Yoga on Zoom

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest

‘Zoom, just one look and, then, my heart went boom…’, so sang Fat Larry’s Band, back in 1982. Pre-23rd March 2020, few of us knew of the rather clunky video conferencing App called Zoom, ‘Then my whole wide world went Zoom’ and, ‘(High as a rainbow as we went flyin’ by)…’.

Zoom and I did not get off to a flying start. To be honest, it was a struggle. However, I worked, hard, to master it. I had to. On the 14th March, I was teaching in The Cabin, albeit with hand-washing and other hygiene measures, on the 21st March I was teaching outside, on Chapel Green, in glorious sunshine, with everyone at a 2m distance. By the 26th March I was struggling with Zoom and desperately messaging as many Elie yogis, as I could remember. That is part of the reason for creating this website, so that I can construct an organised mailing list.

A new timetable evolved, I was, quickly, teaching 7 classes, 5 days a week, to people in rooms, or gardens in their own homes, not only all over Scotland, but in London, Warwick and, even, in The Dominican Republic!

Cats and dogs wondered in and I saw people from angles that even a yoga teacher doesn’t expect to see. However, what made this kind of practice different was that people were in their own homes.

I was concerned, at first that people would feel that they were not getting the full experience, not being in our usual space and not feeding-off the energy of a group class.

However, it was a success. People liked to practise yoga at home and the chats, before and after a class, on Zoom, helped build a new kind of togetherness.

As we ease out of lockdown, I will maintain classes, on Zoom, as we move outside and, hopefully, back, into The Cabin, albeit with reduced numbers.

So, in the words of George Michael, ‘Let’s go outside…’

Judith