228: How to Personalize Zoom Yoga with Arundhati Baitmangalkar
The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast
The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast 228: How to Personalize Zoom Yoga with Arundhati Baitmangalkar Description: Are you teaching yoga online and wondering how to make your classes more personalized, create more connection with your students, and continue building that sense of community - from behind a screen? Arundhati Baitmangalkar has some insights about how to personalize yoga classes on Zoom, and create connections with students in yoga teacher trainings. Arundhati is the founder of Aham Yoga, a full-service yoga studio, and Bollyworks, a part-time Bollywood dance studio, in Redmond, WA. Born and raised in India, Arundhati came to yoga after nearly a decade of teaching dance, and started teaching yoga in 2006. She is trained in vinyasa and hatha styles of yoga from renowned yoga masters, and is one of the leading yoga teachers in her area. Arundhati represents a great balance of classical and modern yoga, and in addition to yoga classes, she offers yoga teacher trainings and workshops. She also runs a blog, YouTube channel, hosts the Let's Talk Yoga podcast, and was voted one of the top 20 yoga teachers of color to watch out for in 2020 by YogaWalla. Shannon and Arundhati discuss some simple strategies to connect and engage with students, like using their names and letting them ask questions. Arundhati also shares some tips on how to create the best experience possible for your YTT students, and the tools she uses to enhance teaching online. If you’re teaching any of your yoga classes online, this podcast is full of useful info on how to give your students a personalized experience even on Zoom. Key Takeaways: [8:07] Shannon introduces her guest for this episode - Arundhati Baitmangalkar [10:39] What is the work that Arundhati does and who does she do it for? [11:45] What helps to feel like we have a connection with our students when we are teaching online? [12:58] Arundhati makes it a point to acknowledge every person in her class by name, and encourages questions in her classes. [17:13] One thing many yoga teachers struggle with is seeing their students on Zoom, either because they don't want to turn on their cameras, or have poor placement of their cameras. What are Arundhati's tips around this? [21:27] Shannon shares a struggle she has been having recently with leading yoga teacher training. [27:22] Shannon and Arundhati discuss some of the elements students would get from an in-person class that are missing from the online environment, and how to cater to that. [29:05] Breakout rooms in Zoom are a good tool to do activities in smaller groups. Arundhati explains how she uses them in her yoga teacher trainings. [31:31] How does Arundhati instruct people to get help from her when they are in a breakout room session? [34:00] Shannon shares something that has worked really well for her in leading online sessions. [35:57] What kind of comments has Arundhati received from students about Zoom classes and being tired of being on screens and Zoom? [39:18] Arundhati explains why she puts more energy into serving the students she has now, instead of trying to convince people who are resistant to having Zoom classes, and how she keeps students interested in coming back to classes. [41:37] What are some things Arundhati has learned along the way from teaching yoga online? [44:55] Arundhati reflects on what going with the flow is like for her. [46:35] Find out more about Arundhati and the work she does by visiting her website and following her on Instagram. [47:29] How did Arundhati ensure that her trainees in yoga teacher trainings got teaching practice? [49:59] Shannon shares her key takeaways from this interview. Key Takeaways: Acknowledge everyone by name (before and after class) Encourage students to unmute and ask questions during class Leave time at the end of class to ask questions Send personal messages (type in chat to just that person) to a few students each class Log in, and then sit like you would in a studio Use breakout rooms Zoom fatigue is real - try out themes / exciting class titles, focus on the students who are there with you Links: Arundhati Baitmangalkar, Aham Yoga Arundhati Baitmangalkar on Instagram and YouTube Let’s Talk Yoga Podcast Bollyworks Pelvic Health Professionals The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity and Yoga for Pelvic Health Teacher Training. Quotes from this episode: "Understand that teaching in person and teaching online are two completely different experiences." "[For online YTTs], make sure your spaces are well-lit, make sure you can provide multiple angles if possible." "I tell the trainees and even the students who come to class, you have to take more responsibility for your practice." "When we plan these trainings, we have to keep extra time for those breakout rooms because I feel like that's where you really get your hands-on experience." "It's about accepting the moment, even if that moment is unpleasant."
