Best wireless mic for teaching yoga online

Apr 26, 2022

When I started teaching yoga online, in my quest to find the best audio quality I initially aimed high. As an audiophile and a perfectionist, of course I researched the crap out of it. I figured out what is used by Yoga with Adriene, since I really appreciate the high production quality of her videos. On her producer Chris Sharpe's blog, I discovered they he uses the Sennheiser G4 Lavalier System ($649) paired with a Sanken COS-D11 ($389).

After spending over $1000 on this exact lav and mic, plus an additional $120 for the required audio interface to make it work with my computer, I found my problems had just begun. Next came my journey of wrestling with wires and troubleshooting sound problems. I noticed that other yoga teachers who use this mic have similar problems in their videos, such as Yoga with Kassandra and Brett Larkin.

I heard from some yoga teacher friends who were very happy with their Rode Wireless Go II – an option I had passed over since it's not considered a professional microphone. But I decided to give it a try, and after using both for a while, I have to admit the Rode has become the winner. I now find myself reaching for it every time, and it's the one I recommend to all my teacher training students who want to begin teaching online.

Here's why I think the Rode Wireless Go II is the best choice for yoga teachers:

While the Sennheiser does provide a slightly higher voice quality, it's in a class of lavalier mics that are just not designed with the DIY yoga gal in mind. It feels like a dated design best suited for a 1990's analog video set with a cameraperson behind the scene, whose job is to make sure your wires aren't showing and to listen through headphones to for clothing rustle or other issues.

Despite all sorts of under-clothing taping methods and against-the-skin adhesives I tried, plus various mic clips and holders, my videos with the Sennheiser still just tend to be disturbingly prone to audio problems. I'm talking about the kind of audio problems where I have no way of knowing there was a plastic-bottle-crunching sound happening every time I moved my arms, until after I taught the whole dang thing. I hate to think of how many hours I've spent tediously fixing the sound on these videos in post, or re-doing them altogether. Not to mention the discomfort of having a long wire and antenna taped to my body for half the day, carefully disconnecting the whole getup from my waistband every time I needed to go pee (which I seem to do a lot). 

In short, the Sennheiser G4 may be great for a team of two people where one person stays behind the camera for quality control – such as in the case of Yoga with Adriene and her producer Chris Sharpe. But for those of us who work alone, I just don't think the small improvement in voice quality is worth the extra cost and hassle.

The Rode Wireless Go II has been a delight to use. It plugs directly into a computer or phone without the need for separate interface, unlike the Sennheiser. It's easy to set up. It's small with a convenient clip that makes it a cinch to conceal under a sports bra or tank top. There are no wires. It's got a brilliant design that never creates crunching or rustling sounds when you move. 

The Rode Wireless Go II Dual Channel gets my vote! The "dual" part means there are two transmitters, so two people can talk. It's only $20 more than the single channel model, which is a great value.  
 

My Recommendation

Rode Wireless Go II

The best lavalier microphone for online yoga teachers.

Buy Now – $252 USD

 

Other Products Mentioned

Sennheiser Evolution G4 Lavalier Mic System

Professional choice for yoga teams with a dedicated cameraperson

Buy Now – $649 USD

 


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