COVID-19 Information

Sept. 9, 2020

Dear RCY Community,

We are carefully preparing to open the doors to The Loft as of this Sat., Sept. 12th at 9am for a limited schedule of classes with a max of 6 students! There’s a lot of information for us to share with you, so we’ll try to do so as succinctly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at info@YogaActon.com.

The new schedule as of Sept. 12th can be seen at https://yogaacton.com/class-schedule/.

You will need to be aware that most if not all of the in-person classes will be simultaneously live-streamed and recorded. Only the teacher will be visible on the camera, but since we are also transmitting sound, your voice may be heard if you wish to speak during class.

Please note that we will continue our Outdoor Classes as long as the weather permits, and our robust Online Class Schedule will continue on permanently, with changes made as necessary!

About Our Teachers

  • Teachers will perform a health check-in before coming into the studio to teach an in-person class. Their check-in will consist of a temperature check and COVID-19 symptom questionnaire. If a teacher has a temperature above 100.4 fahrenheit, is displaying any COVID-19 systems, or has had close contact with anyone who ha tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, they will not come in to teach the in-person class.
  • Teachers will wear a mask and/or face shield for the entire time they are in the Loft with students.
  • Teachers will regularly wash/sanitize their hands.
  • Teachers will remain on their teacher’s mat as much as possible during the course of the class.
  • Teachers will not offer any hands-on assisting.

Registering for Classes

  • Online pre-registration and pre-payment for in-person classes is *strictly required*. You can access the schedule at https://yogaacton.com/class-schedule/. Please do not drop-in to see if there is a space available.
  • Please be sure to update your contact info and opt-in to receive notifications from the Studio. Also, please have a current credit card on file for any in-studio purchases as we will not be handling cash, checks or credits at the studio.
  • Classes are clearly designated in the online schedule:

  • As there will be only 6 students allowed per in-studio class, the cancellation window for in-studio classes ends 12 hours before the start of class.
  • There will be 2 waitlist spots per in-person class. If you choose to be on the waitlist, and someone cancels, you will automatically be added to the class. If you choose to be on the waitlist, you must assume that you will be added to the class. It will be your responsibility to make sure you are opted-in to receive notifications from MindBody, and that you are checking for them to see if you have made it off the waitlist and into the class. Please try to refrain from adding yourself to many waitlists.
  • If you pre-register for an in-person class and do not come to class, we will not be issuing refunds.

Attending Classes In-Person

  • PLEASE ARRIVE 10-15 MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF CLASS.
  • It goes without saying… please do not come to class if you are sick in any way.
  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please visit the CDC web site to read “When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19”:
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
  • All students are required to wear a mask for the entire time they are in the Loft. Please bring and wear your own mask. If you forget a mask, we will have blue surgical-type masks available for sale for $2 each that you can pay for with a credit card on file.  Here are some masks that come highly recommended for practicing yoga in:
    https://www.yoga-society.com/collections/face-masks
    https://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=658554#pdp-page-content
    https://acefashionusa.com/collections/all
  • Please be exceptionally mindful of keeping as socially distant from others as possible (indoors and out) for the entirety of your visit to the studio, even when you have a mask on.
  • When you arrive at the Loft, please have your mask on. Someone will be stationed outside to take your temperature and ask a quick list of COVID-19 related questions. You will also be asked to sanitize your hands with the hand sanitizer we will have available.
  • Students will *not* be allowed to enter for class if:
    →They have a temperature of 100.4 fahrenheit or higher
    →They are displaying any COVID-19-type symptoms
    →They have had close contact in the past 14 days with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    →They do not agree to wear a mask.
  • As students enter the Loft, please sanitize your hands again with the hand sanitizer that will be to your left as you enter.
  • Please remove shoes and leave near the entrance.
  • The teacher will assign a mat spot to you (see approximate layout below). The mat spots are numbered in such a way to have the safest flow of entry and exit. You will be able to place your belongings in a small bin in the cubby area with a corresponding number to your mat spot, or you can keep your belongings near your mat.
  • If you need to use the bathroom, please do so as soon as you enter.
  • There will be small baskets near each mat space with tissues, wipes, hand sanitizer, and spray cleaner for your mat. Please dispose of your trash as you exit the Loft at the end of class.
  • Students must bring their own yoga mat and any props they like to use during class. At this time, we will *not* be allowing the use of the studio props. We have props for sale that students can purchase online before class (PURCHASE YOGA PROPS HERE), and then pick-up when they come in for class.
    Students must bring their own water as the water cooler will not be available for public use at this time.
  • If the situation arises where a student is in need of prolonged coughing, we will ask that they step outside the door while doing so, until the cough has passed. We ask that the student self-assess the cause for the coughing. If the cough seems to be sickness-related, we trust you will gather your things and leave the class for the safety of all present.
  • At the end of class, we will need students to refrain from lingering inside. The teacher will dismiss students one-by-one so they can gather their belongings and exit promptly, while being mindful of social distancing. Socially distant conversation and socializing is welcome outside once students have exited the Loft and the Loft stairs!

