Best mics and cameras for yoga videos in 2024

NOTE: This post is all about audio and lavalier microphones for yoga teachers. There's a separate article about the best cameras for teaching yoga online.

Every day a yoga teacher asks me what microphone I use for making yoga videos and for teaching yoga online. Here are my suggestions for audio, microphones and lavalier mics. I've tried out several microphones and cameras since I started making yoga videos, and this is a roundup of the audio choices I've tested.

Whether you're just getting started teaching yoga online via Zoom, or you're ready to up-level to a professional setup for your YouTube yoga channel or your own website, you'll find valuable gear suggestions here from a yoga teacher who's somewhat obsessed with experimentation and testing.

When I started making yoga videos, I had a background as a singer and a recording musician, so I knew a bit about audio gear. I didn't know much about cameras, but I was fortunate to marry a photographer and a gear geek! Konrad and I both spend lots of time watching YouTube reviews about lavalier mics and camera gear, and we've spent way too much money as well! 

What's more important – audio or video? People usually think that buying a camera is the logical first step, but for yoga teachers who want to teach online, audio must come first. If you're accustomed to using the onboard microphone on your computer or phone during Zoom meetings, you may have noticed that the audio quality degrades when you move away from the computer. Since yoga teachers usually need to be at least 8 feet away from the computer, this means you absolutely must invest in some type of wireless on-body mic.

Here are the choices: 

Bluetooth Earbuds with Microphone: Use Apple Airpods ($99 USD) or Airpods Pro ($175 USD), or other wireless earbuds with a mic

Here's a video experiment with a yoga teacher comparing the quality of Airpods Pro with the onboard mic on a phone:

As you can hear, the audio quality on the Airpods Pro is acceptable and is vastly better than the onboard mic for teaching yoga ten feet away from your camera. However, the quality is still rather low. Both Airpods and Airpods Pro are optimized for listening to music. Speaking through the mic works like a charm, but the quality is not ideal.

Airpods are prone to dislodging from the ears during some movements, which can cause them to automatically disconnect from Zoom or whatever other recording or livestreaming app you're using. This increases the likelihood of that dreaded situation where your students can't hear you anymore, but you don't know it. Airpods Pro, however are a bit better at staying in the ears than Airpods. This is because of the soft insertion layer, an upgrade that makes the Pro both more comfortable and harder to dislodge. However, the microphone quality is no better in the Pro than the regular Airpods, so they won't make you sound any better to your students.

Rode Wireless Go Lavalier Mic

Sometimes called a lapel mic or a clip-on mic, a lavalier microphone is the best quality available for those wanting to teach yoga while talking several feet away from the yoga mat. 

My highest recommendation goes to the Rode Wireless Go II ($171.49 USD). The receiver plugs directly into the audio jack on your phone, camera or laptop. The clip-on mic can be easily clipped onto your shirt or sports bra. If you want to conceal it on a bra below your tank top, it's designed so that it doesn't create clothing sound when you move, which is awesome.

Here's an example of the sound quality of the Rode Wireless Go II on a yoga teacher (me)

To use the Rode Wireless Go with an iPhone: You'll need this adapter, and if you have an iPhone with lightning-only (no microphone jack), you'll also need this adapterFor Android, newer iPhones and other devices with a USB-C input, use this cable. Keep in mind that if you're using your iPhone to teach a live online session on Zoom, the Rode will occupy the audio jack and the phone may think you've plugged earphones in. If you want to hear your students, the only way around this is to use a wireless bluetooth speaker such as this great little speaker by Anker ($24).

Sennheiser G4 Lavalier Mic

Next choice: My more expensive mic is the Sennheiser G4 Lavalier ($699), which is what I use when I want the highest quality professional sound. It's the lavalier mic of choice for all the big YouTube yoga teachers including Yoga with Adriene.* The receiver plugs directly into a camera's audio input jack, but to use it with your computer you'll need a USB audio interface such as the Scarlett Solo ($89.99) and this adapter.

The Sennheiser won't plug directly into your iPhone's lightning adapter, either. That requires two adapters: this one and this one. And lastly, if you're using your phone to meet with a live student on Zoom, you'll also need to connect to a bluetooth speaker, otherwise you won't be able to hear your students.

Wondering which lavalier microphone Yoga with Adriene uses? With over 11 million YouTube subscribers, she achieves a natural, easy look with a completely concealed mic and no wires showing, ever. In his blog, her producer Chris Sharpe says he uses the Sennheiser G4 Lavalier attached to Adriene's cleavage with Rycote undercovers. (Update: On X, Sharpe has mentioned that he now prefers the Rode Wireless Go II.)

The lavalier mic used by Yoga with Kassandra and Brett Larkin Yoga is the Sennheiser G3 lavalier mic, which is very similar to the G4, it's just an older version.

Wired mic for yoga voiceover videos: A lavalier mic is essential for any serious online teacher who wants to talk while moving on the mat. However, the sound quality of a $650 lavalier mic is still a step down from a decent $100 wired microphone. This means you can spend less and get better by quality video-recording your sequence silently, and then doing a voiceover later using a wired mic. Here's an example of one of my yoga videos with voiceover using the Shure SM58 ($99) which you can buy as a bundle with the required cable plus a mic stand and mic clip. I connect it to my Macbook Pro using the Scarlett Solo audio interface ($119).


After all my research and after investing more than $3K to test mics and accessories, I've settled on the Rode Wireless Go II as my everyday mic for teaching yoga online. The ease of usage and the freedom from wires make a world of difference compared to the very small reduction in sound quality as compared to the Sennheiser. In addition, when I make an occasional audio-only meditation or yoga nidra recording, I use my Shure SM58 connected through theScarlett Solo interface.  

As I mentioned, audio is king – if you're on a limited budget, don't spend it on the camera – spend it on the audio.

Looking for a video camera for teaching yoga? Here's my blog on that:

Best cameras for teaching yoga online, making yoga videos, and teaching yoga on Zoom

Cameras and mics used by Adriene Mishler

Yoga with Adriene - Cameras and Gear by Chris Sharpe