Learn using Skype

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 Skype 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 Skype Application needs to be installed on your device if using a mobile phone or tablet
  • If using a desktop computer you will need a microphone and webcam
  • 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 Skype…

Skype is a telecommunications service that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox console, and smartwatches via the Internet, as well as to regular telephones.  Skype additionally provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit both text and video messages, and may exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. Skype allows video conference calls.  First released in August 2003, Skype was created by the Swede Niklas Zennström and the Dane Janus Friis, in cooperation with Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn.  For many people, Skype is the original video calling service.  The name Skype is derived from “Sky peer-to-peer”, which was then abbreviated to “Skyper”. However, some of the domain names associated with “Skyper” were already taken when the service opened for business so the “r” was dropped!

Special features

Skype existed pre-social networks so its feature set is quite different to services like Facebook Messenger.  In some ways Skype has lagged behind in terms of usability.  But it is its integration within the global telecoms network which is still its standout feature.  Users are able to:

  • Call landlines and mobile phones around the world for rates much lower charges than standard telco providers
  • Buy a Skype Number, allowing people to phone them where ever they are in the world
  • Buy a Skype Out Number, this number is attached to all calls made from Skype.  So even though you are calling from your phone, the person you have dialled sees a consistent telephone number they can store in their contacts

Why take yoga, mindfulness or art therapy classes via Skype?

  • 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