Paul Blissett
Online Yoga Classes

Yoga classes in central Buckinghamshire
Over 5,500 classes taught since 2002

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Dave Hollis

Introduction

Since mid-March 2020 it has been impossible to continue with my face to face yoga classes in Swanbourne, Oving and Weedon due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I have therefore been teaching online classes using Zoom since April 2020.

Initially these classes were for existing students only but from August 2020, having taught over 75 online classes, I am now ready to admit new students, with previous experience of yoga or not. For student feedback on my online classes see here.

Prospective students:

 

  1. Will ideally be fairly local to give the possibility of one day working face to face.
     
  2. Receive a free 1:1 setup session to familiarise themselves with how the online classes run.
     
  3. Need to complete a health form before receiving a free introductory 1:1 yoga session. This session will assess their general level of fitness, health, flexibility, suppleness and body awareness as well as enabling them to decide it they wish to join a class.

Online yoga class times

General yoga class - Monday 19:30 - 21:00
General yoga class - Tuesday 10:00 - 11:30
General yoga class - Tuesday 19:45 - 21:15
General yoga class - Wednesday 18:00 - 19:30
General yoga class - Thursday 10:00 - 11:30


Although you will each be practising in your own space it is more important than ever just now that we retain a sense of connection with each other. You will therefore have a chance at the start and end of class to see who else is in the class and talk to each other. On being admitted to class you should also double-check that your mat and laptop/tablet are positioned correctly to give me the optimum view of you both lying down and standing up.

Students will receive links to join their class by email and will be admitted via an electronic waiting room. You must use your forename and surname for your User ID since if I cannot tell who you are you will not be admitted. This is to ensure that online classes remain safe and secure.

You should ensure you arrive in good time before the class starts so you can be settled by the start of the class as a courtesy to me and all the other participants.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the space you have chosen for your practise is large enough and free from any obstruction or hazards. This is very important since perspective makes this impossible for me to do accurately remotely via your webcam.

You should have any blocks, belts, blankets that you need close at hand.

During the class all students will be muted to prevent any extraneous sound from your space distracting other students. You will be able to unmute yourself to ask questions, etc.. As you will be muted you can play your own music, should you wish, but you must pause it before unmuting to avoid disturbing everyone else.

Prerequisites

  • Students require a laptop, Chromebook, Kindle or tablet. A mobile phone is not suitable as the screen is too small and the wrong ratio.
  • You must have a suitable space to practise at home.
  • You must have a 1:1 setup session before you first attend an online class. This will cover a few things you need to know about the software used to deliver the class. It will also establish that you have a suitable place to practise and the corresponding siting of your laptop or tablet so we can see each other to best advantage.

Some devices can be connected to a TV for a better sound and bigger picture but this is not necessary

Attendance

Before attending class for the first time new students will have already had a free 1:1 yoga session. For existing and former students, their first online class is free of charge. Otherwise students need either a fixed or a variable block active which guarantees them a place in class each week.

On completing a block of classes, students start another block, either fixed or variable, depending what suits them best. The choice of fixed and variable blocks provide a cost effective way of attending classes whether you are able to attend class each week or not and also if you wish to attend more than once a week.

Class weeks are not always the same as elapsed weeks since we traditionally had breaks for the Xmas, Easter and Summer holidays and for half term. Both fixed and variable blocks can often span such holidays. During the coronavirus pandemic classes have run without breaks since students have had more availability to attend classes than normally.

Fixed blocks

Fixed blocks work out cheapest where students expect to attend once a week or sometimes even more often than that.

You pay £30 for a fixed block to attend five classes in five weeks. Each class costs you £6 whether you attend the class or not. This is the cheapest option even if you miss one class in five.

Students who miss a class in a fixed block can make it up within the current block by attending twice another week. You cannot make up a missed class from a previous block in a subsequent block.

On occasion a student may be permitted to upgrade a fixed block to a variable block for £10. This is usually when a student has missed several classes due to unforeseen circumstances. Once upgraded, the block behaves as if it were a variable block from the outset.

To facilitate administration, fixed blocks are synchronised so all start and finish at the same time. So when starting a fixed block for the first time, or if reverting to a fixed block after a variable block, you will pay the number of weeks left in the current fixed block multiplied by £6.

There is a concession rate for those who would have been eligible for concessionary rates with Bucks Adult Learning - see the Concessions section below.

Frequent Fliers

This allows students on fixed blocks to attend additional classes at half price unless already benefiting from concessionary pricing, in which case no further reduction applies.

Any extra to pay will be added to the price of your next block on completion of your current fixed block.

If, for example, you attend 7 times in a five week fixed block the cost would be £30 paid at the start of a block plus an extra £6-00 (2 * £3) payable on completion of the block along with payment for your next block.

Please note I usually use the same lesson plan during a week as my starting point, though will vary this as appropriate for the students present. This is to  ensure a good variety of postures and sequences for everyone from week to week.

Variable blocks

Variable blocks usually work out cheapest where a student knows they will be unable to attend class weekly and when they are going to be away on holiday.

You pay £40 for a variable length block to attend five classes within 10 class weeks. Provided you attend all five classes you pay £8 per class and are only paying when attending a class.

A variable block finishes either after 10 weeks or when the fifth class has been taken, whichever occurs first. Any money relating to classes not taken by the end of a variable block is forfeited and cannot be carried forward.

Taking a break

Students are expected to start another fixed or variable length block when their current block expires unless they cannot attend five classes in 10 weeks which might be because of:

  • Serious illness
  • A major operation
  • Bereavement
  • Needing to care for a relative or partner
  • Long holidays or time away

It will normally be obvious if one of these conditions apply but I do need to know and can advise you if you are not sure. In such cases a credit will be given against any class fees already paid.

To facilitate your return to class after a break, once you advise an anticipated  return date I will either save you a place or add you to a waiting list as appropriate.

In exceptional cases, pay-as-you-go attendance may be possible where I agree that a variable block is not appropriate. This will usually only be possible for experienced students. Pay-as-you-go attendance costs £10 per class.

Students with fixed or variable blocks always have priority over pay-as-you-go students should there be more students than spaces available in the class, even when attending a class other than their regular class.

Can I attend a different class if I can't make my usual class?

Yes, subject to capacity you can attend any private class in any week if unable to make your usual class, making it easier for you to attend class regularly.

What happens if a class is cancelled?

Should one or more classes be cancelled for whatever reason, students unable to attend an alternative class that week will either be given a credit or the current current block extended to make up the missed class(es) at my discretion.

New student referral incentive

You are entitled to a £10 credit off your next block of classes if a new student you introduce to class, having had their free introductory class, subsequently purchases a fixed or variable block of classes. I do not regard online classes suitable for complete beginners and anticipate new students either having done some yoga previously or already having good body awareness.

How to pay

Payment should be by electronic bank transfer. Cheques may be acceptable as a last resort but you would need to clear this with me. You will need to ask me for my bank details to pay electronically. Electronic payments MUST include your full name against your payment so I know who is paying.

Concessions

Students who meet the Bucks Adult Learning criteria for concessionary rates for those in receipt of specific benefits qualify for a reduced rate of £4 per class where students pay £20 for a block of five consecutive classes.