Desiree Rumbaugh returns to St. Petersburg for her second visit to offer her latest innovative ideas about the great practice of Hatha Yoga. With 35 years of experience, having taught all over the world, Desiree is constantly studying and learning from her students as well as teachers, physical therapists and weight trainers. Her background in Iyengar and Anusara yoga have given her a strong foundation in alignment-based Yoga. With all the new technology available in movement education, her curiosity continues to drive her passion. Strength and breath must be the basis of flexibility in order for it to be sustainable, so expect to learn more about this concept in these weekend classes. Author of “Fearless After Fifty: How To Thrive with Grace, Grit and Yoga”, creator of the DVD series “Yoga to the Rescue” and the PBS special “The Transformational Power of Yoga”, Desiree has much to offer students and teachers of all ages and levels of experience, including beginners. For more information, please visit www.desireerumbaugh.com
Entire Weekend $200.00
Entire Weekend (FYTA Members) $185.00
Individual Sessions: $65 each
FYTA members may pay a $50 deposit to hold your space with the balance due on March 1, 2022.
For out of town guests (and locals who want a nice weekend away), FYTA recommends the lovely, newly renovated Crystal Bay Hotel, which is only a few blocks away from the Garden Club. They have offered our workshop participants a special rate for the weekend of the workshop.
View the hotel at www.crystalbayhotel.com. For special
FYTA pricing, call Kathy Weed at (727) 317-2806.
For more information, including Session Information, Hotel Accommodations and lots more details,
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Kristy Bellingham has a service which would be very useful for our membership- especially during this time (pandemic). Kristy is the founder of LocalsYoga, an online community to find, post and share pop-up yoga classes. She created this community to help yoga participants easily find pop-up yoga classes near them- and to provide a tool for yoga teachers to post (for free!) and promote their pop-up classes.
They are looking for beta testers to assist them in fine-tuning their new Ticket Sales and Attendee Management feature. She reached out to us to offer a discount to our membership to try this new feature which offers ticket sales and attendee management option. In exchange for your regular and honest feedback, they will give you the use of this tool free for two months. Once the trial ends, the monthly cost is only $25.00.
This is only being offered to 50 teachers with the following ground rules:
- The yoga teacher must reside and teach or plan in teach Yoga in the State of Florida
- The yoga teacher must be certified with recommendations
- The yoga teacher must be teaching classes that are NOT being held in a yoga studio, since the focus is pop-up yoga.
Link to Beta Tester Offer
Any questions, please contact:
Kristy Bellingham, Founder
LocalsYoga, Inc. An online community to find, post and share pop-up yoga classes
Kristy@LocalsYoga.com (c) 813-465-8509
As you probably know, Yoga studios throughout all of Florida will be allowed to open on Monday, May 18th at fifty percent capacity. Details are here: https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/05/15/ron-desantis-gyms-will-reopen-starting-monday/
I know many studio owners are allowing more time to prepare for this opening- deciding on protocols, gathering necessary supplies and re-working classes among other things. Please let me know about your opening dates so that FYTA can promote you on social media- or you can post your Open House event on our website. Just login and visit the Members’ Only Page for instructions.
I want to share with you a guidebook on best opening practices from Yoga Alliance:
Some key points include:
- The need to modify how you did things before the pandemic, either by relying more heavily on virtual classes or by altering the configurations of your space or the size of your training or classes. You might need to obtain new or different equipment or implement a new disinfection and cleaning regimen.
- The need to communicate with your staff, teachers, volunteers, students, and other patrons. For many yoga professionals and businesses, we imagine that this may mean that you may want to consider a phased approach to re-opening your business that allows you to grow into your old practices and some new ones, over time. While we understand the serious economic and social toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge yoga schools, businesses, and professionals to be realistic about their capacity and capability to re-open and quickly resume operations safely. It is likely that many yoga businesses will not be able to readily implement some or all of the health and protective measures that will be critical to protecting each other and our communities.
- Components of an Operations Plan When you decide to re-open which should account for all aspects of your school, business, or practice, including those related to:
- Studio, worksite, or practice space cleaning and sanitation protocols
- Implementation of protective measures to promote employee and public safety, including temperature checks and social distancing protocols
- Structure of classes or practice that take place in person
- Management of reception, boutique, and bathroom spaces to limit surface contact
- Staff leave policies
- Continuity of operations if staff or teachers cannot come to work
- Provision of protective equipment and the availability of handwashing and sanitation stations
- Training for staff and teachers and communication with students and the public
- Incident response protocols in the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case
- Incident response protocols in the event of non-compliant students or practitioners
- Maximum class size and duration
- Space configuration to maintain 6 feet social distancing
- Rules preventing or regarding hands-on adjustments or other touching
- Pre-class health screening of employees and students (e.g., taking one’s temperature)
- Pre- and post-class cleaning regimens
- Face-covering rules
- Rules on the use of mats brought from home and on the sharing of mats
- Rules restricting or limiting the use of blocks, blankets, straps, and any other communal equipment
- Personal protective equipment requirements for teachers and students
- Rules on the use of facilities including lockers, changing rooms, bathroom, and showers as well as the storage of personal belongings during class(es).
