Run — don’t walk — away from Zoom-only teacher trainings

If you’re considering doing a yoga teacher training online, you probably have a laundry list of attributes that you are looking for in the training. But there is one attribute that I want to be sure you don’t overlook and that is — how is the content being delivered? If it is being delivered solely in a live format on Zoom, take it as a sign to find another training.

The truth is, there is a massive learning curve for yoga teachers and schools to adopt best practices of online education. And yes, broadcast quality cameras, audio, and lighting are expensive.

But — we are more than a year into the pandemic. Any teacher or school who is still offering an accredited teacher training solely via Zoom needs to level up so that the students have the best learning experience possible. Another way of saying this: If you are choosing to invest in your yoga training, every single studio and teacher should be investing in HOW they are training you.

To be clear: In my online teacher intensives and the long format 500-hour advanced teacher training, we do use Zoom. But we use it the way it was originally intended — for meeting together. More specifically, we use Zoom for two weeks of daily meetings to discuss the day’s practice and lectures. We use it as an opportunity to connect, to see each other, and to share questions and feedback. We also use it in smaller groups with our JCYM-trained mentors.

But we do not use Zoom to deliver the bulk of the curriculum. Instead, we use a platform that is designed to deliver thorough educational experiences. Here’s why:



We’ve all been on Zoom calls where we are intermittently booted out for reasons that no one can explain.

Imagine being in the middle of a two-hour vinyasa practice with your group. and being booted off. You try to get back on and you’re stuck in the waiting room. This happens again. And again. And again.

We’ve all had days like this, when the internet gods are not smiling upon us. But if you are making a big investment in your education, you do not want to miss huge chunks of your practices or lectures because your connection decided to be fussy that day.

Pre-recorded lectures and practices means that I can guarantee you HD-quality audio and visuals — no static, no glitches, no getting booted out in the middle of Chaturanga.



Zoom was not designed as an educational platform — it was designed for meetings.

Colleges, universities and corporations have done online trainings long before the pandemic and guess what? They don’t use Zoom! That’s because Zoom doesn’t even come close to the baseline standard of a learning management system in terms of organization, ease of use, or reliability.



In an online training, you need one central hub where everything is located —  your videos, your manual, your schedule, your connection to customer service, and more. That’s why our trainings are hosted on a platform that is designed for online education.

I’ve created this training so that you can revisit lectures and practices over and over again. Each day is broken down into organized, clearly labelled lessons that you can easily find and review for six months.

Here’s a preview of what the learning platform looks like:



Do you really want to spend 300 hours and thousands of dollars looking at a little box? You and I both know that you don’t.



Two reasons: it’s cheap and it’s easy. There is no learning curve with Zoom.

Zoom is made for short-term, brief duration use. It’s ideal for meetings, connecting with your friends and family or for doing short practices online.

If, however, you’re considering doing a yoga teacher training that is only on Zoom, I suggest that you run — don’t walk — in the other direction.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email here or click here for more info about my upcoming training!


  1. Yes! I’d put prerecorded 200 hour trainings in that same box, too.

    • I would, too, but I was trying to limit the amount of people I offended:)

  2. There’s a LOT to unpack in this blog because I both agree and disagree to some extent.
    Pre-records are less interactive + personal; on the other hand zoom is performative + fatiguing.
    I think a lot depends also on the capacity + resources (aka time+money) available to a small studio/ytt lead teacher to outlay big cash on AV equipment+online training platform in a time *in Ireland at least* where their future business looks so uncertain mid & post pandemic. At the same time it’s an investment in the future business… I just don’t think its quite as clear cut as “zoom is bad” … but thank you for giving us this food for thought!!

    • Thanks, Maria! And, remember the key take-away here is not about using zoom—it’s about ONLY using zoom to conduct trainings. Zoom is hugely valuable as a component of trainings. But, to do 300-hrs on zoom is side-stepping options that are much better for students and in keeping with the higher levels of online education. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts. -Jason

      • Thank you for taking the time Jason. I think the future is a mix of the pre-records, zooms + in person. One great thing about online, whatever format is that it makes training + education way more accessible for way more people which can only be a good thing!

  3. Hello! thank you for this informative and interesting article. the only thing I would like to comment on is that it may benefit both the teacher and student to watch the course together. it would allow for one on one personalized learning as well as build relationships with other students in the group. I tried teaching yoga without live classes but instead created a virtual environment by recording practices online (in addition to creating custom practices for individuals). I believe that the benefits of a virtual yoga class far outweigh those of live, as it allows for flexibility and access to those who may not be able to make it to a local studio. also, it provides the student with the opportunity to take an online course from various qualified instructors if they do not have one locally.


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