I Live Yoga is an online community platform providing free tools for instructors and studios to help them Stay Organized, Stay Connected to students, and Promote Themselves.
We focus primarily on building tools for serving instructors and students, but studios are inherently part of a yoga practice, so it is a natural extension to serve the needs of studios as well.
I Live Yoga acts as free a resource for students, allowing you to follow your favourite instructors and studios to always know what they're up to, and what they're offering - helping you maintain your practice.
We want to build tools that are useful for everyone, whether it is to help you quickly find nearby classes in any city, or help you manage your own practice, including direct messaging so you can easily plan what classes you want to go to with friends.
I Live Yoga's basic foundation is nearly complete - though 80% of what is planned still needs to get done - and supporting this campaign will help us get there.
I Live Yoga is fostering a community and will hold space that is welcoming to all.
We believe facilitating, socializing and engaging people is the key to wellness - we are social beings after all.
We want to help people come together to do yoga, and we hope I Live Yoga will be a home for the yoga community.
I Live Yoga is free for instructors, studios, and practitioners. The basic tools that instructors and studios need to manage their business will always be free.
My name is Matt and I started the concept for I Live Yoga just over three years ago.
I've been involved in technology for 20 years. My life has taken me on a path of helping people find health and well-being in their own life.
The idea for I Live Yoga was conceived in the summer of 2011 after I went to my first 200-hour Hatha training with Mona Warner in Kingston, Ontario.
After the training I had many ideas for tools that would be useful for instructors, and while looking for what was available I found there wasn't anything that provided fully to make life easier managing a teaching practice.
Developing I Live Yoga has come naturally to me with my background in web development and from my ever-growing passion for yoga that started to shift my life over 7 years ago.
As I've had the time and money I have put those resources towards developing the I Live Yoga platform to bring it where it is today. There's still a lot more to do though. I need your help now to help bring yoga to the world.
I have a goal to help implement a preventative and proactive healthcare system in Canada - which would include subsidized yoga - and develop a model the world can follow. I'm starting a charity that is aligned with this effort. The technology and systems to facilitate subsidized yoga around the world will easily be built on top of I Live Yoga.
I truly believe yoga will help unite the world, so much so that I have made I Live Yoga’s slogan "Uniting The World With Yoga."
I hope you can share this vision with me and be able to support my efforts by pledging what you can afford. We've lined up some pretty awesome rewards to give you in return, have a look below!
A beautifully hand-crafted pendant by Kim Snyder using the I Live Yoga logo character, designed in collaboration with myself and Gert Van Duinen of the Netherlands. Whether for yourself or as a beautiful gift to a loved one, you or they will love this pendant.
Starting at $175 as an Early Bird pledge reward, pledge enough for this beautiful pendant to let people know you support I Live Yoga and my efforts to help unite the world with yoga, and to remind yourself that there’s a worldwide community that you’re part of by wearing or keeping this pendant near. Even when not wearing it, it really does look beautiful just sitting on a desk.
Pledge $325 for the pendant with gemstone. Any precious, semi-precious or any other stone of your choice is possible to be placed at heart centre.
Diamonds! Pledges starting at $975 for Early Bird reward for pendant with a diamond at heart centre!
Contact us if you have a custom request such as a specific birthstone, stone with certain healing properties, or other rare stones.
Watch the video below to see parts of the casting process:
Every pendant is handcrafted and custom made for you.
Yoga Nidra Albums from Mona Warner
Yoga Nidra is an ancient tantric meditation practice that creates a receptive healing state, which promotes deep and conscious restoration. In my experience, it is the most accessible form of meditation and anyone (and everyone) can do it.
I'm offering a pullover hoodie (so comfy!) and a stylish t-shirt that will have the I Live Yoga logo character on it as a pledge reward because I want them myself - selfish I know! :)
Stickers are great aren't they?! Let people know you do yoga and help bring it more more mainstream by showing people you do yoga by sticking an "I Live Yoga" sticker on your laptop.
