Teacher Orientation

Orientation Materials

STO requires each teacher to purchase Vimeo Plus or Vimeo PRO or have a YouTube Account. Vimeo Plus is only suggested if you are loading less than 5GB per week, this usually works for a video that is less than 45 minutes. Vimeo is the platform that is integrated into the STO site. Zoom PRO - Live classes are taught within the zoom platform. STO Members connect from the STO LIVE page into Zoom. Yoga teacher insurance with a minimum of $2,000,000 professional and general liability insurance.
This is necessary for teaching weekly and monthly classes. Noted below are our best practices for building your home studio. 1. Select a Space with lots of Natural Lighting 2. Avoid Backlit spaces (ie avoid windows being directly behind you 3. Keep the Background clean and simple for contrast 4. Set the space with decorations that a simple but feel sacred 5. Test your Shot (ensure that your whole body is captured in all postures you are demonstrating before the LIVE class)
Please trim the beginning and end of your class. This can be done from an iPhone, on Vimeo and VideoLeap is a great application for this.
Zoom is an acceptable format for recording your class if your recording tablet or computer produces a high-quality image and your connection is stable. For best recordings, we recommend using a secondary camera or iPhone due to the stability and quality being more ideal. (STO recognizes this isn't always possible when starting out, but is something to work toward as more filming takes place.) STO requires a computer or Ipad for live Zoom and encourages an iPhone for recording if it is available. Additional computer or iPad connected to an outside speaker and close to you for music and sound control, and also logged into zoom (but muted and no video) so that you can manage the live class without getting up to adjust controls. This last piece of equipment can be situated outside of the camera visual. Note: This is an advanced set-up and is not required but has been found to be optimal. Recording your class on an iPhone or iPad also allows you to edit and directly upload your class to Vimeo.
This VIDEO highlights the “How” of loading a class on STO. Note: It is impossible to load a class unless the class has already been loaded to Vimeo or YouTube.
STO is still identifying best practices for sound. STO does not require that you teach with a microphone, but it is optimal. We recommend you test your sound prior to each class. Good sound quality for the recording is also available by using a second device to record (i.e. your iPhone or another camera with high sound quality). Comprehensive instructions regarding sound are listed below.

Recommendations for microphones:

This article is a great read if you are considering purchasing a microphone in the future. STO does not currently have a microphone recommendation.

1. Lavalier wired microphones that clip directly on to the shirt carry excellent sound. They can be cumbersome when demonstrating postures. If you choose this option use extension cables to run the computer and/or a soundboard if using for teaching.

2. A wireless mic is also always an option although they are much more costly.
Sound options when playing music and/or instruments are as follows: Move the sound to Advanced in zoom. This can be done within your zoom meeting by completing the following steps: • Start or join a meeting • Click the “Share Screen” button in the bottom toolbar • Click “Music or Computer Sound Only” • Click “Share”. Note, this is not perfect as your participants cannot hear you talk when the music is on, however the sound quality for chanting is perfect for participants. In addition, the below options are acceptable and necessary if playing live instruments. 1. Film your class on a separate camera. Sound records well on iPhone7 and above. 2. Play live instruments softly and play recorded sound on a separate speaker simultaneously to create a more even sound current. 3. Record yourself playing your instrument on a high-quality camera, and play the recording for your class in Zoom and add the recording to your class recording when preparing the upload to Vimeo. This option is especially useful for gong players. 4. Purchase a Sound Mixer. This is a more advanced tool to get the best quality of sound. This tool is something to consider if you will be playing the gong, a musical instrument, or chanting without music. It allows the microphone and iPod sound to be mixed and balanced and then directly inputted through zoom. If you choose this we suggest also having earphones/pods running through the mixer to be able to hear the voice and sound as it sounds in class. This option is technical and not necessary unless you are a musician or using many instruments. Teachers who are planning on using instruments can also use the attached zoom recording guide as a tool for their sound set up.
This article is highly encouraged reading for your zoom set up. It provides a comprehensive approach to teaching on zoom and explains in detail the guidelines followed by STO for LIVE classes. STO Zoom Requirements: 1. Embed passcode in the meeting link versus using wait room 2. Record via zoom using speaker view. If the class is not recorded for the library of classes feel free to operate with gallery view or your preferred view. 3. Start the zoom meeting 5-10 minutes prior to the class beginning 4. Set the zoom meeting to Mute all participants upon entry. (You can mute all by clicking on “Manage Participants” and selecting “mute all”).