Maintaining a healthy practice: COVID-19 update

Update: the following post was our studio policy on March 11, 2020. As of March 16, 2020, we have suspended in-person classes, following the recommendation of Yoga Alliance.

As a community yoga studio, our mission is to support the health of the members of our community. Therefore, as we monitor updates on COVID-19 and resources for minimizing exposure, we are sharing these studio updates and guidelines. We also encourage everyone to keep up with the information provided on the CDC website.

As of today (March 11), we plan to continue to offer our regular yoga, meditation, and Pilates class schedule as posted. Should that plan change, we will update the online calendar and our Facebook page. However, if you do not feel well, please help us help our community remain healthy by staying home—and our teachers will do the same. You may also decide to practice social distancing and limit your time out of the home: if that is the case, we will look forward to seeing you when you return!

If you continue to practice at the studio, please follow these guidelines:

  • Greet teachers and fellow students verbally instead of with physical contact.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues or your elbow if you cough or sneeze (boxes of tissues provided in the kitchen and props closet) or do so into your elbow.
  • Wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to clean mats or blocks that you borrow both, before and after using class. (Canisters of wipes are provided in the props closet.). You may also decide to bring your own props or to bring a towel to cover a studio mat.
  • Help teachers keep shared surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, kitchen and bathroom faucets, kitchen and bathroom counters) clean by using disinfectant wipes.

If you decide not to come to the studio, know that many of our teachers are offering alternate practice options to continue to support you in your home practice. For example, a teacher may allow you to audio record a class or a part of a class that you attend in person before you take a break, or she may provide a way to video-conference into a live class and pay when you return to the studio.

Teachers will make the possible alternate-delivery decisions with which they feel most comfortable and announce them at the beginning of each class. Angie has also asked teachers to inform her of their plans so that she can be a central clearinghouse to answer your questions if you are staying home and unable to see your teacher in person. Just send her an email at 4yoga -dot- me -at- gmail -dot- com or a message via Facebook.

Thank you for your understanding and support, and all best wishes for continued good health.

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