OUR COMMUNITY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

JULY 2

As of July 2, classes can now be heated as follows –

Roots, Sweat & Stretch, Your Space – 38 degrees.
Wild Flow, Align Flow, Yang Yin – 32-34 degrees.
Yin, Fit & Flow – 28-30 degrees.

Change rooms and showers will be available for use.
Masks must be worn in all common areas but may be removed once students are on their mats.

JUNE 14

Classes can now be heated to 26-28°C!
Masks are still required to be worn during the entire duration of class, if you forget yours we will have some available at our front desk but please try to remember your own!

MAY 27TH ANNOUNCEMENT

The next chapter is here — we have waited many days to safely reopen our doors to you and get back to our in-studio practice.
Our new schedule is now live and our in-studio classes begin Saturday, May 29th! Remember to pre-register for classes as we are still working with a reduced capacity.
 IMPORTANT NOTES:
-Masks are required to be worn during the entire duration of class, if you forget yours we will have some available at our front desk but please try to remember your own! This is temporary, as Hot Yoga will be introduced in phase 2 of BCs restart plan which will likely mean no masks while you practice again. And that’s only a couple of weeks away.
– Come ready to practice 5-10 minutes before class as change rooms will not be available (we do have a filtered water station and bathrooms!)
– Preregistration opens 7 days before the scheduled class, and on a first-come-first-served basis if cancelled spots become available 2 hours prior to class time.

APRIL 18th ANNOUNCEMENT

We are happy to announce that starting Wednesday, April 21st, we will begin offering 26 weekly out door yoga classes at Glen Lake Park. If you’ve never been, it’s simply a must. Tucked away in a quiet residential neighbourhood, this park has a beautiful grassy area, gorgeous mature trees, a distanced park for the kiddos, and the beautiful scenery of Glen Lake.
As soon as it is safe for us to host classes in doors we will layer in indoor and outdoor classes for all to enjoy.
 IMPORTANT NOTES:
1. We will continue to offer daily Live Stream classes, along with the option to drop into the studio for a Your Space booking.
2. All membership passes will be reinstated at their original rates on May 1st. Sunrise members will still be able to attend Your Space in the early mornings, and the morning classes at Yoga in the Park.
3. Each class can only hold 9 students, be sure to pre-register for classes. If we see these class times filling up quickly we will add more. Email us directly at info@yogalabwestshore.ca if you have a preferred time.
3. Make sure you are registered for text notification to receive cancellation texts due to weather.
4. We are offering Yoga in the Park drop-in rates at $13/class or $100 for a 10 Class Card.
5. Students are not required to wear a mask while practicing.

Click here for more information including directions.

Click here for our Outdoor Safety Plan

March 29th Announcement

In an update to the order and direction from the Provincial Health Officer, all indoor group fitness is suspended for the next 3 weeks.  According to the order, we plan on reopening for indoor group fitness classes on April 20th.  

In-Studio Group Classes – Paused until April 19th – If you have registered for in-studio classes, you have been removed from those classes. 

Your Space – In-Studio Personalized Yoga Sessions – We are opening up the calendar to have more availability for Your Space bookings.

Live Stream – We will increase our live stream classes to 3 a day starting March 31st.

We will be closed on March 30th to provide our team with the necessary time to switch gears.  

We’re asking our dedicated community to please continue to invest in our individual and collective wellbeing. If you are in a financial position to do so, please keep your membership active. 

May this water your spring intentions and help us connect in a deeper and more expansive way than we’ve yet to know.

Yoga Lab Community


Membership Adjustments

The membership adjustments noted below will continue on a monthly basis (billing cycle) for 30 days. In the meantime, if restrictions on lift and group classes can resume within this billing cycle, you will continue to receive all the benefits of both our physical and virtual studio at this rate. 

LiveWell+ Autopay Members

Enjoy your favourite classes & teachers through LAB+home and enjoy the quiet reprieve of the practice room by reserving a spot for your self-directed practice. Your membership has been reduced to $59/month, effective on your next billing date. 

SunRISE+ Autopay Members

We’ve removed the time restrictions and have reduced your membership to $59/month. Sign into MindBody as usual to enjoy your favourite classes & teachers through LAB+home anytime. Book yourself a self-directed practice through Your Space to enjoy the quiet reprieve of the practice room.

LiveWell+ Prepaid Members

Enjoy your favourite classes & teachers through LAB+home and enjoy the quiet reprieve of the practice room by reserving a spot for your self-directed practice. For every month we are unable to offer in-person classes you will receive a $30 credit on your account which can be used to purchase future services (online purchases only). 

Intro Month
Pick back up when we reopen – you’ll just need to email info@yogalabwestshore.ca so we can reactivate and adjust the dates of your pass! If you’re already hooked, pick up a 1 month unlimited LAB+home pass for only $59.

