Yoga gurus and practitioners discuss the ups and downs of online teaching sessions


When the lockdown was introduced actor Keerthy Suresh was anxious about her health routine. One week into the lockdown, her guru Tara Sudarsan introduced that she was starting online courses and Keerthy breathed straightforward.

The lockdown persuaded yoga practitioners and gurus following completely different colleges and kinds of yoga to change into tech-savy to cater to their college students at a time when many of them felt they wanted the routine the most for his or her bodily and psychological health.

Motivated to go online

Chennai-based Gayathri Ramesh says she by no means thought that she would discover herself conducting yoga courses on video conferencing app Zoom. But now she is busier than ever earlier than with courses catering to college students from throughout India and overseas. “My students motivated me to go online. We had a trial soon after the lockdown was announced and when that worked smoothly, we went full stream ahead. There are batches meant for different levels of practitioners and for teachers. I teach Iyengar yoga, developed by yoga guru BKS Iyengar. Before I enrol a student, I ensure that he or she is sincere about wanting to learn yoga and that it is not a fad,” she says.

Siddharth Banghera from Mumbai additionally logged into Zoom to assist his college students get on with their each day sessions of yoga. However, he solely teaches his college students who have been attending his courses previous to the lockdown. “I don’t think it would be a good idea to engage with new students as they may not be able to understand what I am trying to teach them. So I teach about 70 to 75 of my previous students in my online sessions,” he explains.

Tara admits that she by no means thought online courses have been a good suggestion until the lockdown started. She started the courses as a result of many of her college students needed to renew their stretching and respiratory workout routines. “Now, I have students from the US, the UK and Singapore. There is no beating yoga to improve your lungs’ health and also getting rid of stress. This is in addition to physical agility and fitness,” says Tara.

Elaborating on that, dietician and yoga teacher Uma Kalyani, who relies in Thiruvananthapuram, says that practising the asanas and respiratory workout routines in yoga boosts emotional, bodily and psychological well being. In addition to a weekly stay session, Uma started recording courses for her college students of her yoga college, Yoga Plus and throughout the lockdown she shaped a Facebook group ‘Purple Health Challengers’ (PHC), which included her college students and health fans, to encourage holistic residing. “One of my students suggested that they do 108 sun salutations, that is 54 sets of Surya Namaskaram, on Saturday, as a way of observing International Yoga Day, which falls on June 21. So I began training them for it. Nevertheless, not all the students will do 54. It is not difficult if you are used to doing it every day and build up strength and stamina,” says Uma. On Saturday, they did her proud by finishing the 54 units of Surya Namaskar.

Some of the members of Purple Health Challengers, which was begun by Uma Kalyani to popularise holistic living

Some of the members of Purple Health Challengers, which was begun by Uma Kalyani to popularise holistic residing  
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One of Uma’s college students Arati Rajeswari put a Facebook submit after finishing the feat. “On May 17 when Uma set the focus of the PHC group to achieve 108 Sun salutations by Yoga day, we all played along. But in my mind, I wasn’t sure I could meet that target. After all, at 15 sets I used to puff and pant and rush to fall on to the bed. And I was always in awe when Bollywood celebrities, Shilpa Shetty et al, claimed they regularly do 100+ sun salutations. But it was amazing how Uma published the day-by-day schedule and we could work our way up. Slowly, we set and reset our targets, and today we did it!”

However, Vincent Fernandez, a yoga practitioner and teacher in Pune who learnt from yogacharya BKS Iyengar himself, has reservations about online yoga courses and recorded sessions. He feels that except the pupil and instructor are bodily current in the identical area, it might be troublesome to appropriate postures or respiratory if a pupil doesn’t do it accurately. So he determined to not go in for online streaming courses throughout the lockdown. “Iyengar yoga makes use of props to help a student improve his posture and so one can injure oneself if it is not done correctly,” he feels.

Nevertheless, these attending the sessions don’t have any such reservations. In truth, Radha Gopalan, who teaches yoga in Kerala’s capital metropolis, is all reward for an audio session of Prashant Iyengar’s, which was made at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune and broadcast by one of his college students. Meant for academics, the audio session refreshed their observe and she discovered it an “incredible experience”, says Radha. Like many different academics of yoga, Radha took to teaching online as soon as every week for a choose group as soon as the lockdown got here into impact. “They are all in Chennai and it was my sister who persuaded me to take classes for her and her friends. I also attended an online class that was attended by 109 teachers from all over the world,” says Radha.

Online yoga classes became popular during the lockdown when the government wanted people to stay home to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19

Online yoga courses grew to become in style throughout the lockdown when the authorities needed individuals to remain residence to forestall the speedy unfold of COVID-19
 
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Discussing the benefits and disadvantages of such courses, Radha feels that these courses work when you have already practised yoga with a instructor or when you have been a pupil of the instructor involved. She is just a little uncertain if the video sessions can assist newbies. “If you have been practising yoga for long, you can become a little set in your ways, then this is a good reminder to you to try other ways and challenge your comfort spaces,” she provides.

Gayathri factors out that online courses come as a boon for these working or residing overseas as the timings could be tweaked to swimsuit them. She says these not capable of attend yoga courses in particular person for various causes discover it handy when the instructor comes residence, even when it’s nearly. “Online classes reach out to the global village. Each batch has about 25 students. I plan to continue the classes even after the lockdown,” provides Gayathri, who used to have a present referred to as Yog Deep on Doordarshan.

Keerthy has the final phrase when she explains that her common yoga sessions throughout the lockdown have helped her resolve her respiratory drawback. “Till then it used to be on and off affair but now it has become a habit that refreshes me and fills me with positivity.”

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