple FaceTime…

FaceTime is a proprietary video calling product developed by Apple Inc. FaceTime Audio is an audio-only version.  It is currently incompatible with non-Apple devices or any other video calling services.

Unlike Mac OS X’s iChat or other services like Skype, FaceTime does not support group conferencing. The application is for one-on-one video chat, only two people can talk at once. If a second user calls and the user answers, the video chat with the previous user ends and a new video session begins with the second caller. In iPhone, if a phone call is pending and the user attempts to answer, the video call ends and the phone call begins with the next user.

Special features

FaceTime works very well over standard 3G connections without the requirement for WiFI.  FaceTime Audio uses about three megabytes of data for every five minutes of conversation, with FaceTime Video using significantly more.  FaceTime calls can be placed from supported devices to any phone number or email address that is registered to the FaceTime service. A single email address can be registered to multiple devices and a call placed to that address rings all devices simultaneously.

On iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac, only persons who have already been added as contacts using the FaceTime or Contacts app can be called because there is no dialer.

Why take yoga, mindfulness or art therapy classes via Apple FaceTime?

  • 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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