Stay Connected to The Yoga Sanctuary 

and Our Response to COVID-19

TODAY

The-Yoga-SanctuaryAs of Monday, June 1st, the studio is OPEN to limited in-person classes and boutique hours.

If you are looking to stop by for any reason at all, please call 941.505.YOGA (9642) to confirm we are in the studio. We’d LOVE to see you!!

Please read below for ongoing updates to our full COVID-19 response AND our reopening details.

 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Namaste’

 
We’ve been getting your calls, reading your emails, and loving seeing your faces as a few of you have dropped by to check in on us. We’ve been busy painting, fixing, organizing, cleaning, and planning! And finally, we’re ready to say…
 
~~WE ARE REOPENING OUR DOORS~~
Yes! Our doors reopen to you on Monday, June 1st. And we can not wait to see you!
 
We’ll be proceeding slowly and embracing the yogic understanding of vinyasa krama. Vinyasa krama is defined as a wise, gradual, and purposeful step-by-step progression. TKV Desikachar described it as “a fundamental concept in yoga having to do with constructing a gradual and intelligent course for our practice. The concept of Vinyasa Krama is useful as a guide for carrying out not only our yoga practice but also all the tasks of everyday life.” Learn more about how our vinyasa krama approach to reopening below.
 
We are so grateful for the support and concern that you have all showed us over these past 10 weeks. Our heart is full and we can’t wait to see you, no matter where you are!
 
With so much love,
Jennifer and ALL OF US at The Yoga Sanctuary
 
The Yoga Sanctuary Phase I Reopening Plan
 
  1. During the TYS Phase I of Reopening, most in-studio classes will be hybrid classes. This means that the in-studio class will also be taught online. Classes will read on the schedule in this way:
    1. ONLINE: Online only. If you register for this class, you are participating from home.
    2. IN STUDIO+: Online with in-studio participation. If you register for this class, you are participating in the studio and that same class is being live streamed online.
    3. IN STUDIO ONLY: In-studio only, no online participation. If you register for this class, you are participating in studio and there is no live streaming online.
  2. Our in-studio class schedule will be kept small and grow accordingly over the next number of weeks.
  3. Class sizes will be kept small (starting at 6 people) in order to maintain recommended distance between mats.
    1. We highly recommend preregistering for class to ensure your spot.
    2. During this time, preregistration is limited to a 10 day period. This means you can register for your classes up to 10 days prior to any class.
    3. If unable to attend a class that you registered for, please remember to cancel your reservation at a minimum of 3 hours before the class. Remember, your reservation holds a spot in the room that could then go to another.
    4. You may drop-in, but we cannot guarantee a space for you when you arrive.
    5. If a class you would like to attend is listed as ‘full,’ please register to be on the wait list. You will receive an email and/or text if someone cancels.
  4. Studio doors will open 15-minutes before class start time and close 15-minutes after class ends. If you arrive early, we ask that you wait in your vehicle until the appropriate time.
  5. Please bring any props that you may use in your practice. Studio props will not be available for use in this phase of reopening. This includes mats. If you are in need of props, please let us know. The TYS Boutique is fully stocked with props for purchase.
  6. Masks are not required, but recommended. Teachers and staff will be wearing masks before and after class. Teachers will remove masks while teaching. However, teachers will remain on their mats and not be moving about the studio space while teaching.
  7. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the studio space. Surfaces will be cleaned regularly, and a thorough studio cleaning will be done before and after each class.
 
Our main goal is, as always, to create a space where all feel welcome, safe, and supported. We are excited to see you, but respect that some of you may not be ready to return. We honor that and will continue to offer our full online schedule through the month of June and perhaps beyond.
 
 
With that…please click below for our TYS Phase I Reopening Class Schedule!
Friday, May 15, 2020

fitgrid

 
 

Namaste’

We are excited to announce our new partnership with FitGrid, a fitness technology company that will bridge the gap between our system (Mindbody Online) and Zoom. Our hope is to streamline the process through which you receive your class links. No more having to make sure you register 30 minutes before class! If you decide to participate 10 minutes before class, just sign up and you’ll get your link close to instantly.
 
