Fantastic news! We are taking scientifically measured, careful, intelligent, and well researched small steps into opening the brick and mortar.
This week, only myself, the owner, Dora, will teach a few classes. Since Spira is my business, I find it is only fair for me to take the leadership to show how to run classes according to State Guidelines. Next week, teachers who feel comfortable will join. Our rate of opening is determined by Washington State Public Health guidelines and our team's comfort zone. As an ex-laboratory research person, human being, and business owner, I feel it is essential to run my business in a responsible way regarding:
Public health responsibilities and education
Humanitarian responsibilities towards my team and my students
And lastly, as a business, to try to survive this tough time
Please make sure to read in detail; you must understand risks and procedures as we progress towards re-opening. You are responsible for your health, but during the pandemic, you are also responsible for the health of the community. Thus this announcement has to be in detail; this is not the stuff for pretty pictures and short-handed marketing gimmicks. Yes, we are excited to be open, but our excitement has to be guided by knowledge. Please do your homework and read my message below!
We are cautiously opening one class at the time. But don't worry, live-stream zoom classes and on-demand classes are here to stay forever and ever. Technological progress is one positive development that came out of this pandemic.
The safety of our students and instructors is our absolute top priority. Though we are able to meet the opening requirements for Phase 2 in King County, Spira Power Yoga has decided to only open a few classes in person. We want to make sure we are able to clean and keep everyone as safe as possible before we offer all/more classes in-person to the public.
I (Dora the owner) also leave it to each teacher whether they feel comfortable coming to teach in the studio. I will not request anybody to do anything out of their comfort zone. Thus, we will be slow and steady and respectful to our community's wishes. Thank you for understanding.
Keep an eye on the website and our schedule, as we pepper in a few "In-studio" classes throughout the week and continue to check out our virtual offerings, either via Live Zoom classes, or On-Demand. We thank you for your continued partnership and look forward to seeing you soon!
After a review of the current guidelines and after consulting with representatives from King County, we have come to the conclusion that during phase 2 we will need to take the below-stated measures to keep you as safe as possible.
Please keep in mind; the safest choice is to practice at home via zoom.
We will follow the Washington Public Health Protocol down to the "T," but I cannot protect you from the virus 100%. You must know that when you come to practice at Spira, you do take a chance and "flirt" with the probability of contracting the virus.
To allow you to make intelligent decisions, I will provide you with our safety protocol with links to the King County Guidelines.
I hope our dedication to safety and commitment to honest-clear communication will inspire you to stay committed to the community even if we go about things a bit more slowly and carefully.
– link to level 2 Guidelines for Fitness by the State of Washington so you can check for yourself that we are following the rules
Preparing to come to class
Please bring your own mat, towel, and any props you need. We will not be renting or sharing equipment at this time.
Bring your own water, as we will not have a water cooler available, nor water for sale.
Classes will be limited to 5 people plus the teacher.
Pre-registration required. Please sign-up on Mindbody
Come at least 10 min early since check-in procedures are a bit longer
We need your teamwork to make sure that students who wish to practice have a chance in this limited setting. Thus if you sign up and don't show up, you will be charged a $25 fee. (even if you have membership or punch card) So please do not sign up for classes unless you are sure you can make it! Also, please be mindful of allowing others to take classes; don't "hoard registration" :- )
When students come to class, the door be propped open and everyone will keep to keep 6 ft distance as they sign in one-by-one. Since the weather is nice, wait outside 6ft apart as long as possible.
Wear masks upon entering the business, and at any time when you are not on your mat. (refer to government documents below to decide on mask usage once you are on your mat.)
Sanitize your hands. We will have an alcohol station for this purpose on the front desk.
Stay away from touching things or sitting down in the reception area
The reception area will have an acrylic sneeze guard set up to keep you and Spira teacher safe
Fill out the COVID waiver/sign-in sheet, which includes a health screening. You will have to declare on paper that you are healthy, you have no symptoms of Covid 19, and you have not been in contact with anyone who has tested positive or had symptoms of Covid19. You will also take full responsibility for your health, releasing all liability from Spira Power Yoga. You have to acknowledge that we are doing everything per Washington Public Health guidelines, but nothing is 100% protection against the virus. The best protection is still the use of live-stream classes.
You will have to do this every time you take a class. (Don't worry, it will be straightforward and easy)
The teacher will take your temperature with the infrared thermometer and write your temperature by your name in the sign-in sheet. If you have elevated temperature, you cannot take class.
Teachers will take their temperature before class and have it ready for students to see.
Once you're checked in, no milling about in the front entryway, proceed to the back of the studio, drop off your shoes (we encourage you to bring as little as possible with you to the studio), and enter the studio to find your spot. As you go about doing this, mindfully make sure to keep 6 feet distance from everyone.
Entering yoga room
After check-in, students enter the yoga room at a designated spot that is 6 feet apart from another mat.
Once everyone is in their designated space, you may refer to these two documents that concern the wearing of the masks. Here is the mask safety guidelines sheet by Labor and Industry, and here is the new proclamation by the Washington Secretary of Health on the wearing of the mask in public (scroll down to the second page on when individuals may remove masks in indoor and outdoor fitness).
The student must remain in designated space for the duration of the class. Once the class is over, masks have to go back on; no ifs and buts, that is mandatory.
The teacher will also stay at their designated spot 6 feet away from all students, with no hands-on assists or adjustments. We will be simultaneously zooming our classes; the camera will be focused only on the teacher. Students will not be filmed.
Extra cleaning measures will take place between each class, including disinfecting high touch surfaces, mopping with virucide, and cleaning bathrooms between each class. We will leave at least an hour between classes to ensure cleaning procedures.
A note on bathrooms
· Go only if you really gots to go… as you go, keep 6ft distance from other folks, do not congregate around the bathroom door. With only 5 people in the class it is easy to tell when the bathroom is occupied. As you can see from level 2 safety guidelines, they try to discourage common bathroom usage. I get it, if you "gots to go, you gots to go". We will have Lysol spray, and we will disinfect the bathroom between classes.
Again, don't worry, online classes are here to stay indefinitely.
Here is a link to our pricing page. No we don't have a sale right now, we need your support to make it through this trying time. Thanks for understanding.