From time immemorial the teaching of yoga has been an oral tradition. The name of an early collection of yoga teachings, The Upanishads, literally translates as ‘sitting near devotedly” conjuring up images of students sitting at their teacher’s side listening intently to their teacher’s words. The sound and sights of yoga, such as chanting the mantra Om and forming mudras (hand gestures) to express our intentions are intrinsically linked with how we experience and integrate our practice.
The word Yoga is often translated as union, and we know that using all of our senses enhances our sadhana (practice). In these strangest of times, we have been somewhat limited in what we have been able to share with our kula (community) in terms of music, mantra, picture quality and visual diversity for our online classes. At Same Star we are always looking for ways to enhance and improve what we bring to our kula and have been working with local audiovisual experts to improve these aspects of our offering.
We are beyond excited to share that in the next couple of weeks we will be ready to launch our new online classes with enhanced quality in every aspect.
- We are looking forward to bringing music back to our classes with a high quality audio feed, pre-balanced to ensure you can always hear your teacher’s voice. This means that Kirtan will again be possible – watch out for dates for Coming Home – our community Kirtan sessions.
- The visual aspect of our classes will be improved with a state of the art camera able to pan, zoom and tilt during class, giving us the ability to create a more dynamic and interactive environment.
- We will have the ability to live-stream classes as well as the video-conference style classes we currently offer and this will give us the opportunity to record our classes in a high-quality format and offer our kula the opportunity to revisit their favourite classes.
- Once we are able to open, this investment in new equipment will also enhance our in-person experience with improved audio set up in the studio.
This is one of many enhancements and developments we have been planning as we look to learn and grow from our experiences over the past few months. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the enhanced sadhana of sight and sound at Same Star Yoga.