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Posts Tagged ‘online yoga’

Keep It Simple To Start

Posted by terrepruitt on November 4, 2020

I keep hearing new teachers ask about teachers’ setup.  In this post I am specifically talking about Nia.  Since Nia has started conducting training online we are just getting a wealth of opportunities to meet (via Zoom) and learn various things.  I feel as if in every meeting there is one question about the Trainers’ set up.  I am posting this because when I hear the question about set up posed to a TRAINER the answer usually is $$$$$$.  I have been Zooming classes for seven months.  I started using a borrowed microphone.  It is an awesome mic, but it wasn’t GREAT for movement classes because it, the computer, or Zoom would decide what was “noise” and needed to be canceled, sometimes my voice and/or the music would get silenced.  Students need to hear both.  I just want to share about my set up because it might help someone get online.  Once online and teaching one can upgrade from there.

Some Nia teachers work in studios so they have a lot of equipment available to them.  Some Nia TRAINERS are the same.  But some Nia teachers, especially ones just starting out might want to keep it simple (less expensive) at first.  It is a HUGE investment to spend $400 on a microphone.  That was the cost of what one trainer shared she was using — and that didn’t include all of the equipment needed to make it work.

We are all doing it differently and we all have different needs, so I am not here saying anything is better than the other, I am saying that if you are new and you want to jump on Zoom and start teaching and you don’t want to invest in an expensive microphone and all that equipment (mixing boards, cables . . . I don’t even know) it requires, there are other options.

I am borrowing a laptop and a monitor with a camera in it.  I am using my ION Block Rocker.  I bought a wireless mic.  And my husband bought me a cable so the computer can be directly connected to the router (all the way across the house) and not use wireless.

First of all, connect directly to the internet . . . in other words avoid using wireless if you can.  If you can’t then try to make sure your device is in “line of sight” of your router.  I found doing that made a difference.

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The wireless microphone I purchased came with a splitter.  The splitter connects the wireless microphone transmitter to the computer AND it has a place for the AUX cord for my speaker.  My speaker is wireless, but I want to eliminate any factors that can cause lag so I connect via an AUX cord.  The speaker is also battery operated, but I plug it in.  My music is playing from iTunes via Zoom directly to the students, the speaker is for ME to hear the music.

For Nia I used a big monitor with the camera.  It is easier for me to see my students when I am moving around the studio (ie. living room with white curtains as back drop).  For the yoga and stretch classes I teach I use laptop and its camera.  Since I am more stationary in yoga and stretch I can see my students fine on the laptop.

Since I am not teaching a lot of classes right now the Kimafun Wireless Microphone I bought works great.  As time goes on and needs change so may the equipment, that is usually the case, but for now, I am just sharing, in my opinion, to start out you don’t have to spend a lot of money.  It is kind of like teaching, starting small . . . keep is simple with the option to expand as you go.

What are you using?  Do you have any advice for new teachers?  Do you have any advice for teachers new to online/Zoom teaching?

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Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I do hope it helps someone!

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Another Way To Look At Zoom

Posted by terrepruitt on May 13, 2020

There are so many settings on Zoom I honestly cannot remember them all. But I love settings . . . or more accurately I love to go through and make sure I have things set the way I want them and not the way the makers of the device, platform, or application wants them. So when I get a new phone I look through everything. The issue arises when there is an update because most of the time that entails new settings. And in some cases the update changes the settings you have so time consumingly set. Most often than not there are device settings AND there are application settings so there are a lot of settings . . . but I totally digress. Sometimes when I first use a device or application I don’t know what the setting is. So I usually leave it as is. A couple of weeks ago, after I had taught a class I was wishing there was a setting that would allow me to only see the people who had their cameras on. As I was falling asleep that night I had an inkling that there might just be such a setting. And there is!

When I teach a live class I want to see the people I am teaching. Teaching live and recording a video are two different things. Both have their purposes and both are great teaching tools, but when I teach live, I want to see my students. I like to be able to teach off of what I am seeing. In yoga for instance there can be many things that one may need to be reminded of while resting in a pose, but I don’t like to go through the entire list, I would rather look at the students and guide them with the cues they need. In a live Nia class I can see if we need to/want to stay in a move longer and not move on or if they need more or different verbal cues to help them get the move. I like to interact with my students. I do miss not being able to hear them, but with so many different venues (living rooms, garages, decks, patios, bedrooms, offices, you get the picture) they get muted so everyone can hear instruction and music. Now with that being said, I know there are just as many reasons why the camera is not turned on as there are people. So I completely understand when people don’t turn on the camera.

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BUT . . . . . .when there are 25 people in a class and 5 have on their cameras and 20 don’t, it makes it difficult to see the 5. The rectangles are so small. And when teaching a class I have the camera and monitor far away so it is difficult to see. After class two weeks ago, I was wondering if there was a way to “turn off” the people that are just black rectangles. And there is! Yay. If you click the “Hide non-video participants” box the only people you will see are the ones that are transmitting a live video that way you can concentrate on the students you can see AND I could actually see them because their rectangles are large enough. YAY.  This setting is found in settings, under video and you can get to it by clicking on the ^ next to “Start video” in the left-hand corner of your user screen.

At first when I did this I was worried that if someone who is showing up in the 25th spot turned on the camera I wouldn’t be able to see them because the transmitting ones “pushed” that spot off my screen (silly me) but when I thought about it I realized it doesn’t work that way. If someone in the 25th spot turns on their camera they become one of the video participants (and so there rectangle moves from the 25th spot) and I can see them.

So . . . just another setting on Zoom that might be helpful. I realize that we are all using Zoom differently so we are all needing different settings, but the more we share the more we can really deliver quality online classes to our students.

Do you keep ALL your students on your screen? Do you like to see your students?

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