Teaching Yoga in the Time of Pandemic and Technology
By now you have probably taken many yoga classes and perhaps other classes online that you would normally have taken in person. In fact, you are reading this study guide in preparation to take a yoga training course on line using Zoom. Maybe you have already taught classes using digital platforms as well.
Of all times in history to be under the blanket of a pandemic, this is the best so far. Digital platforms make it possible for us to stay connected with one another, and not lose contact with the people who are important to us and some of the activities that nourish us. They also allow us to explore things beyond our physical proximity. While we are all anxious for the pandemic to pass and for it to be safe once again to meet together in person, there may be aspects of online connection that provide a net benefit and are here to stay.
As you consider what you might bring to teaching yoga on line, if you haven’t done so already, take a moment to ponder what it is about a yoga teacher that makes them so valued. Is it only the teaching expertise, or does a teacher bring something more? During these difficult times, many students may have the skills to practice on their own, but is that enough? The teacher can bring a sense of grounding and all rightness to her students. And this should never be underestimated.
There are many ways to bring your yoga classes to your students. In addition to Zoom, you can use Facebook Livestream, the live option on Instagram, and You Tube. A quick web search will get you to tutorials on each of these platforms. Payment options include Venmo, Zelle, and Pay Pal. There may be others but these are the most common.
In the links below you will find information you may find useful. The first link is a short video of a teacher who is addressing the very question raised above and what she does to “be there” for her students. What will you do to “be there” for your students and be the grounding element in this time of anxiety and uncertainty? The second link provides some technical tips for lighting and filming.
The third and fourth links outline and discuss the pros and cons of online teaching. At this point, we have little choice, but if you can think ahead to a time when it is safe to meet in person in an indoor space, might there be any reasons and occasions to continue to offer some of your teaching services online? You may find that there are and that this is an opportunity to expand your reach to students who can benefit from what you have to offer who would not otherwise be able to.