When we first closed the studio to physical in-person classes, I was very focused on how to continue to offer yoga, self care, and most importantly community to the YogaSole family and following. I am very proud of the collected effort it took to get our studio up and running with livestream classes quickly. After that goal was achieved, we took a hard look at how to not only survive but potentially even thrive through this unprecedented challenge. It became clear that despite the challenges we know will come, we must stay true to the YogaSole ethos; Community, Breath, Positivity, Inclusion. Now as much as ever we are committed to those ideals, even as we find a new path forward. In addition we realize that there is one other commitment that we have come to see as equally important. Transparency about who we are, what we believe, and how we run as a business is as important as our founding principles.
Community- YogaSole is unquestionably a community studio and as such, we care about each other. We are not just here for yoga and wellness. We are here to help members through challenges, to share resources, and to celebrate milestones and successes. This has only strengthened in the time of the Covid19 pandemic and will continue to grow in reach as we push forward.
Breath- We think of this in many different aspects. Breath is the first building block to health and wellness. It is our ability to create calm even in relative chaos. We also think of breath in terms of the earth’s ability to breathe and to achieve a sense of homeostasis. We work to raise funds for the White Hawk Foundation to help preserve and protect rain forest in Costa Rica as part of our commitment to raising awareness of the Earth's need for breath.
Positivity - Even through challenges, we can find ways to bring positivity into our existence. We know that in tough times, having a community of people to rely on for an ear, a shoulder, a meal, or even a smile can make a tremendous difference. We do not attempt to deny difficulty. Instead we work to create opportunities to see the silver lining, be able to express gratitude, and work toward solutions that will ultimately ease our burdens, together.
Inclusion - We love and accept all people. This includes efforts to make sure that people of all descriptions feel comfortable practicing with us and being in community at YogaSole. While it has always included creating offerings that are financially accessible to a wide variety of budgets, we are especially sensitive to financial constraints during the pandemic and ensuing economic downturn. We have created a sliding scale class fee for individuals who have been financially disadvantaged, in addition to our previously existing work trade opportunities and community classes.
Looking forward to the future of our growing community, we will be clear about what it takes to keep such a unique business going. We are committed to paying our teachers a fair salary while keeping prices reasonable. We want people to know that running YogaSole is hard work! And that seeing all of the wonderful community interactions and positive influences in people’s lives makes all that hard work worthwhile.
We appreciate hearing from all of our community members about what they would like to see from the studio, and even more, we deeply appreciate hearing that you are enjoying being a part of this glorious community.
We are so happy to be able to practice with you and maintain our connection as a community by offering classes online! One of the most amazing lessons we have learned throughout this journey is that we can use technology to stay connected to our community and to each other, regardless of our physical location or even our time zone. It has been wonderful meeting new community members and saying hello online to those who have moved away from Brooklyn.
We realize that there are many questions that have and will arise in our transition.
Here are some answers to common questions that have come up so far.
Do I have to register in advance?
Can I join a class that is starting in 5 minutes?
I registered for a class, how do I actually join?
I booked a class but now my boss called a meeting at the same time. Can I cancel?
Is there a maximum number of students allowed in each class?
Online Classes on the Zoom platform:
Do I need to do anything to take classes on Zoom and do I need a Zoom account?
I’m not tech savvy. Can I get some assistance?
Why can’t anyone hear me when I’m talking in class?
Do I have to have my camera (video) on in class?
Who is the host of the class (aka: Who is controlling my mute button?)
I keep hearing about Zoombombing. Is taking classes on Zoom safe?
Dear lovely yogis and community members,
We know that staying healthy is on the forefront of many minds and even more so with the recent cases of Coronavirus reported in New York. From all of the information that we have gathered, the current advice is to take similar precautions as have always been advised throughout the cold and flu season. We wanted to take a moment to reassure all of our community members that we are continuing to pay close attention to the cleanliness of the studio by sanitizing all fixtures at least twice daily, washing all textiles regularly, and airing out the studio as much as possible between classes.
We ask that if you feel at all unwell in any way, please take as much time at home to feel better and return to the studio when you are no longer showing any symptoms of communicable illness. We encourage everyone to wash their hands with soap and warm water when entering the studio (or any public space). While 20 second hand washing is recommended as the best approach, we will also have hand sanitizer set out in the lobby. In addition, please make sure to sneeze or cough into a tissue or the crook of your elbow to contain any potential germs and wash your hands after.
During this time as we notice a feeling of general unease or uncertainty, we know very well the power of yoga to help us breathe through those feelings as well as stay present and attuned to what is truly important in our individual and collective lives. We look forward to practicing yoga with you now as much as ever. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us via email or phone.