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Case Study: How Yoga Studios Can Stream Classes Online

Woman looking at computer to do an online yoga class

How Xanadu Yoga Adapted Their Business Model in Response to COVID-19

Life was going really well for Stacey Hill, an incredible mother of 5 daughters who just opened her yoga studio, Xanadu Yoga in Rockhampton, Australia early August 2019. She was following her passion and teaching a full timetable of 12 classes, as well as workshops, feature classes, private lessons and collaborations.

When the COVID-19 situation in Australia started to get more serious, she had the idea of looking into how to provide online classes. Stacey had a vague idea of how to go about it but thought she would have more time to plan, structure and understand how to present them.

The Government Forced My Hand

"The government kind of forced my hand" Stacey admitted. One seemingly normal Friday morning on the 20th of March she left her studio ready to come back on Monday morning just like any other week. On Sunday night the Prime Minister of Australia announced the shut down of all indoor activities and by midday Monday she realised she couldn't provide any in-studio classes for an undefined period of time. 

Without much of an idea of what to do and no technological talent whatsoever, but with a determined will to succeed and a whole lot of coffee, I decided to just get it done and get online.

Stacey Hill / Owner of Xanadu Yoga

How Xanadu Yoga Went Digital

    Stacey decided Zoom would be the best platform for going ahead, since she didn't have a website (yet!). She watched a lot of online Zoom tutorials and figured out all of the settings, how to host meetings and invite people to join etc.
    Stacey made her teenagers join the Zoom meetings from their laptops sitting next to her to test it all out.
    In Eventbrite put the ZOOM link in the invitation after a person buys a ticket to the event.
  4. CREATE A FACEBOOK EVENT (for one off classes)
    Xanadu trialled an online Children’s Yoga class as an event in Facebook to increased the social reach. The Eventbrite link was added to the facebook event. People clicked on the ticket link in Facebook and automatically got an email to the Zoom class once they’d paid.
    For multiple classes creating multiple Facebook events would be too confusing and time consuming. Xanadu Yoga decided to keep it simple and adapt the technology they were already using in studio. Square payment processing.

    They ask people register by messaging their name, email address and membership plan (1 week or the 4 weeks). Sends an electronic invoice with a payment link. Once the payment is made, members receives an email with each week’s class links.

    People sign up, choose which pass they want and send their email address.  

    The studio sends an electronic invoice through Square that allows people to pay easily through a link. Whenever someone makes their payment Stacey gets an email from Square, so she doesn't have to go through her bank account to check payments.

    On Sunday, the studio emails those who have paid with the week’s class links. 

The Truth Behind Success

In truth Stacey said she practiced 1093 times and nearly cried because of various technological issues with laptops and studio internet access!

But the Answer Was So Simple 

Despite all the problems, Stacey realised she could just use her phone and shook her head in disbelief.

This process may make a NON-technologically minded person eye roll but Stacey wants to point out that she had zero training and is still just figuring things out as she goes.

Like many people she had lost all her income from classes and didn't have the luxury of being able to pay someone to do all of it for her.

  • She didn't have any special equipment.
  • She didn't have a website.
  • She spent less than $30 to get it up and running

Stacey HIll Xanadu Yoga Profile Face


Eventbrite and Square take a small percentage of each payment, but they are quite possibly payments I wouldn’t be receiving in the first place if I didn’t have these systems.

Stacey Hill Xanadu Yoga

Stacey's Final Words

If I can do this, anyone can!

If there is something you know how to do better than someone else, get it online! This is a whole new world for small business and we have an opportunity to get ourselves in front of a much broader (and captive) audience. Done right and with a lot of “thinking outside the box”, this could be a total positive for small business (having said that I’m still not sure I have done this right, but I’m giving it a crack anyway!).

I really wish it hadn’t taken a pandemic for me to think of going online! This is definitely something I should have already been doing and will continue to do once I can teach classes in my studio again. I am grateful for the motivation to get it done, because I definitely would have procrastinated about it for a few more months if it weren’t for the fact that I now have no other options.

I hope reading this helps to inspire someone else to take their business online, because like I said...if I can do it, anyone can! Stacey Hill Xanadu Yoga

If you are on the fence on whether to stream online and want a supportive community make sure to join our facebook group.

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Feeling Stuck? Signs That You Need To Reinvent Yourself

Pink happy figure from Spongebob

Are You Stuck?

There can be many signs that will tell you that you are ready for or in need of a reinvention. Many people decide to change themselves after a significant life event, such as a divorce, death in the family, a layoff or promotion, having a child, or others. Others result from a long-time nagging feeling of disappointment or unhappiness.

Most people who decide to change themselves feel unfulfilled in some way. If you are not fully present in your life, if you are continually seeking some way to feel better or happier, or if you walk through your days without much focus or aim, it’s time for a real change.

Your Job Sucks

Guess what fuels change? Consequences. Has the price (for whatever) become more than you are willing to pay? For example, is your timid or unconfident self-keeping you from doing the work you truly want? Are people who are more confident, and aggressive getting the life you want while you are kept at a shitty job living pay cheque to pay cheque? Are you sick and tired of the feelings that arise when this happens? If yes, then you are ready to make the changes needed to transform yourself and your life.

