Ananda Yoga School is offering free classes for the next five days as part of their 'Free February' promotion, in the spirit of self-love and self-care.
The school offers classes for all fitness levels from beginner to advanced.
Innisfil's Alaena Ferreira, co-founder of Ananda Yoga says the pandemic has allowed the school to transition to a totally virtual platform.
The studio was established in 2009, with locations in the surrounding area including Bradford, Aurora and Keswick. The spaces closed in 2017, but classes were still offered classes and workshops in the community.
When the pandemic hit, it gave the studio founders a chance to pivot their teachings to an online-only model.
"The pandemic forced us into redirection," said Ferreira. "We decided to just take the hard pivot and transition everything online."
Ferreira says the online model has been working well for her and co-founders Melissa Williams and Kim Henrick.
The school offers yoga teacher training programs online and now virtual classes.
"We were lucky to have the last year to work out all the kinks and the technology," said Ferreira. "I am proud of our little grassroots group and we've done," she said.
She noted the pandemic has been an eye-opener for the fitness industry, with some spaces having to permanently close their doors.
"It's been unreal," she said about the changes fitness studios have had to adapt to.
Ferreira said going online has allowed her studio to reach clients from all over the world, including a few from Italy.
"It's been amazing, we've managed to reach out globally, so that's been a huge thing," she said. "As long as you have access to the Zoom app anyone can participate."
Anyone interested in participating in the free promotion or looking at membership opportunities can send an email of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram @anandayogaschool