Alert your family or household members.
This retreat is not a luxury. It is a necessity. It is your renewal and recalibration. Your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health will be improved by this weekend's commitment. Therefore, ask for deep respect from your family members.
Set a place in your home that you can keep available.
With your yoga mat, blocks, props, your meditation seat, and easy access to viewing and listening to the teachings.
Perhaps the pets will occupy your space when you are not seated there. But, please ask your family or household members to support this your practice space to be dedicated to the weekend.
Also remind them, you will not be leaving dirty dishes in the sink or discarding dirty laundry for them to pick up after you.
Having a dedicated spot for your practice is energetically nourishing and grounding.
If possible, keep your morning lighting dim. Just enough to see the screen from where Sarahjoy will be teaching. Perhaps light a candle.
As the day unfolds, consider how you light your space for the group discussions. It is not necessary for us all to see you well. But, you may want to be lit from the front or side rather than back lit. Of course, windows exist in our homes and it can not always be prevented. That being said Sarahjoy will be better able to see you when you talk if you are not backlit. In any small group discussions (in Zoom breakout rooms) you will be more easily seen by your group members if you are not backlit.
Teacher's View: (of you)
Computer or Device Placement:
The view that your teacher will have during your physical asana practice will help them to help you with your practice. Here are some ideas:
If you are using a laptop that comes with a camera, place it on a surface where you can adjust the top of the computer easily between floor and standing poses. For example, at the height of a coffee table. When you are on the floor, tip the screen (camera is on the screen) down. When you stand up, tip the screen slightly up. If your arms overhead go beyond the upper screen of your computer in the teacher’s viewing window, but they can still see your legs, hips, pelvis and torso, this gives them a good enough view of your practice. If they need you to adjust so that they can see your arms, for a specific purpose, they will let you know.
If you have a webcam and can set it up with your device, you will be able to move the webcam to the short or long side of your mat and you can raise it on a higher table, a shelf, or place on a low table. It usually has capacity for a swivel on the webcam and can be adjusted in multiple ways.
That being said, placing it directly on the floor and angling it up toward your standing poses is a difficult view for your teacher to help you because the view is unusual.
How fun that so many of you are able to join us by phone! We don’t all have computers or laptops. Setting up your phone camera so that your teacher can see you may be a little tricky, but it is possible. If you have a tripod for your phone (how fun!) that can be great. Here is a link to a tripod that some of our community members are using: https://www.amazon.com/Arkon-iPhone-Tripod-Galaxy-Retail/dp/B00SZHIESK (This costs about $15)
Now your phone will act like a webcam and you can follow the instructions above.
Support yourself with nourishing foods for the weekend. Aim for meals that include all 6 tastes (according to Ayurveda) and more than 3 colors (from nutritional guidance).
Balance your protein, healthy fat, fiber, and carbs to support your yoga and pranayama practice. A lighter menu for the weekend may be all you need.
If possible, please avoid alcohol, stimulants, excess sugar, heavy foods,
Sarahjoy will be posting her recipes for Chai, Tea Tonic, and Golden Milk. As well as her recipe for Kicherie.