Q. Are all the practices safe?
I’ve done my very best to select practices that are safe for teaching in an online environment, and I’ve included information about when it might not be a good idea to practice them, however I cannot and do not know your specific needs and situation.
So please listen to your body and your intuition, and only try the practices you feel comfortable with. Please take care of your self, and take responsibility for your own safety. If you have a current illness or injury, are pregnant, or if you’re recovering from surgery, please talk to your doctor or health care professional before you try any of the practices. By taking part in the course, you acknowledge that your health and safety is your own responsibility, and that you will make choices that are safe for you.
Q. I’m pregnant, can I do the practices?
Most of the practices are perfectly safe to do during pregnancy. I recommend checking in with your health care provider to make sure they’re happy with you practicing yoga during your pregnancy, and constantly checking in with your body to make sure if feels safe. Some practices need modifications during pregnancy, and these instructions are clear in my emails and in the directions within the shala.
Q. I’m injured, can I do the practices?
It depends. I recommend checking in with your health care provider to make sure they’re happy with you practicing yoga while you’re injured, and constantly checking in with your body to make sure if feels safe.
Q. I didn’t feel so good after one of the practices, should I do that practice again?
No. Listen to your body. If you try a practice and you don’t feel so great afterwards, perhaps it’s not the right practice for you. If you’re not sure, check in with an experienced yoga teacher in your local area, or book a private session with me. I’m happy to help.
Q. How do I sign up for a course in the shala?
You can purchase a course from here. Follow the instructions to complete your payment through PayPal, using either a credit card or your PayPal account. PayPal will send you to the shala.laurentober.com website, where you must register and create your password. You will then log in automagically and your course will be there for you in your My Courses page. From then onwards, you will be able to log on to http://shala.laurentober.com and access all your purchased courses whenever you want for as long as they run.
Q. How do I get to my course?
You will find your course in your My Courses page. If it is not there, please ensure that you have both purchased the course (you should have a receipt from PayPal, and an email from us) and registered for the shala (links to register for the course are in the first email we sent you).
Q. What is my password?
When you registered for the shala, you set your own password. If you have lost the password, click Login and use the ‘Forgot password?’ link to receive an e-mail with instructions how to reset it. If you didn’t register and set your own password, please locate the email we sent you immediately after you paid for the course. This has the links in it you need to register and set your password.
Q. How do I play the audio files?
Click on the small triangle on the audio player. It looks like this:
Q. How do I download the audio files?
Click on the text that says ‘Download the practice by clicking on this link’ (or something along those lines), and the file will download. Save it somewhere you’ll remember on your computer (perhaps create a folder called ‘A Daily Dose of Bliss’ and save everything in there). We recommend downloading and saving the practices to your desktop computer. While some devices allow you to download and save files, many mobile devices do not (or require you to download a third party app).
From your desktop computer, you will be able to transfer the files to your mobile device, if this is where you want to use them.
Q. How do I play the downloaded audio files?
You’ll need a media player to play the files, which are in .mp3 format. We use iTunes, but there’s loads of others out there, take your pick. If you’re using iTunes, on your computer, just drag and drop the audio file into iTunes. You can then play the file on your computer, or sync it with your iPhone or iPad to play it on the go.
Q. My device is not playing the audio / video files. What can I do?
The audio and video recordings should work on iPhones and iPads, however sometimes this doesn’t happen smoothly. It can differ as a result of your phone, contract, internet connection speed or phone provider. If you are experiencing any problems, we recommend you download the files to your computer, and then move them to your device, which (although requiring more setup initially) will enable you to play the audio and video files without delay, on your phone, anywhere you like.
Q. The audio file I downloaded stops half way through. What’s going on?
Try downloading the file again. It might have been corrupted in the download process.
Q. What do I do with the file I downloaded that ends with .zip?
A zip file is a very common, compressed file that takes up less space on your computer. After downloading it on your computer, double-click the zip file to ‘unzip’ it. After double-clicking, newer Macs and Windows computers unzip the file instantly and you will see the unzipped file with the same name or a whole folder with several files (if you downloaded all the audio files in one go), possibly in a new window. You can then play (double-click), copy or move these files like any other files on your computer. After downloading it on your mobile Android or iOS device like iPhone or iPad, if you cannot unzip the file, you will need to install an app to do so. You can find free apps to unzip files in the app stores by searching for ‘zip’. Then follow their instructions to install the app and unzip the file.
Q. The video I’m watching keeps stopping. What should I do?
Sometimes slow Internet connections mean that videos don’t run as smoothly as we would like them to. If you find that it keeps stopping, try pressing the pause button, making yourself a cup of tea, then come back and watch the video. If a slow Internet connection is the problem, it should now play perfectly.
Q. The audio I’m streaming (listening to in the shala) keeps stopping. What should I do?
Sometimes slow Internet connections mean that the audio or video files don’t run as smoothly as we would like them to. If you find that it keeps stopping, try pressing the pause button, making yourself a cup of tea, then come back and listen to the practice. If a slow Internet connection is the problem, it should now play perfectly.
Q. I’m not getting all the course emails. Where are they?
Sometimes emails get re-directed to spam, or if you’re using gmail, they get redirected into the ‘promotions’ tab. Take a look in one of these places, the missing emails are probably there. To prevent this from happening again, be sure to put my email address in your address book (it’s firstname.lastname@example.org), and if you’re using gmail and you’re getting emails in the ‘promotions’ tab, just drag my emails into the ‘primary’ tab and all future emails should end up in your inbox.
Q. Can I buy the course for a friend?
Yes you can indeed. What a lovely friend you are! Just purchase the course in your friend’s name and email address, then use your own details for payment. Easy. All email correspondence about the course will go to them.
If it’s a gift for a special day (and you don’t want them to know before that), sign up in your own name and be sure to let us know by email what you intend to do with your order.
Q. One of the links isn’t working. What should I do?
Whoops! The Internet is a changing place, and sometimes links disappear or are moved. Send us an email with the location of the broken link and we’ll fix it. Thanks for your help keeping the shala working smoothly for everyone.
Q. What is a shala?
A shala is a sacred space, where students come to learn about themselves through the teachings of yoga. It’s a kind of a sanctuary where learning and healing take place under the guidance of a teacher. Be sure to take off your shoes before you step in!
Q. Your question not answered here?
Please get in touch, we’re happy to help.