Karma Classes

The UBC Yoga Club is proud to run what we call Karma classes on Saturday afternoons. The monthly proceeds of Karma classes go toward charities in and around UBC and the greater Vancouver area. It’s our way of introducing new instructors to our club, giving back to our community, and spreading some good karma to those who are doing great things!

Karma classes are $2 for members and non-members alike, and the classes this term take place on Saturday from 2pm – 3pm. Please check our calendar for live locations and cancellation updates, and feel free to use our online google form to suggest organizations you think deserve some good karma 🙂


Month Organisation What they’re about
Summer SAINTS Our Karma class proceeds for Summer 2018 are being donated to SAINTS. “We are an end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that have nowhere else to go. We provide a special place to be loved, cherished, and receive proper medical care for the rest of their days. All animals deserve to have hope for a better tomorrow.” A special thanks to Elise and the team at Mitacs for attending Karma classes this summer, and donating a significant part of our total.

Facebook: @saintsrescue
Instagram: @saintsrescue
Twitter: @SAINTSrescue

September WISH: Drop-In Centre Society Our Karma class proceeds for September 2018 are being donated to WISH. “The mission of WISH is to improve the health, safety and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade; the vision of WISH is that every woman should have access to opportunities to make free, healthy and positive choices.”

Facebook: @WISHDropIn

October KidsCodeJeunesse This organization trains teachers how to teach elementary school kids the basics of coding. Many school teachers do not leave their training knowing how to code and understanding logic and syntax is important for future development in critical thinking and communications skills. This organization not only benefits the children, who are the end target, but also the teachers, who learn methods and skills that they would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn.

Facebook: @KidsCodeJeunesse
Instagram: @kidscoding
Twitter: @kidscoding

November + December The Bike Kitchen Our Karma class proceeds for November and December 2018 are being donated to The Bike Kitchen. “The Bike Kitchen is a community bike shop, which means our bottom lines are education and recycling, not financial profit. All profits raised by the Bike Kitchen are used to fund the Bike Co-op’s programming and cycling advocacy outreach on campus and in the community.”

Facebook: @BikeKitchenUBC
Instagram: @bikekitchenubc
Twitter: @BikeKitchenUBC

January TBA


Emma Friedenstab

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I believe firmly that yoga can be fun, personally challenging and maybe most importantly – nonjudgemental (which can be much harder than one might expect). My teaching is guided with the awareness that yoga has something different to offer for everyone. Throughout my classes, I give lots of inspiration to make this valuable time that you carved out for yourself to explore your own body, on that day, in that specific moment. You can expect lots of suggestions to breath, to come back to the sensations in your body, and most importantly to enjoy and have fun!

Lianne Ho

Lianne first stumbled upon yoga some thirteen years ago and truly believes in the power of a regular yoga practice to help align the mind and body, and build mental, emotional, and physical strength. An avid Vinyasa yogini, Lianne encourages students to playfully explore their edge while linking breath and movement in a fun and energizing class. She includes the use of props and modifications to help make yoga accessible to everyone. UBC Yoga Club was key in helping Lianne maintain a steady practice during her years as an undergrad student at UBC; she is thrilled to be giving back to the club as a member of the Karma teacher team!

Mallory Fisher

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Hello, I am a third year sciences student with an interest in the environment and psychology. I started volunteering with the UBC Yoga club in my first year, and can’t believe that my journey has led me through a teacher training in California and towards the opportunity to instruct. I am beyond excited to begin sharing my knowledge with this community as I continue to learn about and to appreciate the tradition of yoga. I have always favored the more flow-heavy yoga practices but am warming up to the softer styles. My teacher training focused on vinyasa, hot hatha, and yin traditions.
I am looking forward to see what this season brings for the UBC Yoga club, and hope that the practice of yoga can help others to experience a bit more stability and grounding.

Sheldon Fernandes

I’m a full-time MBA student – yoga, to me, is the way I balance out the disparate parts of my life. When I’m on my mat, I’m at ease. I love pushing myself and others outside of comfort zones, which is why I joined the UBC Yoga Club. In my spare time, I love spending time in nature.



Some organizations we have worked with in the past include the following! If you would like to support these organizations again, feel free to let us know in our suggestion form.

  • Beneath One Sky UBC
  • Period UBC
  • Lace Up For Kids
  • 30 Yoga Challenge
  • Writer’s Exchange
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • Writer’s Exchange
  • Red Cross
  • Ocean Karma Project
  • Sprouts UBC
  • The Looking Glass Foundation


If you have any questions, inquiries, suggestions, or want to become involved with club by volunteering as a Karma teacher, feel free to email the Karma Coordinator at ubcyogaclubkarma@gmail.com. If you would like to inquire about a collaboration, there is some more info on our collaborations page!


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