Three years after conception of I Live Yoga and there continues to be a lack of tools available for yoga instructors to help them manage and grow their teaching practice - and there just isn't anything great out there that's helping organize the yoga community in general. I’m changing that.
With I Live Yoga, we're aiming to create an all-in-one platform for the yoga community - a platform that will provide instructors and studios with all of the tools they need to stay organized, stay connected to students, and to promote themselves and their offerings - for free. And likewise, provide the tools to students that will most help them with their practice.
How can it be free? The most expensive part of developing a website is the initial development. Once it is built there is much less needed to maintain it. This is why your pledge and support right now is super important.
Why free? Free is important because it allows the community to be inclusive, where everyone can use and benefit from the platform because the basic tools are free to use (and will always be free to use).
Stay Organized, Stay Connected, Promote Yourself.
I Live Yoga takes care of your online presence and provides the tools you need to manage your business, so you can focus on your teaching practice.
"I Live Yoga is a wonderful way for studios, teachers, and students to connect. It fills the void right now for an online community that brings everyone together, rather than differentiating between studios. Here my students can see clearly where I teach and when, as well as explore other teachers and studios to practice with. It's amazing no one has created something like this yet!" - Sophie Ke
At its foundation, I Live Yoga allows instructors and studios to create a profile page, and quickly add their their schedule providing free exposure and promotion, and allowing for an easy way to connect with students and others in the yoga community.
We're creating studio management software that sits online and is accessible to you everywhere, all the time, and most importantly keeps you and all staff synchronized and organized.
Instructors and studios will be able to manage clients and accept payments, whether for group classes, privates, or workshops.
If you don't consider yourself a business person then I Live Yoga will be perfect for you. I Live Yoga as a turnkey solution will allow anyone to immediately have access to a full suite of tools that provides all vital parts to intuitively and successfully launch and manage a yoga studio with one or many locations. You won't even realize you're running a business!
Your Schedule on ILY (I Live Yoga)
It's our goal to give every instructor and studio full flexibility (pun intended!) when it comes to how they want to structure their offerings.
The Schedule Widget On Your Website
Introducing the Schedule Widget for instructors and studios. The perfect replacement for whatever you’re currently using to display your schedule on the web. It's so easy to update that you, any staff or energy exchangers can quickly learn to keep your schedule up-to-date without having to touch your website.
Schedule Widget Customization Examples
Why use the Schedule Widget?
Get real and valuable statistics. There will be many insights we can provide for you personally as an instructor, and for studios.
Save money by using our schedule widget. It will always be free to have the Schedule Widget on your website.
Save time. No more editing your website. Update your schedule on I Live Yoga, and your website updates itself. This includes updates for Class Cancellations and Substitutions you make.
Get free and highly-targeted promotion of yourself and/or your studio and offerings just by adding your schedule to I Live Yoga.
Features for Instructors and Studios
Below is a list of some of the features that we want to implement. We created a detailed features list here if you're want to read more about each feature.
Every $20,000 in pledges allows me to continue to lead a small team full-time for a month, adding new features that will be free to use and makes I Live Yoga more useful for instructors, studios, and students..
If you can't afford to pledge, please visit the I Live Yoga Giveaway page and help spread the word of I Live Yoga's launch and crowdfunding campaign and get chances to win one of the grand prizes!
Reaching our stretch goal of $250,000 would give us a full year of time to improve I Live Yoga and allow us to fully focus on bringing you the most important features as quickly as possible.
We'll be able to redesign the website fully and use modern styles to make it cleaner, faster, and more intuitive.
In addition, we’ll be able to hire enough support staff to respond to questions and help you start using I Live Yoga faster.
We’d love to create iPhone and Android mobile apps as soon as possible, and if we reach this pledge level we’ll be able to start development on these!
We'd also be able to cover hosting and other costs for an extended period of time too, so this would allow us a longer runway to focus on the more important features and not focus on generating revenues as early on.
At this level I can lead a small team and have enough staff to build I Live Yoga including starting to build and test the systems to facilitate a preventative and proactive healthcare system that will be the foundation for managing making yoga more available and accessible to all.
