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What is Sangha?

Sangha is simply a celebration of yoga.

Run by the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) our annual national event has had a few names over the years (Congress, Yoga Fest etc) but throughout it has remained a wonderful, welcoming opportunity for anyone interested in yoga. Under normal circumstances we would meet in person but for 2021, Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to take it online. 

It is ideal for everyone from beginners to those who have been practicing yoga for decades, teachers, non-teachers and anyone curious to delve into the wonderful array of yoga on offer. We welcome everyone, whether you are a member of the BWY, another yoga organisation or none at all.

Sangha Online runs from Friday to Sunday (07:00 - 20:00) offering 20 online classes, workshops and talks. There is a mixture of live Zoom and recorded classes.

You can choose from a number of tickets, depending on how many classes you would like to attend. 

Each class has been categorised by the teacher in terms of who would get most out of the class and the vast majority are perfect for all abilities and experience. You will be able to decide for yourself by looking at the session information based on your own interests, strengths and ability. If you have any questions then just ask, we are only too happy to help.

Aside from yoga, there is also the BWY AGM, open to all BWY members and free to attend online regardless of whether you are taking part in any classes, workshops or talks. This is your chance to hear what has been happening over the past year and what is planned for the coming year. The AGM information will be available to members before Sangha and there will be a presentation of the information too. It is also your opportunity to ask the National Executive Committee (NEC) questions. This is the only part of Sangha which is not open to people who are not members of the BWY - please ensure that you have filled in your BWY number in your Account, so that we can verify your membership.

And then there is Market Place... we will miss the hustle and bustle of this hall, brimmed full of all things yoga but we are delighted that so many of our usual retailers (and a few new ones too) have come together to provide various discounts and offers over Sangha weekend. To view all the Sangha Offers, click on Market Place where you will find all the details.

All classes and workshops need to be booked as there is a maximum capacity of 20 places per class to ensure everyone is being taught safely.

We have limited the capacity of talks and the AGM to 125 people in order to manage the logistics of the zoom meetings. These must also be booked.

You can purchase tickets and book classes online up until 23:59 on 19 April. If you have any queries after this point, please contact Katherine Nicholls, BWY Events Manager at events@bwy.org.uk.

Guide to Sangha Online

Welcome to Sangha Online! 
 

What do I do first?

The first thing you need to do is book your ticket. Once you have this, you will be able to book any class or talk that you would like to attend.

 

What classes are there and what do I need to do?

For Sangha Online, there are 20 classes, workshops and talks to choose from.

You can either pick from the Timetable or if there is a particular teacher you would like to practice with, then simply click their name on the Teachers page.

Classes, workshops and talks are all booked on a first-come-first-served basis, so we encourage you to book your chosen sessions as soon as you have purchased your ticket to avoid missing out.

Each class, workshop and talk has a description to let you know if it's something you'd be interested in and there is also a guide from the teacher as to who it is aimed at. Check the details and times carefully as there is also information about any specific yoga equipment you need to bring.

There is a mixture of recorded and live classes. The recorded classes will be available from the sheduled time in the timetable and available for the weekend of Sangha. The live classes will be taught via Zoom and will not be available for viewing afterwards.

If you need to amend your sessions, you can do this online until 23:59 on 19 April, subject to availability.
 

What is Market Place?

Market Place is usually a bustling hall at our in-person event and we are delighted that so many of our usual retailers (and a few new ones too) have come together to provide various discounts and offers over Sangha weekend.
 
To view all the Sangha Offers, click on Market Place where you will find the individual details.
 

How do I access the classes, workshops, talks and the AGM?

Once you have booked onto your chosen classes, workshops, talks and/or AGM, you will be able to see confirmation of this under your Account section on BWYSangha.com.

This is also where you will find the Zoom links to live classes.

The recorded sessions will appear here also, from the beginning of Sangha and will remain active until the end of Sangha. 

A BWY representative will admit you to the live Zoom meeting, which will open 15 minutes before the class, to ensure you have ample time to adjust your camera and set up.

For BWY Members, the Keynote Talk and AGM can be booked in addition to the classes you get as part of your ticket. So if you have bought a single-class ticket, you can, in effect attend three. If you have bought a five-class ticket, you can attend seven.

For non-BWY Members, the Keynote Talk can be booked in addition to your single-class ticket. If you would like to attend more sessions and the AGM, then you simply need to join the BWY for £37 for a year. You will quickly receive your BWY number and then be able to book on.

Please note: your screen name must match your account name as we will use that to check you against the register and admit you from the Waiting Room.

 

BWY AGM

The BWY Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held on the Saturday. There will be a presentation about what has happened in the past 12 months and plans for the coming year. 

If you are a member you are welcome to attend this in addition to any classes, workshops or talks you are booked onto.

The numbers are limited to 125 attendees, due to the logistics of admitting large numbers of people securely to the meeting. The recording of the AGM will be made available on the Members Portal on BWY.org.uk.

Questions may be submitted to the NEC in advance, by emailing them to events@bwy.org.uk by April 16th 2021.

The Agenda, Minutes of the last AGM and Presentation will be available on the Members' Portal under Reports two weeks' prior to the AGM - you must be logged in to access this part of the website.

 

Keynote Talk

On Saturday, we have a Keynote Talk from James Boag entitled: Sangha - For the love of yoga which will be filled with his wonderful story-telling.

You are welcome to attend this in addition to any classes, talks or workshops that you have booked onto.

 

What do I need?

Wear clothes suitable to practice yoga in if you are attending a class. Have to hand all your usual yoga kit – if you normally use blocks, blankets, bolsters, cushions and straps, then bring them with you. You will definitely need your mat! 

In the class description, teachers have listed any specific equipment you may need to bring, so please check this carefully to ensure you have what you need.

 

CPD points

For every hour of programmed content that you attend, you will accrue 1 CPD point, which can be logged via the membership site. So, if you attend five 1.5 hour classes and the AGM, then you will accrue 9 CPD points.

 

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  1. If the BWY has to cancel Sangha Online for any reason, you will receive a 100% refund on your ticket and no administration fee will be deducted.
  2. Under these circumstances, refunds will be processed automatically and you do not need to take action.
  3. Refunds will be credited back to the card used to make the original purchase with 28 days of cancellation date.
  4. If you are unable to attend, please contact Central Office on 01529 306851 or office@bwy.org.uk.
  5. If you apply for a refund up to and including 00:01 on 26th March 2021, you will receive a refund subject to the deduction of a £5 administration fee.
  6. After 00:01 on 26th March 2021, we will not be able to issue a refund apart from in extenuating circumstances, e.g. letter from a medical professional.

 

Recording of classes

Please note that all classes will be recorded in gallery and speaker view.

The gallery view recordings are solely for the purpose of future reference in the case of an insurance query and will not be used for promotional or marketing purposes. The videos will be stored at BWY Central Office on a secure server and destroyed after seven years.

The speaker view recordings (where the only person on screen is the teacher) may be used for promotional or marketing purposes.

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at Sangha and in the meantime, here's what Lucy Edge from YogaClicks has to say about this amazing event:

 

Health, Safety and Guidance

BWY Sangha is a series of yoga sessions, informative lectures and guest speaker talks, which will take place online for the first time this year.  At our core remains our guiding philosophy to promote a greater understanding of yoga and its safe practice through experience, education, discussion, study and training.

As part of our responsibility to you as participant and as part of your responsibility for your own health and wellbeing; we draw your attention to our full health, wellbeing and guidance statement which you can read here.