In this post, you’ll learn how to set up and lead a Zoom yoga class.
Due to Covid millions more people are now practicing yoga from home. The reason is that most of us are in a perpetual state of stress, anxiety and fatigue. That’s why it’s vital for you to teach yoga classes online.
How To Lead A Live Zoom Yoga Class: A Step By Step Guide
Step 1: Create A Lesson Plan
Teaching online is a different beast from teaching normal classes. You’ll need to know your lesson plan back to front and be able to give detailed instructions for getting into and out of poses. That’s why creating a lesson plan is more vital for an online yoga class, than a normal class.
You can create professional, detailed lesson plans quickly and easily using the Yoga Genie Lesson Planner. Or you can pick from one of the 10,000+ shared lesson plans, and teach from that.
Because there are so many online yoga classes, it’s important to pick a good name for your class.
Step 2: Zoom And BookOm Overview
Everything you need to teach yoga online, and take payments.
Your second step is to know a bit about the two tools you’ll need to teach yoga online and take payments.
You’ll need Zoom so you can teach your classes online.
When a student books onto a class, they will receive a link to join the class via email. When the student clicks on that link, they will be taken directly into your online Zoom class.
You’ll also need BookOm, so you can take bookings for your yoga classes and take payments.
With just these two inexpensive and invaluable tools, you have everything you need to make money teaching yoga online.
Step 3 Set Up Your Zoom
Go to Zoom and create a free account.
Don’t worry, it’s really quick and easy. If you’re a mobile user, you might also like to download the Zoom app on your mobile device.
Step 4: Add Your Zoom Yoga Class To BookOm
With BookOm, you can bookings for your yoga classes and collect payments.
Go to BookOm, and sign up for a free account. Watch the tutorials, and then choose which plan suits your needs – BookOm teacher (if it’s only you) or BookOm studio. (if you own a studio with multiple staff). Add your new online class to the BookOm services section.
Zoom Yoga Class FAQs
Most frequent questions and answers
Yes! Email a few of your long time students asking if they’d be up for a test run to see if everything works okay. You can send a test link through Zoom. Pretend that you are teaching a proper class, and familiarize yourself with Zoom while under the pretend pressure of hosting a class to all your students.
The golden rule is to “always test your connection and audio” before going live each time, even if you’ve done it a 1000 times. Issues will rear their heads from time to time. It’s not rocket science. All you need to do is log into your zoom 10 minutes early and make sure it’s working.
To test your audio, go through these steps with Zoom open:
- Click the upward pointing arrow next to the microphone icon to open the audio options.
- Select Test Speaker & Microphone.
- Follow the prompts to test your speakers.
- Follow the prompts to test your microphone.
- When you’ve finished testing, click finish and close the window.
I recommend opening your Zoom meeting 15 minutes before the start time. You’ll want to check for software updates, that your speaker is working, that your microphone is working, and your internet connection hasn’t dropped off. If you live in a rural area, like me, and have slow connection speeds, you’ll need to let anyone in the house not to upload or download any videos to YouTube, or play any online video games. Logging in early is just the same as getting to your normal classes early, it will give you time to get into the “teaching headspace”.
Yes. It’s just like chatting to your “early arrivals” in your normal class. Plus, it will also give you a chance to make sure the audio is working. Can you hear them? Can they hear you?