BONUS: Cora On All Things Instagram on the Let’s Talk Yoga Podcast with Arundhati Baitmangalkar
In today’s episode, I speak with Cora Geroux of The Teaching Yoga Podcast. Cora has been a yoga teacher since 2009. We became instant friends when we were introduced by Jesal from the Yoga is Dead Podcast. We share many interests and she has been supporting me for months now since I told her about my podcast. She is amazing with social media and the business side of teaching yoga. In this episode, Cora talks about how yoga teachers can use social media, specifically Instagram as leverage. It is a powerful tool when used well. If you’re a yoga teacher struggling with the use of social media for your business, I invite you to listen to this episode. Let’s make your investment in social media worth it! Cora tells the tale of her journey from being a Psychology student from the university to teaching yoga. How she managed a yoga studio for a large yoga-chain company, & transitioned to becoming a full-time yoga teacher for the same company. After a couple of years, she moved to Sydney to teach in smaller independent studios. Teaching in small studios led her to learning about the business side of yoga. It was around 2014 or 2015 when she started running yoga teacher training. She started handling social media, website development, marketing, and graphic design. This was when she found out that she loved doing all this stuff. She left the studios by the end of 2019 to focus more on the digital and online aspects. She launched her online business and started a mentoring membership for yoga teachers called The Teachers Club in March 2020 a few months after launching her podcast. Talk about perfect timing during the pandemic! Episode highlights: Reasons why yoga teachers don’t use social media How to find the right social media platform for yoga teachers Outsource or not to outsource social media management? When? How to start your first post and how to stay consistent and organized What creates a “good” post? Hashtags in Instagram What will Cora suggest a yoga teacher to post on Instagram? You can find the original podcast; or check out Arundhati’s showhttps://letstalk.yoga/episode/instagram-is-the-new-linkedin-for-yoga-teachers-with-cora-geroux/***Stay connected with Cora & hear how few of our favorite Season 1 Guests answered this question: “If you could give 1 piece of advice to all the new yoga teachers out there, what would it be?” → www.corageroux.com/podcastloveSupport the show (https://www.corageroux.com/theteachersclub)
81: Yoga In India + Yoga In The West with Arundhati Baitmangalkar
The Mentor Sessions
The differences between the way yoga is taught and practiced in India and the West are significant, and important for western yoga teachers to be aware of! Lucky for us, today on the podcast we have my friend Arundhati Baitmangalkar to break it down for us! Arundhati (she/her) is an Indian immigrant yoga teacher, studio business owner, podcaster and Bollywood choreographer. Now living in Seattle, Arundhati has been teaching for 14 years and owns 2 studios businesses. She was named as one of the top 20 POC yoga teachers to watch out for by Yogawalla in 2020 and she focuses on merging the eastern and western worlds of yoga authentically through her teacher trainings, her weekly ‘Let’s Talk Yoga’ podcast and other offerings. Her mission is to empower other yoga teachers like her to not only live their yoga but also thrive by building a successful career around it. In this episode you’ll hear: the biggest differences between the way yoga is taught in India and in the West why western yoga teachers should reconsider referring to themselves as yogis something very important to understand about cultural appropriation from a yoga teacher who grew up in India a candid conversation about the use of Namaste to open and close yoga classes valuable ideas for yoga teachers leading trainings Learn More From Arundhati: On her website On her podcast On Instagram
73: Where Do We Go From Here? with Jules Mitchell + Arundhati Baitmangalkar
The Mentor Sessions
It is now September of this unprecedented year, and there is so much that is unknown about our future and our world. When I asked my friends Jules Mitchell and Arundhati Baitmangalkar to join me for this conversation about what happens next, particularly in the yoga world, they both cautioned me that they didn’t really have many answers to my questions. “That’s okay!” I said. “It’s not important to give people sure and concrete answers, those don’t really exist in the best of times anyway. It’s just important to have conversations about what comes next out in public!” So I’m very excited to bring you the third episode in the Where Do We Go From Here? series here on The Mentor Sessions. In this episode you’ll hear Jules, Aru and I get really honest about what these last six months have been like for us, and our best guess about what our work might look like a year from now. In this episode you’ll hear: a honest conversation about the joys and challenges of teaching online how the events of this year might change the yoga world permanently what our work might look like a year from now what makes us feel hopeful about the future some suggestions for yoga teachers and studio owners as we continue to move through this challenging season Arundhati Baitmangalkar (she/her) is an Indian immigrant yoga teacher, studio business owner, podcaster and Bollywood choreographer. Based in Seattle, Arundhati has been teaching for 14 years, owns 2 studios businesses. Named as one of the top 20 POC yoga teachers to watch out for by Yogawalla in 