In the fall of 2011 Sandy Brown decided to share her knowledge of yoga by offering affordable classes in the Bells Corners Community. Sandy and her daughter Olivia posted the information around the neighbourhood. They each taught one class, Sun, and Thurs., respectively. When Olivia left for England on a teaching job, the administration and teaching of the classes became too much for one person to handle. A group of participants eager to keep the classes going, volunteered to take on the various jobs related to the coordination of the classes, such as advertising, contracts to secure the venue, collect fees, and manage the registration of participants. A non-registered not-for-profit entity was created in December, 2011. Known as Bells Corners Community Yoga (BCCY), it manages a growing yoga program for the Bells Corners community. With the hiring of experienced instructors, BCCY has become well known in the community, providing affordable yoga classes. By the fall of 2013 the number of weekly classes had grown from two to seven weekly classes, with a total of 80 participants a week. Our current instructors can be found here [link to instructors page]
BCCY does not share, trade or sell participants information with any other organization(s), members are contacted for class purposes only.
- We have expanded to 7 classes per week on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each class accommodates a maximum of 12 persons. In total we have reached out to some 100 persons in total. Some 70% are repeat participants.
- Classes are open to all with lots of options for both complete beginners and more experienced practitioners.
- Typically we envisage 3 sessions: Autumn program runs from September 15 to December 15; Winter program from January 15 to end of March and Spring from mid-April to end of June.
- We keep costs as low as possible so classes remain accessible to community members. Interested persons are encouraged to register early in order to reserve a spot in the class of their choice. Check the website regularly for the next session’s registration dates.