In Studio, Zoom & Outdoor Class Protocol

Spring/Summer, 2022

Diamond

5/11/2022 – In STUDIO Guidelines Update

We have thought long and hard about guidelines for In STUDIO classes. The good news is that we have had a strict, consistent policy of showing vaccination cards since June, 2021, so everyone who has taken classes in the last 9 months has been vaccinated and from checking cards in the last few months – all who are eligible for the booster have gotten it. So, a big thank you to all of you for being so responsible for your own health and that of your loved ones and the greater community.

Proof of Vaccination – We continue with the requirement that everyone be fully vaccinated and that you have the booster if eligible. The first time you come to the studio you have to show your vaccination card. We recommend having a copy of your card on your smart phone. We will mark you account with an * to indicate that you have shown us your card and so you don’t have to bring it again. 

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 – This decision has come after a lot of discussion with staff. We have shared a lot of data and are confident that you have also reviewed a lot of data. At this time, we think it is responsible to make masks optional while taking class. We will be reviewing this decision daily and will make changes if covid numbers increase in a consistent way. Some teachers have decided to continue wearing masks during class. 

Also, it is no longer necessary to wear a mask in the public hallways, restrooms and the studio reception area. 

If wearing a mask, we recommend you wear a N95 or KN95 mask. Evidence shows that cloth and surgical masks are not as effective. If that is what you have we recommend wearing the surgical mask covered by a cloth mask or another surgical mask. 

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

1. you had any of the following symptoms in the past 3 days you should not come to class – fever, sore throat, new headache, loss of smell/taste, shortness of breath

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

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

If you answer yes to any of these statements choose the on Zoom option until you satisfied the new CDC guidelines re: isolation and quarantine timeline https://www.wxii12.com/article/shorter-covid-isolation-quarantine/38623042#

In STUDIO / In Person Classes ~

We are excited to be offering In Studio classes for those who have been fully vaccinated. The studio is well ventilated. 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. 

Sign up for “In STUDIO” option. We also have most classes via Zoom for those who can’t attend in the studio. We also 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.

In Studio / In Person Class Protocol ~

  1. Pre-registration Required – Sign up for class at least 60 minutes in advance! If you sign up and don’t show up you will be charged since space is limited.
  2. In order to attend classes in person you must be fully vaccinated. The first time you come to the studio you have to show your vaccination card. We recommend having a copy of your card on your smart phone. We will mark you account with an * to indicate that you have shown us your card and so you don’t have to bring it again.
  3. 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.
  4. No Drop-ins – so make sure you sign up in advance
  5. Pay in Advance – we do not collect payment at the studio – use MindBody account to pay
  6. Arrive at least 10 minutes before class
  7. Class size is limited to 16 or 20 participants – so there is enough space to move comfortably
  8. Cancellation Policy – It is necessary to cancel at least 45 minutes before class. It you don’t cancel and don’t show up you will be charged for the class.
  9. Updated Mask Advisory –  Masks are optional at this time as we follow Wellesley advisory quidelines. Wellesley has an indoor mask advisory that urges people ages 5 and up to wear a mask when indoors in public settings to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Delta and Omicron variant. Here’s the full text of the Wellesley Board of Health advisory: “In light of the recent increase in the COVID Virus Delta variant, which has proven to be significantly more transmissible, we are strongly advising that individuals over the age of 5 wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth when indoors in a public setting, regardless of their vaccination status. Please understand that information and data is changing rapidly, and we are doing our best to respond in a thoughtful and expedient manner. As additional information is released from the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health our decisions may change. It’s important that we all remain flexible and vigilant during these times.”

    We talked with the Town of Wellesley Health Dept. and they said that this is just an advisory – not a mandate. They were very impressed that we are already taking a lot of precautions – everyone has to be fully vaccinated, show vaccination cards, and we limit size of in Studio classes. They recommended that we keep our current policy – and that we review it in the future if needed.

  10. Masks are Optional at this time. Also, you no longer have to wear a mask when  entering and exiting the building, in the common areas (ie. hallways, restrooms) and in the reception area. 

  11. Bring your own Yoga mat. We are not providing Yoga mats at this time.
  12. We recommend bringing your own props.
  13. 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 & sometimes FaceBook Live

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 studio 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 & FB Live 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 in the safety and comfort of our homes. That said, we trust that the value of practicing and knowing that others are practicing, of doing all we can to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, far outweighs any inconvenience.

