What does it take to be successful with PIVOT Yoga Teacher?
First off, learn the tool. While there are many powerful features not available in say, Zoom, they are easy to master because almost nothing is hidden inside menus and there are many features of tools like that you don't need. Still, it takes some practice. You can always create a student account for yourself and run some classes with yourself as both teacher and student. Note: don't sign up as a student with the same email address as you've used for your teacher account.
In the beginnings of using PIVOT Yoga Teacher, we'd expect that you'll probably be teaching mostly to your existing students, as you take them through our reimagined online class experience. So with your existing students, the emphasis can only be on the class experience itself. How often do you address each student by name? Do you celebrate the good things that they are doing (you can use our screenshot and Kudos tools)? Do you visually support the advice you're giving (live annotation is great for that). Is your pacing right (beginners hate feeling rushed)? All of the standard teaching issues will be important.
Over time, however, we do expect organic traffic on our platform to develop to the point where you may well see new students signing up for and attending your classes. To get to that point, we encourage you to take your self-presentation inside the app very seriously indeed. For example:
- Get a professional photographer. Having unprofessional-looking photos suggests to people who don't know you that you are in fact...unprofessional. That's a path to avoid. If you are trying to be a professional yoga teacher, there should be a professional photographer in your life. While the great ones are of course expensive, even a junior photographer (or art student) is going to do a radically better job than you will yourself, at least typically speaking. They can advise you on camera setups for your teaching videos, equipment, the works. And you can re-use the photos for a long, long time. You'll need photos for your profile -- head and shoulders, eyes visible and preferably pointed at the viewer, landscape orientation is best -- and then you'll need photos to represent your classes. These should be landscape oriented as well.
- Stock photography can work, but beware. There are many free stock photography sites, like the very good https://www.pexels.com/. In many cases they have a nice selection of photos themed as yoga or meditation. But beware: their supply is limited, and someone else in our app could be using the same photo, which is the marketing equivalent of showing up to a cocktail party accidentally wearing the same dress as your best friend.
- Write a nice bio. On our site, one good paragraph should do. Include certifications for sure.
- Consider shorter class lengths. This is worth experimenting with, but in our experience so far classes that last an hour or more may suffer in popularity.
Have fun with and feel to check in with us if you need some advice!