I’m happy even before I have a reason
I’m full of Light even before the sky
Can greet the sun or the moon.
Dear companions, we have been in love with the Divine
For so very, very long.
What can we now do but forever Dance!
– Hafiz –
Hello, fellow friends on the path,
We are exactly halfway through the 30-day yoga challenge! Yip Yip!! To those of you participating, WAY TO GO! Your dedication to not only the practice but the community on the FB page and commenting on the classes has been inspiring. 🙌🏼
I had come to last Saturday’s LIVE class with the plan to read Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s poem Prelude to Dance. BUT after the second flow, I started reciting this poem by Hafiz. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve been sharing it in classes for over a decade. I have it memorized. I love Hafiz’s poems because they’re fun, funny, playful, and reverent. That’s how I felt as I moved through the practice.
It’s crazy to be doing yoga in my living room and knowing there are 100’s of people out there doing it with me.
To all those who came, it was a pleasure to dance with you.
For those of you who are not part of the challenge, you can still join me for the live class on the Practice With Clara apps.
🧘🏻♀️ I’m looking forward to seeing you again today. 🧘🏻♀️
If you aren’t able to make the class, we’ll post the on-demand replay in the New Release playlist 24-hours after the class has gone live.
After the class, I’ll be staying on to answer any questions you have about the class and reading any feedback you want to share.
You can ask me anything in the LIVE Chatbox on the class page.
The PWC Facebook Group currently boasts over 1.2k members worldwide.
The Facebook Group is our virtual yoga studio where students can ‘hang out’ after class to discuss their experiences. To assist in fostering an inspiring group dynamic, we brought on six stellar Ambassadors who share insight and welcome new members to the community.
Looking at some of the highlights from the past year, we’ve noted ten of the top reasons to join the PWC Facebook Community.
2. We Ask a Ton of Questions to Get to Know You Better
Breaking the silence or being the first to start dancing at a party can feel awkward, so we don’t put that on our community members!
We ask leading questions that invite our community to speak up and start driving the conversation.
We’ve discovered that people love to give feedback but usually need to be prompted to feel confident and comfortable putting themselves out there for the world to see. We interact with every comment to show support.
3. Stay Motivated and Inspired in Your Practice
The Facebook Group is where we host the discussion around the 30-day yoga challenges. This event helped us get day-to-day feedback on how participants feel and move through the classes, which helps us refine our process and do better the next time around. It provides a way for students to support each other and ask questions, and give their opinion on the structure and style of the classes presented.
After the inaugural 30-day challenge, we made it a mission to post every day to check in with members to see how we can better support their yoga journey. This habit ensures everyone stays motivated and inspired to make it to their yoga practice in some way, shape, or form.
4. We Provide Incentives to Foster Personal Development
To keep peppering the feed with a conversation, we provide incentives for members to interact with, learn, and evolve their perspective.
This content aims to stimulate conversations around all the ways we interact with the world and live our yoga by bettering ourselves and our communities.
Incentives that take the practice of yoga off the mat and out into the real world demonstrate how yoga isn’t simply asana; it’s a way of living.
One of the core values at Practice with Clara is developing a yoga mindset in being present and attuned to each moment. The Facebook Group incentives are our means to express this value with our community members through action.
5. Feel Safe and Supported in a Private Space
In December 2020, we changed the Facebook Group from public to private. We made this switch for several reasons, the main ones being privacy, visibility, and exclusivity.
In terms of privacy, a closed Facebook Group allows our community members to share their opinions and how they feel in the comfort of our virtual living room. I feel safer expressing myself in spaces where I know the community is aligned with my values. A public Facebook Group discloses all threads of conversation to any wandering eye on the internet.
Privacy compliments visibility. Making your Facebook Group private means your members have to request access and be approved to join the group. This way, you have full visibility on who asks to join and can validate each person, much like you would hosting a party and approving the guest list.
Finally, exclusivity enhances the excitement and urgency for new members to join your group. A private group increases the curiosity of non-members, while current members feel as if they’re part of a unique circle (which they are!).
6. We Share the Latest Yoga Challenges, Events, and Offerings
7. Search for Relevant Content to Educate Yourself
We made use of Facebook’s Post Topics to help members quickly search and locate specific content. It’s an excellent tool to quickly search for tagged content to enable all members to see the group’s resources.
The tags provide ease and accessibility of sharing information within your group. It helps with organizing events, providing educational materials to members, and promoting company updates. It also creates continuity of content. Sometimes we get asked the same question multiple times, and by tagging content, you can refer the question to the appropriate assortment of content for the answer.
8. We Engage in Live Discussions with You
We’ve hosted several live videos in the Facebook Group to create intimacy and allow the community to directly interact with Clara and the PWC Team.
At Practice with Clara, we want to create quality content that resonates with our brand and vision, and we also want to deliver content that provides our community with access to Clara.
9. Become a Practice with Clara Ambassador
We partnered with six members of the community who we felt embodied our values and invited them to become the Practice with Clara Community Ambassadors.
The Ambassadors help us welcome new members to the group, spread the word of events and training, provide feedback, inspire conversation, and hold the community accountable.
10. We Create a Safe Space by Asking Membership Questions
The benefit of setting up membership questions is learning more about your community and why they care about your company.
The membership questions are for only administrators and moderators to review; they’re not shared with the rest of the group.
If you’re one of the paying members of the PWC community we want you to know that you’re also supporting everyone in their practice by contributing to preserving the space that brings us all together.
We extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who contributes in some way, shape, or form.
Sending love and a virtual hug, 💜
Clara & the Team.
PS, one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of yoga.👇🏼
Send a yoga gift card to a friend OR invite them to the 30-day challenge! It’s never too late to join us.