FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
The site does not recognize my username when I try to login, even though I have an active account. Why not?
If you are logging in to view our videos, make sure you login at the LIVE! link and NOT at the Schedule page. The schedule page contains a separate membership system for our local clients who attend classes in person at our Santa Monica location.
1. Is Yogis Anonymous a yoga video site or an actual yoga studio?
- It's both! We provide free livestreamed yoga classes that anybody can view and practice with by coming to our site at scheduled broadcast times, and maintain a large and growing library of on-demand videos that you can access by subscribing to our site for $15 per month. We also own and operate a yoga studio in Santa Monica, CA, from which most of our online classes are broadcast. Our students are mostly local LA westsiders, but we are frequently visited by our site subscribers from all over the world! If you have a monthly site subscription and are visiting LA, you are welcome to join us, we love seeing our long-distance yogis here in Santa Monica!
2. Do you stream every class at your studio?
- No. We currently stream about 7-8 classes per week, sometimes more, and sometimes less.
3. Are your classes at the studio donation-based?
- No. In February 2011, we adopted a fixed fee structure that provides affordable options for most people while ensuring we can maintain what is most often described as a stellar roster of highly gifted, experienced, and inspired teachers. We provide an affordable membership rate for students, and we have a work-exchange program for yogis who want to practice often in a top quality environment but need financial assistance.
4. I'm new to yoga. Which classes should I start with?
- Try Yoga 101 with Beth Prandini on Saturdays at 4pm. It is the best way to start building a solid foundation for your practice. Other classes marked 'Level 1/2' will also be appropriate for those new to the practice. Some classes marked 'Mixed Levels' or 'All Levels' may also be accessible, depending on your level of fitness and athleticism. For specific recommendations tailored to you, please contact us.
5. What do the various level designations mean? (Level 1, Level 1/2, Level 2, Level 2/3, Level 2/3+, Level 3/4, Mixed Levels, All Levels)
- Level 1: These classes offer students the chance to renew a connection with their body. By exploring various postures, students have a chance to discover what the body needs in order to build strength, enhance flexibility, and regain balance. Essential principles are presented, enabling one to build a safe and solid asana practice. Teachers will work at a slower pace, allowing participants a chance to gradually learn the basic standing, seated and supine poses.
- Level 1/2: These classes offer a more challenging structure of practicing asana. The fundamentals of yoga will still be emphasized, however there will a more dynamic connection between breath and movement. The sequencing will build more heat, require more endurance and strength, offering students a chance to deepen poses, creating more flexibility, and building greater concentration.
- Level 2: These classes continue to broaden the asana experience bringing students into the intermediate level and beyond. You expand on poses that will further challenge your strength, stamina, and flexibility, moving you into more advanced asana poses. Creative sequencing will provide a full body and mind experience. Level 2 classes will involve more backbends and inversions. These classes are accessible to most students, but students should be in overall good health.
- Level 2/3: These advanced classes require that participants have a working knowledge of all basic and many level two asana poses. You will use your knowledge of postures and breathing to further explore the mind body connection. Sequences will be physically demanding, with advanced variations available to further challenge you. Classes will most likely include a full spectrum of standing and seated poses, balancing poses, and inversions bringing a deeper understanding of self-awareness. Not appropriate for beginners.
- Level 2/3+: Similar to a 2/3, but will include poses and/or sequences that will be extremely challenging even to those with the most advanced physical practice. Expect to be in inversions much of the time. Don't eat beans before this class.
- Mixed Levels: Mixed Levels classes are 2/3 classes where 1/2 modifications are offered and taught. They are not appropriate for students who have never done yoga. It's highly recommended that students have taken at least 10 Level 1 and/or Level 1/2 classes before attending . In a Mixed Levels class, you can both work your foundation, and advance your practice.
6. I can't see the live broadcasts when I'm logged in. What should I do?
- The live broadcasts now appear on the homepage! Whether you're logged in or not, just click the 'Home' tab and scroll down to see the player during a live broadcast.
7. Can I watch the videos on my iPad or iPhone?
- Our videos are now accessible on the iPad and iPhone. Make sure you a have a good wi-fi connection and log into your account. The short 2 minute preview clips still require a Flash player, so they will not appear on your iPad, but if you are logged into your account, you can watch the full-length videos.
8. I see the videos but they won't play smoothly and uninterrupted. What can I do?
There are a few steps to take that resolve this problem in most cases:
- make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed. You can get it here.
- clear your browser cache and delete your browsing history. Browser-specific instructions available here.
- quit and restart your browser.
- if you've tried all of the above and still have problems, check your internet connection speed here. Most DSL or broadband connections are fast enough to get smooth playback, but if your download speed is consistently under 1.5 mbps, you may need to upgrade your service or switch to a wired connection.
9. Are musicians compensated for the use of their music in your video streams?
Yes! We love music (some of us actually are musicians) and most of our teachers put a lot of thought into their playlists. We have digital performance license agreements with various performance rights organizations, or PROs, and pay license fees for the right to include music in our video streams. In addition, we regularly submit reports to those organizations detailing which songs and artists are played in each of our streams, and how many times and for how long each stream has been transmitted to our users. The PROs collect those fees and reports from us and zillions of other websites, radio, and television stations, and distribute that revenue to the artists whose work is registered with them. Virtually all commercially released music is registered with one or more of these organizations, which allows us to make sure you have groovy tunes to flow to!
10. I love Yogis Anonymous but need to cancel my online subscription. How do I do that?
You may unsubscribe from the service anytime by clicking the 'unsubscribe' link located at the bottom left corner of the 'My Account" page. When you're logged into to your account, you will always see the 'My Account' link at the top right corner of the video page. We look forward to having you join us again in the future!