Here’s how it works:
  • Sign into your MINDBODY account and ensure that your email address and phone number is correct, and that you’ve opted in to receive emails and texts from us.
  • Set your email account so that messages from “hello@fitgrid.com” always arrive in your inbox, and are never marked as spam. Here’s a guide for how to do this in Gmail.
  • View our class schedule online the same way you always do.
  • Sign up for any class with “ONLINE” in the name and check out normally. You’ll receive a confirmation email from FitGrid soon after.
  • Once you’re within 60 minutes of the class’ scheduled start time, you’ll receive another email from FitGrid with a unique link to access the live stream. Please note the required password!
  • Not seeing the email? Search your spam and promotions folders. Look for subject lines containing the phrase “live-stream link.”
  • Make sure you are in a place with a good internet connection–otherwise, the stream may skip!
  • Click your unique link a few minutes before class is scheduled to start. Remember to take note of your password!
  • If you have the Zoom application on your device already, you’ll join immediately.
  • If you do not have the Zoom application on your device, you’ll be prompted to download it.
That’s all there is to it!! We thank you so much for being active and part of our community.
What Comes Next?
When Are You Re-Opening?
What’s the Plan?

These are just a few of the questions that we’ve been getting recently.

We want to take a moment to give you an idea of what we are thinking.
 
At this very moment, we are hearing musing about potential re-openings of gyms, dance studios, and – yes, yoga studios! Our main goal, even before this new era of COVID-19, has always been to keep our community safe and healthy. With that in mind, we plan to continue our full schedule of online classes, at the very least, through the end of June and into July, potentially even through the end of the summer. If we are given the go-ahead, we may open the studio to a limited number of small group classes. We see this first stage of re-opening including in-person participation in our online class schedule. We are currently putting together a full procedural plan and will keep you updated as that comes together in a way that supports a healthy and safe re-opening of our doors.
 
But in the end, we can not wait to see you all again – live and in person.
Much love…
Jennifer and All of Us at The Yoga Sanctuary
Friday, April 17, 2020

Namaste’

 
We miss you.
 
Yet at the same time, it has been truly amazing and uplifting to be with so many of you in our online platform. Many of us teachers have shared with each other that we are moved to tears – sometimes by grief for all that is happening, but more often by joy as we continue to connect and support each other every single day. It has most definitely been a roller-coaster of emotion for all of us.
 
So much continues to happen at the TYS as we plan and prepare for the days ahead. We have a number of great workshops planned for you – READ HERE – and will continue to create dynamic programs to support you in your practice. Many of you have reached out to inquire if our online classes will continue. Our main focus, of course, has been to do all that we can to get our current schedule up and running smoothly. We are just now shifting gears to explore that possibility. How wonderful it would be to maintain connection with those of you that leave us each summer! There are some logistical and behind-the-scenes issues that need to be worked out, but YES, our hope is to continue to offer this option. We can’t say right now what that will look like, but with fingers crossed and eyes open… you will be the first to know!
 
With so much love,
Jennifer and ALL OF US at The Yoga Sanctuary

More ways to shop local!

The Yoga Sanctuary Boutique is excited to announce our latest addition to all that we offer – online partnerships! We have teamed up with a select few companies that we love and hope to continue to add more in order to support you in your practice and online shopping experience. We are so grateful to these companies that have set up ways for all of us to support and sustain local business during this time.

hyde-yoga

Hyde is an small, independent, woman-owned business that has created a line of well made – in the USA – yoga attire. Their products of long lasting, soft, breathable, and comfortable. They are environmentally conscious and use only certified organic cotton. Perfect for home practice, for studio practice, and for out in the world!

