7 Steps to Teaching Your First Online Yoga Class
Teaching yoga online is a great way to grow your business while offering clients an opportunity to learn yoga at home. In this expert article Elisa Lavera, a Yoga Teacher on Bidvine shares 7 steps to getting ready to teach your first online yoga class. Keep reading for insight on everything from choosing a great microphone to camera positioning and get set for a successful first class!
7 Steps to Teaching Your First Online Yoga Class
Hello amazing yoga teachers, if you started to read these few words chances are that either you have just started teaching online and are learning how to transition from offline to online, or you have already embarked on this journey and are looking for tips and tricks.
I'm Elisa and I am an international yoga teacher. I have been teaching offline mainly since 2016 and started teaching online around the end of 2018 when I decided to start travelling a bit more and my habitual 1:1 clients didn’t accept my temporary departure from the UK. The idea to go online was actually from my clients and the irony now wants that online is the newest trendy (and obligated) way to be teaching yoga.
I am more than happy to share with you what I have learnt through teaching online yoga for the past couple of years as well as some things that I wish I had known before getting started, to easily smooth things out.
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1. Start With a Great Internet Connection
First and foremost make sure that both you and your clients have great wifi connection (genius, right?). Well, I had an experience where mid inverted pose my client froze and I wasn't sure if he was still there and just keeping perfect balance or not.
2. Zoom is a Great Platform For Classes
A great platform to use, both for you and the clients is Zoom. I have also used Skype, mainly for 1:1 classes, but Zoom has great connection and quality audio-video. Plus everyone can share video, so you can keep an eye on your students. You can also decide to mute everyone as default as soon as they jump on the call. This is also helpful in case they arrive a few minutes later than the beginning of the class. Then you can also set the option to allow people in or not.
3. Invest in a Good Wireless Microphone
A great piece of advice that I can give you is to invest in a good wireless microphone. It doesn't have to be professional, I have bought one from Amazon for around £30.00 similar to the ones that people use in call centres. It is funny looking yet it is perfect as it has one headphone that lets you hear any sound coming from the other participants. Then they can also hear you perfectly as you speak in the microphone so you don’t have to shout to be heard.
3. For Music, Share a Playlist
In regards to music, I often share a Spotify playlist with them or suggest a type of music. Let them set their own music, that way there won't be too much noise coming from your laptop and your voice can stay soothing and relaxing.
4. Plan The Camera Position
The fourth thing to absolutely keep in mind is the camera, how to set it, and where to look while you are teaching. Position your camera so that your yoga students will be able to see the whole of your mat. You can set it up so that the longer side of the mat will be perpendicular to your laptop.
Then make sure they can also see you from the top of your hands if you are standing with your arms raised to the yoga mat. Basically, your students need to have a clear vision of what you are doing. My suggestion is to set your laptop on a table for example and slightly tilt the camera forward.
Ideally, ask them to set the camera in the same way so you will be able to see them clearly and give advice on their alignment accordingly during the yoga class.
5. Consider The Background
Another tip is to keep in mind your background, it should be clean and free from distractions. This will give a calming sense to your students' eyes as soon as they jump on the Zoom call or yoga class.
6. Take Time to Demonstrate Poses
To compensate for the fact that I am not directly there with them, I tend to demonstrate much more than what I would do in a live, face to face practice. So get ready to maybe sweat just a bit more and use simple and effective instructions throughout the yoga class.
7. Ask For Feedback From Students
Last but not least, feel free to share your email or contact details with your student or students and ask them to send feedback if they would like.
I have found that these comments really helped me to understand the lessons better from their perspective. From the mood of the class to technicalities like camera tilting or light-reflecting, their feedback will massively help you to improve. Plus, it's a great way to create more connections with your clients and perhaps send them a personal thank you note for joining your class.
Wrapping it Together
Yes, online might be scary, different and so alien to follow in a discipline that requires feelings, vibrations, and energy to really give all of ourselves to our students while teaching. Yet, with few adjustments and little tricks, it can also be simple to follow, and it has its own pros as well. It pushes us to improve our teaching and adaptability skills and we save on commuting. Jokes aside, have fun in this new experience, make the most of it and feel free to reach out with feedback on your online teaching. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Hello beautiful souls, here is Elisa. I am an international yoga teacher and I have been blessed to follow my passion and calling of teaching yoga on a global scale (Spain, Italy, UK, South Africa, USA) since 2017.
I was introduced to yoga around 2012 when I first moved from Italy to London, UK and I would be lying if I said that was love at first sight but as yoga teaches us, it's the journey that counts and what we discover along the way.
Yoga has incredibly helped me to re-balance, find the right path and has opened and reinforced the deeper connection within that was just waiting to surface. My favourite yoga style is Vinyasa, where Ashtanga yoga principles are the basis of the practice and there’s a flow within balanced sequences reflecting the feelings of the day and directing the practice to a specific goal.
Feel free to follow me on my Instagram page @elisa.lavera and leave a message so I can personally follow you and support you in your yoga journey.
I truly hope that yoga will give you all its wonders and more. Have a wonderful day,
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