About The Loft

  • We have installed an RGF Environmental Group Inc. Air Purification System directly into the Loft’s HVAC system. This system uses Photohydroionization® (PHI) Technology. Photohydroionization® (PHI) is an advanced oxidation technology developed by RGF Environmental Group to minimize and neutralize indoor air pollutants such as bacteria, viruses, mold, gases (VOCs) and odors. You can read more about it at https://www.rgf.com/phi/. We were not prepared to open The Loft until this system was installed. The installation took place on August 21, 2020.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at various areas throughout the space.
    The Loft will be carefully and appropriately cleaned and sanitized each morning, and after each class by RCY Staff. Strict cleaning schedules and protocols will be followed (details on specific reopening guidelines for fitness clubs in Mass. – which is how RCY is categorized – can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-fitness-centers-and-health-clubs.)
  • Weather permitting, windows will be open during class. Ceiling fans will *not* be in use.
  • In the event of a positive COVID-19 case of a worker, customer or vendor who spent significant time in the Loft, we will pause indoor classes and wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting in accordance with current CDC guidance. We will notify the Acton Board of Health (BOH) and assist the BOH as reasonably requested to advise likely contacts to isolate and self-quarantine.

We waited much longer than was needed to reopen. We felt this was imperative in order to see how the overall Massachusetts reopening would unfold and trend throughout the state after the beginning of Phase 3 on July 6th. From all accounts, data has remained more or less stable. You can read more about Massachusetts COVID-19 information at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information.

As we embark upon reopening, we urge you to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or comments. Please email Jenny Meshna, RCY’s Assistant Studio Manager, at info@YogaActon.com or call and leave a message at 978-274-5596, and we will be sure to get back to you.

Thank you for your patience and support during this very challenging time.
The RCY Reopening Team:
Kyra Marino, Owner/Manager
Jenny Meshna, Assistant Studio Manager
Lia Romani, In-Studio Reopening Plan Manager
Jen Olsen, Operations Manager
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Revolution Community Yoga
https://yogaacton.com/


August 26, 2020

Dear RCY Community,

I want to let you know that we have begun preparation for reopening the The Loft for in-person classes!  In-person classes will begin Saturday, Sept. 12th.  Obviously, things are going to be very different than they used to be.  We will begin with a limited schedule, and we hope to add more as time goes along.  We will have very clear safety protocols in place, and we will share specific information about how this will all look as the reopening date draws closer.  Please note that we will continue our Outdoor Classes as long as the weather permits, and our robust Online Class Schedule will continue as well!