How to Shop:

Click here: Hyde * Organic * Made in the USA and explore the amazing line of organic cotton yoga wear that they have to offer. When you are ready to check out, simply use theyogasanctuary as your check out code. The Yoga Sanctuary will then receive 20% of your purchase!

 

Whimsy-Rose

 

Whimsy Rose is a truly unique company and long-time favorite of many at The Yoga Sanctuary.  With this partnership, you get to choose your print, choose your style, and play a part in the overall design of your your piece! Remarkable quality, exceptional fit, and irresistible style, all with a touch of Whimsy, this line is also made in the USA. Be sure to check out the newest limited edition Shop Local Prints created specifically for this program!

How to Shop:

Click here: Whimsy Rose *Shop Local Partnership* and explore the fun and whimsy-filled line of styles and prints available to you. When you are ready to check out, simply use The Yoga Sanctuary when checking out and we will be credited with the sale!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Namaste’

 
We hope that you have been feeling our presence and support throughout these last days and weeks. We have certainly felt yours! Being with so many of you through our online platform has been so uplifting. We hope, if you have yet to join us, that you will soon.
 
Because of the most recent developments surrounding the coronovirus, COVID-19, and Governor DeSantis’s stay-at-home order, The Yoga Sanctuary will no longer be offering curb-side service beginning Friday, April 3rd. However, we will be offering delivery service! If you are finding that you are in need of anything to support your home yoga practice, please reach out! We will bring it to you and leave it on your doorstep. Simply call: 941.505.YOGA (9642) or email us at info@theyogasanctuary.biz
 
We’ve also been busy designing, planning, and scheduling ONLINE workshops to help deepen your practice and support you during this time. Please check HERE for all ONLINE events and workshops. Be sure to check back often as we will continue to create uplifting and informative programs for you.
 
We truly miss you and look forward to being together–in person–again soon.
 
With so much love,
Jennifer and ALL OF US at The Yoga Sanctuary
Give the Gift of Yoga…
to a friend, yourself, anyone!
So many of you have been asking about ways to support us and other local small businesses during this time. We appreciate your concern and your desire to see all of us re-open our doors when this time passes. One thing you might consider is a gift card! TYS gift cards can be utilized immediately with classes, private sessions, or workshops all being held ONLINE! Or when our doors soon re-open. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Purchase by clicking below!
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Namaste’

 
Providing a space for our community to come together regularly to breathe, move, connect, and be present is the heart of our mission and vision. These past weeks and days, we’re learning just how important that mission is… But we are having to shift and adjust and find new ways to honor and fulfill it. We think we have.
 
Starting tomorrow, with our second complimentary LIVE online yoga class, The Yoga Sanctuary will be bringing you near daily classes that you can participate in from the safety and comfort of your home.
 
We’ve been working hard to make this happen and we’re so excited!!
Read all the details below…and join me on your mat.
 
With so much love and gratitude,
Jennifer
CLASSES:
  • Tomorrow, Sunday, March 22nd: 10:30 am Complimentary Level 1 class
  • Register HERE.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23rd, we are offering (near) daily class options. Our schedule begins with 12 weekly options. Our intention is to add more each week as the need arises.
  • See full schedule HERE.
 
COST:
  • Annual and Auto-renew members have open access to all classes.
  • Those with 5 & 10 class packages are able to use these packs to access classes.
  • Single classes are $15.
  • Unlimited month option: For those of you on packages, we are offering to put packages on hold and offer the member unlimited month cost of $98 to access as many classes as you like during this time. Please just let us know if you would like to take advantage of this option.
 
GRATITUDE OF SUPPORT:

As an expression of gratitude to everyone that maintains their memberships during this time, The Yoga Sanctuary will be offering the following:

  • To All Annual Members that continue their membership with renewal at the time of expiration: a single 13-month annual.
  • To All Auto-renew Members that continue their membership during this time: 20% off the first month that our doors re-open.
  • To All those that have and renew class packages or purchase the member unlimited month at $98: 20% off of the first package purchased when our doors reopen.
  • These offers will be extended to seasonal students as well.
 
