Yoga as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic
The good news is that British Columbia has just begun Phase 2 of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the success of British Columbians in “flattening the curve”, some previously banned activities such as yoga classes can proceed, as of May 19, 2020, under conditions that will reduce the likelihood of spreading the novel coronavirus. These conditions include:
- Options for private and semi-private on-line yoga classes via Zoom teleconference
- If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of respiratory illness, please refrain from attending an in-person class.
- If you have travelled outside of Canada in the previous two weeks, please refrain from attending an in-person class.
- You must register online and pay for classes in advance.
- Most in-person classes will be held outdoors (e.g. Yoga on the Park, Yoga on the Deck)
- In-person class size will be limited to allow yoga students to keep the appropriate two-metre distance between individuals not in the same household or “social bubble”;
- You must bring and use your own yoga mat and all other yoga props that you need or like to use with you. Prop use will be minimal for outdoor classes. Instructions will be given as to what props will be needed to use during any online classes (e.g. may include blocks, strap, massage ball or tennis ball, chair, broomstick or dowel).
- Please wash your hands, face, and if possible, your feet, prior to the class.
- Please use a washroom elsewhere before you arrive at an in-person class. No washroom facilities will be available at Banfield Park. If you attend an in-person class at the Nature Wise Yoga Home Base, you will be able to use the washroom there.
- While the instructor will have some hand sanitizer available at an in-person class, you may feel more comfortable bringing your own bottle of hand sanitizer if you can.
- For in-person outdoor classes, dress for the weather. If it is raining, outdoor classes will be canceled.
- Only verbal cues and demonstrations of what to do will be given as hands-on guidance and adjustments cannot be done yet at in-person classes (and are not possible in online classes).
- While you are welcome to wear a mask if it makes you feel safer at an in-person class, you do not need to use one. The instructor will not be wearing a mask.
Namaste, Jenny Feick, RYT
Nature Wise Yoga