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How to Teach Yoga Online? a Helpful Guide

posted by Chris Valentine

Has the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to move your studio offerings online?

Moving from an in-person to an online modality requires one thing above all else: Patience. Teaching from a place of acceptance, non-judgment, and the belief that you are exactly where you should be are keys for online success. On a more practical front, knowing what your online program should look like will provide direction.

If you are unsure how to teach yoga online, and don’t know which internet platform is best for your practice, read on for available options.

Long-Haul and Short-Term Options

Do you offer ongoing education classes, or do you focus on an individual class structure? Ongoing education classes progress in a specific sequence, over time. An example of this is yoga teacher training education.

If moving online is a permanent part of your program, consider building your own website. Create a virtual studio and invest in a comprehensive platform with many options. Unscreen Pro or Kajabi Products are two platforms designed for the long-haul.

If online teaching is is only a temporary solution, consider a simpler, less-expensive platform. Stream through Zoom meetings or post videos on your Instagram page as a quick and easy option.

Live Streaming and Pre-Recorded Classes

Most established online yoga platforms offer space for live streaming and pre-recorded videos. By researching your options you can decide which is better for you. Some online yoga teachers add a chat feature before or after classes to keep in touch with students.

Streaming live is great for real-time interaction. The downside is the in-the-moment technical issues. Practice before going live to check for Wi-Fi bandwidth and sound quality. You can stream live classes through Zoom while managing payment options through Mindbody Online.

Posting pre-recorded videos is a less personalized experience for your students. The upside is you have better control over consistency and quality. Another benefit of pre-recording videos is flexible access for the client. Webinarjam’s all-in-one platform offers great library organization along with other versatile features.

Individual Classes and Ongoing Education

Do you offer ongoing education classes, or do you focus on an individual class structure? Ongoing education classes progress in a specific sequence, over time. An example of this is yoga teacher training education.

For individual classes, Zoom and the yoga teacher created Fiteo are solid options. Both platforms offer optional chat sessions before or after classes. Chat sessions support a better community in an online environment.

If Online Yoga Teacher Training is a part of your program, consider Kajabi or Thinkific business products. These platforms have the capability of releasing classes or lessons at predetermined times. This is perfect for classes that follow a specific sequence.

Now You Know How to Teach Yoga Online

Understanding your needs will ease the process and stress associated with transitioning to online teaching. Follow the steps above and you will learn to maximize the benefits of yoga while you teach yoga online. What an incredible way to help you and your students cope during difficult times.

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