Can you go back to yoga studios?
In the past year, we’ve seen multiple changes throughout our society in the ways we interact with each other, deal with healthcare concerns, educate our children, conduct our work schedule, and much more. Like all businesses, yoga studios have been dealing with various restrictions and regulations to help keep people safe as they return to yoga classes.
The good news is we’re finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Although COVID-19 is still very much a part of our lives and will be for a long time to come, businesses are beginning to reopen and we’re now approaching normalcy after all these months. You may be wondering if it’s safe to go back to a yoga studio, so we thought we’d share some quick facts and then explain different measures our studios are implementing to keep you healthy.
How COVID-19 Spreads Indoors
Infectious diseases have always been spread through contact, but due to the contagion rate of COVID-19, this particular virus has made things worse than most people have ever experienced. Although being outside in the open gives a little chance for the respiratory droplets that carry the virus to go from person to person, being indoors has proven to be an issue. The COVID-19 coronavirus will spread much more quickly and easily and enclosed spaces, something many people are still concerned about.
COVID-19 Cases Trending Downward
The good news, as we said, is that we’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel. In large part due to the proliferation of multiple vaccines that have proven to be extremely effective against the virus, COVID-19 cases have been trending downward quite severely. This has prompted most areas to have already opened up or planning to do so in the next month or two.
Is It Safe to Go Back to Yoga Studios?
So, is it safe to go to a yoga studio right now? The simple answer is, yes. Even before the vaccine, numerous changes to how yoga studios operate have helped control the spread and there hasn’t been a single outbreak linked to any type of fitness center. Of course, we’re all still taking precautions just to be sure, so let’s look at some of the ways our yoga studio in Palm Harbor is helping to keep you safe and sound.
As everyone knows, social distancing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19 because it prevents respiratory droplets that have entered the air from reaching another person. Yoga studios continue to practice social distancing to help minimize close contact unless it’s absolutely necessary as part of your fitness routine.
Smaller Yoga Classes
A lot of people have been concerned about group workouts because social distancing is more difficult to achieve in an enclosed space when there are people all around you. While that’s true, yoga class sizes have been reduced so that everyone can be spread out much more. This will allow you to properly stretch and exercise while staying at a safe distance from others.
Yoga studios have always promoted member cleanliness, but this has been focused on even more since the pandemic began. You’ll now be reminded to wash your hands after using the restroom, wipe down mats after each usage, and discard towels properly. If any supplies are running low, simply inform a teacher or worker at the studio.
For a long time, yoga teachers avoided being hands-on, meaning that they were no longer touching a member in order to correct a yoga pose. This has loosened a bit due to other regulations that have proven effective in keeping people safe, but whenever possible, the instructor will initially use verbal instructions and see if that corrects the member’s position first.
Mask Wearing Options
The most obvious pandemic regulation for most people has been the wearing of masks whenever they’re indoors. This was concerning for yoga studio members at first because of the heavy breathing that often accompanies a yoga session. Yoga studios are still promoting that their members wear masks, but if someone has been vaccinated, they’re permitted to remove the mask during their yoga workout.
Yoga studios have always taken great pride in their cleanliness. Each studio is routinely cleaned on a regular basis so as to remove bacteria, sweat, oils, and other elements from surfaces found throughout the studio. Since the pandemic, these cleanings have increased in frequency and intensity.
Contact East West Healing Solutions
Thanks to the proliferation of the coronavirus vaccine and the steps being taken by yoga teachers and workers, it’s definitely safe to return to your favorite studio. East West Healing Solutions has plenty of classes available and is dedicated to keeping our members safe and healthy. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for a yoga class, contact us by calling (727) 216-3972.