How To Turn Spaces Into Studios
The following simple steps will help you turn any space into a place where you can teach and take movement classes, so long as there’s aWiFi connection!
1. Find a room or place where you can fit yourself and a yoga mat.
It can be the corner of a bedroom with the camera angled diagonally to the corner, an at-home office, living room, or studio. Rooms that you can close the door are best: that way you can control for noise. For teachers, we want to professionalize the process as much as possible, so be mindful of construction outside, sirens, pets or little humans from entering class(although with the right class, furry friends and kiddos offer great comic relief and sense of community!) and plan your classes accordingly.
2. De-clutter the space.
For students, decluttering your space just enough so that the teacher is able to see you clearly. For teachers, you’ll want to remove any excess items that might be seen onscreen. Paintings on your wall, bookshelves, or even too many props can look distracting to students. Less is more here: you’ll be surprised with how many students express how different a well lit and clean room can set the tone for an awesome class. Suggested items include: a plant or two, up to two props, and plenty of lamp/natural light.
3. Place your laptop within reach, but out of camera shot.
For teachers: we highly recommend getting a webcam set up on this tripod/selfie stick so that you can easily adjust your camera angles, set it once, and be done before you start class if your working on a laptop. Pro tip: make sure your camera is set up so that you can be seen both from a standing position and a supine/lying down position on your mat. Center your camera correctly and be sure to know how to adjust it up and down.
4. Before class starts, be sure to check your frame.
Your camera should be far enough away where your whole body can be seen standing and sitting. For exercises where attention to detail is a must, you can physically pick the camera up/ scoot it closer to you.
5. Turn off any devices that could interrupt your class.
Including but certainly not limited to: cell phones, tablets, laptop notifications, alarm clocks, watches, your oven timer, etc. etc. Basically anything that can go “ding” is very loud over video!