If you think about it, eLearning’s time and place flexibility is really a very calm and individual approach to expanding your understanding of yoga, and why more and more students are turning to online education.
However, as with all the paths of yoga, there are some challenges you need to know about so that you can overcome obstacles, adapt to engage, and learn to complete your training successfully.
Common Problems faced by Online Yogi Students
eLearning is not only the latest trend in education but in many instances the only way to be sure of uninterrupted study with ever-changing health restrictions now the new normal in our communities.
While trainers and industry experts work hard to design interactive study programs that include the use of virtual classrooms for practical learning, yogi students need to equip themselves with the technical skills they need to get the most out of this style of training.
Flex, Stretch and Adapt
Changing your path from traditional classroom instruction to computer-based training in a virtual classroom makes for an entirely different learning experience. Don’t resist this change, accept its differences with open arms and stay true to the yoga way.
Start by getting familiar with your Learning Management System or LMS and the different methods of your computer-based training. Get to know the other students in your group in a safe and supported way through online chats, virtual classrooms and idea and question forums.
Traditional classrooms encourage a more passive way of learning, through listening and note-taking, whereas online learning discussions allow you to interact, challenge and control your learning pace. Students with a “traditional” mindset can sometimes find it difficult to adapt; but if you follow the yoga way, you will learn to accept the new learning pathways with an open mind and heart.
Understanding the benefits of eLearning and discussing them with your trainer and peers helps stretch our learning capabilities and better prepare you for online learning.
Make sure you look at your tech before you start and upgrade if you need to. Your college will help you check that you have the bandwidth to ensure you have a strong internet connection to suit course requirements.
Practical virtual classrooms, especially for the delivery of yoga, will often require you to engage further away from your camera and sound source. So you may need to invest in a set of speakers to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Trial your set up with a friend or book one with your Student Care representative and confirm that you can hear and see your monitor from where you are set up to practice yoga, and that they can see and hear you too. Weak connections or small screens can make your learning experience difficult and annoying.
Check with your college about the level of technical support you will receive throughout the course. Most reputable colleges have a Learning Resource Centre for technical assistance or better still, a dedicated online manager and access to support videos that walk you through the “how to’s” of your new learning environment.
You might be tech-savvy, but do you have the skills to work the programs you need to study online? Many students lack the computer literacy required to operate basic programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel and therefore struggle to manage their assignments and online systems.
There are loads of basic computer literacy courses that will help you gain the skills you need to participate in online training. Ask your college for more information.
Time Management for Aspiring Yoga Teacher
You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour. Zen saying
All adult education requires a certain level of time management understanding. The place and time flexibility of web-based learning programs are often why you have chosen online training in the first place, as it can be adjusted to suit your day-to-day requirements. Your course schedules can help you structure your online workload, but planning is the key. Work out your own learning schedule with reminders of due dates and assignment submissions. Make sure you set aside extra time to practice your teaching and enlist family and friends to take part and give you honest feedback.
Feed your passion
Last, but not least, self-motivation is an eLearning essential. Many distance learners start with a great plan, but then start to fall behind with thoughts of giving it all up. Yoga is an inspiring medium that keeps your body and mind engaged and wanting to know more, but you need to turn that passion into motivation to complete the online work that will improve your chances of success.
Overall, eLearning is good news for everyone wanting to train in areas that would otherwise be impossible. Stay positive, plan and make the most of it this new way of expanding your life and understanding of the world around you.