2020…Arundhati focuses on merging the eastern and western worlds of yoga authentically through her teacher trainings, her weekly ‘Let’s Talk Yoga’ podcast and other offerings. Her mission is to empower other yoga teachers like her to not only live their yoga but also thrive by building successful career around it. Jules Mitchell (she/her) MS, CMT, RYT is a Las Vegas based yoga teacher, educator and massage therapist. She blends the tradition of yoga with her extensive study in biomechanics to help teachers develop their craft and empower them with education. She regularly contributes to yoga teacher training programs and leads workshops worldwide, balancing the somatic aspects of yoga with the most current exercise science. Bringing the most useful and applicable pieces of that science into the yoga community is her passion, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition. Her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Stretching Redefined, is now available through Handspring Publishing. Learn More From Arundhati Baitmangalkar: On Instagram On her podcast, Let’s Talk Yoga On her website Learn More From Jules Mitchell: On Instagram On Twitter On Facebook On her website In her online 300 Hour Teacher Training In her Livestream Courses
Episode 205: Let's Talk Yoga with Arundhati Baitmangalkar
My guest this week wears so many hats! She's a yoga and Bollywood dance teacher, studio owner (Aham Yoga in Redmond, WA), and a brand new yoga podcaster! (Her pod is called Let's Talk Yoga.)Arundhati hails from Southern India and moved to the states with her husband seven years ago. In her own words, "I've built a successful business as an immigrant, WOC yoga teacher with no business background, no Handstands -- just pure instinct and the free information I found on google. There are very few Indian, immigrant yoga teachers out there. And even fewer South Asian owned yoga studios."I loved connecting with her and hearing her story. I'm also grateful to her for sharing openly from her perspective as a South Asian woman -- how does she feel about the word Namaste at the end of class? What are the things that feel different in yoga spaces in the West? And what are some ways that she's been made to feel invisible in yoga rooms in the past? Thank you, Aru, for leading with such an open heart! Here are a few things we talk about:* How she got her start in yoga after years as a professional Bollywood dancer, and how that blossomed into a thriving studio business* The creative way she runs her studio that keeps her costs low, and her focus on the yoga* Her thoughts on Western yoga students referring to each other as “yogi” and beginning and ending class with the word 'Namaste'* A peek into her new podcast (Jason is one of her first guests!), and what we can expect to learn from her in future episodesShow notes: http://www.jasonyoga.com/podcast/episode205 Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/yogaland.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Keeping The Yoga In Business with Arundhati Baitmangalkar Ep. 31
On today’s show, I speak with my guest Arundhati Baitmangalkar about the business of yoga. And while I’m sure, you (like me), didn’t start out to become a business owner when you did your fist ytt, you’ve now realised that a business is exactly what you have.Right now, many teachers are realising for the first time that they are truly sole traders, and that our security and stability relies on us, as individuals creating a business around our teaching. Which is why I’m pumped to bring you this conversation with Arundhati.Arundhati has been teaching for over 14 years and is the founder and lead teacher at Aham Yoga. She’s labeled as one of the top 20 POC yoga teachers to watch out for by Yogawalla. Her yoga school – online and at our Redmond location has been recognized over the years as a hub for all things yoga. Her mission is to make yoga accessible, and practical for our modern-day lifestyles. She does this by teaching others how to become yoga teachers, introducing newbies to yoga, leading yoga classes, workshops, and retreats.Since Aham Yoga has a global audience, she’s also on YouTube and blogs to educate more people about yoga. PODCAST HIGHLIGHTSWhat Aru’s daily schedule looks like in other words; a day in the life of a small business ownerThe importance of time management, and Aru’s two important strategies to stay on taskHow to know when to make your first hireLearning to train and delegate to new team membersBringing the yamas & niyamas into your business practicesUsing difficult emotions as motivationWhy failing daily might not be a bad thing!And why for every 1 hr you spend class planning, you should spend 5 hours on your businessFIND ARUNDHATIArundhati’s InstagramAham Yoga WebsiteAham Yoga YoutubeFIND CORACora’s InstagramCora’s NewsletterThe Teachers ClubFor links & resources mentioned in this episode go to www.corageroux.com/podcastepisodes/episode31Support the show (https://www.corageroux.com/theteachersclub)
Arundhati Baitmangalkar, founder and lead teacher of Aham Yoga and Bollyworks Dance, sent J a supportive email after hearing him speak about being accused of cultural appropriation, and J remembered some blogs that Arundhati had written on yoga in the west vs east, and it led to this wide-ranging conversation. They discuss Arundhati's first Power Yoga classes in Bangalore, her study of classical yoga in Mysore, moving to the USA, and how she made her own thing happen. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net. This episode is part of our premium podcast subscription. To subscribe and support the show… GET PREMIUM.