The ABCs of Using Zoom Videoconferencing

Online classes are available via Zoom Videoconferencing. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, here are some (hopefully) easy steps to get you started.

  • Please keep in mind that the exact format of what you see may vary depending if you are using a mobile device (phone, tablet, etc.), laptop, or desktop computer.

  • Also, there are different features depending on whether you are on the Zoom website ( or are using the Zoom app (available for download at the Apple App store or Google Play).

For Mobile Devices (phones and tablets)

  • You will most likely want to download the Zoom app and install it on your device.

For Laptop and Desktop Computers

  • The link in the email (see below) should take you directly to the Zoom website.

Joining a Class

  • Shortly before class time, you will receive an email from us with a link to join the class.

  • Click the link and enter the Password when prompted (NOTE: you may not always need to enter a password.

  • You will be taken to a Waiting Room where you will wait until I "open the door" to the class.

  • Plan to join the class 5-10 minutes early, in case there are technical issues and so we have time to say hello before class begins.

  • If you log in after the class has begun, you will still be allowed to enter the class. Keep in mind, however, that I will not be able to assist you with technical issues or other questions once class has begun.

FAQ / Troubleshooting

Adjusting Volume (test in advance, if possible):

  • You may get a prompt to test your microphone and speakers, to be sure you can hear me and I can hear you.

  • If you log in and cannot hear me, look for an icon of a microphone. If it is red with a line through it, you are muted. Click the icon and that should un-mute you.

  • Make sure your speaker and microphone volume are turned up.

  • Once class begins I will mute everyone so any noise from your home (dog barking, doorbell ringing, someone shouting in another room) will only be heard by you and no one else in the class, including me.

Positioning Your Device for Optimal Viewing:

It is helpful to me, as your teacher, to be able to see you while you practice, just as I would in an in-person class. Please note that other students will also be able to see you but honestly, everyone is so focused on their practice that they're only looking at themselves or at me. That said...there is an option to turn off your video feed, in which case no one will be able to see you at all (but you will still be able to see me).

  • Try to position your device so that the camera shows your full mat, with the top edge of the mat closest to the camera.

  • Test the position of the device by standing on your mat. You should be able to see yourself from head to toe. This is the view that I will have.

    • You may have to place your device on a stack of books or a low table.

    • If you lean your device back against a wall or other support, the angle will be up toward the ceiling (not the best angle)

    • Laptop screens work well because you can make them vertical or even tilt them slightly downward

  • Test the lighting in the room. If there is a window or bright light behind you, I will see the light from and you will appear as a silhouette. Low lighting can also "blur" your movements, making it harder for me to see you.

Dropping Out of the Class:

  • Depending on the strength of your internet connection, you may be disconnected from Zoom in the middle of the class. If this happens, log in again. I will get a notice that you are back in the Waiting Room and will let you back in to the class.


  • I will not play any music during class. It does not sound good through Zoom.

  • If you would like to play your own music during class, you are more than welcome to do so. As I mentioned earlier, you will be muted so no one else will hear your tunes.

  • You can find nice yoga music through numerous streaming services, such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music and Amazon Music, among others. Simply search for yoga music and select the playlist or album that meets your needs.

Still have questions? Let me know!