It’s been a while since “in-person” anything was the standard, especially at yoga studios. But as we begin to return to anew new normal, we’re excited to announce our next evolution. Since our start in 2018, Sanctuary has been the ultimate safe yoga space — from our enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols to our intimate, inclusive environment. And now, we’re ready to invite teachers to lead classes live and in person at our Seattle studio.
The health and well-being of our teachers and students have always been our top priority. And 2022 is no exception.
How We’re Keeping Our Yoga Community Safe With Safe Yoga Spaces
As we emerge into the world of live, in-person classes, we want to make sure you feel comfortable. Whether you come to Sanctuary to practice or to teach, here’s what you can expect when you enter our studio:
- A private 1:1 experience or with up to 5 students in the group studio
- Disinfecting of surfaces, mats, props, and shared spaces in between classes
- A state-of-the-art HVAC system that prevents the spread of viruses and bacteria
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test upon check-in
- Required masks in the lobby and main hallway (you may choose to keep your mask on or off in class)
- Hand sanitizer available upon check-in
- Continuous monitoring of the health of our students and staff, and guidelines from the CDC and King County Health Department
- A safe yoga space with the flexibility to practice with an in-person teacher, or a virtual teacher on-demand
And since yoga, meditation, and sound healing are all lower-intensity classes, your minute ventilation rate (that’s the volume of air you breathe in and out each minute) is significantly reduced, which naturally decreases the risk of spreading of COVID-19 between students and teachers.
Everyone Deserves a Safe Place to Practice
The desire for safety and connection is in our DNA. Even in primitive times, our nervous systems had a way of knowing when it was okay to relax and let our guard down, and when we should be on high alert. When we feel unsafe, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) kicks in — this is the fight-or-flight response. In fight-or-flight mode, our heart rate increases. We may experience compromised mobility as the amygdala (the part of the brain that perceives danger) signals the body to inhibit movement to protect itself.
In contrast, when we feel safe, the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) takes over. In this state, breathing is relaxed, movement is fluid, and passive behaviors such as digestion resume with ease. But it’s not just the SNS and PNS that affect our sense of safety. Neuroscientists have discovered a third subsystem, known as the ventral vagal complex, also called the social brain. This subsystem becomes activated when we see smiling faces, hear soothing sounds, or in the case of COVID-19, notice cues (cleanliness, sanitation, proper safety protocols) that contribute to our sense of well-being and safety in a social environment.
The Perks of Teaching (and Taking) Yoga in Person
As the pandemic has launched us into a cycle of chronic stress, isolation, and dysregulated nervous systems, there’s never been a better time to combat the psychosocial effects of the past 22 months.
Social connection in a safe yoga space helps us stay healthier and happier. In fact, one study claims that loneliness can be as detrimental to our health as obesity and smoking. That’s just one of the reasons we’re so excited to bring live teachers into the Sanctuary studios.
Needless to say, there are dozens of other well-documented health benefits of yoga, deep breathing, and meditation. These practices have potent anti-inflammatory, anti-stress, and anti-infectious properties, plus they create a greater sense of compassion, connection, and belonging. Something we could all use a little more of right now.
It’s the power of these shared experiences that allow our local yoga community to thrive.
Are Students Ready for In-Person Teachers?
A recent survey found that 42% of the general population consider wellness a priority in their daily lives. One of the ways they define wellness? Better mindfulness. A record number of people are starting or resurrecting a regular yoga practice, with the global yoga market expected to reach $66.2 billion by 2027. What’s more, visits to gyms, fitness centers, and yoga studios have nearly returned to pre-pandemic status, ensuring a steady flow of students waiting to practice with you — in person.
If you’re ready to get back to in-person teaching, we invite you to learn more about our Live @ Sanctuary program.
With our new program, you’ll have the opportunity to rediscover the joy of live, in-person teaching in an environment that prioritizes health, safety, and overall well-being. At Sanctuary, you’ll find:
- Small-group and 1:1 classes
- Highly sanitized, safe yoga spaces
- A state-of-the-art air filtration system
- Required vaccinations or proof of negative COVID-19 test
- Masks in public areas
- An intimate, judgment-free setting
- Knowledgeable and caring staff ready to take care of every logistic
- New and existing students ready to practice with you
And because our private studios are designed to accommodate a mere one to five students, they offer a safe space for those living with trauma and symptoms specifically related to PTSD, anxiety, and depression. By avoiding large class sizes, we’re helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and cultivating a sanctuary (hence the name) where teachers and students can feel safe to engage in the healing modalities they need.
So much has changed over the past few years. Not only are people craving connection, they have a desire to practice yoga in a safe space — one that takes health and COVID-compliant protocols seriously. If you’re ready to return to in-person teaching, we’d love for you to learn more about Live @ Sanctuary. Click here to apply for our program and lead your yoga, meditation, or sound healing classes in our private, inclusive, and highly sanitized studio.