Signs That It's Time To Reinvent Myself

Ok, but doesn’t everyone go through some amount of dissatisfaction from time to time? Should I reinvent myself every time I’m a little bit unhappy? Of course not. You need to be able to look for the signs that tell you that this is a life-defining moment, not just a short-term discomfort caused by a transient event.

You Seek Out Distractions

Most people spend some amount of time doing things that distract them from the mundane chores of daily life. Surfing the internet, binge watching netflix, scrolling through social media, and playing video games are all examples of prime distraction activities in the modern age. And, there’s nothing wrong with seeking a little distraction now and then.

A sign you may be ready for a real change in life, though, is when you spend a great deal of time engaged in these types of activities. This is a sign that your life isn’t meeting your needs, and you need change.

Not sure if this is you?

For one week, track precisely how many hours you are engaged in these types of activities. Include how much of this type of disengagement happens while you are at work or when you are spending time with people who should be important in your life (like a spouse).

If you are trying to distract yourself more than 20 percent of the time, your lack of interest in your own life and daily activities is pretty high. You are interested in paying attention to your job, your spouse, or yourself. You are not being fulfilled, so you are distracting yourself from your life.

If you are always daydreaming of a better you, a better life, or a better partner, it’s time to reinvent yourself. 

If your focus is on what you want and don’t have more than on what’s right in front of you, you are ready for a change. 

You Make Unhealthy Choices

When you are unhappy or feel like Sh$%, you are much more likely to make unhealthy choices. Drinking too much alcohol (hmmm haven't we all done this!), opting to stay at home instead of exercising, eating too much, not getting proper sleep, staying up late and retreating from your social circles are all signs that you are unhappy, and change is needed.

Oh dang, I already ticked off a few of those! jejeje

I think you know best. You know when you are in a rut. Listen to your gut and trust it.

We all have bad habits that seem to creep up again and again in our lives. The times they are most likely to show up hard core and not go away, though, are those when we are at our unhappiest and most vulnerable. These behaviors represent our emotional crutches, the ones we lean on when all else has failed.

 You know, the wine we go for when our kids are doing our head in. 

When you notice these patterns creeping back into your life, staying around too long and affecting your daily life, then you know it’s time to pay attention.

You Feel Too Jealous

Are you often wishing you were your friend, family member or co-worker? Do you wish you were someone else? This is a  sign that you are upset in some way with your life and you need to make a change.

Consider what the jealousy is about. Write it down. Then consider the source of the envy. Do you really want what those people have or who they are? Pinpoint the reasons for the envy and you will understand where your reinvention should begin.

You Are Disengaged

When you notice that you are detaching from your life, spending more time plodding through than actively participating, you are ready to reinvent yourself. If you spend a lot  of your time just going through the motions or if you lost passion for significant pieces of your life, you are ripe for transformation.

Disengagement can look like a lot of things. If you live your days waiting until it’s time for bed, your week longing for the weekend, and your life biding time until your next vacation, then you are not very engaged in the here and now. You are ready to reinvent.

You Are A Procrastinator

This is a common condition for many. It causes you to be stuck and never really accomplish much. If you find yourself always putting things off, and saying tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow…it’s definitely time for a reinvention.

Your Priorities Have Changed

Priorities can change as you age or anytime in life. When you were younger perhaps it was more important to party, go out and have a good time. Now that you are older you may have more important things on your mind like taking care of family and planning for retirement. Or you may simply be thinking about your future and where you are headed. All of this requires a change in mindset, and action steps and so your reinvention can focus on that.

Your priorities are your own, and so you will need to decide what the details of the reinvention will be to reach your end goal.

Bad Habits

Bad habits are ideal catalysts for reinvention…

Are you a couch potato?

Do you smoke? Please say no?

Do you drink too much?

Do you find yourself mindlessly eating crap?

Perhaps a lot of the things you do are “bad for you?” Try to make a mindset shift. Is poor self-worth causing you to be self-destructive? Do you sabotage yourself often? This is an ideal reason for reinvention. To grow as a person and love yourself yields many significant benefits.

Poor Relationships

One of the best ways to figure out your own personal psychological and emotional health is to look at your  romantic partner. Are they caring, loving and supportive? Or are they the opposite? They reflect you, and what you feel you deserve. If you are you often unhappy in your relationships and feel stuck in a miserable relationship, this is a sure sign that you need a reinvention.

Breaking up with this person is typically not enough, it’s a short-term solution, a band aid. Typically, the next person you attract will be the same. In these situations, you need to work on yourself and analyze what is going on within yourself.

When you change yourself, the people you attract will change as well. Seeking the help of a trained mental health professional can be of great help in this area.

Other Signs And Reasons For Reinvention

Those who need or would benefit from reinventing themselves are likely to be depressed or anxious about their current status. They may have recently had a major or tragic event in their lives. They seem to go through the motions without really engaging in life.

