Community Care & Sharing Privilege
What is Community Care?
While we believe in self-care and encourage a self-nurturing approach to wellbeing and health, we also recognize that in order for self-care to be a possibility, you need a certain amount of time and money. This is where Community Care comes in. The idea is that we all need one another to survive and thrive, and that both the government and our own networks should provide it. It also means leveraging whatever privilege you have to benefit others. Learn more by reading Emma's blog post here.
Giving & Receiving with Grace
The COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying restrictions mandated by our government have both highlighted existing and created new disparities of financial wellbeing.
Our community is made up of members from both ends of this spectrum and everything in between: those who are securely employed and able to work from home, essential workers of all kinds, students, folks who are now receiving the CERB or EI, some who were already on ODSP or CPP, and individuals who don't fall into any of those categories.
Yoga is not just for those with the most financial means. If you've ever looked into our values, you know that community care is central to our mission.
What We Do to Reach More People
- Offer sliding scale pricing for all of our virtual courses, but now at three levels: $45 for low-income/unemployed folks, $85 as the standard rate, and $115 for community supporters.
- Provide sliding scale pricing for our virtual unlimited memberships at three levels: $35 for low-income/unemployed folks, $55 as the standard rate, and $95 for community supporters.
- Reduce pricing for all our virtual class passes.
- Run a Work-Trade program where folks volunteer their time and energy in exchange for classes.
What Can You Do to Support?
Contribute to the Community Support FundClick HERE to Contribute
If you feel good about practicing yoga with a community that takes the practice OFF the mat and into the world, and have the means and desire to help us continue our efforts to make our offerings more financially accessible, you can do that in a few ways.
The Community Support Fund was set up in response to some of our members asking if they can pay extra or donate classes for other people to use. We have created three options:
- $20 - helps us offer a free trial week
- $50 - helps us offer a subsidized course
Other things you can do:
- Pay the community supporter rate when you take a course with us.
- Pay the community supporter rate when you sign up for a virtual unlimited membership.
- Buy a gift card for a friend, family member, or colleague.
- Buy your class passes at the regular (non-reduced) rates: these can be used in virtual classes and in person once it's safe to gather again.
- SPREAD THE WORD about what we're doing: email your pals, share our stuff on social media, sing about us from your balcony!
Gift cards can be purchased - and redeemed - online!CLICK HERE
Past Community Care Initiatives // On Pause During COVID Adaptation
- Sharing free 10-Class Pass gifts to essential workers in Waterloo Region - March to June 2020.
- Sharing free 10-Class Pass gifts to workers affected by provincial government cuts, including healthcare workers and education workers - Fall 2019
- Offering a weekly $5 Basics Class - ongoing but currently on pause during COVID restrictions
- Offering discounted membership to folks on ODSP - on pause while Virtual Memberships are sliding scale
- Sharing free Yoga in the Park in partnership with the City of Kitchener- normally June - August, on pause this year due to COVID restrictions