Experimenting with Yoga & Video Editing

This past week has been full of learning experiences relating to technology. While I was home over the break, I continued my yoga practice and decided that I would choose iMovie as my editing tool for the combined blog post this week. I used iMovie when I was younger to make goofy little movie trailers, but never before to edit a video myself. The app is only accessible for Apple users, so it was automatically downloaded onto my phone and computer. I chose to use the program and edit my video off of my laptop for better visibility and larger screen size. Using a video editor app also helped me learn that I am a crazy perfectionist. Let’s just say it was quite the experience… I think I made 4 different videos before I had one that met my expectations.

To start off with, I added my three videos into iMovie that I wanted to merge together as one. After adding them in, I tried to speed them up (which was my main reason for using a video editor). It took me a while, but I finally found out how by clicking the speed gage at the top of the small screen, and changing the speed to “fast.” Next, I added in some music and found out that Youtube has excellent music add-ins that are entirely free to use. The only downside to iMovie is that they only have sound effects to efficiently use, but not pre-made music. After adding in sound, I went in and muted the sound that was embedded in the videos from when I recorded them. To finish, I added some transitions to help the video flow better and a title page to help add some appeal at the beginning and end. After I finished all my editing, I saved it to my computer and then quickly uploaded it to Youtube.

To say the least, I found myself becoming more comfortable with the app through trial and error, and it is something I could see myself using again.

It took me a long time to figure it out… but I found out you can choose a variety of speeds for your video. (Which is why I wanted to use a video editor in the first place)
I also decided to add some calming music to my video to help viewers feel the calmness that yoga has to offer. The music I used was free from Youtube through their editor.
Figuring out how to mute the sound from my videos was also challenging since I didn’t think anyone would want to listen to my dogs running around upstairs. Once I found the button, it was smooth sailing from there!
Next, I thought it would be nice to add some transitions to help the frames of the different videos flow better.
Lastly, I added a title to the beginning and end to add more appeal to my video.

In terms of my yoga journey, in the first portion of the video, I chose to switch things up and try a video from Yoga with Kassandra titled 30 min Full Body Yoga – Intermediate Vinyasa Yoga. I did make it through the video, but can’t say I was a huge fan. With Adriene’s videos, I feel more comfortable and aware of what I was supposed to do during the video. Although it was good to try a video from someone new this week, I have a feeling I will slowly migrate back to Adriene’s videos again. In the second clip of the video, I chose to create my own flow, which was super fun. It was nice to allow my body to move for itself with the different poses I have learned over the past few weeks. My balance and flexibility are improving more and more, which I am very proud of. I am now even able to calmly balance myself in a headstand. The last portion of the video may not appear as if it is moving very fast, it is because I am trying to learn the Crow Pose through one of Adriene’s videos: How to do Crow Pose.

Have you ever used iMovie before? What was your experience with it?

Anyways, that is all I have for this week! Stay tuned for another update next week. //Namaste// -Jaelyn

10 Replies to “Experimenting with Yoga & Video Editing”

  1. Great video Jaelyn! I love the music you used, great for a gentle flow. Did you find iMovie easy to use overall? Do you think you would use this tool again or try something different next time?


    1. Hi Halleh,
      In terms of iMovie, once I played around with it for a while, I felt as though I was getting the hang of it! As I stated in my post, it was definitely through trial-and-error mixed with a bit of frustration. Now that I am more comfortable with it, I can see myself using it again for other projects. If you haven’t used it, I would definitely recommend it since there are a lot of Youtube videos and step-by-step tutorials on how to use it online. Thank you for your response!


  2. Hi Jaelyn, great post! I love how you incorporated IMovie into your learning project! I have only had one experience using IMovie in the past and found it to be really easy to use and a great tool. Do you have a background in taking yoga classes in the past? I remember thinking yoga looked so easy until I decided to try it for the first time and I quickly changed my tune, haha. I never realized how exhausting it could be to hold certain poses, but you look like you are doing awesome. Keep up the good work!


    1. Thanks, Byron! I thought it would be fun to use an app that is built right into my computer for my editing. I have been having a lot of fun with my yoga practice so far since before taking EDTC300, I had no experience with it whatsoever. The poses can definitely be challenging, like you say! I am slowly transitioning from beginner to intermediate level practices, and it has been a challenge for both my brain and body. Thank you for your response!


  3. Awesome job! Did you enjoy using iMovie? I know when I started using it I found it to be overwhelming. I still don’t 100% know how to work it but I am finally able to use it to create videos for projects.


    1. Hi Kiara! If I am honest, I didn’t like iMovie when I first started with it. It took me a while to get comfortable finding where all the features were, with a lot of help from the internet as my sidekick. Now that I feel that I know the basics, I can see myself using it more for other projects. Having time and patience, I found were two key aspects to using the app. Thank you for your comment!


  4. I also used iMovie last week as part of my learning project, and I found it overwhelming at times to find the speed up part. There is so much happening, I had to find a tutorial on Youtube to help me find it. Glad you found it, in probably far less time than I! Great Work!


    1. Yes, it took me a long time to find the speed up part too. I was starting to get very discouraged, but with a little bit of research through Google and Youtube, I was able to find it. Thanks Derek!


    1. Learning how to use iMovie was quite the adventure for me alongside my learning project, I definitely underestimated how advanced I felt I had to be to use it. After some trial and error, I feel as though I could see myself using it again!


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