In Studio, Zoom & Outdoor Class Protocol

June, 2024


June, 2024 – In STUDIO Guidelines Update

This Spring/Summer Season, we continue to update our healthy practices guidelines for In STUDIO classes when needed. Thanks to all of you for being so responsible for your own health and that of your loved ones and the greater community.

Great Ventilation – we have 2 HEPA H13 air purifiers in the studio and one in the reception area that are on 24/7. We also have a lot of windows which we plan to keep open a crack – so you may want to bring a long sleeve shirt with you if it is a cool spring day. We also have a window fan in the reception area. There are also air purifiers in the hallways. 

Masks are Optional at this time – If wearing a mask, we recommend you wear a N95 or KN95 mask. 

Proof of Vaccination NOT NEEDED – We are no longer asking for proof of vaccination when coming to In Studio classes. We do ask that you Self-Screen before coming to class (see below) and that if you have any doubts about possible symptoms that you err on the side of caution, don’t come to class and instead take class on Zoom from your home.

Self – Screen –  you should not come to class if: 

1. you had any symptoms consistent with Covid-19 in the past 3 days (even if you test negative) you should not come to class – including but not limited to: fever, sore throat, new headache, loss of smell/taste, shortness of breath

2. you have been diagnosed, tested or presumed positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days

3. you have had known exposure in the past 5 days

4. you currently have someone in your household testing positive for COVID-19

If you answer yes to any of these statements choose the on Zoom option until you and/or those in your household are symptom free

In STUDIO / In Person Classes ~

In Studio classes are in our  beautiful, spacious, light-filled and well ventilated studio. We have a lot of windows, AC if needed. There are 2 high quality air purifiers with HEPA H13 filtration in the studio and one in the front reception area. They are operating 24/7. 

When signing up choose the “In STUDIO” option. We also have most classes on Zoom for those who can’t attend in the studio. We provide class recordings (available for 48 hrs) for those who can’t make the live-streaming (real time) class on Zoom. Sign up for “on ZOOM” option and if you are not on zoom live we will send you the class recording (see details below)

In Studio / In Person Class Protocol ~

  1. Pre-registration Required – Sign up for class at least 45 minutes in advance! If you sign up and don’t show up you will be charged since space is limited.
  2. We ask that you not come to the studio if you are experiencing any covid or flu-like symptoms or if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid (See Self-Screening above)
  3. Sign up in Advance – No Drop-ins at the door
  4. Pay in Advance – we do not collect payment at the studio – use MindBody account to pay
  5. Arrive at least 10 minutes before class
  6. Class size is limited to 22 participants – so there is enough space to move comfortably
  7. Cancellation Policy – It is necessary to cancel at least 30 minutes before class. It you don’t cancel and don’t show up you will be charged for the class.
  8. Masks are Optional at this time.

  9. Bring your own Yoga mat. We are not providing Yoga mats at this time.

  10. We recommend bringing your own props.

  11. We are providing some props – blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters, pilates mats, weights – if you use the studio equipment it is necessary to clean each prop thoroughly at the end of class. We provide disinfectant wipes.

 Studio Online ~ on ZOOM 

We are continuing to offer classes online – live-streaming on Zoom. Instead of coming to the studio, we will be coming to you. Below is our current protocol to join our virtual live streaming class so you can practice with your favorite teachers – real time – within the comfort and safety of your home.

  1. Just a couple of things to optimize your Zoom Online experience – find a quiet space in your home where you can focus on your practice. Set up your space. If you are taking a yoga class and don’t have props, use blankets, pillows for bolsters, ties for straps. If you are taking other classes make sure you have space to dance, do barre or pilates. You will be surprised at how creative you will get.
  2. We understand there may be some glitches and frustrations as we now have our practices and workouts both at the studio and on zoom in the comfort of our homes. That said,  the value of practicing and doing all we can to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, far outweighs any inconvenience.

