How to Film Stunning Yoga Videos at Home
By: Justin Michael Williams, E-RYT 200, and Karen Mozes
March 3, 2016
Not too long ago, creating and sharing your own videos required many complicated steps, a lot of money, expertise and time. Thankfully, that is no longer the case. Today’s digital world has created an amazing platform that makes sharing our messages online through videos, not only simple, but also very affordable.
There are hundreds ( perhaps thousands!) of people out there waiting to hear your message, watch your yoga sequences or listen to your guided meditation. By openly sharing your skills, knowledge and life experiences online, you create rapport with your community which gives you more leverage to sell your programs, retreats, and events. Videos are an authentic way for you to foster relationships with your community. It also allows you to share your knowledge with those who may never have the opportunity to meet you in person.
Here are some critical tips on how to create stunning yoga videos in your home:
- Using a high-quality camera is good but it’s more important to have the right sound and lighting! Remember that a high definition poorly shot video will still be a poorly shot video, no matter what.
- Buffer background sounds if you are in a place with lots of hard surfaces to minimize echoes. You can do this on soft materials such as curtains on the walls, rugs on the floor and acoustic material on the ceiling.
- Natural light is the best lighting there is, but be cautious about direct sunlight, as it can create unflattering shadows throughout the day. The best use of natural light is indirect or diffused light.
- Music is great, but should be used sparingly. You can use music as an introduction and closing for your videos. Music also works well on very short videos (less than 5 minutes long ). Before you upload your video, make sure you have the appropriate licenses to use that music; you don't want to risk copyright infringement.
- Remember that your best self, is your natural self — be yourself and relax! Even if you make a minor mistake in your video, keep going. Small mistakes are just a reminder that you are real and human, like your students!
In the video below, we share our suggestions for the best cameras, lighting, and microphones that you can purchase for under $500 to create high quality media that can compete with setups that cost 10x that price. Our own video was shot and ‘produced’ with the exact same tools we will be sharing with you.
Don’t let fear of success, technology or anything else stop you from sharing your wisdom far and wide!
Watch our short video to learn more about creating your own high quality videos from home:
Justin Michael Williams, E-RYT 200, and Karen Mozes are the innovative minds behind the Business of Yoga presented by Yoga Journal, a training that helps yoga teachers create and share their own authentic brand. Yoga Alliance members can receive $100 off the training through their Member Perks.
This article was written by one of Yoga Alliance’s partners. It does not necessarily reflect the views of Yoga Alliance.