Thank you for checking out The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center's online classes community! We are so glad you are here. We're delighted to share our home with you, and hope you will bring us along wherever you are, too.
Why online classes?
We recognize that yoga is an intimate subject to study, and that there is no real substitute for the one-on-one experience of being in a class with a teacher in which a connection is formed and maintained over a long period of time. Where teachers help students track their progress, give advice and helpful practices to work with, and in general support the student as they grow and transform in the company of the practices, themselves, and other students. We were curious about the process of yoga, however, and the potential for transmission of the practices through a new medium. So we asked ourselves some soul-searching questions: Is it possible to bring integrity to the process of online yoga classes? Is it possible to bring the intimacy, personal connection and teaching through to you wherever you are with the highest intent to serve and help? Can our teachers, who thrive in the classroom setting teaching and connecting with actual live human students (not models or paid students, and not just us by ourselves with a mic doing yoga and you following along at home) really bring you into the room, as though you were at a real, live class and not on a sound stage somewhere?
Yes! But how will you do it?
If it is possible to keep the connection and relationship held in the highest integrity, we are going to strive to do that with all our hearts. And while perfection is not what we are striving for here (please note: no hair/makeup, no fancy clip-on microphones, no staged lighting or prearranged students in the room, no super high-tech zoom shots and cutaway editing, no fancy yoga pants, oftentimes no music so you can use your own, no editing out of our teaching gaffes or mistakes or oops! profanity or things that didn't go over well, no moving the camera when someone got in the way of the demo, in other words NO PERFECTION!) what we are striving for is an authentic experience of being in a classroom as though you are a student here, with all the incredible humanity that accompanies that experience.
What will it be like in these classes?
We hope that you will feel included, like you are there in the classroom, maybe with a teacher that still has bed-head, maybe in a class with few (or no) students in front to watch, or with someone standing squarely in the camera frame for a moment, or a visible student that isn't perfect or even practicing at the same level as what is being taught, or occasional sound difficulties like sirens and idling engines outside (just like at your house!) or lighting changes with the seasons or when we dim the lights at the end of class or tape classes in the early mornings, or teachers teaching from out of frame so you just hear their voice and don't always see the lesson, or people accidentally wearing their pants inside-out, or all the ways in which real, authentic, unscripted, messy yoga practice is just perfectly, humanly, imperfect. We hope that you will forgive us for not spending tons of money on making it perfect, but rather appreciate us and extend to us your good faith for striving to make it REAL. We are working on improvements every day, but the raw, real, sometimes unpredictable life of small studio yoga comes alive in these classes, just like at your house. Only without the cat. Or the phone. Or dinner to make. Or maybe with all of that stuff.
Who are you to think you can teach yoga online?
We are committed yoga teachers and students that wish to bring you the very best we have to offer at a price you can handle at your convenience. We strive for honesty, clarity, healthy balance and sustainability in practice, and hope to offer for you these tools as we have come to know them and love them. We aim to be a resource for you on all levels with our growing library of fly-on-the-wall live classes, personalized tutorials and how-to clips, mini-anatomy lessons, personal practice windows, multiple styles and voices, tons of level-appropriate classes and class lengths to choose from and more.
Please understand that yoga is the presence of everything all around us at all times, and that we are truly in a state of connection when we feel that. Our goal is to help you create that connection to self and source from wherever you might be. We are all evolving, emerging and growing, and we do hope that you will join us on the journey of yoga, whether it is stretching, balancing, chanting or meditating together. Yoga is about relationships, and we hope to cultivate a relationship with you, too.
We heartily welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any of these; we love to hear from you about what is working, what you wish for more of, and how we can continue to be of service to you no matter where you are. Join us, won’t you?
Yours in service,
Lisa Mae and The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center Family