Recording Your Yoga Classes
Technology isn't always friendly or even fun, but it's never been easier to record your classes and share them with online students.
Step 1 Choose a mic
You can use a wired or wireless mic, it's really about the quality of the recording and not how you do it.
Tips for using your mic:
- Keep it a consistent distance from your mouth
- Avoid hitting the mic (this causes distracting sounds)
- Secure your mic so it doesn't move around
Tip: You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a good mic either - many great mics cost less than 20 or 30 bucks.
Step 2 Choose a recording app
You can use any recording app that will save the class as a file - MP3 is preferred but we'll convert classes to MP3 if that's not its original format.
Step 3 Choose a setting
No matter where you record, be super aware of background noise. Especially the noises you don't even hear until you listen to the recording. The key is to get the best sound quality you can. Remember, your students are listening to your classes through earbuds in most cases and those sounds are directly piped into their ears!
Indoors or out?
Either works. You can get a great recording with inspiring background sounds like wind chimes, chirping birds, or rustling leaves.
Alone or with students?
Again, depending on the quality of the sound either works. Recording your regular gym or studio classes can help your students if they have to miss that class. The most important thing, of course, is to be respectful of your students and focus on delivering a great class. Tip: Explain the adjustments you give in class - your audio students will be grateful!
Music or no?
No music is best. You can record with copyright-free music or music that you have created, but otherwise, it's best to not record with music. Music licensing is complicated. That's why we ask teachers not to record with music.
Step 4 Use plenty of verbal cues
This one might be obvious, but your audio students can't see you. Use plenty of verbal cues to describe the postures and transitions so that your audio students can practice without seeing you or each other.
See additional tips for recording great audio yoga classes.