Teaching via Skype!
by Gabbriella Yates
Two weeks ago I woke up with the flu; my daughter already had the flu and we were down for the count. Unable to find a substitute at the last minute, I didn’t want to cancel my postnatal yoga class, knowing the huge amount of energy it takes for mamas to get themselves and their babies out of the house in the morning. So, what could I do?
Remembering my own not-so-far-off experience of postnatal yoga as a source of community that brought consistency and a moment to exchange with other mamas during a time of chaos and trying to keep up with the rapidly changing needs of my baby, I knew it was important to try and “be” there. Not to mention that postnatal
yoga is an opportunity to practice practicing yoga, i.e., taking care of our own bodies, while tending to a hungry baby, a baby that needs it’s diaper changed etc. so our yoga practice can imbue these actions with awareness and even increase connection with our baby. So in any case, I wrote to Marisa, David and Sonya asking if I could be skyped in and they quickly replied yes! They set up the computer on a tripod and I had a great view of the studio. All of the women that came were regulars and while teaching the class I felt like I was right there with them. The dialogue was the same – while practicing we talked about how the babies were growing so fast and marveled at their
movements. Students asked questions when they came up and the class flew by. After our skype OM to end the class, students remarked how it felt like I was right there with them. I was impressed that we could retain the feeling of a yoga class through skype and I was very happy that I made the choice to reach out and try to teach that morning.
Gabbriella Yates teaches Prenatal, Postnatal and Iyengar yoga at Yoga Garden SF. To find one of her classes, click here.