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Sustainability in Your Practice 🌿 Full Lotus

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. 🧘🏻‍♀️

Join me TODAY for a live vinyasa class at 11am PST,
for a back bending class working towards
👇🏼Full Lotus Pose👇🏼

Here’s the info on today’s class:
 

Full Lotus

Join me for a 60-minute vinyasa practice working towards Full Lotus pose. That means we’ll be working on hip openers!!

Props needed: 2 blocks and 1 blanket.

SPOTIFY MUSIC PLAYLIST 
for today’s class

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.

Sustainability in my practice is synonymous with being part of the collective.


It’s important that I feel connected to fellow teachers and students of the practice. The community is a refuge. There’ve been many moments when I didn’t feel like showing up for myself to practice. The knowledge that the community would be there provided an opportunity for me to show up for someone other than myself. 
 

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. 

Community is a fundamental tenet of my personal life: we Irish are tribal by nature. Finding a tribe to reflect my vibe is not only something I want, it’s something I need. 2020 showed me that. I love the idea that the PWC community literally lives in my back pocket. With one flick of a button, one sip of a breath, I’m back with my “people”, the ones with similar hopes, dreams, and insecurities. There’s strength and power in knowing that. It’s a strength that feels all-inclusive, real, palpable, human. And that’s what I feel the world - what I, we - need right now.
Leah Egan
PWC Ambassador

1. Join a Global Community with Shared Values

The internet provides unlimited opportunities to connect with people from all over the world who share similar topics of interest. We express our community values and vision in our description to attract the right people to build a community. We ask all new members to introduce themselves and where they’re from; it’s exciting to discover that we have practitioners from all over the world!

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. 

The PWC community makes me feel connected to the collective and helps remind me of the bigger picture. I find myself inspired when community members from around the world share their thoughts, experiences, and questions. I notice themes of collective experience that arise through sharing and discussion, and it makes me feel as though there are little threads that connect us all in a large web.
Alexandria Waycott
PWC Ambassador

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. 

It seems with every passing year, the love and gratitude I have for the community grows deeper. The PWC community is one space that has been and continues to be a big blessing. I love the PWC community for how real it feels; it's free of judgment and safe to share where you are in your yoga or life journey, including the struggles you are facing or any raw emotions you’re carrying at the moment. It is an absolute honor and delight to be a PWC ambassador. I believe a big part of my dharma is to hold space for others and I get to practice that here.
Aisha Bubshait
PWC Ambassador

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. 

Privacy

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. 

Visibility

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.

Exclusivity

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!).  

It is a true gift to be an ambassador for PWC. I have felt aligned with Clara and her style of yoga/teaching since I first discovered her on Gaia. At the time, I felt I was lacking a community of my shared love of the practice and so I found it online. I feel at home practicing with Clara and a sense of real community and shared space in our FB group. It helps me feel anchored knowing I'm sharing breath and energy with others because there are palpable stories shared in our group that display that togetherness and unity.
enevieve Zorn-Ford
PWC Ambassador

6. We Share the Latest Yoga Challenges, Events, and Offerings

The Facebook Group shares new yoga and meditation classesblog postspodcastschallenges, and live events with Clara.
 

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. 

A blessing in disguise in the time of the pandemic was joining Practice With Clara, first as an online yoga student, then as an ambassador which was upset exciting news for me. I have gained so much in this time—from deepening the knowledge of yoga and strengthening my daily practice, to connecting to like-minded souls around the world and making new friends. It was like expanding the borders of my local yoga studio to those of the whole planet. It has been so comforting to receive and give support, so interesting and enriching to exchange ideas on all sorts of things and real-life situations, so entertaining to share tips and anecdotes.
Kseniya Hornby
PWC Ambassador

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.

We hosted a live raffle to end the last 30-day yoga challenge where Clara and I shared the names of people who won prizes donated by our partners of the event. 

Live video allows us to see who’s watching in real-time, respond to comments, and interact directly with the community.

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.

One of the most formative experiences I have had of community has been in connection with Benedictine monastic communities. Together, community members pray, work, eat, live. There are Benedictine monasteries all over the world, and yet each community has its own character. The Practice with Clara community reminds me, in some ways, of this Benedictine network: people spread out globally, sharing an experience, muddling through how to exist in this world. This community broadens my horizons while also reminding me of how very universal humanity is. I think of the breathing that we do in yoga, across the world at different times, as I think of the prayer done in Benedictine chapels the world over—day in, day out, continually renewing the world with Spirit.
Lauren Murphy
PWC Ambassador

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.