SAFE WITH YOGALONDON

UPDATED 15/04/2021

Throughout this pandemic, the safety of our students and teachers has always been our number one priority. This will remain true as we slowly reopen our school for in-person training in April 2021. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will continue to follow best practice and governmental guidance in the months to come. We appreciate the changing landscape can be unsettling for our students, and so we wanted to reassure you that we have covered every scenario to ensure you are in control of your training and can keep learning safely.

Yes! We continue to deliver courses, and in-person training resumed in April in line with restrictions easing in the UK.

YogaLondon is a vocational training school operating in covid-secure venues, which means that we remain open and deliver training in-person up to and including in tier 4. During the last national lockdown, we paused in-person training to create a safer environment for everyone, and amended our schedules to minimise disruption to our courses.

In-person training has now resumed, however any students who are unable to join an in-person class will be able to use our Live Stream option, or defer classes to a later date.

We are following best practices and government guidelines as they publish them. The current health and safety measures we have adopted include:

  • Reduced maximum class size to ensure there is adequate spacing between yoga mats;
  • Increased access to hand sanitation within the studios;
  • Changes to the school syllabus, including no hands-on adjustments or other touching;
  • No use of shared studio mats, blocks, blankets, straps, and any other communal equipment;
  • No sharing of personal mats, blocks, blankets, straps, and any other personal equipment;
  • Reduced access to communal facilities such as lockers, changing rooms, and showers in studios that have them;
  • The use of face-masks in common areas but not during classes when distancing measures are in place;
  • “Bubbles within bubbles” working together when required, always observing social distancing guidelines. This enables us to limit even further any close contacts between students;
  • Access to classes via Live Stream to enable students who are shielding or self isolating to participate remotely;
  • A clear policy encouraging anyone feeling unwell to stay home and self-isolate. Our free course transfer policy will still apply during this transitional period.

If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, you should stay at home to protect other students and teachers. The following options are open to you:

  • Follow the class(es) on Live Stream, if you’re feeling well enough to do so. This would ensure you don’t fall behind, and your Course Leader will be able to answer any physical questions you may have when you’re next in the classroom.
  • Rebook your class(es) for a later date, by using our deferral system. You have 1 year to rebook yourself into any missed classes, free-of-charge.

We have set up a Live Stream option for students who are unable to attend classes in-person. The aim of Live Stream is to enable students who are shielding, self-isolating or otherwise unable to attend in-person classes due to the pandemic to continue their studies uninterrupted. While there are some limitations on which classes can be completed in this way (see Limitations on Live Stream Access below), the aim is to minimise disruption to student’s learning and to give our students control over their learning environment.

As we are an independent training provider within adult vocational training, we are not part of the nationwide school testing program. However, we strongly advise our students to use the Lateral Flow Tests available through their local authority before attending training weekends. This helps detect asymptomatic cases before we arrive in the classroom together. To find information on your local testing centre click here.

As a school we firmly believe that in-person training is best. However we also trust our student’s judgement and their ability to discern whether in-person or online learning is best for them. We rolled out Live Stream options for most of our classes to enable this, but due to the physical nature of yoga teacher training, it is not possible to complete 100% of a 200-hour training via Live Stream classes. Specific classes have been designated in-person only and will not be available for Live Stream. Students will instead be able to rebook these classes for a later date, free of charge.

If you're not on your yoga mat, you must wear a mask - as soon as you step off your mat, when walking around or in common areas.

We've reduced our class capacity, so stay at a safe distance from your classmates: no hugging when you see them, even if it's hard!

We've increased access to hand sanitation throughout the studio, through antibacterial gel stations. Please wash or disinfect your hands regularly.

We're restricting the use of communal equipment, and discourage students from sharing their own. BYO yoga equipment until further notice.

We will operate a flexible rebooking policy for the time being. If you're feeling unwell, even with mild symptoms. please protect others and stay at home.

We’ve got you covered!

We’re confident in our approach to delivering training programs for 2020-2021. But if you have any further questions or concerns, please get in touch with our team. We’d love to hear from you.