At Ruah, our practice begins and ends with ancient foundational wisdom brought to you in the light of a modern world. That is our reference point as we take steps forward with your safety in mind.
We know not to be attached to any plan as, like all things... this is subject to change. But this is where we are today. At Ruah, we practice Satya (truth). So we must begin by telling you that we feel the full weight of our responsibility to the wellbeing of everyone who has trusted us with their yoga or meditation practice.
We know that times are challenging and here is how we would like to address the next step on our path:
We practice ahimsa (non-harming). With that as a guiding principle, we would like to safely find our way back to each other. Just a few indoor classes to begin with, so check the schedule, but we will continue our classes in outdoor spaces as well. We will continue to stream classes while we all feel our way through this transition.
We practice saucha (cleanliness). In this time of our lives, it has special importance. The studio has been emptied of knick-knacks and props. Please bring your own mat, towel, blocks, and straps. We will have these items new for sale if you need to purchase. You can let us know online and we will have them ready for you when you come to the studio or if you choose any of the outdoor classes. There will be cleaning stations with hand sanitizer and other cleaning options throughout the space. There will be no heat on and the doors will remain open.
We will practice brahmacharya (containment). Here is how we are imagining that today: The class size is restricted to maintain physical distancing, so please sign up online in advance. We will keep check-in touch-less, so if you are not a whiz at online registration, no worry... e-mail or call and we will secure a reservation for you.
We practice asteya (non-stealing). Nobody is entitled to steal your right to safety and security. Masks should be worn in the studio at all times. We will be observing wider than six feet distances between the mats.
We encourage the practice of svadhyaya (self-study) and recognize the necessity now for a practice that is highly personal and with the attention turned as much as possible inward. As much as we are devoted to hands-on assists, teachers will keep our hands in our pockets for the time being.
We practice tapas (discipline) and will start on time with no lingering after. Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before class and go straight to your mat. The floor will be marked with mat spaces. Cover the X with your mat.
For Outdoor Tent Classes, please wear your mask to your mat and then keep it on or set it aside while you practice. Be thoughtful about whether you are feeling tip top before you arrive.
We love having you sit and chat while you drink tea or take a steam shower, but for now, the showers will be closed and the tea service suspended.
We understand ishvara pranidhana (surrendering to a higher power) so... the bathrooms are open for emergencies and will be cleaned before and after every class. Along the lines of our surrender to a higher power, the studio will be cleaned according to CDC best practices and we hope this allows for you to continue with your practice.
Call or email with questions or suggestions. The schedule will begin in the studio in a very limited way, so please watch the app or our website for the emerging presence in the studio.
We do not intend to rush back to close personal interaction because of our commitment to ahimsa and our deep commitment to all of you. It is hard right now, but we practice santosha (contentment) and we will try (with your help and support) to be content to move slowly into each other's company. After all, despite our practice of aparigraha (non-greed), we feel it's time we got some of your practice and company since your pets have been hogging the time with you.
We hope to do what we can to support your yoga and meditation practice. Our free online 15 minutes of quiet will continue.
It does not go without saying that Ruah welcomes, encourages, and seeks out yogis of all races, genders, nationalities, and religions. It would be our greatest joy and accomplishment to fill the studio with teachers and students that reflect the broadest imaginable diversity. We are asking you to help us in that mission. If we are missing the mark in any community that we have underserved, we gratefully and humbly accept guidance to be better.
"Di and her team are outstanding, and the studio is impeccable. The esthetic of the studio and all of the details make it one of the most top studios I have ever been to. I would highly recommend to anyone who values practicing yoga to the highest degree!" ~Deidra Lassalle