Forced to temporarily postpone in-person classes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and a societal movement towards social distancing, a local yoga practice has during these uncertain times moved its efforts online as a way to help members and Brandonites cope with the challenges of self isolation.
Brandon City Yoga on Monday began offering no charge hour-long live streams on both Instagram live and Facebook live with sessions geared towards all ages and experience levels including those looking to try for the first time.
Monday’s initial stream saw 350 attendees login, with a since-posted replay having had more than 1500 views since that time.
Further streams are planned for Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm. Wednesday’s Calm and Strong class will see instructor Shawna Philpott guide participants in a class described as “a grounding full body flow which will meet you where you are, through accessible + uniquely challenging postures to soothe anxiety and keep our bodies strong.”
A shot from Monday's initial live stream
Brandon City Yoga during more typical times
In-person classes have been postponed until April 6, to be re-evaluated at that time. According to Philpott, online offerings are full classes save for musical accompaniment due to technical limitations. No equipment is required, with performing on carpet even being an option rather than a yoga mat.
Traditional in-person six week sessions would come at a cost of $40 per person. Streams are held at no charge with the request that attendees share on their social media accounts in lieu of payment.
Online streams can be participated in through the studio’s Instagram live or Facebook live accounts (open with corresponding link). Having an account with either service should be optional and not required to view, though I suspect FB and IG will encourage signup for best experience. The Monday and Wednesday evening times may be re-evaluated and moved to afternoons at a later date as community needs evolve.
Brandon City Yoga was established in 2014, with Philpott having been teaching yoga since returning from training in India and Nepal in 2011. During more typical times, classes are held from BCY’s studio at 247 23rd Street.