Virtual training takes off

As we all attempt to adjust to life in lockdown during this pandemic, the TRY method training team put together two very successful live participation online teacher training sessions via Zoom in April and May. Feedback from participants has been extremely positive and encouraging.

The training workshop utilizes Zoom as the platform. Class size is limited to 25 people to ensure a uniquely intimate experience. We devote time to the small group experience in breakout sessions and practicum so you’re ready to offer these tools the minute you finish the workshop.

Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool that allows users to meet online. In other situations, Zoom will work with a mobile device, but for the specific purposes of our workshop, a computer with a working webcam and audio is a must.

The platform allows participants to interact virtually. Participants can see our instructors and other participants. While instructors are speaking, participants may be muted; during question/answer periods they may be unmuted. Our instructors are able to share videos and slides by sharing their computer screen with the group. This can be a plus as each participant can easily watch and read the slides on their own monitor – there’s not a bad seat in the house!

In addition to the whole room portion of the workshop, Zoom is set up so “breakout sessions” are possible. These are the equivalent of small group meetings. Past participants have commented they found the online breakout sessions to be invaluable. Lindsay said, “I love the genuineness of everybody on here. It is so easy to come into this space. Being in my own space and feeling comfortable, I was able to access my own things to help me. I feel fully connected within this space.”

Does it work to teach a yoga class online? Carly, already a RYT 200 yoga instructor, said her favorite part of the training was the visualizations and the actual practice. She felt the online virtual training was comparable to an in-person training.

Annette appreciated learning the yoga skills and practicing them with the group and being able to ask questions. She commented, “Everything we learned and practiced throughout was put together at the end in a sequence that we again repeated. It was a great training where you came out of it feeling here’s something productive that I can do. I can do this right now in my own home with my own kids and be really effective.” She went on further to say that while many of the participants were amateurs going in, they felt accepted and came out confident and with the necessary skills; she praised the workshop as really well designed.

When you sign up as a participant for the workshop, you are mailed a “Hug in a Box”. What’s in that box, you ask? It is everything you would normally have received for the in-person class, and a little bit more. Participants receive the most recently updated training workbook which is used during the workshop. The team continuously examines the workbook content to ensure it says exactly what we want to convey; scientific information from new studies may be added from time to time. The workbook is essentially a fluid work in progress. It is full of information, some of which will be intensely discussed within the workshop; the psychology of trauma, for example. An entire three hour session of this topic is presented by Dr. Nicole Anders, complete with slides and discussion. It is a very large topic, and for that reason, there is a required pre-workshop Independent Home Study. Participants access a locked page on a private website for an interactive video hosted by Dr. Anders. A pre-workshop email provides highly suggested printouts to use concurrently during the Independent Home Study.

Even now as some businesses attempt to return to “normal”, not everyone is comfortable with the in-person model. Conducting the 20 hour workshop virtually allows everyone to remain safely in their own space, surrounded by their own comfort items.

In follow up interviews with past participants, we have heard enthusiastic approval for the virtual model. Especially for individuals in various stages of post-trauma recovery, the interaction through the computer screen is appealing. Not everyone who enrolls in the TRY method teacher training workshop has the goal of teaching TRY. Some individuals take this training for self improvement, self care, and self healing. 

What are some of the benefits of a virtual training? During this pandemic lockdown, travel has all but come to a halt. Our team had been previously traveling almost every other month to various locations out of state to bring this training to those who needed and requested it. The advent of live online meetings and training sessions has opened up the opportunity for an entire population who for one reason or another are not able to attend to an in-person workshop. Post-trauma victims may not yet feel comfortable going out of their house, or even driving, let alone being at an in-person group setting workshop. Some individuals who are differently abled may find the online platform very accessible. Individuals with chronic pain from disease or injury may feel uncomfortable in a workshop setting where the need for them to get up and walk around, stretch or even lie down would be distracting, or at the very least, cause for the person to feel self-conscious. Being in one own’s space with all their own comforts, whether it’s a particular chair, a heating pad, or a pet, can be particularly supportive in creating a positive learning space. The ability to focus on the information being provided may be easier for an individual in their space.

Our next virtual online training workshop will be held September 12 and 13. It will be the final workshop for this year. Registration for this workshop is open now and the spaces are filling up. Please visit our website to learn more about Trauma Recovery Yoga. If you have questions about the workshop, the method or anything else provided by Trauma Recovery Yoga, you can certainly reach out to us. There is a Contact Us button on the menu bar for your convenience.