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Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ is divided into: General, School, Health, Classes, Trial, Sales and Promotion

General

Why YogaLady? +

Andrea Cerutti - an educator and children's certified yoga instructor - has a profound passion for empowering children by cultivating a growth mindset, building positive self-esteem and self-concept, creating resilience and compassion for themselves and towards others.

"YogaLady" arose from students forgetting her name and excitedly calling her "The YogaLady"!

Please visit the Service Comparison page to see our benefits and how we compare to others.

Who is the instructor? +

Classes are exclusively taught by Andrea Cerutti, an educator, instructor and mother (of three) who has worked extensively with children throughout her entire career. She has a B.Ed., B.A., multiple certifications and is an exceptionally unique individual that is embraced by children of all ages.

Please visit the About page to learn about her extensive certifications and experience with children.

What skill set would a comparable yoga instructor need? +

Someone who has a children’s yoga certification recognized by The Canadian Yoga Alliance, has a B.Ed., has a B.A., has done 200 hours of yoga teaching, has taught yoga to 1000+ students, has experience in the classroom, has excellent classroom management skills, has great people skills, has professional liability insurance, is passionate about what she teaches and is a creative story teller who loves to inspire children.

What is children's yoga? +

Children's Yoga is developed specifically for children under 13, and unlike adult yoga, uses stories and simpler child-centred poses to increase flexibility, improve breathing and calm the mind.

Is yoga a religion? +

Yoga is NOT a religion and moreover does NOT conform to any religious belief. This is a common misconception. Yoga does however offer numerous health benefits to people of all ages.

Do classes promote religion? +

No. Yoga does NOT conform to any religious belief and classes do not refer to any religious element.

In fact, to end classes, students are asked to place their hands in prayer-pose only to orient themselves and end the class; there is no prayer implied or involved.

Finally the word "Namaste" is used to represent a recognition of the light within each of us (our essence) that makes us exceptional and unique; there is no religious element implied or involved.

What is the programs history? +

Andrea Cerutti custom designed, implemented and delivered children's yoga and wellness classes at Saint Thomas More elementary over 4 years (since 2017).

She taught over 244 in-person yoga classes and a half dozen teacher workshops spanning 5 schools in the Ottawa area. In total she developed 16 custom classes over 4 years.

Each class is tailored and grade specific (JK-SK, G1-G2, G3-G4 and G5-G6), as the needs of very young students are different from those in senior grades.

What is the program offered today? +

Due to COVID, we shifted gears in 2021 to remote classes. Then we recorded the first four classes that were developed and taught as 16 online videos. These are delivered over a highly available Video-on-demand (VOD) platform using the Amazon Cloud.

Also, due to the overwhelming success of the program and teacher workshops, we further developed 4 educator wellness videos. These will be offered free remotely and free of charge in 2022.

The program includes:

Unlimited access until school year end

Dedicated homeroom accounts

Shared staff and resource account

Children's yoga videos for students

Wellness videos for students

Wellness videos for educators

Delivery over Amazon Cloud

Technical support via email

Locked-in COVID pricing next year

What is Video-on-demand (VOD)? +

Common Video-on-demand (VOD) streaming platforms include Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, etc.

Our VOD streaming platform delivers videos directly to schools across Canada via the Amazon Cloud.

Videos can be viewed at any time during school hours eliminating the need for a physically present yoga instructor and substantially reducing the cost of an in-person program.

How will my child benefit mentally, emotionally and physically? +

Our classes strive to help your child relieve stress and anxiety, have fun and learn to believe, love and accept themselves and others.

They help improve your child's confidence, resilience, self-esteem and self-love, as well as help them navigate the complex and challenging world we live in. In addition, classes help increase flexibility, muscle strength and coordination, as well as provide an overall sense of well-being.

Lastly, to promote student mental health and wellness we have developed short non-yoga student wellness videos.

What if my child is not very flexible? +

Flexibility is not required to do yoga classes. In fact, flexibility increases as your child does yoga.

Will my child be doing meditation? +

Classes include a relaxation segment at the end. Relaxation is NOT meditation and we do NOT include meditation in our classes. We invite children to close their eyes to calm their minds and bodies.

School

Why invest in our classes? +

We believe in the power, influence and lifelong impact that kindness and love can have on children as they grow, become adults and reciprocate as members of society.

How do classes follow the curriculum? +

Classes support the student success improvement plan, mental health and well-being strategy, social emotional life skills, as well as the physical education curriculum.

How can classes help with COVID? +

Now more than ever our children need to feel a sense of normalcy, have fun and stop spiralling in fear due to the uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

Furthermore to promote student mental health and wellness we have developed short non-yoga student wellness videos.

Can classes be used with online learning? +

Unfortunately, for insurance purposes, yoga video classes cannot be used for online learning. Students and their teachers must be physically present at school to ensure their safety.

Educator wellness videos can be used by teachers during online learning as they do not involve yoga. However, because they are designed for teachers, they should not be played for / by students.

Why is mental health and wellness important? +

Mental health and wellness is recognized as a central pillar of student success. It is vital to children's long term health and development and enables them to blossom into healthy adults.