THE CLASS REGISTRATION PROCESS:
  1. Register for any class by clicking HERE or on the class schedule button below.
  2. Be sure that your email is listed correctly in your MBO account when you register for the class.
  3. 30-minutes before class begins, you will receive a link in your inbox that will allow you to connect to the Zoom ‘meeting,’ where this virtual class will happen.
  4. Please check your Spam folder if you do not receive the link.
  5. REMEMBER: You MUST register for class at LEAST 30-minutes before class begins. If this does not happen, you will not receive the link for that class.
on-the-horizonOther Ways of Supporting Your Practice and Yourself
Our job, more than ever, is to be here for you. We’ve put together some other ways that we may be of service.
 
  1. Studio Boutique with ‘curb-side’ service and home delivery! If you find that you are in need of a yoga prop that you don’t yet have, reach out! We have a wide variety of props in our boutique. We will put your order together and bring it out to your car! (We’re taking our lead from our local restaurants!) And if you are in full self-quarantine, we will even deliver then to your front door. Just send us an email and we can make that happen.
  2. Our online Zoom platform gives us the capability to continue to offer Private and Semi-Private Yoga Sessions, as well as Wellness Coaching Sessions.
  3. Stay connected! We will continue to keep active on our Facebook page by sharing what’s happening at the “studio,” offering calming practices, inspirational reads, good news, and fun FB Live events.
 
Together, we will come out the other side of this…
 
Two hands together and a full heart,
All of us at The Yoga Sanctuary
Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear TYS students and sangha,

 
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we are closing the studio doors until further notice. All workshops and events are postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date.
 
Today, many of you joined us for our first LIVE on-line class. It was a humbling experience and a great success. To be with so many of you, near and far, practicing in community is what sangha is all about. We will continue to offer this sacred space to you. We are busy finalizing the details for daily on-line offerings and will be in touch shortly with registration details.
 
Our hope is that this passes sooner than expected and we can come together in person again soon.
 
Be well…
Much love from us all…
Jennifer, Gary, Anna, Margit, Melissa G, Melissa M, Pat, Sharon, Heleen, Gill, Robin, Karen, Jimmy, Kim, Christie, and Sarah
Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dearest Sangha,

 
We’ve been so busy here at the studio lately; busy trying to navigate this new emerging world we are finding ourselves in… Throughout this whole process our one main goal has been to find ways to support you in your practice. We know for many of you, this practice is a grounding and nourishing force. And for many of you, being without it has been a challenge. With that said…
 
I know it’s late notice, but we just couldn’t wait…
The Yoga Sanctuary is going LIVE online!
 
Please join us tomorrow at 12pm for our first ever LIVE online class. This first exploration into LIVE online teaching will be an experiment for all of us. There may be some glitches and things to figure out and navigate. But we promise you this… We will be there, present and committed, to walking this path with you.
 
See all the details below!
 
With so much love and gratitude,
Jennifer

Virtual Gentle/Meditation: Led by Jennifer, will be a gentle and easy yoga asana (posture) practice followed by a guided meditation and extended savasana. 

THE CLASS: Virtual Gentle/Meditation
 
DAY & TIME: Friday, 3/20 at 12pm
 
THE PROCESS:
  1. Register by clicking HERE or on the button above.
  2. This first class is complimentary, no fee will be required to register.
  3. Be sure that your email is listed correctly in your MBO account when you register for the class.
  4. 30-minutes before class begins, you will receive a link in your inbox that will allow you to connect to the Zoom ‘meeting,’ where this virtual class will happen.
  5. Please check your Spam folder if you do not receive the link.
What’s Now Happening at the Studio
 
Our intention is to continue to offer you a safe space to find comfort and ease during this challenging time. However, please always check the in studio schedule as things are constantly being updated.
 
