Harmony Yoga:  Body, Mind & Soul - Find your inner peace and harmony
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Dear Harmony Yoga students,

I want everyone to know that my instructors and I will be putting into place the guidelines and protocols being recommended by Governor DeWine to keep everyone safe and comfortable to return. 
 
In keeping with this I would like to share some changes that will be in place and quote directly from the coronavirus.oh.gov website (click on “Sector Specific Operating Requirements” and then gyms under “Primary Sector” where you can find the full report. Here are the applicable statements (in bold) and how I am going to comply:
 
For class settings, set up work areas before arrival of students, allowing at least a six foot radius around users.
·      I will have tape marked on the carpet for the placement of your mat and/or chair
 
Remove excess seating throughout the facility to discourage lingering.
·      I will be removing most of the seating in the front of the studio
·      I will expect students to maintain the social distancing outside the studio as well as they wait to enter for a class and as they leave.
 
Reduce class sizes, if necessary, to accommodate the required six feet of social distancing.
·      With the new configuration of the studio, nine students plus an instructor will be able to be in the studio at any one time.
 
Eliminate lost and founds.
·     Anything currently in the studio’s lost and found will be removed and disposed of (let me know if you are aware that anything in it now is yours!)
·     Anything left behind after a class will also be treated as above
 
Hand washing or sanitization upon entry to facility; Use sanitizer products that meet the CDC guidelines; Have sanitizer available throughout the facility for employees and members/clients.
·      There will be a sanitation station set up by the front door
·      Students are required to use this as they enter and again as they exit
 
Provide cleaning products, EPA-approved disinfectants or disinfecting wipes for sanitizing equipment before and after use by clients, with equipment cleaning backed up by employees.
 
Encourage members/clients to bring their own mats, bands, and/or equipment, when appropriate.
·      Students will be expected to bring their own mats. If desired, you can also provide your own blocks, straps, and blankets or other props. Your equipment will be disinfected before and after class (this will be with a DoTerra product since it is for you alone; however, the disinfecting products will be available if preferred. 
·      Chairs used will be wiped down by students.
 
Routine disinfection of high-contact surfaces, restrooms. . .
·      Surfaces will be wiped off after each class
 
Deep cleaning after hours
·      Carpet will be sprayed with Lysol after each class and vacuumed routinely.
·      Please note: Heppa air filters have been installed in the heating/air conditioning unit
 
If possible, prop doors open to avoid contact.
·     Weather permitting this will be done at the beginning and end of each class – however, to maintain a safe environment, the door will be shut and locked during class.
 
Encourage employees to take their temperature and perform a self-assessment and not report to work if they are ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
 
Businesses must require all employees to wear facial coverings,
·     In addition it is up to the owner to decide on masks for those who enter the place of business. In order to provide the same respect and safe-keeping for my instructors and my students I will be requiring face masks for everyone. Please provide your own. 
 
Members/clients must conduct self-assessment and not enter a facility if they are exhibiting symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.
 
When participating in class training, do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to class.
·      As you enter the studio please maintain social distancing.
·      If there is a class before yours, do not enter the studio until all of those students have exited.
 
Please note: since we will not be providing props, those racks have been moved to the room in the back. Not only will this provide more space for students to place their mats, it will also make it easier to enter and exit the studio while maintaining the appropriate social distancing.
 
No socializing
·      I know that this will be a hard one – especially for me! I do request that we try to limit this to outside – and for your safety again maintaining distance. 
 
Maintain six foot social distancing, except when instruction requires close interaction with instructor/ coach.
·      I must say that this was a bit confusing for me – although I interpreted it to mean an instructor interacting with one student, not a whole class
 
Partners exercising together and sharing equipment must maintain group segmentation from others exercising.
·     Since I do have some couples or family members coming to class together, the 6’ apart would not apply but being 6’ from others will be required still.
 
 
In addition, here are a few more things from that very first message about the COVID-19 that I sent out:
  • If you are experiencing any of the signs of the virus: flu-like symptoms, sore or scratchy throat, runny nose, fever, loss of sense of smell or taste, or coughing, please stay home!
  • If you have possibly been exposed to the virus, stay home.
  • If you have a compromised immune system, be safe and stay home.
  • It is recommended that you not come to the studio after shopping or being around larger crowds. Please wear clean yoga clothes and come directly to the studio from home - use after class time to do your errands (it is not known how long the virus lasts on fabric but this was a recommendation given).
  • Take shoes off immediately upon entering and keep those, a purse, and any outer wear in a compartment in the bookcase (new placement)
  • No eye pillows will be used – I have many to sell at $15 each that you can bring and use
  • Mats and blocks will be available for sale
  • It will be at the discretion of the instructor to diffuse OnGuard in the two diffusers and/or burn Sage before or after class (No, this is not pot that you might smell – it does remove 90% of all germs!). IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO THESE PLEASE LET THE INSTRUCTOR KNOW.
  • If you have kept a mat at the studio please retrieve it ASAP and take it home with you each time. I will not be storing mats anymore.
 
I know that this is a lot to digest but if we all work together to keep things safe at the studio and in our larger community, hopefully it will pay off in the end and we will be able to return to less restrictions. I truly do miss seeing all of you and look forward to the reopening! If you are not comfortable with taking classes at this time I will keep my video recorded classes on my Facebook page for you to keep up with your practice at home.

 
The schedule may be more limited as we ease back into offering classes. I will be sending out the schedule as the openin

Let’s look ahead to greater peace and harmony for everyone! 
 

Namaste,

Barb



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Life is not a race,

but a journey to be savored

each step of the way.

Yesterday is history,

tomorrow is a mystery

and today is a gift

Namaste,

Barb



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