We are coming to you via Zoom – here are the protocols ~

On Zoom / Live Stream Online Class Protocol ~

Here is how it works:

Sign up for class in advance!! – Once you sign up we will send you the Zoom Meeting Link 20 – 30 minutes before class (not before). It is important to sign up at least 45 minutes before class, to guarantee you get the link. We record all the classes so if you want to take class but can’t attend live on Zoom sign up anyway and we will send you the recording of class. It will be available for 48 hrs.

  1. Sign up for class in advance –  go to “View the Schedule” on this website and sign up for class.  Make sure to choose the “on ZOOM” option and click SIGN UP on the Schedule Page (if you sign up for the In STUDIO option we will assume you are coming to the studio and won’t be sending you the Zoom Link). You will need to create an account if you don’t have one. After doing that, it is easy to sign up for class. If you have any problem, let us know and we can help you. You can also email to let us know you will be taking the class. important to sign up in advance.
  2. Once you have signed up for class and received the Zoom Link – click “Join Zoom Meeting” and then click “Open”. If that doesn’t appear click “click here’ and if that doesn’t work click “download & run Zoom”.  This will connect you to the meeting/class. You don’t have to have a Zoom account but you will need to upload the application.

Outdoor / Fresh Air Studio Classes ~ (May – November)

We are excited to be offering some Outdoor classes at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St. Wellesley. Elm Bank is a beautiful sanctuary of gardens, peace and open spaces ~ perfect for our classes. Each week we will be offering a variety of Open Air classes – some will be pop-up classes (classes in addition to our regular ones) and some our regularly scheduled classes. These classes will be LIVE and not on Zoom. We do offer a pre-recorded class Zoom option if you want to take class but can’t make it to the Outdoor class.

Elm Bank Directions / Entrance FeeOnce you enter Elm Bank, follow the road passed the soccer fields to the gate entrance and park in the lot. Since some of our classes start before Elm Bank officially opens at 9a.

There is a $5 Entrance Fee/Person. This is separate from the Mass Horticultural Society Pass that you might have. If you have a MHS pass you still need to pay the $5 entrance fee. This fee is separate from your class fee.

You will pay the $5 directly to the person on staff at the Visitors Center / Gatehouse right outside the garden gate. On your way in, stop off at the Visitors Center, let them know you are there for the Laughing Dog Class and pay. You can pay with cash, apple pay or credit card.

Outdoor Class Protocol ~

We ask you to Self-Screen before coming to class. Please stay home if you have symptoms consistent w/ Flu, Covid-19 or have been around others who have been exposed.

  1. Pre-registration required – Sign up for class at least 60 minutes in advance! Go to “View the Schedule” on this website and sign up for class. Just click SIGN UP on the Schedule Page. You will need to create an account if you don’t have one. After doing that, it is easy to sign up for class. If you have any problem, let us know and we can help you.
  2. Arrive at least 15 minutes before class
  3. Cancellation Policy – It is necessary to cancel at least 30 minutes before class. It you don’t cancel and don’t show up you will be charged for the class.
  4. Masks optional – Bring your mask if you want to wear it if you go inside one of the buildings ie. to use the restroom
  5. Restrooms open at 9am
  6. There is a lot of space if you want to maintain social distancing from others.
  7. Bring your own props  (if needed) mat, props, block, strap, blanket, water, hand sanitzer, etc.
  8. Keep your belongings next to your mat or close by – ie. shoes, outer wear etc. We recommend limiting what you bring with you – only what is essential.
  9. Enjoy Elm Bank – after class you can hang out, walk through the woods, relax and take in the peace of this beautiful oasis.
  10. Join us – fresh air, blue sky, warm sun and steady earth – and give thanks to Mother Nature.

Ultimately, our mission is to stay informed and continue to keep LDY a safe haven – both in the studio and virtually on Zoom. If you have suggestions to improve our current in studio and online protocols, please let us know. Thank you for your support and dedication. We look forward to seeing you in person / at the studio and online.

Continue to check our daily schedule for class changes and cancellations.

In Gratitude and Connection,

All of us At LDYoga