Welcome to Shelburne Falls Yoga

Online classes with Kate Pousont Scarborough are now running.

Please join us, and help support Shelburne Falls Yoga!

Shelburne Falls Yoga is still going strong, with online classes available in two formats: live or recorded.  Join SFY Director Kate Pousont Scarborough live via Zoom to experience the class in real time and connect with your classmates (your camera and microphone use are optional, so no need to be seen unless you'd like to be). Registration links for each class are available below.  If your internet or schedule doesn't allow for the live attendance, you can still participate!  Email shelburnefallsyoga@gmail.com to request a video link to view at your convenience.

New and current students are welcome.  Feel free to spread the word!

 

Online Class Schedule:

  • Mondays 9-10 am: Intermediate Kripalu Yoga - a moderately paced class appropriate for many levels, this practice includes, meditation,  warm-ups,  and standing & seated postures, with an emphasis on breath, attention, and safe, easeful movement.  Click here to sign up for Monday classes. 
  • Tuesday 6-7 pm: Slow Flow and Yin Yoga- this class is a combination of our usual Tuesday and Thursday evening classes.  It includes some gentle warm-ups, movement-based standing postures, and a long yin yoga sequence.  Suitable for beginners and all-levels.  Click here to sign up Tuesday classes.
  • Wednesdays 9-10am: Vinyasa Flow - a lively and challenging yoga experience, this class emphasizes a balanced and attentive approach to vinyasa flow, with core sequences and seated postures also included.  Previous yoga experience recommended.  Click here to sign up for Wednesday classes.
  • Fridays 9-10 am: Gentle Kripalu Yoga- a favorite of beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this class emphasizes a coordination of breath and attention with gentle, flowing movements as well as seated, supine, and restorative postures. Click here to sign up for Friday Classes.
  • 30 Minute Individual, Sliding-Scale, Online sessions with Kate are also available. This is a wonderful opportunity to check in about personal goals and progress, and to receive feedback about your postures or other practice questions.   Email shelburnefallsyoga@gmail.com to register.  See below for pricing information. (I'm flexible!)  Longer sessions are also an option.

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email just once, with the link and password needed to access all future meetings of that particular class.   Please keep your confirmation email for future use!  Please read below for payment information and a list of frequently asked questions relating to Zoom.

 

I miss you all, and the studio, AND I'm very grateful for the opportunity to connect with you from my sunny home "studio". While video teaching wouldn't be my first choice, I've enjoyed continuing to explore and grow in the practice of yoga with you in this new format.  It is not possible to say when live classes will resume, but these online classes will continue until such time as we are able to safely return.  Please reach out if you have any questions, and I'll be happy to work with you to find a class option that meets your needs.  For those who prefer low-tech, I am able to send audio files of our classes.  I've even burned a CD and dropped it off to a student with no internet access, so don't hesitate to reach out if you're in need of alternative way to stay in touch! Sending well wishes, Kate

 

Payment Options: All online classes are available by donation.  For those who are able, your contribution will play an essential role in helping to ensure that Shelburne Falls Yoga remains open after the closure.  I truly appreciate your support of the studio, and my livelihood! For those who are experiencing financial hardship during this challenging time, you are welcomed and encouraged to attend, with or without payment.  We are using the honor system for all online classes.  Pay what you can, keep track at home, no questions asked. (To see our standard class rates, click here.)  For individual sessions, the sliding scale rate is $18-$35 for the 1/2 hour session.  For payment for all services, you can specify your chosen amount and pay by credit card using the link below.  Other payment options: venmo @shelburnefallsyoga or mail a check made payable to Shelburne Falls Yoga to 49 Conway St. Suite 201, Shelburne Falls MA 01370. Thank you!



 

Frequently Asked Questions about Zoom:
 
Do I need to sign up each week?
No, you only need to sign up once.  (Classes are scheduled to be ongoing until our studio classes can resume and your sign-up is valid until we make the switch.) Note that there is a different registration link for each different day, so you’ll need to sign up separately for each of the offerings you’d like to try.
 
