Why online?

Why do an on-line course or class? Very good question. Ideally, try to find a yoga class that suits you and practice under the direct guidance of a teacher. Ideally, that teacher can then tailor the material to suit your particular circumstances and both correct and guide your progress. If that option is open to you, I suggest take it.

However, the ideal is not always available or accessible. Sometimes you can’t find a teacher or class that suits you. It might be as simple as not being able to find a class at a time that suits you. You may have some specific issues that mean a general class is not an option. You may not know where to start. You might feel uncomfortable trying something new with other people around.

An online class means that you can work at a time that suits you, in a place that suits you, and at a pace that suits you. It is all about making this work accessible to everyone.

Is an online class safe?

In my opinion – yes, provided you approach it with common sense and with a sense of personal responsibility for your well-being. Not all exercise is appropriate for all people. The wrong exercise, in the wrong time and place, applied to the wrong person in the wrong way can be down-right dangerous. Everyone is in a physical state that is unique to them, and their unique life journey, and age, and career choices, and lifestyle choices. Select a regime that is appropriate for you, and appropriate for what you are looking to achieve. If you have any concerns about your health or have any health issues check with your doctor before starting any of this work.

What is different about my online class?

I have seen a number of online classes available on the internet. Many of them simply offer you a selection of videos to watch, or challenges to try.

I am looking to make it as interactive as possible, yet as simple and accessible as possible. In my online courses you learn the various postures, movements and sequences using online videos. The intention is that you grow to understand them. A part of the course material is a Worksheet which guides you through actually working with the material, in such a way as to start relatively simply, and only progress when you are able to and when it is safe to do so.

Another element of my online material is that you can write on these worksheets (you print off as many as you like). Indicate on the sheet what was easy, what was hard. The sheet contains a simple questionnaire on how you coped with that day’s practice. This allows you to measure your own progress. If you take a photo of it on your phone, you can easily ping it back to me. This provides an element of interactiveness. I can see how you are doing, and what you are having a problem with. You can ask questions. It also means that you are not doing it completely on your own. If you choose to, you can share your progress and experience with me, from anywhere in the world (given the underlying communications infrastructure) and we can do it together. You are not on your own.

Also, one intention of working this way is that you really understand the material, and your own journey working with it. Rather than just follow a video. Make it your own, and make the journey of getting to grips with it your own. Hopefully, if you have not already done so, this can be the start of committing to a regular practice. You can build this into habit, and make part of your life. Hopefully you can experience for yourself what an enriching experience this is.

What is the “money-back” guarantee?

Your body is going to reflect what you do with it. If you embrace the course material, and do it regularly and work with it appropriately, your body will reflect that, and by the end of the course you should feel the difference. The money back guarantee is that if you do the work and do not feel the difference, then there is a no-questions asked refund.
One issue here is that it is easy to start something, easy to say we will commit to it. Then life happens, and gets in the way and we end up not doing it. Or something valid does interrupt, and we get out of the routine, and don’t re-engage with it. Each of the courses has an “expectation of commitment” with it. The Beginner Yoga course has an expectation of “20 sessions over 6 weeks”. Here, “doing the work” means really committing to the material and the way of practising the material. This means following the Worksheet through each session, and ping me a copy of the Worksheet once you have finished it. If you can show that you have done the work (by sending me copies of your Worksheet as you complete them), and still you feel no different, then you can request a no-questions asked refund.

An underlying principle of this work is the recognition that results will be in proportion to the effort we put in and that the responsibility for our own well-being lies with us. It is steady and regular practice that will make the difference – not just meaning to, not just thinking about it, but actually doing it.