December 17 Announcement

The studio is thrilled to welcome you back to group classes with all the added precautions to ensure that your experience with us is both safe and grounding. 

A few important things to note:

Mats are positioned 2.5m apart from each other for a total of 11 students in the practice room

Room is a comfortable warm temperature, not hot. 

Masks are required throughout the facility. Once you’ve arrived at  your mat, you are welcome to remove it to practice.

Within 24 hours of your scheduled class time, please review the BC Self Assessment questionnaire and follow the guidance provided. 

Please arrive in-studio 5 minutes before your scheduled start time. Students who arrive after the class start time will not be able to join the class.

Bathrooms and water filling stations are available as needed. Change rooms and showers are closed. Please arrive in practice gear with a full water bottle.  

We support the Provincial Health Officer current orders. We encourage our community to take this message to heart.

Your Space
We have also had time to dream up another safe way to connect you to your practice. “Your Space” has been set up to accommodate 4  students at a time throughout the day. You can rent a tablet or bring your own device to move through a LAB+home pre-recorded class. Or you can use Your Space to guide yourself through your own practice. 


Membership Changes:

On December 24th, all memberships will resume to their original purchase price and SunRISE+ membership time restrictions reinstated. 

We’ve added another membership benefit:, check out Your Space. 


Suspended Memberships:

If you suspended your membership due to the closure of the physical studio since November 24, your membership will reactivate on Monday December 21st. 

If you’re ready to come back sooner, we will reactivate your membership as soon as possible. Email clientsupport@yogalabwestshore.ca with this request.

If you prefer to add onto your suspension for 30, 60, 90 days, fill out this form before Monday Dec 21st. 


We are looking forward to the opportunity to support you and appreciate everything you’ve done to support this community.

Darci, Heather, Kamila and our entire team

November 25th Announcement

In an update to the order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer, all yoga studios are to suspend group classes while new guidance is being developed.
 
Our physical studio will become our virtual studio. If you have registered for in-studio classes, you have been removed from those classes.
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We are humbled by the experience of closing our doors to the physical studio yet again.  Starting Wednesday November 25, we will offer a variety of livestream classes and will continue to upload new content to our LAB+home video library.  A dedicated email will be sent today inviting you to join our virtual studio.
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We’ve had time to dream up a future for our Yoga Lab community and are inspired by the many benefits that at-home classes have provided our students. We’re asking our dedicated community to please continue to invest in our individual and collective wellbeing. If you are in a financial position to do so, please keep your membership active.
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All monthly autopay members (SunRISE+ and LiveWELL+) will receive an email with specific membership details, and are being directed to LAB+home.
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May we all find the magic in this time and reconnect to ourselves in a deeper and more expansive way than we’ve yet to know.
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With so much care,
Darci, Heather, Kamila and the entire Yoga Lab Team

November 12, 2020

A few of our policies have been amended to reflect recommendations from the Provincial Health Authority and to foster a supportive framework for our faculty, students, ambassadors and staff.  If you have follow up questions check out the new FAQs that will likely answer many of your questions.  If after you have read them over and your question still requires attention email us at clientsupport@yogalabwestshore.ca.

MASKS MANDATORY 

AIR CIRCULATION 

Moving forward, teachers will be drawing fresh air into the practice room at regular intervals throughout the class. Our HRV system pulls air in a linear direction rather than a circular distribution. While we have always used this system for air circulation, moving forward, it will be a regular practice in all classes.

BREATH 

Moving forward, we ask that students be mindful to not exhale strongly through the mouth. Our teaching faculty is committed to guiding a practice that focuses on grounding and calming breaths through the nose. If you need to exhale through the mouth, please do so into your mat and focus on slowing down your practice so breathing through the nose is accessible again.

NEW ARRIVAL TIME 

Studio doors will now be open for up to 15 minutes prior to the class start time. The purpose is to support the cleaning of the studio, to value our teacher’s time and to continue to ensure clarity in contact tracing as we work towards layering in more class offerings by the new year. If you arrive at the studio more than 15 minutes before class, please wait outside.

REGISTRATION WINDOW 

Classes will open for registration at 6:00 AM – 11:45 PM  in our 7 day rolling registration window.  We realize that this may be an inconvenience for some, however the benefit of the sign up window opening at 6:00 AM outweighs the inconvenience. 

So many aspects of our lives have shifted over the past several months.  Individually and collectively we have been asked to do things differently. It has been a true gift to be here, connected and witnessing our community stretch into the comfort and sometimes discomfort of these changes. We are grateful for the respect and confidence you share with us as we make decisions that support the health and safety of our teaching faculty, staff, volunteers and students.  Thank you for being with us!

With gratitude,

Darci, Heather, Kamila and the Yoga Lab Team

June 1, 2020

MASSAGE UPDATE

Our clinic is Opening June 1 – and we look forward to serving you.

