Yoga Kula featured in the October 2020 issue of Yoga Magazine

We were delighted to be included in the October 2020 issue of Yoga Magazine for a special feature on converting the studio to an online studio during lockdown.

Covid has been challenging for so many businesses across the world, and this global pandemic continues to affect businesses as we witness closures, bankruptcy, business changes, operational changes and, business models, shifting to accommodate new ways of working. In the last few weeks, we have seen the hospitality industry adopt a new 10pm curfew which will have a tremendous effect on their revenue and will new rules and laws potentially on the horizon we have to be ready to continually adapt.

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Online Yoga During Lockdown: From Yoga Magazine Article

At Yoga Kula Leeds, we pride ourselves on being innovative, flexible and creative. When the lockdown was announced, we knew that to keep our yoga community together we needed to find a way to bring yoga to them while all of our movements were restricted and to keep our teachers teaching.

The yoga teaching community has been impacted hugely by not being able to teach in studios and only time will tell how this all unfolds. All we can do is commit to be awake and present as we continue to meet the moment and plan as best we can.

Shortly before lockdown was announced some of our students had stopped coming to the studio to minimise the risk of coming into contact with the virus by being outside of their home – we still wanted to reach them so started to make plans to go live. Our first step to going online was to live stream our classes (YK Live) whist the teacher taught a small class from the studio. We set up an iPad to film, set up a Zoom account, a mic and just got stuck in! When I look back to this time I can see how far we have now come and how much we have learned around delivering yoga online – we now have a very professional set up and approach which I will share later on.

Once it was announced we were to stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS our teacher’s living rooms and bedrooms were quickly converted into ‘yoga sets’ and they started to deliver yoga direct to our community under or new online studio YK LIVE.

My flat become Yoga Kula HQ as I ran the business from there regularly meeting with my team via zoom, teaching live classes and staying connected to our lovely community through Facebook and Instagram lives and our Facebook private and public pages – my flat turned into the centre of my universe during full lockdown.

While at home I began to research around lighting, sound, Zoom and teaching live classes – it felt like I was on an immersion but it was all being put into practice right in the moment. I asked friends and family to drop into YK Live classes and give feedback. A big part of my work ethic is to ensure that my team and I are always learning and growing so we wanted to know how we could improve. Everything we learned along the way we shared with each other so we could all improve together and continuously uplift the YK LIVE offer.

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