This week, the Quebec government is allowing gyms…by extension yoga studios…to re-open.
There are strict and necessary parameters for those who open: physical distancing, plexiglass barriers, mask wearing, stringent cleaning between each class, frequent handwashing, and temperature checks.
There would be the four necessary questions:
1. Are you feeling well today?
2. Have you come in contact with anyone showing signs of having the virus?
3. Have you travelled outside of Montreal in the past two weeks?
4. Are you a member of a vulnerable group, in terms of age or health?
Ultimately, the question is: How vulnerable do you feel?
Yoga on the Park Studio has cautiously opened to outdoors classes, with Kristen Rylander in Westmount Park 9 am Saturdays, and Manon Lacroix in Girouard (NDG) Park 9 am Tuesdays. Outdoors classes offer lots of space to keep distance, and are generally seen as less risky than indoors classes.
We are not re-opening indoors classes at this time. If and when we do return to indoors, it will be cautiously, with our attention on the most vulnerable of our students and teachers. We will also have to ensure the financial resources to provide frequent diligent cleaning and management of the site for minimal risk, and to pay for the space when it can only be used at about a third of normal capacity.
We are continuing with our mission to facilitate the yoga practice of students who come to us; to provide a safe space for yoga. For now, the safest space we can offer is an online one. Our worse nightmare would be an outbreak in our community!! We’re continuing to evolve and improve our offering of online classes on the Zoom platform.
We hope to sustain a conversation with you about this. Let us know your views!
Some of you may feel ready to do indoors classes again. Here are a few studios who are offering them as of this week:
Om West (Pointe Claire, Lachine, & St. Laurent studios) https://www.omwest.com/
Yoga Luna in Old Montreal http://www.lunayoga.ca/
Modo (NDG, Griffintown & St Laurent) https://modoyoga.com/