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, we have carefully reviewed and applied to all the safety recommendations approved by the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, including:

Return to Work Plan

You can review our detailed Return to Work plan here.  It will also be printed and available upon request when you come into the studio.

New & Updated Client Intake Form

We have a newly updated Client Intake and Consent to Treatment Form.  We recommend you filling this form out before your first appointment, but will have an electronic form you can fill out upon arrival to the studio.

Changes to our Physical Space

We have made significant changes to the layout of our studio.  We have placed physical distancing stickers on the floor and have altered our reception area to support less touch zones.

Scheduling

When you book your appointment, please note that the start time may be adjusted to incorporate 15 minutes between each booking so that we have ample time to disinfect all touch points, and prepare for your safe and healthy arrival.

BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool
The day before your scheduled appointment, you will get a phone call from our studio to conduct a Self-Assessment test.

Arriving for your Treatment

Please plan to arrive to the studio 5 minutes before your treatment and have a seat on the outside benches.  Our RMT will welcome you to the studio and open the door for you when they are ready for your appointment.

Cancellation Policy

All clients are discouraged from attending appointments if they are experiencing any sort of illness directly or indirectly related to COVID-19.  Please cancel your appointment at any time should you feel under the weather.  Additionally, if our RMT is feeling under the weather, we will contact you immediately and rebook your appointment.

Payment Processing

We highly recommend paying for your treatment when you book.  At this time we are not accepting cash as a payment option, so if you choose to pay in studio, please be sure to bring a debit or credit card with you.

Paperless Trail

In order to reduce the contact points in our business, we will be emailing payment receipts and not printing them at the front desk.  All receipts are automatically emailed to the email listed on file.

Increased Cleaning, adding hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting processes

We continue to use Oxivir Plus Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate as our primary cleaning solution. It is a tuberculocidal, virucidal, bactericidal, fungicidal, broad-spectrum sanitizer. This product is hydrogen-peroxide based, EcoLogo certified and developed for use in medical and healthcare establishments. We follow the manufacturer’s recommended dilution ratios for both disinfection and broad-spectrum sanitization.

Personal Protection Equipment

Please let the RMT know upon your arrival your level of comfort with PPE.  You are welcome to wear a mask for the entire duration of your appointment and are also welcomed to request that the RMT also wear additional PPE while completing your appointment.  If you feel uncomfortable making this request when you arrive, you are welcome to email us to make this request by emailing clientsupport@yogalabwestshore.ca.

June 1, 2020

IT TAKES MORE TO BE MORE

We are learning new ways to offer wellness services and new ways to connect as a community. We’ve dreamed up a new future and we’re excited to announce some new beginnings starting July 7th.

Imagination requires space 

If we’re going to imagine a new future together, we need space to stretch into new ideas of what is possible. After consulting with Vancouver Island Health Authority, we are happy to announce that the capacity for the Hot room has been increased to 22 while ensuring social spacing.  Rather than 2 M distance from mat to mat, we have calculated a 2 M radius from body to body.  We are grateful to VIHA for the continued support so we can ensure our community is safe and thriving!

Wellness is “in here”

Wellness isn’t something “out there.” Wellness is something we build “in here,” in our bodies. Whether you’re practicing in the studio or at home, we’re committed to giving you more. More classes, more options, more value, wherever you are.

LAB+home new releases every Sunday!

May 18, 2020

SURVEY REQUEST

You. Yes, you-we are so grateful for your commitment to this community throughout these unprecedented times. You are what kept us going and you have helped to ensure we have a safe space to come back to.  We can not say thank you enough.  As we look to the near future of both our in-person reopening alongside our integrated virtual (livestream & on demand) component, we want to ensure that your expectations and needs are being met.   Please take a few moments to share your thoughts by filling out this survey for a chance to win a Prop Kit including a sweat towel, block, and strap.
A MINDFUL RESTART
Because our top priority is the health and safety of our entire community and team, we are putting the right pieces in motion to reopen within the first week of June and plan to continue offering virtual livestream and on demand features.
Our first step was to work with public health officials, including WorkSafe BC, to understand the requirements. We are currently identifying additional precautionary measures we feel are relevant to the in-studio experience.
IN STUDIO FRAMEWORK
A new studio etiquette framework for physical distancing and flow throughout the space is in development. More details will be coming and here is a snapshot of what you can expect to see upon your return to the studio:
– Hybrid offering of both in-person classes alongside an integrated virtual experience
– New waiver for all students
– Reduced capacity to ensure minimum of 2 metre physical distance
– Online registration, waitlist, safe sign in, online checkout
– Physical distancing measures throughout the foyer
– Hand sanitizing station upon entry of the facility, in the practice room and bathroom.
– Extended time between classes to perform cleaning/sanitization
– Arrive at the studio ready to practice: in your yoga gear and with a water bottle
– Use of bathrooms & water fountain will be limited
– Removal of shared props (prop kits available for purchase)
– Office hours for account support and retail purchases
As our plan develops we will be staying in contact through our newsletters, facebook and social media accounts. We look forward to practicing with you.
Deep Bows,
Yoga Lab Leadership Team

March 26, 2020

We hope you are all managing well as these first few difficult weeks come to a close. There is a lot to absorb among the significant impact to our day-to-day routines, so I’d like to thank you for showing us the power of our community by coming together in the face of adversity.  We are continuing to set the foundation of our online studio – sans brick and mortar!
 
