Studio Etiquette

COVID-19 Precautions

For in-studio classes, we will follow the guidelines as outlined by Governor Northam.

Before Class: Since in-studio classes will be limited to four students in order to comply with social distancing guidelines, registration is required to reserve a spot. If you are unable to attend, please cancel at least two hours before the start of class to avoid being charged.

Please help protect all of us by staying home if you have a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing, or if you know you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Masks: will be required upon entering the studio, during mat set-up before class, and after class when interacting in the studio. You will be given the option to remove your mask during class, since social distancing measures will be in place.

Social Distancing: The studio floor will be marked so that mats can be placed six feet apart. Instructors will maintain a six foot distance from students at all times. They will be unable to provide positioning assistance for poses.

Sanitizing and Props: Everyone must wash their hands upon arriving at the studio and we will also have hand sanitizer available. Our instructors will clean surfaces after all students have left the studio. We recommend that you bring your own mats and props with you. We will have mat spray available for use on your personal mat. Eye pillows (lavender or unscented) are available for purchase for $15 (cash or check). This is a wonderful opportunity to treat yourself and make your savasana even more relaxing!

Tips for Online Classes

If you’re having trouble with Zoom, try these tips:

  • Log out of Zoom, then log back in.
  • Close all of the other tabs in your internet browser.
  • Restart your device completely.
  • Plug in your device.
  • If you’re having sound problems, turn the sound on your device down.
  • The camera we use to broadcast hybrid classes is positioned so that students in-studio will not be seen online.

To make the most of your at-home yoga experience, try these tips:

  • Dim the lights in your practice space and close your door.
  • Gather your props before class: blankets, pillows, towels, a strap (belt, tie, scarf, robe strap), blocks (large books, canned goods) and eye pillow (scarf, sock, hand towel).
  • Light a candle.
  • Turn on ambient music.

General Tips

  • Please register online for classes; it helps teachers prepare for class and helps the studio keep track of business. You may always cancel if your plans change.
  • For your convenience, you may pay for classes online. This saves time and provides you with a payment receipt. We offer drop-in rates, as well as multi-class packages.
  • Leave your cellphone in your car or put it on silent and leave it in the locked hallway with your personal belongings.
  • Always sign in.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or fragranced body lotions. Many people have allergies or are sensitive to fragrances. Sometimes essential oils will be offered as part of class. These are always pure essential oils and are always optional.
  • Be understanding of differences and preferences. Some students prefer to sit in silence before class begins. There are times when the depth of a yoga experience promotes a healthy cry. Allow others privacy and space.
  • Refrain from talking during class. Sometimes the teacher will ask for input or suggestions or will ask you to give a signal (maybe a hand wave) that you would like a modification or assistance with a pose.
  • No smoking. This includes outside the yoga studio.
  • Not everyone knows this, but it is considered disrespectful to step on another’s person’s yoga mat. Please step over or around mats.

Our teachers are all warm and welcoming, and we feel grateful to have attracted such kind and considerate students. We hope these tips and gentle reminders will ensure everyone will have a positive experience at Coconut Elephant Yoga.​