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Studio Updates

 

Updated March 23, 2020

Ahimsa is now ONLINE!!

 

We know times are challenging right now, and the hardest part of closing our doors was knowing we wouldn’t be able to practice with you when you needed it the most. 

You can now join us for classes live ONLINE! While we may not be able to practice as a community in person, we can still gather together from the comfort of our respective homes and find comfort knowing we are all in this together.

HOW?

  • Sign up through Mindbody as usual (at least 30 minutes in advance). All Online classes can be found under our Toronto location. If you are having trouble accessing your account please send us an email and we will help you resolve it :)
     
  • 15 minutes before the start of class you will receive a link to the class on zoom. Not on Zoom yet? Sign up for a free account HERE. 
  • Monthly and Yearly Members will receive the same unlimited access as usual, and others are welcome to use previously purchased class passes or purchase a $10 Online Drop-in Class through Mindbody.
     
  • You have until 30 minutes before the start of class to cancel your registration ~ after that we will assume you intend to take class and will deduct your account accordingly.



Michelle and JP are also preparing some additional free resources that we will available soon. Stay tuned for more details as soon as they are available. 


We are so grateful for all the beautiful messages that have come our way over the last few days, and for all our members who chose to keep their memberships active, helping to support us in keeping our doors open once we are done riding this wave.
This community is truly the best.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Peace, love, and elbow taps.

The Ahimsa Yoga Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated Satruday March 15, 2020

 

My Dear Yogis, 

As the situation with Coronavirus / Covid-19 progresses, and our understanding of the situation increases, it has become clear that the only responsible course of action for us is to temporarily cancel all classes at our Ahimsa studios, effective immediately.

No amount of hand sanitizer can stem this tide.

All experts seem to agree that social distancing (not being in close proximity to large numbers of people) is the single most effective way to slow the spread of Covid-19.  This gives our healthcare infrastructure the greatest chance to handle this situation as it progresses without being completely overwhelmed, thereby saving lives that need not be lost.

This is certainly one of the most difficult e-mails I have ever had to write.  Ahimsa is my joy, my honour, my Dharma.  It is our home.  But the fact that I love it so much, and the community that makes it the beautiful place that it is, makes this decision crystal clear for me.  If even one single person within our community develops symptoms of Covid-19, it means that many more have already been infected.  And those infections will inevitably spread to other loved ones and strangers.  We cannot wait until the situation gets worse.  We must be proactive, rather than reactive.  We must make the difficult choice, as soon as we know it is the right one.  Even though it breaks my heart to do it.  (I am actually in tears right now, writing this.)

We encourage you all to keep practicing yoga.  Not at a different studio that might be a little slower to respond to this situation, but in the comfort and safety of your own home.  We have resources to support you in your home practice!  I have uploaded Ahimsa Yoga home practice guide sheets on my website, jpyogi.com, (first time I’ve looked at my website in 2 years… 😬 ) which you can download and follow at your own speed.  Or we have videos on YouTube or Vimeo that you can use to practice with as well. (Create your free Vimeo account here, then use this link to get free access to the practice videos.)  Michelle and I are also planning to put some new practice videos together for you, which we will share as soon as they are ready.  (Although that may have to wait until Monday, as I may have to spend tomorrow curled up on the couch watching Lord of the Rings…)

I am sure that this may be disappointing news for some of you, and may feel like a too late a response for others.  From the entirety of my heart, I apologize if I have not handled this as quickly or as effectively as I could have.  This is uncharted territory, not to mention somewhat TERRIFYING for self-employed people and small business owners who don’t get E.I. and usually get passed over when the government assistance gets spread around.  If the online content we are able to provide in this time feels useful to you, we hope that you might consider not suspending your membership right away.  (We are offering our online content free of charge for the time being, because we believe that everybody needs access to yoga, especially in times like these.  Feel free to share with anyone who might find it useful.)  If you do wish to pause your membership immediately, or if you have any other questions, please contact us at info@ahimsayoga.com, and we will help you as soon as we can.  

Thank you for your understanding.  Be well, and stay connected, 

Peace & Love, 

JP

❤️ 

(elbow tap)

 

 

 

Updated Friday March 13, 2020

Dear yogis,

 

In response to the COVID-19 situation we are implementing a number of strategies at the studio, and also have a few suggestions on what you can do to help preserve your own health as well as the health of all in our community.

 

WHAT WE ARE DOING

  • increasing cleaning of all surfaces regularly touched
  • increasing cleaning of rental mats.  
  • removing eye pillows from the studio (please bring your own)
  • for the month of March, all practice props in our retail store will be 20% off, to encourage yogis to have and use their own props for class.  
  • temporarily replacing reusable hand-towels and mat cleaning towels with disposable paper towels
  • reducing maximum class size and reconfiguring the layout of the room to allow more space between mats.
  • asking teachers to refrain from adjusting hands and heads (germiest areas)
  • encouraging all staff to wash hands regularly and follow principles of excellent hygiene 
  • providing options for home-based practice (see below)

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • if you are feeling unwell or uncertain about your health, or if you have visited one of the high risk countries in the last 14 days please stay home. See below for home practice options
  • wash your hands before and after class
  • bring your own yoga mat.
  • friendly elbow-tap or toe-tap greetings instead of hugs and high 5s.  
  • if you use studio props bring a towel to place over props (bolsters, blocks)
  • make use of the studio adjustment consent cards if you don’t want adjustments

 

Maintaining your yoga practice can be a very helpful part of keeping your immune system functioning at it’s best, so we definitely want to encourage you to keep getting on to your mat!  However, if you are experiencing any symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or are for any reason concerned being out in public spaces, it may be an opportune time to explore the benefits of home practice.  In order to support your home practice endeavours, we have come up with a couple options for you.

1) Ahimsa online - Practice with me at home!  For the month of March (and possibly beyond) we are making the online Ahimsa Yoga practice videos available free of charge. (Usually available for rent or purchase)  - Just create a free account on Vimeo (click here!) and use this link. for access to our home practice videos.

2) Ahimsa DVD - If online yoga is not your thing, we are also discounting the Ahimsa practice DVD to $10 for the month of March (and beyond, if necessary).

3) Ahimsa’s self-practice guides - We also have practice guide sheets that you can follow to help you practice at your own speed at home. 

DOWNLOAD SELF-PRACTICE GUIDE HERE


 

 

Be well yogis!  Whether at home or at the studio, keep practicing!  Keep your body moving, your immune system working, and your hearts open.