Safety Protocols: Here's What We're Doing To Help Keep You Safe:
We've received the joyful announcement that Riverside County has reached Orange Tier, meaning yoga and other fitness operations are permitted to reopen for IN-STUDIO classes! We're extremely grateful to all of you for continuing to support us through these challenging times, and we're excited to welcome you back to our studio and onto your mats!
Our first priority is your health and safety, and that of your teachers and fellow students.
Although requirements have eased somewhat, there are still a few things we need to do to to ensure we remain in compliance and keep everyone safe. We encourage you to read our studio's Safety Protocols below prior to your visit.
Have a safe, enjoyable practice!
PLEASE READ: MYP Health & Safety Protocols
Prior to arriving at our studio, please take a moment to become familiar with our In-Studio Safety Protocols. We respectfully ask that you follow these protocols during your visit to My Yoga Place Palm Springs for the health and safety of all.
• Limited to 7 students for regular yoga classes (6 in the studio & 1 in the lobby). For restorative classes, we have 7 mat spaces in the studio.
• All students must register online no later than 12 hours before class start time, i.e. registration for all in-person classes closes 12 hours prior to the stated class start time.
• No Walk-In opportunity available at this time.
• Our studio has 7 mat spaces available, with each space identified by number. Students may reserve their mat space at registration.
• All mat spaces are set 6 feet apart to accommodate 6-foot social distancing.
• Students are encouraged to bring their own filled water bottles.
• Studio props(mats, blankets, bolsters, blocks, straps) are available for student use. Students will be asked to wipe down the mat and blocks they use after class. Local students are encouraged to bring their own mats to class.
• Teachers will wipe down commonly touched surfaces after every class.
• Tissues, wipes and hand sanitizer are available in the studio for easy access.
Storing Personal Belongings
• Individual cubbies in the lobby are provided for each student, numbered to match mat space number (Mat #3 uses Cubby #3, for example).
• Student check-ins will include temperature & symptom checks with a touchless thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100+ will be asked to leave and practice self-care.
• Masks are to be worn at all times in the studio, including during class. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at no charge.
• Because everyone will be wearing masks, pranayama will not be instructed.
• Teachers will not be providing hands-on adjustments. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at no charge.
For the health and safety of everyone, in addition to our taking your temperature, please be prepared to answer these questions:
(1) Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
(2) Have you come into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
(3) Do you feel or have you recently felt feverish?
(4) Do you have or recently have had any other COVID-19 symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, chills, headaches, muscle/body aches, confusion, or loss of taste/smell?
If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, we are not allowed to let you enter the studio. We must send you home and instruct you to contact your healthcare provider.
Thank you for being part of the solution!
COVID-19 Best Practices: Health & Safety Precautions and Protocols
From a CNN report, May 23, 2020:
“Erin Bromage, a comparative immunologist and professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, summed it [virus exposure risk] up with a short and sweet equation: "Successful Infection = Exposure to Virus x Time." ...
The other part of Bromage's equation -- the issue of "exposure to virus" -- also varies depending on the actions within that enclosed space. For example, he said that louder places are riskier because infected people emit more virus when they talk loudly or when they sing, such as in the chorus case study in Washington. Quieter places with fewer airborne particles may also be lower risk. In the South Korea fitness case study, one of the infected instructors taught Pilates and yoga, and none of her students contracted the virus. ‘We hypothesize that the lower intensity of Pilates and yoga did not cause the same transmission effects as those of the more intense fitness dance classes,’ the researchers said.”
With the understanding that health and safety regulations continue to evolve, the following best practices are those recommended by Yoga Alliance from sources that include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), American Industrial Hygiene Association, U.S. Department of Labor, Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization among others. This is a working document that will be updated to be current with government guidelines, restrictions, and requirements.
It will be important for all of us to be consistent in the application of these practices for the health and safety of all teachers and students.