What is the Vidya Yoga Community (VYC)?
VYC is an online holistic Yoga studio created specifically for beginners, students with limited range of motion, recent injuries or surgeries, anxiety, stress and more in mind.
It’s a place for holistic, accessible, quality Yoga.
Think of it as the Yoga you’ll do for the rest of your life. Learn to adapt the practice to you. Learn basic principles of movement.
Uncover the intelligence and art of a life of Yoga.
You're in the right place if you're:
looking for a gentle, practical, sustainable, and systematic approach to Yoga.
recovering from an injury, surgery, or have limited range of motion.
unsure if you’d fit into a group class at a Yoga studio.
struggling with anxiety, fatigue, stress, pain, illness, or depression.
The Vidya Yoga Community is designed to:
give you the confidence, knowledge, and awareness to build a long-standing relationship with Yoga.
help you reach your goals of lowering stress, overcoming fatigue, and taming overwhelm.
build strength and flexibility in both your mind and body.
provide a support system for you that adds value and accountability to your life.
Why am I doing this?
I believe EVERYBODY, despite age, physical, psychological, or financial limitations, or feeling unsure if you'd fit into a Yoga class environment, should have access to high-quality Yoga. Yoga’s become a bit of an elite sport and lifestlye; group classes can cost upwards of $25. For $30/month, you can have access to twice weekly classes and every single recording in the Vidya Yoga Community.
What are the main features of the VYC?
Attend two Live Yoga classes a week
participate wherever you are in the world via Facebook Live
option to watch the replay at your convenience.
each month a calendar will be sent out so you can plan to attend Live.
Receive access to the library of previously recorded Yoga classes
watch them over and over again.
ask questions about modifications and receive feedback based on your unique needs.
Gain immediate access to a community of like-minded students
This is a community of serious students new to Yoga and/or those working with injuries, etc
Receive support, encouragement, and accountability.
Ask questions in this private group and receive feedback from myself and other students.
Receive reading recommendations.
Recommendations may include information on:
Yoga, meditation, self-inquiry, Ayurveda, and more.
Suggestions for Yoga props and other accessories
Learn what may support you in your new practice and lifestyle.
What are the benefits of joining the Vidya Yoga Community right now?
For each class, there's an opportunity to make requests or ask questions prior to the class and receive an answer during class.
Each month, I'll ask for feedback regarding days and times that work best for current, active members.
be grandfathered in at the introductory rate (see below).
receive more of my personal attention because there will be less people.
enjoy more intimacy with fellow membership members.
you'll have a better chance at receiving classes tailored to your needs.
twice weekly video Yoga practices delivered via Facebook live, where you'll watch and follow my clear and easy instructions on your favorite device (laptop, TV, phone, or iPad).
Try it out for yourself! Email me at FrancescaMichelleYoga@gmail.com and I’ll send you a sample video.
What will I learn?
Fundamentals and anatomy of proper breathing (hint: most of us don’t breathe properly).
Discover how to balance building flexibility and strength and how to work toward your goals.
Explore the role of your psychological & emotional body in your yoga practice.
Master how to modify poses and how to use props, to suit your specific body & movement patterns.
Understand the basic classifications of poses.
Learn intelligent sequencing that makes sense from an anatomical point of view.
Understand the role of Ayurveda in Yoga asana.
Basic Yoga terminology.
Basic Yoga philosophy.
Much, much more.
How is this different from Physical Therapy?
The biggest differences between Yoga Therapy and Physical Therapy is the emphasis on breathing, concentration or "mindfulness," and sequencing. These all play a vital role in healing. Additionally, Yoga Therapy offers a holistic approach to healing. Yoga Therapists can prevent injury, treat chronic pain, and offer rehab after acute pain.
What's the investment?
The Vidya Yoga Community costs $300 for one year.
That's a little over $3 per class. Yes, you read that correctly.
Two months free
There is a pay-by-month option at $30/month
Just under $4 per class.
What if it's not the right fit for me?
It's important to me that you feel good about your investment of time, money, and energy and if you're not satisfied with your membership after 14 days, you'll receive a 100% refund.
After 14 days, you can finish up the month and opt out before the next billing cycle.
If you chose to buy a month-to-month membership and want to upgrade to one year, you can choose to do this after your first month's membership.
It's important to me that students commit to this practice and to the community, so deciding within the first 2-4 weeks if this membership is right for you will help our community stay strong and grow together.
Who runs and teaches the Vidya Yoga Community?
The Vidya Yoga Community is run and taught by Francesca Michelle Gold, Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 x 2 (experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, two 500-hour teacher trainings). Francesca is a sought after teacher, teacher's teacher, and above all, still just a student of Yoga. She's taught over 1,000 students their first yoga class ever. Read more here.
