What is a Virtual Yoga Teacher Training? Yoga teacher training where the classes meet in an online/virtual/live environment, versus in-person at the facilitators location.
What makes this different from from traditional in-person Yoga Teacher Training? Where you are located, in regards to your teachers and classmates, the absence of 'hands-on adjustments and assists' during the asana portion of class and any personal/individual learning curves or adjustments to the use technology in this learning capacity (including technological difficulties).
Due to social distancing and the 'Shelter At Home' order we have received throughout Ohio in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Tiiu and I have decided that taking the Bliss For EveryBody Yoga Teacher Training (partnered with Studio 11 in Tremont) online, virtually. The interesting part is so much will not change...the only 2 major changes are the venue at absence of yoga adjustments and/or assists, but your presence, participation, interaction, etc., none of these aspects will change.
Yoga Alliance has recommended during this challenging time (COVID-19 pandemic) that RYS' (Registered Yoga Schools) stop/postpone in-person yoga teacher trainings, due to the necessity of social distancing. Yoga Alliance has agreed to allow 'online/virtual' meetings/sessions to be considered contact hours that would apply towards the Bliss For Everybody Yoga Teacher Training RYS. The caveat is that the allowance will end (right nowthe allowance has been extended through 6/30/2020) which occurs before the end of Bliss For EveryBody's Yoga Teacher Training program, therefore the remaining hours would have to be attended in person if the participant wants to receive a certificate that gives them the ability to register with Yoga Alliance. Right now this only includes part of Module 1 (Deepening Your Practice - 4/19/20, 4/26/20, 5/3/20, 5/17/20, 5/31/20, 6/7/20, 6/14/20, 6/28/20), but there is a possibility it will be extended longer.
We have secured zoom.us to be used as our virtual meeting platform. The good news is that at Studio 11 we have been using zoom.us for several weeks to stream yoga classes live online and we are feeling comfortable and confident in what the platform has to offer. Tiiu has also been teaching college classes online and virtually as an adjunct professor at Tri-C for several years.
The main additional requirements surrounding our virtual training are:
Having a comfortable, quiet area with minimal distractions where you can log into zoom.us and join the group in full participation, including discussions, practice teaching and other forms of interaction.
Everyone in the program who attends the online, virtual classes/program would need to be seen on screen via phone, tablet, computer or laptop camera...it would be a really good idea to have a tripod or a way to make your practice and face visible during class meetings and sessions.
Internet service or phone data that is fast enough to allow you to stream uninterrupted for about 10 hours in a day.
You can practice yoga on your mat by unrolling it on a carpeted surface, but it is not always ideal or recommended ;) *I have some recommendations on how to adapt/fix/adjust to this challenge*.