Do I need any additional equipment or clothes?
Strictly speaking, no.
You certainly don't need to be wearing PIVOT Yoga clothes in order to teach a class with PIVOT Yoga Teacher. Teachers can wear whatever they choose.
As for other hardware, nothing additional beyond your late model Macbook is required, strictly speaking, but here are some tech recommendations we always make:
- A good microphone. A USB microphone can be had for on the order of $70 or even less. We like models from Blue, like the Blue Yeti, or the Blue Yeti Nano ($69 as of this writing). But there are many, many USB microphones and chances are good they will all be substantially better than the built-in mic on your MacBook. We also recommend you get the mic within about 12 inches from your mouth. Since a good mic is very sensitive, keeping it far away from your mouth will wind up recording a lot of background noise. Note: you do NOT need a fancy lavalier or wireless clip-on mic, as you'll be at the desk during your class.
- Wired headphones, even cheap ones. The point of headphones is not to make you hear better, though that is a side effect, and almost all the effort that manufacturers put into headphones is to improve the audio signal of what you hear. But in our case, the point of headphones is mainly to keep the audio signals from doubling, which causes painful and disruptive feedback during the part of a PIVOT Yoga Teacher class when all student microphones are automatically turned on. So for this, nearly any pair of dimestore headphones with a 3.5mm jack will do.
- Avoid Bluetooth headphones, like AirPods. In our experience, Bluetooth headphones are forever trying to connect to your phone in the middle of a class, which cuts out the audio and can be disruptive.
- A ring light is a good idea. There are many fancy ones but honestly an inexpensive one will still do you a world of good. We've seen $15 clip on ring lights, powered by a usb cable into the back of the computer, work well enough.
For recording teaching videos to demonstrate poses:
- A late model smartphone. Most late model iPhones and Android phones have cameras on them that are plenty good enough to record a teaching video. The quality of your light and the way you arrange the mat and the camera will be more important, at that point, than which camera you use.
- A tripod. While it's possible to stack your phone's camera on books or something else, a tripod designed for your phone should allow you point the phone in all sorts of angles, which is called panning and tilting. We've seen models here go for $16 and even double as selfie sticks.
- For extra credit: some LED fill lights. These can help "fill" a side of your body if the other side of the body is in strong light, as you might get from a window on a sunny day. These can get pricey. Pro tip: try to avoid doing anything in direct sun light. If you have sheer curtains, draw them, and then you have to worry as much as bout strong shadows. Shooting in direct sunlight is very difficult.
- No fancy sound equipment needed. Sound is often the most difficult thing on a film set to get right. Teachers teaching from the mat usually drift in the direction of using wireless "lavalier" mics that clip to a shirt or go over the head as a headset. But since your teaching video doesn't need sound, and if it does have sound you're probably not going to use it, you can spare yourself this hassle.