As the pandemic enters a new chapter, we know that many of you are wondering what our next steps will be. So, we have outlined our plan here, with additional detail about what you can expect at the studio.
Our intention is to provide the safest possible environment until all adults have had the opportunity to get vaccinated. We have created this plan based on vaccination availability. As we lift protocols, we ask all students to make the decisions that are best for you, and utilize our virtual studio as needed.
- Masks are no longer required inside the studio space if you have been vaccinated. We ask all unvaccinated students to continue wearing your mask when 6ft distance cannot be maintained.
- Mats remain at a 6ft distance in the studios.
- We now allow teachers to move around the room with their mask ON and with no hands on adjustments.
- By mid June we will return props to the studios and ask you to use at your own risk. Props will return to being available at no cost.
- On May 31st, we will increase the studio capacity to 75%. We know that adjusting back to a more full room may be challenging for many of us, and every reaction is valid. If you arrive and choose not to stay, you will not be charged for class. At this time we will also re-evaluate our mask policy.
- June 15th is our tentative plan to lift ALL restrictions at the studio.
We will continue to re-evaluate based on local laws and the development of the virus in our country. We will continue to communicate with you as these dates approach.
Arriving at the Studio
- You will be asked to use the hand sanitizer available outside before entering.
- The desk angels will check you in verbally.
- You will head to your class!
Class Size and Length
We are currently operating at 50% capacity to allow for distance. The Bella Studio will have 23 students, the Prana Studio will have 24 students and 14 students in the Lotus Studio. Classes that occurred in the private Satya room will will have 3 people or require masks.
Most classes are currently 60 minutes long.
Please confirm your class start and end time on our class schedule.
Sign Up in Advance
With limited class sizes during the pandemic is is important that you sign up in advance. You can walk in, but we cannot guarantee you a spot in that case. Please remember that signing up in advance saves your spot until 5 minutes before class begins. At that time we will allow walk in students into the room and your spot is no longer guaranteed.
Please use the free Bella Prana App in the app store to sign up and pay for classes quickly and easily.
Our cancellation policy will also need to adapt to be sure that spaces stay available for your fellow yogis. You will have up to 12 hours prior to class to remove your name from the class roster (which you can do in the app). Within the 12 hour time period prior to class, you will be expected to attend and will be charged. We understand that life happens, but these protocols must be in place to protect your fellow yogis’ ability to sign up online in advance. It also protects our ability as a small business to prepare and fill our classes as much as we are able. This is a great gift to us, as we will be functioning at about 50% of our usual capacity at this time. We appreciate your understanding.
We appreciate you coming a few minutes early to allow for some extra steps as you enter the space.
The $10 no show fee will be applied if you sign up in advance and do not show up. Please remove yourself online or on the app, or email us at email@example.com if needed.
As of Friday May 14th the CDC no longer recommends that vaccinated people must wear masks indoors. We are abiding by this recommendation and ask only un-vaccinated students to continue wearing your mask in common areas where 6ft distance cannot be maintained.
What it will be like in Class
When you enter your studio room, you will see small white tape marks on the ground. You will place your mat with the white tape at the front center of your mat. Once you are settled on your mat with any supplies you will need to practice.
The class experience will be the same from this point forward. Enjoy!
Until May 31st you will have a 6ft distance between mats. On May 31st we will increase capacity to 75%, this means you will not be guaranteed 6ft. You are welcome to wear a mat while practicing, and if you choose to leave a class when you arrive because of the amount of students, you will not be charged for class.
That being said, there will be moments of passing each other within a 6ft distance. These moments should be brief as you are on your way in or out of the studio. We ask that you wait and leave space around other yogis when in line for the water station, bathrooms or cubbies.
HEPA Air Filtration
Hospital grade HEPA air filtration systems are located in all three studios. The COVID-19 virus is approximately .125 microns in size and HEPA filters are rated to remove particle down to .1 microns. These filtration systems will be running at all times while classes are in session.
Mat Placement in the Studio
There are white square marks on the ground to place the front center of your mat. This will ensure that you will have 6ft or more distance from face to face with your neighbor. On May 31st we will be increasing our allowed capacity to 75%, so please be prepared for the possibility of a more full room and no longer guaranteed a 6ft distance. You are welcome to wear a mask as you practice if you choose, and if you arrive and choose not to stay because a class is too full, you will not be charged for you class.
