After 5 days of in-studio class in Bend, things are working pretty well! We've received valuable feedback, and are continuing to respond and upgrade with your health and safety as our primary focus. Redmond opens this Tuesday for in-studio classes! Some notes:
- Please be mindful to keep UJJAYI breath (though your nose) and not breathe out your mouth, or give sighs or lion's breaths. The teachers will be listening and providing reminders as needed.
- Going forward we will either lead silent OMs or have you put your mask on for your OMs.
Thank you for your patience as we work to improve the Audio in our Zoom classes. We have made several adjustments this week to improve the sound quality. If you paid for a class with poor audio, please email [email protected] and we will credit you for that class.
See below for the full list of process notes you want to be aware of.
- Please sign up for class online in advance - pre-registration is required.
- Notice that we will show 2 classes on the Bend schedule - one located in the "Bend Main Studio" and one "LIVE via Zoom". You must be registered in the "Bend Main Studio" sign in sheet to enter - this is limited to just 10 students per class. There will be waiting list of 5 students which we will clear at least one hour before class. If you have any issues signing into class, please email us at [email protected].
- Redmond will only have one class in "Redmond Main Studio". With only 9 spots available, however, we will have the same waiting list and cancellation restrictions.
- Check in will be begin 20 minutes in advance of class, and will be hands free, though we will ask you to sign a release, and we will have a temperature checker.
- All of our teachers commit to staying home - and we will ask this of you as well - if they or you:
- Have been around anyone else who has exhibited cold symptoms, or was known to have COVID-19 in the past two weeks
- Have experienced any cold or COVID-19 symptoms within the past 2 weeks (especially fever, cough & loss of smell/taste)
- Have a temperature of 100 degrees or more
- Have traveled outside of Central Oregon or housed with someone who has in the past 2 weeks
- We also recommend that stay home if you or someone you live with are high risk - this is for your own safety and well-being
- Please wear a mask - we ask you wear it any time you are in the lobby, entering or leaving, or during OMs (you can take it off at your mat where 6' distancing is guaranteed and you are breathing Ujjayi - through your nose). We will have masks to provide if you don't have one.
- Please keep 6 ft distancing from other students (floor markers and mat squares have been taped to help with this).
- Please bring ONLY what you need for practice - your mat, block, strap, towel and water bottle. There will be no cubby storage and no rentals, and we have removed all accessories from the studio, including blocks.
- Please arrive early for class - the door will be locked at class start to allow the teacher to control the environment.
- To allow for as many students as possible, we will be enforcing a strict cancellation policy, so please cancel by 6pm the night before for morning classes or 8 hours prior to allow others to have a chance to sign up. If you are waitlisted for class, know we will clear the waitlist no later than one hour prior to class.
- Practice with ujjayi breath - through the nose with your mouth closed through class. This is the breath of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Flow classes anyway, and will help reduce breath aerosol spray. Please keep big open mouth sighs or lion's breaths for your home practice.
We have invested in cleaning products and processes to help sanitize our space, including:
- Air purifiers for each studio which kill germs and viruses with ultraviolet light.
- Floors and high touch surfaces will be cleaned before and after each class with disinfectants proven to kill COVID-19.
- All studio classes will also be heated to 90 degrees with added humidity, an environment not conducive to the spread of COVID-19.
- We have removed high-touch amenities such as tampons and hair ties, but if you need one of these just ask.
- We will of course have plenty of hand sanitizer for you to use.
- We request that you fill in the studio from the far side to the door. A shoe caddy will be provided, and exit will be out the back door(s) of each studio.
If you prefer to practice at home, good news - ALL of our classes will take place through Zoom as well! You will see two signups for most in-studio classes on the Bend page - one for the studio and one for Zoom. Once the studio space has been filled, there will be a waiting list, but the online space is virtually unlimited. If you practice in Redmond, please still use the Bend schedule page to sign up for Zoom classes.
Additionally, ALL Healing Flow, Yin and Nidra format classes will continue to be held by Zoom only for the time being. We have loved being able to use pillows, blankets and cushions at home for these classes, and even to practice right in the comfort of our own beds, so in the absence of props at the studio it seemed best to keep these online. If you love these classes and haven't tried the online yet, do yourself a favor and tune in - it is a very special experience.
Most of all, as we get ready to re-open, we want to express our APPRECIATION to YOU, for standing by us through our closure. We have loved staying connected with you through Zoom, and we are committed to rejoining you in person in the safest way possible.
Helpful information for Zoom classes:
* Process to register for an online Zoom class: sign up on the BEND studio schedule - put yourself on the class roster for the "LIVE via Zoom" class and we will email you with a Link to the class. In you sign up more than an hour in advance you will receive a confirmation email, and your Zoom link will come about one hour before class. Note: the emails are sent from: FitGrid x Namaspa Yoga and Massage - please be sure to check your spam, promotions and updates accounts, and if you don't see it email us at [email protected] You also might want to download Zoom on your computer or put the "Zoom Meetings" app on your phone - otherwise the link will prompt that if you don't have the software
* Haven't been into Namaspa before? You are welcome to purchase our Introductory Special (typically just for Central Oregon residents) - $39 for one Unlimited MONTH of classes! Use this pass to access the Online Zoom Classes AND our recorded classes on the "Audio Classes (web)" tab.
- Has it been 6 months or longer since you've been in? Email us at [email protected] and we will hook you up with a "Re-Do the Intro" pass for $39
- Feeling strapped for cash? We understand many people aren't working right now and we don't want that to inhibit your chance to do yoga. Email us at [email protected] and let us know what is going on and we will get you a price-reduced pass.
* Do you live in another timezone than US-Pacific? You can still practice with us live, however, to sign up, please email us at [email protected], because Mindbody online may think the class is already over due to the time difference. You could also reset your phone to US-Pacific time just so you can put yourself in the app.
* Your yoga pass also gives you access to our library of Audio classes, meditations, and prior zoom classes. Many of these classes were recorded live in our studios in the days before we had to close. You can only access these links from a web browser. Go to this link, enter your Mindbodyonline username and password (which you will set up when you buy your pass) and click on the "Audio Classes (web)" tab to see the full array of links. If you don't have an unlimited, pass, the link will charge your class pass - however you can bookmark it in YouTube and come back to it as often as you like for no additional fee.
* Additionally, are posting livestream meditations at 9am Pacific each morning on our Namaspa Yoga & Massage Facebook page, and we have created a free public Facebook group called, Come As You Are From Wherever You Are, with postings of our zoom recordings, and more. It is another great way to stay connected from your living room!
* We have also moved our KIDS classes to Facebook Livestream, so they are FREE! Kids Yoga 8:30-8:55am on Mondays, Baby & Me Wednesdays 10-10:30am and Family Yoga Fridays 10-10:30am - tune in on our Namaspa Yoga & Massage Facebook page.
See you soon in-studio or in Zoom!
Suzie, Brandy and the Namaspa Teaching Team