Yoga Lab Community has led the way as we responded rapidly to ensure our students & teachers continue to stay connected to movement options and with one another online.  Many students have emailed letting us know the positive impact this has had on them during these times. 
 
We are so grateful to all our members and class pass holders.   Click here for information on your current membership or pass.  Thank you for continuing to join us for your practice. 

We’re thrilled to announce effective tomorrow March 27,  you can now access all of our classes through our MindBody or Mobile App, just as we did before.

Other changes:

With this change, we are unable to offer students from Lab Communities a joint LIVE STREAM experience. We are excited to introduce our On Demand feature. The 4 classes being taught between the studios each day will be uploaded the next day for the enjoyment of all students.
Please read our new Yoga & Fitness landing page for our online classes. If you have additional questions, you can check out our FAQs here, or reach out to us via email at clientsupport@yogalabwestshorec.ca

March 19, 2020

It is our highest calling as health and wellness providers to support the safety of all of our clients. This decision wasn’t easy, as we know that many of you rely on our services to support your daily life. But as our entire nation transitions away from social gathering in a collective effort to take care of all – it is with great clarity that we make the decision to reschedule all appointments that are in the system effective March 19 – March 31st.

Next steps:

  • We have taken care of cancelling all appointments
  • In order to make room in Agnes’ schedule, she has opened up her availability starting April 1st.
  • To rebook, go to your mind body account, or mobile app
  • If you prefer having a hand doing this, email us info@yogalabwestshore.ca and we can coordinate a time to get in touch with you. Please be patient as we are experiencing a high rate of inquiries.

We offer deep bows and compassion to everyone impacted by this health crisis. We are calling on our community to rally together so that when we are on the other side of this we are still connected at the roots.

With so much care and respect,

Agnes Gaj, Darci Nyal and Heather MacLeod

and the Yoga Lab Community

March 18, 2020

We’re not sure we’ve ever felt so connected and inspired by the generosity of our community. We have received countless emails from many of our members thanking us for shifting our classes online and keeping our community connected. To all of our members that are maintaining their memberships in an effort to support our teachers and this community, thank you so much. We are so grateful for you.
We are excited to announce that Victoria and Westshore Yoga Lab locations are partnering together to give our members access to 40+ classes/week. Trusted teachers are bringing their best to make sure you get a peace pause. A familiar face and comforting voice to help you link movement with breath.

Over the last 5 years we’ve been told over and over again by members in this community, that they feel at home with us. The feeling of being at home isn’t dependent on the amount of people we’re practicing next to, or the physical space we’re moving in. That feeling shows up when we’ve landed in our bodies, when we’re moving in our skin. We come back home to ourselves. We feel at home when we’re lovingly guided through a meaningful yoga practice. Hot yoga, Online Yoga, it’s still Yoga. Yoga Lab Teachers are committed to leading you through your practice and helping you feel at home with yourself.  

Join us online and we’ll move through this together.
With so much care and respect,
Darci Nyal & Heather MacLeod
and the entire Yoga Lab Community

March 16, 2020

With the announcement this morning from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking all Canadians to stay at home, we have decided to temporarily move our classes online. Effective March 17th our studio will be closed to the public.

We are committed to supporting you and your wellness goals.


We are moving a selection of our classes to an online format so we are able to continue serving our community from a distance.  Tomorrow you will receive an email outlining the details of how to access our online offerings which will go live March 18th. Live classes will feature our dedicated faculty members demonstrating and cueing a 60 minute practice which will vary according to the schedule. You’ll find the classes you know and love, taught by the same incredible teachers, the only difference is that it’s from a distance.

Tomorrow you will receive a follow up email that will answer many questions. We are experiencing higher than normal volume of inquiries right now and are committed to responding as quickly as possible. Your compassion for our efforts is deeply appreciated.

Our community extends far beyond our studio space. 

Join us online to stay connected as a community. We need our practice and each other now more than ever.  Let’s move through this together!

We offer deep bows and compassion to everyone impacted by this health crisis. We are calling on our community to rally together so that when we are on the other side of this we are still connected at the roots.

With so much care and respect,

Darci Nyal and Heather MacLeod

and the Yoga Lab Community

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