If you're worried that you won't have a personal experience:
One of the things we really focus on is how to bring as much of the in-person experience to the online community as we can. Certain things are impossible to replicate online, like physical touch. Luckily Amy & Leslie teach things like "physical adjustments" less than anything else because they believe it's most helpful to help students find their way into shapes that they can get back into again by themselves.
But some things are actually easier online, like your ability to take your time with the material and converse with the teachers and homework coaches until you feel like you've embodied the information and want to move on. In an in-person class, it's easy to breeze past nuances because you have to stick to a schedule.
We've also introduced Video Q&A, which is proving to be very useful. Some answers come alive from the added video element, which makes things like demonstration possible. If you can't be in the room with Leslie, this is the next best thing.
"A very big thank you to Lydia for getting me "out of my head" and "into my heart" so that I can be a much more effective and real communicator! The tools available for this course are second to none. If a student reviews the handouts; listens and re-listens carefully, watching Leslie demonstrate and teach, the value as a yoga teacher/therapist is priceless!"
- Debbie Lenihan, Yoga Teacher, Washington
"I appreciated very much the individual and careful homework tutoring, thank you very much Lydia!"
- Judith Kirchmayr-Kreczi, Yoga Teacher, Austria
If you're worried that you won't have enough structure to get through the course if you're at home:
We understand. Since we run the online courses from home, we've become experts at strategies to make this easier on yourself. Here are some things to try:
(1) Hook Up With a Study Partner
If you'd like to move through any of the online courses with a colleague who is on your same schedule, we provide a way for you to find someone with a similar intention.
In the past, we've seen students make life-long friends across continents, or even find that there are enough others in their area to have weekly "anatomy & tea" dates.
(2) Schedule a Time and Date in Your Calendar, Just Like An In-Person Class
It's true that "work will always expand to fill the time allotted," and this can feel even more true if you're at home with things like laundry and chores to take your attention. The students we hear from have found the most success scheduling each session into our lives, as if it were a regular class.
(3) Have a Dedicated Space Where You Take This Class
Do you ever walk into a yoga studio and decide to turn around and do your laundry instead? No. Because our brains expect certain activities to happen in certain places. This is a concept that psychologists call "structural determination."
If you carve out a special spot in your own home for class, it will be easier to keep from being distracted once you begin. Something as simple as making tea, grabbing your favorite notebook, and sitting in the same space on the couch each week can be enough..
If you allow the concept of structural determination to work for you, the online course can be beneficial in ways that in-person learning cannot. For example:
- You can mold the course around your own life. If you value a flexible schedule, you won't find anything more accommodating than how we run our online courses.
- You can come back to the material at any time. We have students who've graduated from the course who come back, review videos, keep asking questions, and keep assimilating more information into their classes. This is what we want! This is an ever-growing body of information and our journey as "students of yoga" will never truly be over.
"From the very first lesson, I felt like I had learned much more than I had anticipated I would from each individual lesson.
The entire course was well sequenced while taking complex ideas and teaching them in a way that is clear, comprehensive and practical. It takes subjects that can be daunting and overwhelming and made them relatable. The structure and homework guidelines really kept me on track so that I could stay committed. The bonus material is such added value as well, so thank you for including it!
My experience was amazing. One thing that I really appreciated as a online student was hearing back from Lydia after submitting my homework. I loved her feedback and looked forward to hearing back from her after each submission and it made me feel more connected as a virtual student!
This experience has added so much value and depth to my skills as a teacher and in my own practice. I currently teach on a part time basis so I liked how I was able to take fresh ideas from each lesson and actually play with teaching them in my classes. I have noticed a new confidence in myself and have received great feedback from students as I continue to use my new knowledge that I have gained from this course. It has also really helped refine who I am a teacher and clarified which direction I will go in my future studies. I struggled with committing to a training that would take me away from home or this online study and I have to say, this was the best choice that I could have made. I will highly recommend this course to others without a doubt!
As a full time stay at home mom and a part time yoga instructor, thank you so much for making a course like this with world renowned teachers, available to students across the globe! It has been incredible to be able to learn this caliber of information while my little guy is snug in his bed in the next room! I look forward to more studies with you in the near future."
- Mei-Ling Chow-Mintenko, Yoga Teacher, Canada