During the time of COVID, more teacher training is moving online, and specifically, teaching online recorded teacher training. This brings up questions, “is live online yoga teacher training worth it?”
Underlying that question is, “Does online yoga teacher training work?” This brings up the bigger question of the effectiveness of online education in general. And it’s a doggone big deal, as a friend used to say because it is the same question we face globally as we try to educate our children.
Streaming online yoga sites featuring pre-recorded videos are popular, but what if you could take a yoga class in the comfort of your home or office with a LIVE teacher who sees you in real-time the same way you see them? This is totally possible now, and it provides a real alternative to brick-and-mortar yoga studios.
For example, ompractice, a two-way live interactive yoga website that launched last summer uses Zoom video conferencing technology that enables teachers to see students up close and personal via webcam. There are also other sites offering two-way interactive fitness and yoga classes, like Yogaia and Peloton.
How does a live online yoga class work?
You look at the schedule online, pay for the class you want, and then you’re directed to join the video meeting. You see the teacher in his/her home or studio, and you can see the other students in the class. It’s a personal experience and can be even more intimate than a live class.
Benefits of Live Online Yoga Classes
You already know that yoga can help you increase your flexibility, build strength, destress, and better understand your body and mind. But yoga can be expensive and time-consuming. Classes typically start at $15 and only go up from there. Then, you have to consider the additional cost of gas, clothes, mats, and yoga props.
Yoga can get expensive, fast.
And that’s not even taking into consideration the time commitment. If you have a full-time job and a family, you might not have the time to drive 20 minutes to a yoga studio, spend 60–90 minutes on your mat, then drive another 20 minutes back home. And definitely not every day. Add a global pandemic into the mix and, well, bye-bye yoga.
Finding a yoga teacher online or taking an online yoga class can be exactly the solution you’re looking for!
In pre-recorded videos, you can’t interact with your teacher, ask questions, or get feedback and alignment suggestions from a trusted professional. You can get all of that with two-way live streaming. The teachers are screened, and only the best are allowed to teach. Also, during class, teachers can see every pose. They’ll cue you into the posture, and then they’ll address you directly to help you get into it and stay safe with good alignment. You’re always free to ask questions and get immediate answers and feedback from highly trained and experienced instructors.
You’ll have the best commute ever when doing a live online yoga class. You don’t have to take a half-hour getting to the yoga studio and then another half hour getting home. You are allowed to have experience in your home or office or on vacation. Wherever it’s convenient for you.” You can practice from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. Park right in front of your screen instead of in a parking lot!
Convenient class times
The company and the teachers always keep adjusting the schedule to be available when students need them. Whether you’re on the East or West Coast or somewhere in between, you’ll find early morning, afternoon, evening, and late-night classes to fit your busy schedule.
Teachers set their own prices for their classes, and they tend to range from $5 to $15, with many landing at $10. Students want to practice more. Many teachers want to be teaching more.
This is the exact same thing we do as yoga teachers.
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