Questions and Concerns about Online Classes
It's not the same as in-person teaching, but the online format delivers comparable results:
a sense of being at home within yourself,
better balance, coordination and flexibility,
less aches and pains,
new insights into movement habits and a taste of new movement options.
the chance to connect briefly with classmates, experiencing something of the former "routine.
Here's what students say about the online experience:
I'm calmer mentally, and more relaxed and "shook out" physically.
I feel a little more normal. It's a return to a familiar routine.
Thank you for the really wonderful neck lesson. . . My neck now feels like it is back in the right place!
That was a great lesson. . . I am excited to find even easier ways to practice and connect all this. I have to say I have had less shoulder pain since this series began than the entire 2 years prior.
Thanks for another great class. The collar bone assist lift has been very helpful to me to practice better posture.
I'm not good with technnology. I don't know how I'd manage.
I used to feel that way too. But you can learn this! I'll send you instructions in advance on how to get set up. The day before each class, I'll send an email with the link so you can easily click to join from that email. At the first class, I'll walk you through the screen so you know how to navigate, although you really have to do very little once you're in. Zoom has protocols in place to maximize security. We have experienced no problems.
I feel nervous being on camera in my home.
You do not have to enable your video to participate. You can see me, hear the instructions and do the lesson. But because I can't see you when your camera is off, I cannot tailor my comments to better address your movement and learning needs. Remember, as usual, you are paying attention to yourself, on the floor, seated, standing, etc and not watching others. In fact, to minimize distraction, I generally suggest students set their preferences so their screen shows just the person speaking, usually me. I'll tell you how to do that at the first class.
I'm not sure where I'd do the lesson in my home.
First of all, you can use a computer, laptop or smart phone to connect to the zoom platform. Generally, you'll need an area about 6-7 ft square, where you can lie on the floor, just as in class. You'll need to lie about 6-7 feet away from your device, so that the camera (if you have the video on) can be aimed downward and I can see most of your body from the side or at a slight diagonal. I'll provide more details before the series starts.
Will my individual needs be addressed?
There is time at the beginning and end for comments and questions. However, I fully recognize that one of the limitations of online learning is its lack of private conversation. I am available via email, or on the phone, to discuss personal concerns. I've even set up private online chats to help students with personal concerns they may have.
What if I miss a class?
Just like my in-person class, I'll be recording the class (audio) and sending you a dropbox link so you can access it later.
Other concerns or questions?
Please contact me.