How can classes help academically? +

Yoga can help calm and center the mind so that students become more focused, improve their listening skills, increase their attention spans and enhance their concentration.

How can classes benefit my child at school? +

Our classes help improve focus and listening skills, as well as classroom engagement. We provide students with tools to self-regulate and become emotionally aware, which in turn results in a more positive classroom climate.

Benefits also include less behavioural issues given the focus on emotional awareness, social emotional tools and loving acceptance of themselves reinforced throughout our yoga classes.

How can classes help with difficulty self-regulating? +

Self regulating involves controlling one's behaviour, emotions and thoughts. Sometimes children act before they think things through. Our classes help students increase emotional awareness and teach them to use their BREATH as a tool to respond rather than react in a given situation.

By participating in our classes, students practice self-regulation and are more likely to adopt it going forward reducing teacher and/or staff intervention.

How do classes help with special needs? +

Classes allow all students to fully participate including those with special needs.

The objective is to have all students complete the classes feeling better than when they arrived.

Can classes improve my child’s grades? +

Classes help increase focus, attention, concentration and confidence by providing time and space for your child to de-stress, relax and move physically, which helps improve academic performance.

Can this website answer questions directly related to my child's specific yoga class? +

No. Parents should contact their child's school and/or teacher for information regarding scheduling, attire or any other school-specific question. Each school has their own set of rules and regulations.

Health

Why does my child feel better after classes? +

While classes are designed to engage children and improve self-esteem, self-worth and coordination, the physical effects of yoga include oxygenating the brain, the organs and the body resulting in people feeling great after classes.

How do classes help with mindfulness? +

Through breathing and relaxation exercises students learn to become more present, relaxed, less anxious and less stressed.

What if my child is not very fit? +

Our classes are gentle yoga classes for young children and do not involve the typical exertion found in adult yoga classes. Moreover, the grade-specific classes are taught in a safe and appropriate manner by a certified children's yoga instructor and suit all fitness levels.

What if my child is unwell or injured? +

We do NOT recommend children do our classes if they feel unwell or are injured.

What if my child is not physically able or has a health condition? +

We do NOT recommend children do our classes if they have an underlying health condition.

Do I need to consult or follow my doctor's advice? +

Always consult with your family doctor or health care practitioner before attempting any exercise.

Classes

What is unique about our classes? +

We developed a distinctive method that bridges storytelling and school curriculum with yoga bringing to life the concepts included in our first 2 classes: Peaceful Warrior and Mastering Affirmations.

For a detailed comparison of Video-on-demand, Live Remote, Traditional Live In-School or via YouTube, please refer to Compare Services.

What is at the core of our classes? +

Our classes strive to help children believe, love and accept themselves. We believe that inspiring children to be forgiving, kind and loving with themselves and others is key to their future success in all areas of their lives.

Why different grade level videos? +

We believe in segmenting our classes into grade levels JK-SK, G1-G2, G3-G4 and G5-G6 as the needs and understanding vary depending on age and maturity. We do not believe in a one-size fits all approach.

In fact, very young students blossom through engagement, storytelling and easier poses while with each increasing grade level the storytelling gives way to more emphasis on poses and physical exercise.

How long are class videos? +

Class introduction videos for each age grouping are 1-3 minutes while class videos are 24-26 minutes long. Educator introduction videos are 1 minute, and educator videos are 5-10 minutes long.

What should my child wear to class? +

Children should wear what they normally wear to gym class or regular school clothing.

Will my child be barefoot? +

For safety reasons, children will be instructed to remove their shoes and socks while on mats or towels.

Does my child need a yoga mat? +

Some schools provide yoga mats while others may ask students to bring a mat or towel from home.

Does my child need a water bottle? +

Your child will not require a water bottle unless otherwise permitted during their regular gym class.

Where is it recommended to do classes? +

Typically, our yoga classes are held in school gymnasiums, or in any large open space, during a scheduled physical education time.

The space should accommodate all students comfortably and ideally lights should be turned down.

Who do I contact if I need more information about classes? +

Your school Principal or your child's teacher will communicate all pertinent information prior to start of classes; therefore, all questions should be directed to them.

Trial

Can I try the classes before buying? +

Yes. Principals and Vice-Principals can request a free 7-day Trial to access, review and/or assess our Portal videos (one time per year).

Please note that Principals and Vice-Principals will need to be verified by our Team prior to being granted Trial access.

We encourage you to share the trial with teachers, staff and students in the gym or in classrooms. Videos cannot be shared with parents."

Can I share the Trial with students in the gym or classroom? +

Yes. The email containing the trial link to our videos can be played by teachers or staff for students in the gym or in classrooms.

Can I share a Trial with others? +

Yes. Principals or vice-principals who request a trial can share the email containing the trial link to our videos for teachers or staff to play in the gym or in classrooms.

However, our videos including the trail link cannot be shared with parents.

Why is verification required? +

For insurance and liability purposes, only the principal or vice-principal is authorized to purchase the program for their school.

As part of the purchasing process, we verify that they are officially listed on a school / board website.