Please note the following:
  1. To help ensure safe space between practitioners, our class sizes have been reduced to 10 people in the downstairs studio and 5 people in the upstairs studio.
  2. Please register for class to secure your spot. If you do not arrive by 5 minute before class time, your spot may be given to a walk in student.
  3. Remember to bring any props that you find helpful in your practice.
 
Two hands together at our hearts,
All of us at The Yoga Sanctuary
Monday, March 16, 2020

Our Prop Wall: Before

Our Prop Wall: After

Dearest TYS students and sangha,

 
It is time to update everyone on our second stage of coronovirus, COVID-19, precautions.
 
After much thought and consideration we have decided to add the following to our ongoing protocols:
  1. PROPS & MATS: As mentioned in our last email, ALL props have been removed from the studio and are being sanitized. Please BRING YOUR OWN MAT to any classes that you attend. If there are other props that you use in your practice, please bring them with you. We will be a no prop studio for the time being. Once props are returned to the studio, you are welcome to use them. However, please bring a towel to cover any bolster, block, or blanket use. Our Prop Wall: After
  2. CLASS SIZE: We are reducing the maximum capacity in all of our classes. Classes held in the upstairs studio will have a maximum of 7 people. Classes held in the downstairs studio will have a maximum of 15 people. Please preregister to ensure your spot. NOTE: All preregistered spots will be held up to 5-minutes before class start time. If you are not there by that time, your spot will be given to a walk-in student. And remember – bring your mat!
  3. CLASS SCHEDULE: Effective Tuesday, March 16th at noon (12pm), we are returning to our off-season schedule. Please always check the online schedule to be sure the class you are hoping to attend is current. NOTE: If you have registered for a class that is no longer on the schedule, you will receive a cancellation notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  4. WORKSHOPS & EVENTS: As of today, all events are as scheduled. That may change. If you have registered for an upcoming event, please watch your email for any schedule changes.
 
Ongoing procedural changes and enhancements:
 
  1. Suspending hands-on assists.
  2. Pausing our complimentary tea service.
  3. Boosting and extending our regular cleaning procedures.
 
What we ask for from you:
  1. Please bring your own mat, and any other prop you might need.
  2. Please wash hands before and after class.
  3. If you are feeling unwell or have recently felt unwell, please choose to stay home.
  4. If you live with someone that is feeling unwell, please choose to stay home.
We will continue to keep you updated and informed. Our promise is to stay present and committed to walking this path with you. Be well.
 
Two hands together, chin to chest, and with much love…
 
All of us at The Yoga Sanctuary
Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear TYS students and sangha,

Just as we know you are, The Yoga Sanctuary is closely watching the shifts and turns that are occurring around the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Much seems to have changed over the past few days and we feel your concerns deeply.

At this time, The Yoga Sanctuary does not intend to close, and our schedule of events will proceed as is on our website. Our hope is to continue to provide a space to be mindful, find stillness, and be present in the midst of these challenges.

With that said, we have put into place a number of procedures and have enhanced those that are part of our daily routines.

We are for the foreseeable future:

  1. Suspending hands-on assists.
  2. Pausing our complimentary tea service.
  3. Boosting our regular cleaning procedures to include staff hand washing before and after class, regular cleaning of all surfaces and door knobs, to mention just a few.
  4. Pausing the regular use of props. This includes eye pillows and mats. Following Jennifer’s return on Monday, March 16th all props will be removed from the studio to be sanitized. Please bring your own mat and any other props you use in your practice. When props are returned to the studio, use will be optional.

What we ask for from you:

  1. Please bring your own mat.
  2. Please wash hands before and after class.
  3. If you are feeling unwell or have recently felt unwell, please choose to stay home.
  4. If you live with someone that is feeling unwell, please choose to stay home.

What we hope that we all can remember in the midst of this challenging time is not to come from a place of fear, but from a place of concern for ourselves and our community.

Please let us know of any concerns you may have. We are here for you.

Two palms together and with great love,

All of Us at The Yoga Sanctuary