IMPORTANT: It would incredibly helpful if you could please fill out this quick survey so we can get a clearer idea of what to expect when indoor classes resume:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N7PDF6C

The RCY Reopening Team have been and will continue to work mindfully to invite you back into a Yoga space that is as safe and welcoming as we can possibly provide.  For in-person classes in the Loft, these are just a few of the protocols we will have in place:

  • Class size limited to 6 students and 1 teacher to allow for 14 feet of space between each person (most or all classes will also be live-streamed)
  • Teachers will complete a daily health check-in before going to teach.
  • Masks/face-coverings will be required to be worn by teacher and all students for the *entire duration* of class.
  • Temperatures will be taken before students enter the Loft – students who have a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted to enter.
  • A short list of COVID-19 related questions will be verbally asked of students before they enter the Loft, and answers will be noted for each attendee in our records.
  • Strict cleaning schedules and protocols will be followed (details on specific reopening  guidelines for Fitness Clubs in Mass. – which is how RCY is categorized – can be found at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/safety-standards-and-checklist-fitness-centers-and-health-clubs.) 

We waited much longer than was needed to reopen.  We felt this was imperative in order to see how the overall Massachusetts reopening would unfold and trend throughout the state after the beginning of Phase 3 on July 6th.  From all accounts,data has remained more or less stable.  You can read more about Massachusetts COVID-19 information at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information.

I’m proud to let you know that we have installed an RGF Environmental Group Inc. Air Purification System directly into the Loft’s HVAC system.  This system uses Photohydroionization® (PHI) Technology.   Photohydroionization® (PHI) is an advanced oxidation technology developed by RGF Environmental Group to minimize and neutralize indoor air pollutants such as bacteria, viruses, mold, gases (VOCs) and odors.  You can read more about it at https://www.rgf.com/phi/.  We were not prepared to open The Loft until this system was installed.  The installation took place on August 21, 2020.

As we continue to prepare for the reopening, we urge you to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or comments.  Please email Jenny Mesha, RCY’s Assistant Studio Manager, at info@YogaActon.com or call and leave a message at 978-274-5596, and we will be sure to get back to you.

Thank you for your patience and support during this very challenging time.

The RCY Reopening Team:
Kyra Marino, Owner/Manager
Jenny Meshna, Assistant Studio Manager
Lia Romani, In-Studio Reopening Plan Manager
Jen Olsen, Operations Manager


June 30, 2020

Hello RCY Community,

As you may know, Phase 3 of the Massachusetts Reopening process is set to begin on Monday, July 6th.  Phase 3 includes fitness facilities, the category that RCY falls within.  

I have made the very difficult decision to delay the opening of the indoor studio space at RCY until at least the beginning of August.  Our online and outdoor classes will continue full steam ahead, and we will add/change classes as necessary to meet demand.

I know this may be disappointing for some of you, but I want to ask you to bear with us as we take a very careful and mindful approach to reopening during this unprecedented health crisis our world is enduring.  COVID-19 is not gone.  As I mentioned in a previous statement, our #1 priority is the health and safety of our teachers and students – this priority will *always* be our most important guide.  I feel in my heart that in order to protect the best interests of our community, this delay in reopening is the only sound choice for now.

Delaying our reopening will allow us time to gather new and vital data about how reopening goes in other areas, and perhaps in similar settings.  The very foundation of our Yoga practice – deep breathing – is the very thing that could make moving our practice indoors unsafe at this time.  Masks can be worn (and may be required for indoor spaces), but the overarching sentiment from the community is that practicing Yoga in a mask is far from ideal.  We agree.

This decision has come from a place of deep caring for our members.  In our Yoga teachings, we practice Ahimsa – respect for all living things and avoidance of harm toward others.  I feel opening the studio prematurely would be in direct opposition to this teaching.

I am thrilled that so many of you have enjoyed our Zoom offerings with your favorite teachers! The beautiful summer weather will also allow us to come together safely and in person at Gardner Field each day. I continue to feel so grateful for your support, understanding, and flexibility until we can gather in the studio in the safest possible way.

As always, I am open to hearing your feedback.  Please feel free to reach out to me at Kyra@Revolution.Yoga.

With Gratitude,
Kyra


April 30, 2020
When RCY Reopens…

When the state finally allows non-essential businesses to reopen, we do plan to begin offering classes again, but it will be a slow process and will come with some conditions.

First, I am *not* sure we will reopen the physical space if everyone is required to wear masks. As deep breathing is a key element of any Yoga practice, wearing a mask may impede the teachers and students from being able to do proper and beneficial yogic breathing. This is still something we are exploring.