Help Us Reach Our Stretch Goals!
Are you an instructor or studio owner who would benefit from these tools?
Do you want to help support the whole community having access to these free tools?
Are you an avid yogi who has benefit from yoga and want to help support the mission to make yoga accessible to everyone?
If you can afford at least $1025 for our sterling silver pendant with a diamond at heart centre, then just you and ...
99 other people would help us reach our $100,000 goal
249 other people would help us reach our $250,000 stretch goal
499 other people would help us reach our $500,000 stretch goal
999 other people would help us reach our $1,000,000 stretch goal
Please Pledge What You Can
I'm out of money now and if you can afford to pledge for a pendant, please do. If pledging $1 is all you can afford then you're being equally as generous and is as deeply appreciate.
If you can't afford to pledge, please support us by telling everyone you know about I Live Yoga and my efforts. Visit http://iliveyoga.com/giveaway for chances to win:
An 18k Gold Pendant with Diamond at Heart Centre (value $2,400)
1 Year Unlimited Yoga at Studio of Your Choice (value $1,500)
A Weekend Retreat to Shanti Retreat (value $400)
One of 10 Sterling Silver Pendants (value $225)
A Meditation Bench (value $149)
If we don't reach our $100,000 goal, then all money pledged will be lost, and the future of I Live Yoga will be uncertain.
If you are passionate about Yoga and bringing everyone together as a community through this wonderful online platform, I hope to gain your support. Please also reach out to me if you have any questions, comments or feedback.
To Michael Stone for his time, and for being a great role model for me and others. It was late night when I interviewed him and he was tired from a long day - so added appreciation for taking the time for his thoughtful responses.
To Mona Warner for her support over the years.
To Lisa Kitteringham for helping me connect with the yoga community in Toronto!
To Matt Campea for doing a great job being videographer and friend!
Are you an experienced developer or designer that likes to work on and solve complex problems? Do have skills that you feel would be beneficial to the success of I Live Yoga? Do you care about the world and want to work on a project that will have measurable impact on the whole world? I am open to supporting a decentralized team. Please send me an email, I’d love to hear from you.
Risks and challenges
I've been doing web development since I was 11 years old and have been managing small teams over the years, so I am quite capable in this respect.
If we only reach our main goal of $100,000 - and not any stretch goals - we may only be able to pay for hosting costs and basic operations and minimal development for 6 months.
If I Live Yoga starts to grow quickly and 10,000s of instructors and studios start using I Live Yoga in a short period of time, it could lead to certain things breaking that aren't ready for scaling, and if the funds aren't available to pay a developer to solve it, then it could mean I Live Yoga may begin to not function fully or properly.
The above is worst case scenario and I will manage the pledges I receive to allow a cushion (pun intended!) to give enough time for any such unforeseen issues, and will allocate available resources appropriately.
I am confident that I am capable in finding solutions to any challenges that may present themselves.
ILY Sticker Pack: 5x5 Laptop Sticker & Smaller Sticker + Get Early Beta Access To Features + Early Viewing of Full Interviews + Secure ily.me/yourname + FEATURED LISTING for 1 year - for yourself or gifted to your favourite instructor!
Choose one of Mona Warner's Yoga Nidra Albums (Digital Download) + Stylish ILY-Branded T-Shirt + ILY Sticker Pack + Get Early Beta Access + Early Viewing of Full Interviews + Secure ily.me/yourname + PRIORITY EMAIL SUPPORT for 1 year - for yourself or gifted to your favourite instructor or studio!
EARLY BIRD: Save $50! Receive our beautifully hand-crafted sterling silver pendant! Add $20 for a silver chain to be included. Add $40 for a gold chain to be included. + FEATURED LISTING for 1 year - for yourself or gifted to your favourite instructor OR studio! PRIORITY PHONE SUPPORT for 1 year - for yourself or gifted to your favourite instructor or studio!
Want a custom feature added? Contact me and find out if it's something we can do - I'd love to hear what you're thinking! Please contact us before pledging this level to make sure we can implement what you're thinking. Thanks!