What does Vidya mean?
Vidya is a Sanskrit word that means “knowledge,” “clarity,” or “higher learning.” The term describes both intellectual knowledge obtained through self study and also spiritual or higher knowledge that leads to enlightenment, the goal of Yoga.
Who should enroll in membership for VYC?
If you want to learn a systematic, safe, accessible, gentle, and practical approach to Yoga, then you should join as a member.
Ideally, and generally, members fall into one or more of these categories:
brand new to Yoga and looking for an intelligent introduction to the art and science of yoga.
a returning student with limited range of motion, recovering from a recent injury, fall, or accident.
a student with anxiety, stress, overwhelm, depression, PTSD, etc who's looking for community support to begin a Yoga practice.
Note that these practices are very gentle, accessible, and there are multiple options offered for most postures and techniques (where applicable).
Because of the nature of classes being live-streamed and the interactive nature of the Facebook Live platform, questions can be asked before, during, or after the class for clarity and to check understanding.
What props will I need?
It'd be helpful to have a yoga mat to begin with (even this isn't a necessity; you can do the classes on a carpeted floor) and possibly a blanket to use to sit on and cover yourself with for the final relaxation.
If you REALLY want to go all out, read below and click here for my recommendations:
usually beginners and those with injuries, etc appreciate extra padding
two Yoga blocks
Ideally, I'd want everyone to have wooden yoga blocks, but these can be quite expensive, cumbersome, and are not comfortable for beginners in restorative postures.
The next step down would be cork blocks. These aren't as heavy or hard.
For a beginner, I'd recommend you buy two (of the same size) foam high density Yoga blocks.
Any blanket will do. It'd be helpful to dedicate a special blanket just for Yoga.
can substitute a tie or belt as well.
I'd recommend getting a full size one. You can also create your own bolster by putting three folded blankets together.
lavender eye pillow for relaxation
purchase one online or, for a special art project, have fun and make your own!
I would highly recommend working with Francesca, as her passion for Yoga and her personable nature are extremely helpful when it comes to being a new and growing student trying to build a fun, safe and effective practice.
I'd been interested in Yoga for some time, but was never sure where or how to start and did not want to walk into a class knowing nothing and risk injuring myself.
She made me feel comfortable with myself and my new practice and encouraged me to ask questions and it didn't take long for me to gain more confidence.
Why would I learn Yoga from Francesca?
I’ve taught over 1,000 students their first yoga class ever.
I train yoga teachers how to teach effectively and safely.
Trained in anatomy and physiology.
I have over 1,200 hours of training (many yoga teachers have the minimum 200 hours).
I've completed two 500-hour teacher trainings.
I have over 4,000 hours of teaching experience (this is well beyond what many teachers have).
I have a connection to a deep lineage in both the Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy and the lineage of Krishnamacharya (considered the father of modern yoga) .
I’m in my third year of study at Loyola Marymount University for Yoga Therapy.
I've been teaching beginner yoga students, people with injuries, those recovering from surgeries, for over 8 years.
I've used yoga to support me in recovery from my own stress, anxiety, depression, injuries, and more.
Diane, 50 , Physician.
I’ve been taking classes with Francesca at the Himalayan Institute for several months. I was nervous about returning to yoga in a group setting, after my lengthy hiatus from exercise.
I was delighted to find her class to be designed to meet the needs of students at several levels of ability. She is extremely intuitive and very attuned to the individuals who comprise the whole of a class.
I was immediately drawn to Francesca’s warm, kind and nurturing spirit. She is the reason I keep coming back to class. I am so glad I found her.
What’s doing Yoga online like?
Yoga online is very close to doing it in person and is a good alternative if you don't have a local teacher you enjoy learning from who has the skills and training to support you in your practice.
As the Vidya Yoga Community grows, there will be opportunities a few times a year to meet in person for retreats, trainings, and workshops.
Denise and I worked together solely via online sessions. In this video testimonial, she explains how yoga helps her to feel calm and relaxed and aids in pain management.
When Diane and I began working together, she couldn't walk around her block or get up from the floor on her own. During our work together, she began training for the El Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile trek in Spain.
Can I read more testimonials?
Yes! Read testimonials from former and current students from my past 8 years of teaching here.
To donate Yoga anonymously to another member for one year, please email me at FrancescaMichelleYoga@gmail.com.
To be a recipient of Yoga for one year, please email me FrancescaMichelleYoga@gmail.com to inquire if there are scholarships available and to apply.
What if I have more questions?
Please email me directly at FrancescaMichelleYoga@gmail.com.