Lighten your lockdown – here’s how.  :)

 

In line with government instructions, all activities at In The Moment, Berkeley St have closed down for the time being. However In The Moment Online has been created in order to sustain and entertain you, to give you purpose and strength during lockdown, to maintain continuity & community, and to give support & help with work and all aspects of life.

This guidance has been prepared to help anyone who wants to join in one of our online offerings at In The Moment, but is not sure how to do it or just needs help and encouragement.  To allow you to be part of a community and not feel so isolated right now, and also to build a stronger community for the future once we get past the present challenges.

Those running a class/workshop/course/event are referred to here as ‘hosts’.  Those taking part in the events are referred to as ‘participants’.  Any class/workshop/course/event/etc is referred to as a ‘session’.  Most of the sessions will be run using software called Zoom.  You can (but don’t have to) download this before taking part in your first session.  If you don’t download it in advance you will be prompted to do so when you’re joining your first session.  It’s been a steep learning curve for most of us (certainly for me), and there’s still a lot more to learn, so I apologise if there are any errors or inaccuracies.  Please check back from time to time as this guidance will be updated in the light of experience.

 

General Information

  • All you need to participate is a computer/laptop/tablet/phone enabled with a camera and microphone.
  • A good quality broadband connection is recommended and it’s better if bandwidth is not being shared with other users in the household during the session.
  • It’s recommended that hosts and participants should shut down all other applications on their devices so that notifications (eg e-mails or messenger notifications) do not disturb the session and bandwidth is freed for a better connection.
  • A good quality webcam and microphone are recommended, though inbuilt ones may be fine on many devices.
  • If you want to know more about Zoom, check out the links below which give lots of instruction on the ‘nuts & bolts’, ie what features there are, how they work, what to click on etc.
  • Enquire, book and pay direct with your host who will then share a link and password with you for each session.  Click on the link and follow the instructions, using the password where asked, to access the session.
  • When installing Zoom only download direct from Zoom and not from any other installer.
  • Sessions should be password protected to make them secure.
  • Sessions should be locked once all the participants are in.
  • It’s a good idea to prepare yourself and your personal space in an appropriate way.
  • For example, make physical space, remove distractions, adjust lighting and heating, light a candle or use oils or incense etc as appropriate.
  • Make sure any radios, tvs, phones etc are turned off.
  • Ensure your family, pets or flatmates etc don’t infringe your space during the session.
  • Give yourself a few minutes quiet time in advance of the session to be fully prepared.
  • Don’t be late, rushing in at the last minute (you might be locked out if late!).
  • Make sure you’ve hydrated and eaten (if and as appropriate), and been to the toilet before the start of the session.
  • There is a ‘Waiting Room’ function so the host and participants can gather a few minutes in advance of the start of the session and ‘be prepared and settled’.
  • It’s recommended that participants mute their microphones when not talking.  This eliminates any background noises or interruptions and improves sound quality for all.
  • It’s recommended that participants use the ‘Speaker View’ and ‘Full Screen’ options in the top right of the screen.
  • If wanted and available, a laptop (or other device) screen can be mirrored onto a larger screen (eg tv), either wirelessly or by HDMI connection if available, if this gives better viewing.

 

Useful Links

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials?flash_digest=f7810c9a9808e02ac2fd705ecaae54c28587ba6c

https://embodiedfacilitator.com/resources-for-embodiment/?fbclid=IwAR3ZsX2MAOsUbXa3CkmT0awFPE0bCWRW-AZpVfflUObfWHyMCo1yDPMObrU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6i-NA563Ojk&feature=youtu.be

https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/20/keep-the-party-crashers-from-crashing-your-zoom-event/

file:///C:/Users/Graeme.Jude-PC/Dropbox/Yoga%20&%20Therapies/ITM/ITM%20Online/Zoom%20settings%20-%20guidelines%20for%20participants%20by%20Moira%20Munroe-1.pdf

 

We hope you join in and enjoy what we have on offer and it helps you through these strange times.