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Session 1:  Online Teaching:  The Good the Bad and the Inevitable

Our first session for members was held on Sunday November 29, 2020 from 3pm- 5pm starting with a virtual chai from 2:30-3pm.  We had over 150 register and 117 attend.  It was wonderful to see each other and participation in the Q&A by many offered insights to us all.

Format & Panelists
2:30 PM ET: Virtual Chai
3:00 PM ET: Welcome & Introductions by our host Eva-Lynn Jagoe (Vancouver, BC)
3:10 PM ET: Stephanie Tencer (Toronto, ON)
3:30 PM ET: Emily MacDonald (Halifax, NS)
3:50 PM ET: Krisna Zawaduk (Kelowna, BC)
4:10 PM ET: Teddy Hyndman (Edmonton, AB)
4:30 PM ET: Q&A – members are invited to ask the panelists questions and/or to share their own thoughts on the topic.
5:00 PM ET: Close

The recording can be found here and the chat here.

We are looking at holding future sessions and need your input to help direct us.  Please ask questions, offer tips, volunteer for future sessions and/or tell us how to improve future sessions here.  The input form can also be found on IYAC/ACYI website under “News & Events”.


Session 2:  The Student Perspective

Our Second session for members was held on Sunday December 20, 2020 from 3pm- 4pm and covered the topic “The Student Perspective”.

A big thank you to our organizer Jill Golick and panelists Joanne Phoa, Joanne Kates and Lisa Lelliott.   It was enlightening to hear their perspectives about what it is like to participate in online classes, what specifically they need from yoga at this point in the pandemic, the challenges of taking class from home, how they are setting their technology up and lots more!  We had over 60 register and 40 attend.  Polls were taken to get a sense of the following:

1. Has your practice changed since COVID?
2. How would you describe your home practice space?
3. How’s your prop supply?
4. How much $ are you spending on classes compared to before COVID?
5. Are the technical aspects of online classes a barrier to your enjoyment and education?
6. When COVID is over, would you want to keep taking classes online?

The recording can be found here and the chat here.

Some tips that have been submitted by our members using from our online form:

  • Just get started. It will become easier each time!
  • Ask the students to speak up if there is a technical issue – you may not know about it!
  • I find that less is more when it is on-line. That goes for the number of poses covered and the length of time for the course..

We look forward to creating events in the new year covering topics members have shown interest in such as Zoom settings, Creating Community Online, Recordings, and Studio Re-Openings.

We encourage you to be involved and participate.  Email us with your ideas at or complete the online form.

Happy Holidays!



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