Record Your Yoga Classes: Equipment Needed

Your Recording Studio Will Consist Of Only Three Pieces Of Affordable Equipment…

 

You’ll Need the
Rode Smartlav+ Lavalier Microphone for Smartphone

smartLav

Out of all the tests I’ve done (and I’ve tested a lot of microphones) the Rode Smartlav+ is by far the best.

The quality of the audio is simply amazing. If you don’t use this microphone the odds are high that the quality of your audio won’t be good enough. So, trust me on this one. Don’t look at any other microphones. Just get this one. Click here to purchase on Amazon UK. And click here to purchase from Amazon USA.

Works with

  • iPhones
  • Android phones

Pros

  • Publish to dropbox direct from the rode rec app.
  • Hands free
  • Compatible with any audio app (iPhone, android phones, tablets, iPads, etc)
  • Designed to stay in place
  • Echo elimination
  • Noise cancelling technology
  • No battery (therefore has unlimited recording and play time)
  • Broadcast grade wearable microphone
  • Foam pop shield minimises wind noise and vocal plosives

Cons

  • Fairly high price (approximately £45). Definitely worth the price though!

How It Works

Clip the microphone on your shirt (near your mouth), connect it to your smartphone and press record on your preferred audio recording app. I recommend the rode rec app.

Rode Smartlav+ Lavalier Microphone & Rode Rec App Demo

httpv://youtu.be/ymzEqVWc_ck

You’ll Need a
Running Belt

FlipBelt

Do a search on Amazon or eBay for a running belt. I got this cheap running belt on Amazon and also a more expensive one called a FlipBelt. I actually preferred the cheaper one! Your smartphone will fit snuggling in one of the several pouches. And best of all there will be zero bouncing as you move around the class. You’ll forget you’re even wearing it.

 

You’ll Need the iPhone Recording App
(If you have an iPhone)

Voice memo app iphone

Below are the steps for recording using the default recording app on an iPhone using iOS 7 or later. If you have an earlier version of iOS on your phone, the process is very similar. I recommend you do a Google or YouTube search (e.g. “How to record a voice memo on iPhone iOS 6”). If you want to use a different recording app, that’s perfectly OK. There are lots of recording apps to choose from within the Apple App Store.

Step 1: Tap on the Voice Memo icon

The icon is a picture of sound waves. If you can’t find it, use the Spotlight Search by pulling down on your Home screen and typing”voice memo” into the search field.

Step 2: Record a new memo

Press the large red button when you would like to start recording. You can start speaking immediately after pressing the Record button.

Step 3: Stop Recording

At the end of your yoga class, press the same button again, which will have changed into a red, square Stop button.

Step 4: Finalise The Recording

Press the Record button again to add onto the audio clip, or tap “Done” to finish and save the voice memo. You can trim your recording by tapping the blue “Trim” button, which looks like two intersecting lines forming a square. You can preview your recording by tapping the “Play” button.

Step 5: Give Your Recording A Title

Type in a title for the voice memo using: lastname-firstname-title. For example I named one of the yoga classes I recorded recently: “watts-george-make-for-the-centre″. Tap “Save”.

Step 6: Listen To Your Recording

The main screen of the Voice Memo app will list all of your recorded memos by title, and will show the date and length. Tap one to listen to it.

Step 7: Transfer To Your PC (computer)

There are lots of ways to transfer your recorded yoga class to your computer…

A) AirDrop: Use AirDrop if you have a Mac. The audio file will be air dropped to your “downloads folder”.

B) Email: Click on the recording on your phone. Then click on the blue square with an arrow pointing up. Click on the “Mail” icon. Enter your email into the “To:” field and click send (the only problem is that your file might be too big to be sent via email).

C) Phone Lead: When you connect your phone to the computer, you can navigate to the folder that has your recordings (e.g. “Sounds” folder). You can then drag and drop that file onto your computer.

D) Skype: My Skype ID is pigofhappiness1. I’ve found that a quick video Skype chat works wonders. So, please Skype me (George) if you’re having any problems.

Step 8: Organise Your Audios

I recommend creating a folder on your desktop called: “My Yoga Recordings” and sub-folders for each recording (e.g. “Finding Your Centre” if your class theme was about finding your centre). Within the sub-folders you can also add any bonuses to be uploaded with the audio. Adding one or two bonuses will dramatically increase the perceived value of the audio.

Examples of bonuses you could upload with your audio:

  • Upload a PDF of your yoga lesson plan (create using The Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit)
  • Upload a PDF of any handouts you created (200+ handouts in The Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit)
  • Upload an IMAGE of your hand drawn sequences (take photo with your smartphone)
  • Upload a MINDMAP of your lesson plan or handout (e.g. Using SimpleMind software)

You’ll Need the 
Android Smartphone Recording App
(If you have an Android phone)

Android Voice Recorder

You can use the default recorder on your Android Smartphone or if you’d prefer a different app, I recommend “Smart Voice Recorder”.

There are so many Android Smartphones. Each one has a different recording app, so a good way to find out how to record on your android recording app is to search for a YouTube video (e.g. How to record and transfer audio on a Samsung Mini S3).

However, the quickest and easiest way to learn how to use your recording app is to call me (George) on 02921 257770 (UK) or send me an email to arrange a Skype call if you live outside the UK.

I love speaking to my fellow yoga teachers, so don’t be shy.

Pros

  • Really easy to use
  • Default settings work perfectly
  • Share files directly to your DropBox
  • Share files by sending it to your email
  • Recording in background (even when display is off)
  • Microphone gain calibration tool (increase or decrease volume)
  • Save/pause/resume/cancel recording process control
  • Storage (default: sdcard/SmartVoiceRecorder)

You can purchase The Android Smartphone Recording App on GooglePlay.