Where the Teacher will Be
The teachers will remain at the front of the room if they would like to have their mask off, because they can maintain a 6ft distance. If they leave that area to move around the room they will put their mask ON.
Resources you will Have
We will be hand sanitizer dispensers inside of every studio space. Additional sanitizers will be provided at the cubbies, throughout the boutique, and front desk.
Disinfectant wipes in each studio space to sanitize your mat, as long as the studio can continue to obtain enough wipes. To conserve resources, we ask that you arrive with a clean mat and only use one wipe to clean your mat after class.
The bathroom doors have been replaced and can now swing open as you enter without a door handle. There is a handle to exit and this should be used immediately after you have washed your hands or utilized the sanitizer by the door as you exit. Trash is by the exit to have the option of using your towel to touch the handle as you exit.
Restrooms will now have paper towel dispensers and no hand towels. Restrooms will also have hand sanitizer available as well.
We will be returning all props to the studio around the first week of June. Once props are in the studio spaces they will be free and for use at your own risk. Until then, props remain sanitized and at the front desk where you can rent them for $1 each.
For example: If you rented a blanket, bolster, two blocks and a strap for a restorative class, that bundle would cost $5. If you only rented a single block, it would cost $1. These props will be sanitized after every use.
Please return props to the front on your way out of the studio.
Community Mat Rentals
You can rent a community mat at the front desk for $1, unless you are attending a Donation Only class where mat use is free. We suggest you bring your own mat if you are able, as we have a limited amount of community mats and cannot always guarantee one will be available.
How the Waitlist Works
If a class happens to be full, you can sign up for the waitlist. If you have given us your phone number you should get a text letting you know if a space has become available. You will accept or decline the spot via text. If we only have your email, then you will be signed up for that spot automatically and be sent a confirmation email. You will have to remove yourself from the class sign in to ensure that you won’t be charged.
ALL students must remove themselves from the class sign in by 12 hours prior to class to ensure that other students have the opportunity to sign up online. If you do not remove yourself 12 hours prior you will be charged. If you have a specific issue please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This policy is important while we are functioning at 50% capacity to help us, as a small business, ensure that we are able to utilize every space available in our classes. Your support and understanding during this time means so much.
Once we return to full capacity on June 15th, the waitlist is something you will not interact with nearly as often as you did during the pandemic protocols. Please continue to sign up in advance though, as some classes do sell out.
Renting Towels and using Showers
We are not renting out towels at this time to minimize contact for our staff. Showers are still available to use. We just ask that you bring your own towel.
We will resume towel rentals on June 15th, but we still ask you to bring your own if you are able.
When getting ready after a shower, we ask that you use the changing rooms provided. We have installed mirrors in the changing rooms to be sure you have what you need and can use a curtain to have your own space. Please do not stand in the common area of the restrooms to get ready and leave that walkway open.
No Contact Payment
When purchasing classes, we ask that you do this online in advance and prior to coming to the studio. If you are willing to store your payment information with us, that will allow you to verbally give us permission to process a payment. Your information is not stored with us, it is stored with our software system which is the number one system used for spas and fitness centers around the world and has extremely high safety standards.
If you do not have your payment info stored with us and choose to purchase something in our boutique, we have a no contact payment system allowing you to simply swipe your card without the desk angel needing to touch it. If possible, we ask that all payment be via card rather than cash to minimize contact for you and our staff.
Cleaning of your Sacred Space
In addition to the wipes and hand sanitizer in every studio and common space, our team will be cleaning the floors cubbies and surfaces of the lobby and restrooms during every class. Studio floors are cleaned with disinfectant between classes.
The Boutique Space
We have put a changing room in the corner of the boutique so that you can try on any items in the same space and not take any product to the restroom. This is just another step we have taken toward keeping our space clean and safe.
There will be hand sanitizer pumps throughout the boutique for you to use if you need to touch any items. This should allow you to explore the space safely. We ask that you utilize them if you handle any items in our boutique.
Your wellness is literally our mission, and we appreciate your love and support as we have sought to take every step available to us to keep our community safe. We look forward to re-opening fully on June 15th and hope to see you on the mat, or on our virtual studio!
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