Will I receive a confirmation email each week?
No, you will receive a confirmation email upon registering that contains the links and passwords you’ll need to take the class.  Be sure to keep your confirmation email for each day’s offering so you can continue to use those links for future classes.
 
Can I sign up for all classes and just take the ones that fit my schedule?
Yes! You are not obligated to attend or pay if you sign up using the links.  You are welcome to sign up for any classes that you are interested in and attend whenever you are able.
 
How do I get Zoom on my device?
If you haven’t used Zoom before, I’d suggest installing it on your device prior to class time so you have a few extra minutes to test your equipment. You can do that here.
 
How do I access the recordings?
I will be recording classes for those who have technical difficulties, slow internet, or schedules that don’t allow you to attend in person.  To access these, send me an email to let me know which recordings you are interested in. I will send the link to you.  Each class will be available for viewing for three days. I do ask that the video links are not forwarded to others. Anyone is welcome to request these from me, and, as with the classes, donations are appreciated to help cover studio expenses during the closure.
 
Will people be able to see me?
Not unless you want to be seen!  I’ve set these meetings to begin with all cameras and microphones off (though you should check your mic when joining just to be sure as a couple of them haven’t been cooperating:)  There is an option for you to turn on your camera and say hello before and/or after class, but there is no obligation to do so.  Some folks have left their cameras on during class, which I enjoy as I can see your pacing and adjust accordingly, but, again, there is no obligation or expectation in either direction.
 
Can I invite my friends? 
Yes!  Many students have shared our class information with friends and family, and we have several new faces in our community. Welcome!!  I appreciate your spreading the word. It is a big help in keep the studio afloat in these challenging times. 
 
How does the payment work?
All online offerings are available by donation. You can specify any amount in the “price” selection area.  For those who have entered a time of hardship, there is no expectation of payment. For those who are more well-resourced at this moment, your donation will help to cover ongoing studio costs during the closure. As with other small businesses experiencing a closure, we will have to work together to ensure that the studio can open once again.  I so appreciate all of your support, and I’m optimistic that we can get through this time together. Thank you for your generosity!
 
Are you keeping track of my class attendance? 
No. With so many names and faces appearing and disappearing from the screen, it is not possible for me to keep track.  For those paying for a block of classes, I’d suggest marking them off on your calendar as we used to do on our class cards.

Shelburne Falls Yoga serves students of all levels, ranging in age from 5 to 95. Everyone is welcome here! Our beautiful studio overlooks the Deerfield River and Salmon Falls, and our dedicated and experienced teachers are committed to helping you work toward greater health, well-being, and self-awareness through skilled instruction in yoga, movement, and meditation.

We actively foster an environment in which your goals, needs, and intuitive wisdom take precedence over external performance or conforming to outside instruction. We value the process of inquiry and honor the multi-faceted, ancient, and evolving tradition of yoga. Compassionate self-observation is at the core of our offerings, and we engage in an ongoing exploration of how this core can be extended outward in acknowledgement of the collective needs of our shared world.

Our studio is a beloved place of respite and community gathering for many, where you will also learn and practice skills in body and mind that can serve you in your health, work, and relationships throughout your lifetime. We hope you will join us!

 

Fragrance-Free Studio Reminder

It has been a common practice for yoga spaces to provide a haven for individuals with chemical sensitivies, and Shelburne Falls Yoga is no exception.  We have been "fragrance free" for more than a decade.  For those who are not prone to such sensitivities it can be easy to forget. For those who are, practicing in an enclosed space next to a perfume wearer can have significant health impacts that last well beyond class time.
There are quite a few members of our studio community who have this level of sensitivity to scented products, including some of your teachers.  Please remember to refrain from wearing perfumes, scented lotions, hair products, and laundry detergents when visiting the yoga studio. Scented dryer sheets are another common culprit.
Also, please remember that we do ask students to refrain from attending class with contagious illnesses like cold or flu for similar health reasons. In both cases, this can be a wonderful opportunity to lean into the practice ahimsa (non-harming) and to help ensure that the studio remains a place of health and healing for all. We thank you in advance for your consideration!

 

 

 
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