The United Nations has declared 21st June as the International Yoga Day. For millennia, this incredible discipline has helped people remain fit, mentally and physically. This wonderful gift from the seer Patanjali has enabled mankind to live in harmony with nature and attain new spiritual heights.
Many institutions have been established, worldwide, to provide training on various aspects of this incredible discipline. Most of these organizations utilize the instructor-led training (ILT) format to equip people with knowledge of various asanas or yogic postures. However, in today’s busy world where people are starved for time, it is difficult if not impossible to attend face-to-face training sessions on yoga. So, how can the fruits of yoga be provided to the masses? Well, the mobile learning medium can be used very effectively to impart training on yogasasnas.
But, why choose the mobile learning medium to deliver training on yoga?
It is common knowledge that mobile devices have become an integral part of our lives. Thanks to the developments in technology, these electronic gadgets are used extensively to deliver online courses. According to Ambient Insight, the worldwide market for Mobile Learning products and services reached $5.3 billion in 2012. The five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is 18.2% and revenues will more than double to $12.2 billion by 2017.
Various media can be used to impart training on yoga, through mobile devices. Let us now see how mobile learning can be used to deliver yoga lessons.
Bite-sized modules to explain the benefits of yoga
The corporate world uses short online courses to provide top-notch training. Bite-sized learning modules can also be used to equip people with knowledge of various yogasasnas. For instance, a well-designed 10 minute mobile learning program can be used to deliver high quality training on sarvangasana. The module can be used to explain the benefits of the asana and list the dos and don’ts while performing it.
Videos and animations to demonstrate the asanas
The mobile is the ideal device to deliver training through videos and animations. These media are very well-suited to demonstrate yogic postures. For example, a video can be used to demonstrate the sirsasana. Similarly, the steps in performing this posture can be explained very effectively using animations.
Various other media such as graphics and eBooks can also be used to train people on yoga. A number of rapid authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline 2, Adobe Captivate 8 and Lectora Inspire 12 are available in the market, which can produce media-rich courses for the mobile device, and their capabilities can be utilized to build online lessons on yoga.
Thus, we see that the mobile learning medium is eminently suited to train people on yogasanas and enable them to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. Indeed, the mobile device is paving the way for a better world by helping integrate this ancient science with modern technology. Wishing the International Yoga Day all success.