Covid-19 Update

30/3/20

Open letter to students

Yoga schools around the world are under enormous pressure at present, unable to run classes and meet overheads. Yoga Mandir is no different.

Now that Yoga Mandir has established the ability to deliver online classes we are looking for a sustainable model to maintain the viability of the school and support our student body through these difficult times. The weekly timetable will expand this week so that we can now offer a range of levels and times for students. We have added a Pranayama class to the timetable too (its free this week). Currently all the classes will be taken by Alan Goode whilst we try to get on our feet. Check the timetable here https://www.yogamandir.com.au/online-class-timetable/

For these classes to continue and for the school to survive we need your support! You can help us by purchasing classes, class passes and monthly memberships from this week onwards. Passes are available on the returning student page at https://www.yogamandir.com.au/returning-students/

Looking ahead

  1. If we can achieve a sustainable model that meets your needs, we can expand the timetable further to include our other teachers.
  2. We will continue to offer the community a free class each week for anyone who wishes to attend
  3. There are many in our community suffering immense hardship with the loss of income, social networks and routines. We will be offering a monthly Hardship pass to those in need. Simply email the office to ask.
  4. Commencing shortly, you will be able support others by partnering with us. If you purchase a Hardship pass as a gift for $120 and you’ll be paying half the fees of someone in need (we will pick up the other half).
  5. If you know of a workplace who are now working from home who want to offer a class to their workgroup we can now offer to zoom in to deliver these sessions. Please contact the office to discuss
  6. Students in the Canberra area wishing to borrow props can contact the office (email only) to request a kit. Mat, 2 blocks, 2 blankets, and a belt (chair, bolster, cushions on request) are available with a $50 deposit (cash only on pickup please).
  7. Students wishing to claim credit for unused classes should email the office with your name, enrolment details and number of classes you are seeking credit for. We can credit these to your account for use in the online environment.
  8. Now that many of you are registered on the new website we will begin sending communications from this platform. You will continue to see emails coming from Mailchimp for this week so that all students receive the updates. Apologies if you receive 2 communications.

None of us can know where this will end but at Yoga Mandir we plan to stay open throughout. In extraordinary times we hope to stand together as a community, to support one another and to come through. Maybe now is the time for you to do even more yoga.

Thanks for your ongoing support

Best wishes

alan



20/03/20

Yoga Mandir. CLASSES CLOSED 

To all students,

Following the government announcement this afternoon to increase social distancing measures and the growing spread of infections of Covid-19 I have taken the decision to close classes immediately. There will be no classes tomorrow (Saturday 21 March), Sunday or the foreseeable future. I apologise for the short notice and any inconvenience caused.

For 15 years Yoga Mandir has developed a vibrant and committed yoga community in the Canberra region as well as around Australia and internationally. We have students of all ages and in all walks of life so it is with great sadness that we cannot continue to offer classes at this time, but I have no doubt that we will redirect the school in these difficult times to meet the needs of our students as well as find new ways to engage. We may be socially distanced but there’s no need to loose touch!

In the coming week I will begin to provide online classes and study resources for our community. These will include

  • recorded classes for home practice
  • live streamed classes will be offered to keep up your practice routine
  • private classes will continue so check our timetable for times

Students in the following may continue to attend:

  • Those booked for private classes with Alan
  • Led practice group (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

Remember that now is a perfect time to get your yoga kit from www.iyogaprops.com.au and get organised. I will be in touch again in the coming week with an update on new directions and ways to engage with Yoga Mandir.

For students who have unused classes we plan to offer credit but we are hoping that you will give us some time to work through the changes.

Best wishes to all
Alan



18/3/20

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 things are changing fast. This update is to let you know the steps we are taking to maintain health at the school and minimise unnecessary risk.

Yoga Mandir is following the ACT government health guidelines (https://health.act.gov.au/public-health-alert/updated-information-about-covid-19#ifyouthink ) which currently advise us to minimise contact with others, as well as to avoid large group gatherings.

Together we can maintain a hygienic and welcoming space in which to practice. We have put into place the following strategies.

• Classes will be conducted using only minimal equipment which will be wiped down at the end of each class. Spray disinfectant will be available in studios for mats and blocks. Better still, why not bring your own mat, belt and blocks if you have them.
• We plan to maximise the distance between individual mats.
• If you return from an overseas trip, please do not attend classes for the recommended 14 days.
• The bathroom is equipped with bar soap, paper towels and single use wipes. Please use the hot water, soap and towels to give your hands a good wash before and after class.
• Mats will be cleaned at the end of every class and you are also free to do this at the start of your class too.
• Teachers will avoid physical contact via adjustments as an added precaution for now.

In these uncertain times a practice of Yoga is more valuable than ever as we all grapple with the changes to routines and the stresses of change. Yoga Mandir is preparing ways that students can access class recordings and practice material for practicing at home. More on this later.

Looking ahead, the current advice is that the situation may go on for some time and it may be best to get organised. We recommend that students bring their own mats to class along with belt, blocks and 2 blankets if you have them. This will minimise the sharing of equipment. www.iyogaprops.com.au is the place to go and they are super-fast on delivery. They have a ‘complete practice yoga kit’ which will give you everything you need.

As the situation develops, we may adjust the timetable and you will be updated on any relevant changes. I look forward to seeing you on the mat.

Regards to all
alan