Second, when we do reopen, we will likely begin with a very sparse in-studio schedule and will continue offering our online classes as well as we understand there may be those who are not comfortable with the in-person class gathering format.

Third, we will be implementing these health and safety precautions (this is not a final list, but it starts here):

  • There will be no in-studio payments – students will need to make all purchases online (even for retail items)
  • Very small class sizes will be required to allow for 6 feet between students/teacher
  • Pre-registration will be required for in-studio classes by 1 hour before class. No drop-ins.
  • No water cooler usage – students will need to bring their own water
    Best practices will be used for overall cleaning and disinfecting procedures
  • Students will need to bring all their own props – we will not be loaning our studio props out at all for an indefinite period of time.
  • Students will need to bring and wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth
  • All entering the studio will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering
  • We will be asking anyone with any health symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19 to refrain from coming into the studio.
  • We will be asking that anyone who has had direct exposure with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to refrain from coming into the studio unless they have gone through a 14-day isolation period.

Please stay tuned as we will be keeping the RCY community updated. I suggest you follow our FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionCommunityYoga/
and/or
Join our mailing list as this is the main way we communicate with members:
https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001kDm6CUQET6-VdVgNZTUHQYjzwO5x3SSPwDYgbqO3Wu1q47V_e192Cg%3D%3D

Please direct questions or comments to RCY’s Assistant Studio Manager, Jenny Meshna, at info@yogaacton.com


March 12, 2020
IMPORTANT:  Closing RCY Temporarily

Dear RCY Community,

I have made the gut-wrenching decision to temporarily close RCY as of tonight, Thursday, March 12th, after the last class ends.  Plan on the studio being closed through March 31st.  We will assess reopening at that time.

I can’t in good conscience provide a space where teachers and students (and those who they come in contact with) are put at risk if they attend a class.  We can make all our best efforts to sanitize the studio (and we have!), but we can’t guarantee that will keep anyone safe from this virus.  It is my responsibility as the studio owner to take appropriate action that makes our community members’ health the #1 priority.

We will be working diligently to figure out the best way to offer some on-line classes during this temporary closure.  Thank you in advance for your patience as we chart new territories, I will be in touch just as soon as the details are ironed out… hopefully in short order!

In the meanwhile, we will of course suspend all monthly auto-renew accounts, and the expiration dates on class packages will be extended appropriately.

Please reach out to me with questions, concerns, or for anything at all.

Thank you,
Kyra Marino
RCY Owner
kyra@revolution.yoga


March 10, 2020
IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Information from RCY

1) We will be phasing out the use of *all* studio props over the next week. This includes: Yoga Mats, Blocks, Straps, Blankets, Bolsters, Eye Pillows, etc… from now on until further notice.

2) We recommend you bring to class your own: yoga mat, strap, blocks, a large towel (in lieu of a blanket), a pillow (in lieu of a bolster), and anything else you’d like. We will have some items for sale at the studio, and you can also purchase your owns props at reasonably low costs at places like TJ Maxx, Target, or on line at places like Yoga Direct (https://www.yogadirect.com/)

3) If you are sick with any type or severity of symptom, please do not come in for class. You can read more about COVID-19 symptoms at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html and https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

4) Thoroughly wash/sanitize your hands before and after class, and practice the basic protective measures noted on the World Health Organization web site: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

5) Door knobs and other commonly-touched hard surfaces will be disinfected at least twice daily. We also have a supply of disinfectant sprays, disinfectant wipes, and other cleaners available for use at the studios.

6) Until further notice, teachers will refrain from giving hands-on assists to students. If you need assistance from a teacher during class, please let them know.

7) We will be investigating ways to offer on-line classes if needed – stay tuned.

I welcome any and all questions, thoughts, & feedback. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at kyra@revolution.yoga.

Thank You & Be Well!
Kyra
~~~
Kyra Marino
Owner / Manager
Revolution Community Yoga
https://yogaacton.com/