What is Online Yoga?
Online Yoga allows you to participate in a live class that's currently happening in the studio but from an Internet-connected computer anywhere in the world (yes, it's as impressive as it sounds). You can see and hear the instructor and they can see you.
What do I need to attend?
- A computer with a webcam and microphone (the microphone will be muted on entry).
- Google's Chrome browser for the best plug-in free experience. Firefox is also supported without a plug-in and Safari and IE require a quick plug-in installation.
- An Internet connection. Our video platform adapts in real-time to changes in the speed and quality of the connection but a stable and fast connection will produce the best experience.
- A standard yoga mat and it doesn't hurt to have the following props nearby: yoga blocks (approx. 9" x 6" x 4"), blanket, bolster, and yoga strap. You can purchase these items from us or adapt household items. Give us a call if you have any questions.
Can I see other participants and can they see me?
Our online classes are an extension 0f our regular in-studio classes so you'll probably be able to see other students and they'll be able to see you on the display that the instructor uses to monitor your poses. We consciously set it up this way so that you can get cues from other students and to otherwise experience as much of this group activity as if you were in the studio.
Are classes recorded?
We currently don't record classes for the simple reason that we want the online and in-studio experiences to be as immediate, personal, and spontaneous as the other.
What styles of yoga are available at Goorus? What are the differences?
Chair Yoga: Chair Yoga is a unique no-level style that adapts yoga positions and poses through creative use of a yoga chair. The chair replaces the yoga mat and becomes an extension of the body. The student is able to warm up the body safely and perform yoga poses with more support and stability. Poses are done seated on the chair or the chair is used for support during standing poses, forward and backward bends, side extensions, balancing, and leg and arm stretches. Chair Yoga is suitable for those with mobility issues or conditions preventing easily rising and lowering to the mat or for those looking for a gentle stretch.
Gentle Yoga: Gentle yoga classes are appropriate for those wanting a softer, nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice. They are designed to serve a variety of distinct needs, such as movement limitations; stiffness due to inactivity; relief from disabilities and chronic conditions (e.g., arthritis, back pain, etc.); recovery from surgery, illness or injury; seniors, new practitioners, or pregnant women. Gentle yoga classes are good as well for reducing stress and supporting weight management.
Iyengar: A style of yoga in which special emphasis is placed on alignment, timing, and sequencing. The use of props is incorporated into the practice to increase strength and flexibility, and to facilitate gradual learning.
- Intro to Iyengar: Gentle - designed for people who prefer a slower pace. A foundation for learning the Iyengar method is taught in supine, seated, and standing poses, as well as other fundamental postures.
- Beginning Iyengar: Gentle to Moderate Iyengar-style yoga. Deeper study of the standing poses and basic postures. Includes the use of props to maintain safety. Shoulderstand and its modifications are introduced at this level.
- Iyengar Experienced: Moderate to vigorous. Solid knowledge of asanas/postures as well as several years of continuous practice recommended.
Kundalini Yoga: Good for all levels, Kundalini is an ancient yogic science and technology that focuses on the activation and direction of the vital life force or kundalini energy located at the base of the spine. The Sanskrit word kundalini means ”coiled up” and is the creative potential that exists within every human being. Kundalini practice unlocks this potential. Breathwork (pranayam), sound (mantras), hand gestures (mudras), body postures (asanas), and body locks (bandhas) are utilized to awaken, uncoil, and direct this serpent-like energy to create balance, rejuvenation, and self-healing. To fully integrate the benefits of our practice, we end with a rest period (savasana) for deep relaxation.
Urban Zen (UZ): Therapeutic style of yoga incorporating essential oils and Reiki. Slow and gentle pace with a restorative focus.
Vinyasa Flow: A more vigorous style of yoga for those who hate routine and like to test their physical limits.
Which classes should I take?
Students new to yoga are encouraged to take classes labeled as Level 1 or Level 1-2, which are gentle to moderately-paced. Level 2 is considered Intermediate, while Level 3 is considered Advanced. Level 2 or Level 2-3 classes are typically more vigorous; both require prior yoga experience and self-awareness as well as more flexibility, strength, and stamina.
What should I know about proper etiquette?
Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled class time. This gives you time to sign in at the front desk, take care of any necessary payments, and establish a space in the studio before the instructor begins the class. In the case of an Iyengar class, please remain in the lobby if you arrive during the Invocation to Patanjali and enter once the asana portion begins. Please note that instructors may deny your participation if you arrive more than 15 minutes late.
Please try to stay for the entire class. However, if you need to leave early, please notify the instructor before class begins.
Out of respect for others, arrive clean and free of scents or perfumes. Upon entering the studio, remove your shoes and place them underneath the benches, neatly outside the studio door, or in the cubbies provided in the back hallway. Please turn off your cell phone. No food is permitted in the asana rooms; no beverage other than water is permitted in the asana rooms. If you have questions, about yoga etiquette, please do not hesitate to ask. We love questions!
After use, please return items as you found them: blankets neatly folded on the shelves, blocks placed on the hall shelf, and straps neatly folded and placed in the baskets outside the asana rooms. Chairs can be stacked in the back hallway; staff will put them away after class.
Where can I park?
Six stacked parking spaces are available behind the studio, in the alley between Sunset Boulevard and Albright Street. If you block another car, please let staff know so that another guest isn't prevented from removing their car. Metered parking is available along Sunset; unrestricted street parking is available along Via de la Paz and Albright streets. Details can be found here.
When is Goorus open?
Goorus Yoga is open seven (7) days a week. See our online schedule as times vary slightly each day.
How much does a class cost at Goorus?
A drop-in class starts at $25. Our monthly unlimited package can easily reduce that rate to $10. In between, we have a clever auto-renewing 3-pack that prices classes at $22 for infrequent visitors and $18 for those who come more often. We accept semi-annual prepayment of monthly unlimited packages for an additional percentage decrease (ask at the desk). Click here for our up-to-date pricing and to buy service.
Coats and jackets may be hung on the hooks near the studio’s rear entry. We strongly recommend bringing any items of value in the practice room for safekeeping (i.e., wallet, keys, etc...).