What day is it??? I don’t know about you, but I seem to wake up every morning saying the same thing; “What day is it?” (followed by, “man, I need a pedicure!”) Have you adjusted to your new "normals" yet? HA! WHY do people keep saying that? I want to introduce those people to a mirror and ask; “Is that your real hair color?” Namaste!!! ANYWAY...the way I see it - there isn’t a new normal. There’s only what’s always been - the constant adapting, adjusting and evolving! I’ve actually heard a lot of people say that there are things about this time in quarantine that they will miss (...do I own a brush and makeup and how does one actually walk around and function in pants with buttons and a zipper?!). Things they hope to continue once they’ve returned to their day-to-day lives of rushing and getting through their never-ending to-do lists. I can’t say I’ve actually been the best version of myself these days, but...there ARE things I’ve enjoyed. What about you? Aside from trolling Pinterest to find 101 ways to use overripe bananas to make a casserole (I kid you not...I saw it!) or finding out
Martha Stewart labels and organizes her linen closet on social media (I kid you not...I have NOT seen it!) what will you miss? What will you try to keep doing? Once this is all over, what do you want your life to look like? Wow...that’s DEEP.
So, how can we make sure that we’re headed in the right direction? From experience, I do NOT recommend watching "Ozarks" on Netflix for any tips, or the nightly news for that matter (paired with a bag of peanut m&m’s.) Just saying...there’s a lot of information out there and one needs to be selective (plain peanut m&m’s always win!)
As we get green-lights from local and state government officials, we’ll continue to evaluate the reopening of the studio. As soon as we do, we plan to notify all members via email and social media. We are just as excited as you are to get back into the studio and back to our regular workout routines. However, we need to be smart and safe about it. We’ve always been dedicated to the cleanliness of our studio and the health and safety of our community. Now we’re taking it to an even higher level.
Aside from scouring Pinterest for new casserole recipes, we’ve been gathering information on new protocols and safety measures we will need to take once we decide to reopen. Our community is our family—and like all families, we take care of each other. Once we are confident that we have all new safety measures in place and know how to monitor them, we will begin to re-open the studio in phases.
Keeping Our Members Safe
We have put a lot of thought into the changes we will need to have in place. Here are just a couple protocols we are working on
Heightened deep-cleaning process:
Using a disinfectant proven to kill viruses like COVID-19 in all common areas before and after check-ins—with a heightened attention to bikes, weights, and all high-touch surfaces (the list is long and growing!) after every class. We’ll also be cleaning the studio from top to bottom twice as often per week. We will also provide sanitizing wipes upon entering the studio and will be installing new sanitizing wipe dispensers in the studio.
Studio mats and props:
Mats will no longer be provided for rental. Blocks, blankets and straps will also be put away for the time being. This might be a great time to buy a new mat! JadeYoga has given us an opportunity to sell their mats online and receive a percentage of each sale through our link. Please use
to support The Cycling Yogi by purchasing a new mat from
. We also have mats in the studio that will be available for purchase,
Bikes at a safe distance:
We will be removing some of the bikes to allow for plenty of space between riders to maintain social distancing. (We are also toying with the idea of holding classes ‘outdoors’ in our parking lot [insert husband’s eye roll here and his fear of the phrase “I have an idea….”]
Since class sizes will be limited, we will need to strictly enforce our cancellation policy. Also, no one will be allowed into the studio once the class has started.
Encouraging everyone to limit person-to-person contact, including hugs & high fives. We know that it will be hard after not seeing everyone for so long - but, right now, we need to take care of our TCY family!
PLEASE stay home if you’re sick:
It has to be said... If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have knowingly come into close contact with someone who has, we ask that you do not come to the studio for 14 days or until you’ve tested negative for COVID-19. Also, if you feel unwell or have any concerns about coming into class, please stay home and stay safe. If you have a cough, fever, or symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to the studio until you’re symptom-free and fever-free for three days.
Showers will be unavailable for a while. Cubbies will be disinfected between classes. Please bring minimal stuff.
Again, we have more changes to come, beyond the above procedures. For our new safety process to be effective, we ALL need to do our part. (Good thing Cycling Yogi people are the best people.)
Additional Barriers to Overcome
Please keep in mind that the above measures are just a start. We have a few more upgrades in the works, and as we learn more, we’ll be constantly fine-tuning and updating these. As we continue to monitor the situation, we still have a few barriers to overcome. These include (but not limited to...)
Staff and client health checks:
Should we have temperature checks before entering the studio and require everyone fill out a health screening questionnaires?
Social distancing practices:
How can we maintain social distancing in our studio. How do we avoid each other when waiting for classes or using the locker rooms and bathrooms. What does that look like in terms of number of participants allowed in each class, etc.
Do we require everyone to wear a mask?
We realize this will be a bit overwhelming and weird at first. But trust us: As soon as that first song starts playing, you’ll find yourself in that familiar place you know and love. That sanctuary you’ve been needing now more than ever is even safer now—and we can’t wait to see you there.
Most importantly: As confident and proud as we are of this process, this is just a start. As we listen and learn, we will be fine-tuning and updating! Our hope is to start in-studio classes around June 1st and
virtual classes will continue