Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Keep calm and keep practicing
March 13, 2020
THE WISDOM OF SURRENDER
Sri Dharma Mittra often says yogis must stand supreme under any condition. In other words, we should meet all challenges head on, with courage and dignity.
But this doesn't mean we should rush blindly into the unknown without thinking things through or being careful. On the contrary, courage requires us to assess any given situation before we act. Blindly jumping into something we don't understand is not bravery, it's foolhardy.
Fear can often leave us paralyzed -- prisoners in our minds. Being prepared can alleviate some of that fear and uncertainty. But being too careful and cautious can be a heavy burden too, and will weigh us down. A balance has to be struck -- observe, take note, and then move deliberately and intelligently. Sound familiar? These are all things we practice every day on the mat.
Earlier this week, we told you about how The Woods Yoga is responding to COVID-19. Among other things, we've intensified our cleaning standards and deployed hand sanitizers throughout the studio. We asked you to stay home if you're feeling ill. We also asked you to start wiping down any blocks you used, or better yet, bring your own props. As expected, The Woods family responded beautifully. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
With the virus continuing to spread, we are implementing additional measures to keep our community healthy and safe. Effective immediately, The Woods Yoga will be enacting strict social distancing measures:
⚠️Class capacity will be reduced by more than 50%. Maximum capacity will be 16 people instead of our usual 35 (the upcoming weekend morning classes will be the exception as reservations have already exceeded this number, although cancellations may self-remedy).
⚠️Please pre-register for classes and cancel as early as possible if you cannot make it to class so that another student may practice.
⚠️We are planning to offer live and recorded classes as early as next week. All of our members will get free access to this content.
⚠️We have discontinued using blankets. If you need these items for your comfort, please bring your own.
⚠️We recommend that you bring your own mats and blocks as well.
DO NOT ATTEND ANY STUDIO CLASSES IF YOU HAVE:
🦠 traveled anywhere outside the US within the past 14 days,
🦠 have any cold/flu symptoms,
🦠 have been in contact with anyone known to have the virus
Our doors remain open because yoga is a potent antidote for anxious and stressful times like these. However, we are also reliant on guidance from public health officials, and the situation changes daily. If there comes a point where offering classes at the studio is no longer tenable, we will take our offerings online.
The days and weeks ahead will be a test for us all. We will face scenarios that are difficult and unfamiliar. We must learn to surrender to situations we can't change, while improving the things we can. Let's continue loving, supporting and caring for one another. Stay calm and resolute. Together, we will stand supreme.
In good health, The Woods Yoga
March 12, 2020
COVID-19 Is Not Your Friend, But We Are!
Everyone is talking about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) so we wanted to address the outbreak and tell you about steps we are taking at The Woods Yoga to keep you safe.
We endeavor to do our part to maintain a healthy space year round. We ask that you partner with us to safeguard the health of our community. Let’s stay healthy and happy together!
Facts not fear. Here are some facts as we know them today:
✔️The virus is highly contagious and spreading quickly;
✔️There are no treatments or vaccines;
✔️It is unknown how long the virus can live on surfaces, though some research says up to several days;
✔️People with strong immune systems (like yogis!) can potentially carry the virus unknowingly, or showing mild cold-like symptoms, and then pass it on to someone else
✔️People who are elderly or have compromised immune systems are at high risk for complications with this virus.
While we can’t outright prevent the spread of COVID-19, we can take steps to create the lowest likelihood of passing the virus along in our studio.
Protocol as of March 11, 2020:
In response to the growing number of cases in and around our state, we are implementing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to minimize the risk of germ sharing in our classes. In short, we are erring on the side of caution in all possible ways. These actions should not create panic, but reassure you that we are doing our due diligence to create a safe, healthy environment so you can keep up your yoga practice worry-free!
Stay home if you’re sick
We encourage EVERYONE— students, teachers, and staff alike, to stay home if you have any cold/flu symptoms.
Bring your own everything:
When you come to class, please bring your own mat, towels, and preferably blocks, straps, and blankets.
We will still have props available if you must rent/borrow them, with the following protocols: students are asked to clean any borrowed or rented props with Lysol or Clorox wipes, which are available throughout the studio. Disinfectant sprays are also available. All rental mats and blocks will be deep cleaned/disinfected by studio staff on a weekly basis. As an added precaution, consider bringing a pillowcase from home to use as a barrier between yourself and studio props.
Keep your hands to yourself!
We have discontinued hands-on assists effective immediately (this includes China-Gel). We also encourage you to exchange sweaty hugs for fist bumps, elbow high-fives, winks, and namaste greetings. Sweaty hugs will return soon! As always, wash your hands after using the restroom and before class.
Cleansing breaths and pranayama with forceful exhales as well as alternate nostril breathing and mudras involving hands to face will be avoided for the time being.
Wash your hands, fam!
Wash your hands before and after practice. Wash your hands every time you touch a public surface. Wash for 20 seconds at a time and refrain from touching your face. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the studio as well.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
Our cleaning game is STRONG
We pride ourselves on keeping things super clean. We will continue to deep clean weekly and disinfect daily.
For the time being, class size will be limited to 25 vs 35 (except a few classes where registrations have already exceeded that number, and cancelations may self-remedy).
Know your risk.
Wash your hands.
Keep calm and practice on.
We know some of these measures sound extreme, and that the news related to the coronavirus can be very overwhelming. We will continue to be a space where we can practice together, safely and in strong community.
We invite your questions and comments as we navigate this challenge together. Email your questions/comments/concerns to Christine, The Woods Yoga studio owner, at firstname.lastname@example.org
In good health, The Woods Yoga