- Ask Screening Questions: When individuals—staff, teachers, volunteers, students, or practitioners—arrive, ask questions of each person: have you had a cough? Have you had a fever? Do you live with anyone who is sick or quarantined? If anyone answers affirmatively, send them home.
- Require Face Coverings: The CDC has recommended that all individuals wear cloth face masks in public and areas where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain in order to protect themselves and those around them. According to recent reports, roughly 25 percent of people with coronavirus are thought to be asymptomatic, and people who contract COVID-19 usually don’t develop symptoms until four or five days after being infected. Require teachers, students, and practitioners to wear protective masks at all times when not in yoga practice; encourage them to wear them to the extent possible while in practice. Consider providing masks to all students and practitioners. Sanitize all reusable masks regularly and between each use.
- Provide Advance Notifications: Inform students that they should not sign-up or come to the studio/class if they have a cough, are running a fever, or have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Promote (and Require) Hand Washing and Good Hygiene: Require staff and volunteers to hand wash with soap and warm water for a minimum of twenty (20) seconds before and after every registration period. Require teachers to hand wash with soap and warm water for a minimum of twenty (20) seconds before and after every class. Hang signs and encourage all students and practitioners to practice hand washing best practices. Post signs in each bathroom and around the studio with respect to cough-and-sneeze etiquette (cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and then throwing it away, using upper sleeve if a tissue is not available, refraining from touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, etc.). Make tissues available to the extent possible.
I know there is so much to think about here, but once you do set a plan, it is important to make sure that you implement it consistently and effectively. Failure to do so could lead to injuries, illness, or even potential liability. Consider how you will implement your operations plan. It may be helpful to develop written policies and procedures that govern how you will handle certain situations or accomplish specific tasks. It will also be helpful to post signage, both on site and online, to instruct and set expectations for staff, teachers, students, and other patrons in your school, studio, and/or other physical location.
Please visit Yoga Alliance’s COVID-19 Resources Website for information on business and financial support, including guidance for transitioning your school, business, and/or teaching online.
Also note that FYTA is here to support and promote you- especially during this unprecedented time!
Take care and be safe.
Letting you know that during these unprecedented times that your gifts and talents are more important than ever! Our students are probably under a tremendous amount of stress and uncertainty and we as teachers should find a way to be available to them- whether it’s private classes with face coverings and social distancing or video classes. Using the power of Yoga to increase mindfulness and release anxiety is something that is truly needed at this time.
If you are doing video classes, FYTA would be more than willing to post information about your ongoing classes on our website. You can list special Live Stream classes as an event and/or you can send us information about your studio and teachings along with a link to your YouTube or other videos. When you log in to our website, floridayogateachers.org, go to our Members’ Only page for instructions on how to send in an Event or Blog Post for your info and videos. If you have problems logging in, please contact our webmaster: email@example.com. Once you post your videos, please let me know so that I can promote them on the FYTA Facebook page.
Creating Live Stream classes is a great way to build community among your students. Many teachers are using Zoom video streaming and sending links to their students via email or through a private Facebook group. Punchpass is software that integrates with Zoom so that you can offer class passes to your regulars. There are also many low cost alternatives to Zoom, and this link Livestreaming on a Budget: How to Get Started comes from the group WordPress St. Petersburg, which Elaine is a member of.
Florida may relax the restrictions on gyms and Yoga studios beginning in May. Studio owner and board member Wendy O’Lenic Santiago has come up with a few ideas for re-opening:
- Along with your regulars, gather your list of past customers or those who have shown interest in your studio.
- Send them a special offer to get them in your studio- perhaps have an open house event that FYTA will help promote for you!
- Offer a starter and/or re-starter package when they come to redeem your special offer.
Of course you will need to be cognizant of our new reality. Make sure your studio has a clean, newer feel so that it will appear as a safe space. Insure a six foot rule between students with masks as a requirement. Classes will probably need to have less capacity in order to stay within the CDC guidelines. Will you still offer props, and if so, how will you go about cleaning them in between students? There is a lot to think about.
Thank you for being a valued FYTA member. We are here to promote and support you! If you need class or Livestream ideas, please access our free or discounted yoga and meditation videos- also on our Members’ Only page.
Please stay well and safe!
Susan Wasserman, Director
We are happy to provide our members with a YogaUOnline Course Discount!
FYTA Members can enter the following coupon code at checkout to receive a one-time 33% discount on any of the courses valued $97 or less. Enjoy access to our quality, custom content!
Here is our Coupon Code, and please see the link below to view our Course listings:
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