We are coming to you via Zoom and sometimes FaceBook Live – here are the protocols ~

ZOOM MEETINGS – 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 advanceIf you have a Class Card – 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. You can also email info@ldyoga.com to let us know you will be taking the class. It is important to sign up in advance so we can continue to thrive, pay the rent and our teachers, during this challenging and unexpected closure. If you are paying as a Drop-In (don’t have a class card) – 1st sign up by clicking “Sign Up” and then go to the Pricing Page and just click “Buy Now” for the Drop-in rate. That will ensure you have paid for the class. If you sign up and don’t pay – we will let you know, so you can do it after the class ends. The other option is to pay through PayPal – send payment to info@ldyoga.com and indicate what class you are taking in the comment option.
  2. Once you have signed up for class and received the Zoom Link – click “Join Zoom Meeting” and then click “Open zoom.us”. 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 live.

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. 

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 are following Massachusetts Covid guidelines for social distancing and safety. (see details below)

  1. Pre-registration required – Sign up for class at least 60 minutes in advance! If you sign up and don’t show up you will be charged since space is limited.
  2. Sign up for class in advance.If you have a Class Card – 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. You can also email info@ldyoga.com to let us know you will be taking the class. It is important to sign up in advance so we can continue to thrive, pay the rent and our teachers, during this challenging and unexpected closure. If you are paying as a Drop-In (don’t have a class card) – 1st sign up by clicking “Sign Up” and then go to the Pricing Page and just click “Buy Now” for the Drop-in rate. That will ensure you have paid for the class. If you sign up and don’t pay – we will let you know, so you can do it after the class ends. The other option is to pay through PayPal – send payment to info@ldyoga.com and indicate what class you are taking in the comment option.
  3. Arrive at least 15 minutes before class
  4. Masks optional. You do not need to wear a mask when outside.
  5. Bring your mask – we recommend wearing a mask if you go inside one of the buildings ie. to use the restroom
  6. Restrooms open at 9am
  7. Maintain a comfortable social distance of at least 6 ft. Mats are placed at least 6 ft apart (if using mats).
  8. Bring your own props  (if needed) mat, props, block, strap, blanket, water, hand sanitzer, etc.
  9. Keep your belongings next to your mat – ie. shoes, outer wear etc. We recommend limiting what you bring with you – only what is essential.
  10. Enjoy Elm Bank – after class you can hang out, walk through the woods, relax and take in the peace of this beautiful oasis.
  11. Join us – fresh air, blue sky, warm sun and steady earth – and give thanks to Mother Nature.

FACEBOOK LIVE – Live Stream Online Class Protocol ~ we are currently not offering FaceBook live classes ~

Here is how it works:

  1. Sign up for class in advanceIf you have a Class Card – 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. You can also email info@ldyoga.com to let us know you will be taking the class. It is important to sign up in advance so we can continue to thrive, pay the rent and our teachers, during this challenging and unexpected closure. If you are paying as a Drop-In (don’t have a class card) – 1st sign up by clicking “Sign Up” and then go to the Pricing Page and just click “Buy Now” for the Drop-in rate. That will ensure you have paid for the class. If you sign up and don’t pay – we will let you know, so you can do it after the class ends. The other option is to pay through PayPal – send payment to info@ldyoga.com and indicate what class you are taking in the comment option.
  2. Once you have signed up for class – you then go to FaceBook. Our FaceBook page is “Laughing Dog Yoga Studio and Shop” Click this link – Find us on Facebook – and you will get to our page. You don’t have to be a member of FB to access the class – just click the link and wait for your teacher to go live – you will not see a link on the page until the moment the teacher goes live. If you don’t see the link – click “Posts” – that should do it.
  3. The teacher will go live 5 minutes before class starts and the class will start on time so make sure you tune in at least 5 minutes before the class starts. All classes will be between 45-60 minutes long. That said you can tune in late – just remember to sign up in advance. Also, make sure you click on the sound icon and turn up the volume so you can hear the teacher.

Ultimately, our mission is to stay informed and continue to keep LDY a safe haven – both in the studio and virtually on Zoom – as the world continues to open up and we re-connect in person. 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

 

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