The second reason this has been interesting has to do with trying to figure out exactly WHAT I want to film: what sequences I want to focus on, and deciding how best to present this information to my intended audience. Filming my own practice in front of the camera is completely different than working with people face-to-face, either in private sessions or group settings. The energy in the room is different. When I'm teaching in person, i feel more of my personality can come through (although some might see that as a drawback. LOL) and I can stop in the middle of a class if I see something we need to focus more on, like workshopping Downward Facing Dog for a bit. Additionally, if you've taken a class with me, you know that I don't tend to do the practice when I teach. I believe that the focus of the class should be about the student, not whatever it is that I'm doing.
Finally, and most surprisingly, what has been interesting in filming myself has been the effect that it has had on both my personal practice AND my teaching. I'm cognizant of the students that will most likely be watching and practicing along with these videos. This has had the unexpected benefit of reminding me to pay attention in EVERY posture I do, rather than phoning it in until I get to an asana that I really enjoy or that really challenges me personally. It has forced me to savor each moment of my practice again. Yes, there is a slight disconnect from my usual freeform method of practicing because I have to stick to a sequence that I've designed and because I'm verbally cueing throughout, but it's made me think outside the box and has given a jolt to my own practice. It's also nice to be able to SEE myself practice and understand where my limitations are to improve my own form. While the act of filming has transformed my personal practice, I also believe that it has strengthened my teachings (although I'll have to check with some of my current students to be sure). In post-production editing I'm picking up on those verbal ticks that we all have, or noticing how I might be able to cue something in a different way to really push the information I'm trying to get across.
Ultimately, I'm finding that making yoga videos has been fun and challenging at the same time (not to mention freaking time consuming, although now that I have a workflow down, it's not so bad). Maybe try setting up a camera and filming your next practice. You just might enjoy it or learn something about yourself.
Oh, and keep an eye out for the RedBeard Yoga Virtual Studio, coming online soon...