online studio: frequently asked questions

how to join our

live-streamed classes

  1. How to Sign Up and Get the Link for Class: In order to attend an Online Class with us, you MUST sign up for it at least 30 minutes ahead of time on MBO. Online registration closes exactly 30 minutes before class begins, and you will receive an automated email somewhere between 10-20 minutes before class with the Zoom and playlist links.
    **Please note, all classes are listed on our schedule in Central Standard Time, (CST, aka Austin time!)**
     

  2. Tech Logistics: You do not need a Zoom account to take class, but you DO need to download Zoom onto your device. The first time you click on a link to join one of our Zoom meetings, you will be prompted to download the program, so be sure to give yourself a few extra minutes to get set up before your first Live-Stream Class with us! PLEASE make sure your name is showing up correctly in your Zoom window so that our team can check you in for class!
     

  3. Need Help? If you didn't receive the link for your class or need help with any other last-minute issues, please email Info@OakAndLotusYoga.com. We have a team watching that box before each class and ready to help with any issues! Do *not* email your teacher, as they likely won't see your email in time. 
     

  4. Need props? We highly recommend you invest in some props to make your home practice as yummy as possible. Check out Alia's recommendations, complete with purchase links, here!
    In a pinch, you could use the following as substitutes:
    Blanket: A bath towel or flat throw pillow.
    Strap: A long belt, ideally fabric or knitted rather than leather. Robe belts work wonderfully!
    Blocks: Thick books or paper towel rolls can work as a substitute.

playlist tips


If your teacher is providing a playlist for the class, the link will be included in the email you receive with the Zoom link. 
We invite you to play the playlist at home for yourself while you’re practicing. The teacher will tell you when to press play so you’re all synched up!

 

We highly recommend that you use a second device to play your music, rather than the same one that you’re using for the videoconference. The ideal setup is if you have a Bluetooth speaker or similar at home; you can use your phone to play the music through the speaker, then use your computer to stream the class through Zoom!

live-stream class tips + requests

 

AUDIO SETTINGS: Once the class gets started, please make sure your audio is MUTED. When you first log in, feel free to chitchat with the teacher and other students if you’d like! Hover over the bottom left corner of your screen to Mute/Unmute. 

VIDEO SETTINGS: If you’re comfortable, please keep your video turned ON. Hover over the bottom left corner of your screen to turn video on/off. This allows us to really engage with you while you practice and actually teach you - offering relevant cues and alignment tips, and even shouting you out by name if the moment feels right! This is also very helpful to us teachers - you’d be surprised how hard it is to teach when there are no bodies to look at! 

CHAT BOX: There is a chat box that you can use to communicate with the teacher during class if need be! We will do our best to keep an eye on the chat box throughout class. To access the chat, hover over the bottom of your screen and click on the word “Chat” near the middle.

PROPS: Need props? Alia has a list of recommendations along with purchase links on her website.

In a pinch, you could use the following as substitutes:

Blanket: A bath towel or flat throw pillow.

Strap: A long belt, ideally fabric or knitted rather than leather. Robe belts work wonderfully!

Blocks: Thick books can work as a substitute.

FOR YIN CLASSES: In addition to the props listed above, grab as many different-sized pillows as you can find!

FEEDBACK IS ALWAYS WELCOME!: We always looking to better serve you in any way we can! We'd love for you to drop us a line after class if you have any feedback you’d like to share. Constructive AND positive feedback are both greatly appreciated!

SHARE THE LOVE!  Now that we’re online, there’s no limit to the number or location of people who can practice with us! If you have any friends or family who you think might enjoy practicing with us virtually, please share our website with them and encourage them to sign up!