They struggle to find real joy or purpose. And they are always questioning their own actions, choices, habits, and abilities. Does any of this sound like you? Are you longing for something new or ready to start living the life you’ve always wanted? Then you are ready to enjoy all the benefits of reinventing yourself.

  • You experienced a nasty breakup
  • You didn’t reach a goal you had set for yourself
  • You have things about yourself that you want to change
  • You have low self-esteem and wish to change this
  • You’re approaching a milestone birthday, whether it’s 60, 50, 21, 40 or 30
  • It may be a periodic reinvention, perhaps you want to reinvent yourself every five years
  • You may just want to explore different areas of your life and aspects of yourself
  • You want to grow as a person
  • You want to elevate some part of yourself, be it psychological, spiritual or emotional or mental
  • You want to develop healthier behavior patterns
  • You feel as though you’re stuck in a rut
  • You’ve been treading water in life for too long and you’re ready to make a change
  • It’s time for a comeback, like a phoenix rising from the flame

So if you have decided you want to reinvent yourself, next we will talk about 35 Ways To Reinvent Yourself. 

5 Reasons You Should Work as an Online English Teacher For Whales English

Mum with 2 children sitting on grass waiting for english class

Earn Money from Your Laptop. Isn’t that the Dream? 

You're sitting at home wondering what you can do to feel fulfilled and work online. 
You hear about this ‘English teaching thing’ and remember you used to teach, you might even have a TEFL or TESOL if you can rustle it up, or you’re working way too many hours in childcare and want more flexibility in your life. You fleetingly remember you haven’t really used that Bachelor Degree in Arts for anything before and finally it might come in handy.

You do a quick google search and the information is rather overwhelming. Who do you choose? What’s it like? Can you even do this? Will you like it? Then you might do a quick calculation of the pay rate of US$20-24 hour.

Hmmm not bad?

Teaching English Online to Kids in China is a Big Industry

China with its bustling cities and growing population of over 1.3 billion people mean that learning English is a vital language for children to master if they want to get into international markets, travel or study overseas.

The children are the most delightful kids and the most perfect students you could ever want to teach. They are studious, focused, respectful and attentive. I would be lying if I told you, this is what teaching at Whales means for me. The kids are always great. No matter which company you work for.

Whales English Teachers Will Make You Love Your Job

From the get-go Whales English teachers are there. Smiling. Passionate. Connected. 

Whales English teachers are committed to excellence, are highly educated and experienced (or are committed to becoming so). They treat their role seriously and offer continuous opportunities for learning and growth. 

That’s what stands out for me. Would you like me to mention everything else which is A M A Z I N G…? 

Ok cool. 

Let’s break it down to the top 5 things:

  1. They pay in US$, not Chinese Yuan (which can fluctuate)
  2. You get paid for a 50min class with 10 min break in between (the best conditions to work in as you can really go deep with students and you also have a big enough break to check on your own kids, have a drink etc)
  3. There are opportunities to get involved and be part of the bigger family eg. I make some videos for the Chinese version of Tiktok, I am writing this article.
  4. They have random class evaluations and provide well thought out constructive feedback that is very useful for improving.
  5. The platform is fantastic (you can log on early and have your camera shut off with a click of a button removing the need for sliding camera covers)

Do you have what it takes to teach English online?

But Being a Whales English Teacher is NOT for Everyone

It’s NOT for you if:

  • you want to travel with unreliable internet
  • have a habit of being late or intend to call in sick often
  • lack patience and compassion
  • are not willing to grow or receive constructive feedback or
  • if you don’t like using facial expressions and body movements to reinforce a point.

Whales English are One of the BEST Companies

You’ll find a sense of community and respect within a fun and vibrant teacher community. To see if you have what it takes to be an English teacher watch this video.

What Whales English means for me can be summed up in one word...  


Get Paid US$23 Hour Teaching English Online for Non-Native English Speakers

Multi ethnic group of women teachers

DigiTEFL Now Recruiting for First Future Online Group English Classes. 

One of the main issues DigiTELF (who offer courses for English teachers to up-skill) stopped recruiting for First Future was because their client schools were starting to use robot technology for 1-on-1 lessons. This drastically reduced their need for human teachers. However, First Future  made another pivot and decided to focus on delivering live broadcast English lessons to Chinese classrooms.

Successful teachers will be teaching groups of around 20 students in a virtual classroom (VC), which is broadcast on a big screen at the school. To gain a clearer idea of this type of work, please watch the video below about First Future where you'll find a video of the new style of Group classes.


  • South African and non-native English-speaking teachers are welcome to apply - however a neutral accent is a strict requirement
  • Both a full degree and TEFL certificate are required - this is now an official requirement of the Chinese Ministry of Education
  • This style of teaching requires lots of energy - you need to come across as very lively, friendly and engaging on camera 
  • Pay is $23/hour on average

If you meet the minimum requirements, follow gather the following documents and send to first future.

1) completed CV [MUST USE THIS CV TEMPLATE (download template here)]
2) a 30 – 40 second video introduction
3) scan of your degree
4) scan of your TEFL certificate
5) scan of your passport photo page, and 
6) a screenshot of your results from speedtest.net.
Please send these 6 items together in a single email to: