4 Ways To Make Your Zoom Yoga Classes Interesting

As the owner of Navyoga yoga studio, I panicked when the pandemic closed us indefinitely. But I am very grateful that Yoga is well translated into the online format.

Moreover, yoga is one of the most useful exercises we can do at home during this long period of time. Not only can it help our body feel good, but it can also help us cope with the anxiety, uncertainty, and confusion of the collective new normal.

However, Zoom’s fatigue is real. Today, almost everyone I know lives in Zoom, whether it’s for work or entertainment. The Zoom meeting that lasted all day transitioned to Zoom exercise, and then Zoom to socialize with friends and family.

Even my 7-year-old niece is taking art classes on Zoom. Call me old-fashioned, but this surprised me! Now, in addition to the difficulty of keeping people in front of the screen, there are summer challenges.

When people spend more time outdoors, many yoga studios often get into financial difficulties. Do teachers and studio owners make our virtual yoga classes cool enough to keep students interested? On the one hand, you don’t need to reconsider what you offer; anything you teach yourself can be taught virtually. That being said, I will share five ways to add fun to online yoga classes.

Have A Class Theme And Variety

Most yoga studios offer tiered courses, and students usually use these levels to browse various options. This allows students to land where they belong. However, hierarchical programming is predictable and will quickly become obsolete.

A great way to showcase your Zoom course during a pandemic is to add various topics to your product. When I had to close my physical studio four months ago, I knew that getting my students to join me online would be a challenge.

A large percentage of them are not active on social media and know that just setting a schedule is not enough. I need something more exciting. What’s more, the whole world of fitness and yoga was online overnight, and the once local competition suddenly went global, so I started to add a topic to each class.

For example, my “Highway to Headstand” course focuses on teaching prepared students how to position themselves safely and optimally. Another example is my first level “best yoga flexibility pose”. Every Monday morning, I will post a themed calendar of the week’s course on our Facebook and Instagram feeds.

This helps inspire curiosity, interest, and even some enthusiasm. Allowing students to preview next week’s course attractions not only increased social media engagement but also online bookings soared. If you are a teacher or studio owner, here is a checklist of steps you can take to implement the theme:

  • Create a spreadsheet that lists all your courses for the month.
  • Work at each level and plan a topic for each class.
  • Every Monday morning, post information about the next day online, and if possible, post the entire week.
  • Consider establishing a timetable with different levels and their corresponding topics. If you really want to be fancy, you can post mini-sequence videos based on each topic.
  • At the end of each class, remind your students of the theme of the second day and briefly explain why they are invited to participate.

Doing so will keep things fresh and interesting. Students will be inspired to try new courses. Be sure to provide an interesting title for your quote; for example, don’t just “yoga for beginners” but try something like “10 poses every beginner should know.”

Have Mini Yoga Classes Sometimes

As if online engagement is not challenging enough, depending on where you live, you may see a significant drop in summer enrollment. It happened in Hyderabad: people yearn for sunshine and warmth outdoors, and the yoga studio is empty for 6 months of the year.

Offering something different and special, such as mini-series or workshops, may be a way to offset this decline. Depending on how much time and energy you are willing to invest, you can keep them relatively low-key or downright weird. How to grasp these possibilities:

  • A miniseries can consist of two or four parts. You can use these conversations to achieve maximum posture or have them follow a theme. For example, “Hop Into Handstand” can easily become a short series of courses. Or, you can speak to a group of beginners in a way like “the only posture you need to know”.
  • The key is to maintain student continuity by allowing each session to lead to the next. You can charge a higher price for a series, and in exchange, you can offer participants to send recordings to help them practice on their own. Those who cannot participate in the live broadcast can also pay for video-only access. Remember to charge a high price for any recordings you give away.
  • Seminars are special one-time courses that usually last longer than regular group courses. They are great for exploring some topics that are an integral part of yoga, but they are not always included in the regular curriculum. For example, seminars are great for introducing pranayama, meditation or yoga philosophy and lifestyle. Be sure to choose what you are qualified to show and are really interested in.

Have Guest In Some of your Zoom Yoga Classes

To add interest to your Zoom yoga class, please try to invite a guest teacher from time to time, especially an expert in the field. They can teach workshops, miniseries, or master classes.

The advantage of bringing a guest teacher is that you can stay fresh in your Zoom room. But you will also gain popularity on your platform, and therefore it is possible to attract new students. You can bring in guest teachers every two months, depending on which method best suits your learning mode.

Offer Unexpected Promos

It is a good idea to carry out some promotional activities from time to time to attract more students to participate in your discount activities. Here are some fun ways:

  • Bring a friend on Friday-the friend will receive a free or discounted pass.
  • Send your email here and get a free or discounted yoga class pass via email (use the question box in the Instagram story)
  • Sign up for our newsletter and enjoy a 25% discount on your next purchase.
  • Fun Family Yoga on Labor Day (or other holidays)-sign up now and get a 10% discount.
  • Friday happy hour: After yoga, drink your favorite drink and connect with your yoga community to socialize with Zoom.

These are just some ideas that stimulate your creativity. Make a list of ideas that may work in your studies. As studio owners, we sometimes get tired of promoting ourselves, and like many other things, it’s much more difficult during a pandemic. But challenging our creativity will help us move forward and reach more people who can benefit from our courses.

These are just a few ways I have successfully brought the Zoom course to life. You can do it too. Start slowly, see how it works, and keep trying different methods to keep your students and yourself fresh. Remember, even if the studio reopens, all these ideas will work well. Enjoy!

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