What if the Principal or Vice-Principal cannot be verified? +

If we cannot verify a principal or vice-principal through a school or school board website we will request further information through email.

Sales

What is included with the videos? +

The program includes:

Unlimited access until school year end

Dedicated homeroom accounts

Shared staff and resource account

Children's yoga videos for students

Wellness videos for students

Wellness videos for educators

Delivery over Amazon Cloud

Technical support via email

Locked-in COVID pricing next year

How much does the video program cost? +

The video program is priced based on number of homerooms (see Buy chart) and summarized as:

For a school with up to 15 homerooms - $475 + HST

For as school with more than 15 homerooms - $31 per homeroom + HST

Do I have unlimited viewing of class videos? +

Yes. Our videos can be viewed any number of times from the school, by a teacher / staff actively working at the school. Viewing outside the school or by staff not employed at the school is not permitted.

How long does it take to complete the class videos? +

As each theme includes 4 student class videos, and as gym is typically 2X per week, this means:

2 weeks If delivered 2X per week (compressed)

4 weeks If delivered 1X per week (spaced out)

Educator wellness videos can be viewed by educators as much, or as little, as they need / want.

How long do I have access to class videos? +

Class videos are available from the start of the school calendar year up until June 30th.

Can video access be shared among homeroom Teachers? +

We want everyone at the school to have access to our classes so we created a special school shared account for resource / support staff (see the next FAQ entry).

As such, homeroom teachers are not permitted to share their homeroom account / credentials with any other teacher or staff.

Can video access be shared among resource / support staff? +

Yes, however you must use the special school shared account for resource / support staff which can be shared with any number of resource / support staff as long as they are actively working at the school.

When you buy our program we provide an extra invite (1st in teacher invite admin page) as a shared account that must be set to the school's email and whose credentials can be shared with resource / support staff but not homeroom teachers.

Homeroom teachers have individual accounts and cannot be shared with any other teachers or staff.

Can videos be shared with Parents? +

No. For insurance purposes, only teachers can play class videos at school.

The sharing of videos and/or Portal access with persons other the administrator and teachers of a school is a breach of our Terms of Service. Doing so will result in cancellation of service without refund.

Can Parents buy videos classes for their child? +

No. Class videos can only be purchased by Principals or Vice-Principals at Canadian elementary schools.

Unfortunately due to insurance, at this time, we do not offer videos for use outside school settings.

Where can Teachers find class videos? +

If your school has purchased our program and your administrator has invited you to connect to our Portal, then simply Sign-In to our Portal to have access to the class videos.

If your school has not purchased yet, ask your Principal or Vice-Principal to Trial our classes.

How quickly can Teachers have access to video classes? +

As soon as a Principals or Vice-Principals purchase our program, and are verified on a school or school board website, they can invite teachers to connect and Sign-In to our Portal to access our class videos.

Assuming verification is straight forward, access can be attained in approximately 1-3 business days.

How can I pay for classes? +

We support Credit Card payments (Visa, MasterCard and Amex).

Payment by cheque, e-Transfer and/or cash is unavailable.

Are video classes refundable? +

No. As there is an option to do a Trial of our classes prior to buying, our policy is that there are no refunds.

We highly recommend that Principals or Vice-Principals use our free 7-Day Trial to view and evaluate our classes prior to purchasing. This will affirm the quality of our videos, and that expectations are met.

Why restrict to elementary schools? +

Our service offering is restricted to elementary schools as Children's Yoga certification applies to children up to the age of 13, which is essentially up to grade 6.

Why restrict classes to Canadian schools only? +

Due to insurance, liability and growth considerations our videos are currently geo-restricted and can only played from within Canadian elementary schools.

We anticipate expanding our service to the United States of America (USA) and possibly internationally.

What are the Terms of Service? +

Our Terms of Service should be read prior to making a purchase.

Where is Privacy Policy? +

Our Privacy Policy outlines how we handle your information.

We will never sell, distribute or disseminate any information gathered through our services.

Where is the Return Policy? +

Generally speaking we offer a zero Return Policy as we offer a free 7-day Trial.

Only under an exceptionally unintended circumstance such as a non-Principal / Vice-Principal accidentally purchasing our service, may we, at our sole discretion, provide a refund less a 10% fee, with the strict condition that no prior verification has been completed (see terms for exact details).

Promotion

How can I encourage video classes at our school? +

Your support is important to us! Let your school administrators, teachers and/or school board know about the positive impact this yoga program has on students.

Encourage them to request a 7-day Trial so they try our Portal for themselves with students in the gym or classroom.

You can also share your support by joining the School Parent Council and voice your desire and fundraising ideas to have our program implemented at your school.

How can I promote video classes online? +

Parents have a huge voice and help shape what students are exposed to.

Social media posts tagging @yogaladyy are invaluable for making YogaLady a program that is accessible to every elementary school student across Canada.

Directly access our @yogaladyy Social Media accounts below:

Are there any promotional offers or discounts? +

Our program is currently heavily discounted to support schools during COVID.

Furthermore, any school purchasing our program this year will lock-in their pricing for next year.

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If you are a Principal or Vice-Principal, request a trial of our Video-on-demand classes today.