Letting you know that during these unprecedented times that your gifts and talents are more important than ever! Our students are probably under a tremendous amount of stress and uncertainty and we as teachers should find a way to be available to them- whether it’s private classes with face coverings and social distancing or video classes. Using the power of Yoga to increase mindfulness and release anxiety is something that is truly needed at this time.
If you are doing video classes, FYTA would be more than willing to post information about your ongoing classes on our website. You can list special Live Stream classes as an event and/or you can send us information about your studio and teachings along with a link to your YouTube or other videos. When you log in to our website, floridayogateachers.org, go to our Members’ Only page for instructions on how to send in an Event or Blog Post for your info and videos. If you have problems logging in, please contact our webmaster: [email protected]. Once you post your videos, please let me know so that I can promote them on the FYTA Facebook page.
Creating Live Stream classes is a great way to build community among your students. Many teachers are using Zoom video streaming and sending links to their students via email or through a private Facebook group. Punchpass is software that integrates with Zoom so that you can offer class passes to your regulars. There are also many low cost alternatives to Zoom, and this link Livestreaming on a Budget: How to Get Started comes from the group WordPress St. Petersburg, which Elaine is a member of.
Florida may relax the restrictions on gyms and Yoga studios beginning in May. Studio owner and board member Wendy O’Lenic Santiago has come up with a few ideas for re-opening:
- Along with your regulars, gather your list of past customers or those who have shown interest in your studio.
- Send them a special offer to get them in your studio- perhaps have an open house event that FYTA will help promote for you!
- Offer a starter and/or re-starter package when they come to redeem your special offer.
Of course you will need to be cognizant of our new reality. Make sure your studio has a clean, newer feel so that it will appear as a safe space. Insure a six foot rule between students with masks as a requirement. Classes will probably need to have less capacity in order to stay within the CDC guidelines. Will you still offer props, and if so, how will you go about cleaning them in between students? There is a lot to think about.
Thank you for being a valued FYTA member. We are here to promote and support you! If you need class or Livestream ideas, please access our free or discounted yoga and meditation videos- also on our Members’ Only page.
Please stay well and safe!
Susan Wasserman, Director