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Yoga Alliance Guidelines - How to Manage COVID-19 (the coronavirus)

Last Updated: March 16, 2020

Online Learning for ALL RYSs, Yoga Community, Consumers

Be 'vigilant' but don't panic

What can people do to protect themselves and others from getting the coronavirus

With CoVid-19 Coronavirus coming to our communities, we have to prioritize staying rational, keeping calm, strengthening our immune systems all while being vigilant by taking precautions that keep viruses from spreading.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which the World Health Organization (WHO) just described as a pandemic.The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

This health emergency has understandably caused concern and anxiety amongst the yoga community members. While we cannot eliminate all threats to the community, we can take preventative steps to minimize risk.

Yoga Alliance International remains vigilant and wants to share ways in which to practice meticulous health and hygiene habits to promote the safe teaching and practice of yoga. As with any situation, we advise the community to remain calm, stay informed, be prepared, and communicate.

We have compiled resources primarily from two credible sources which we recommend and encourage our members and the broader yoga community to consult on a regular basis for the most up-to-date information and guidance, given how quickly the information on this situation is evolving:

Online Learning for Registered Yoga Schools

  • In light of COVID-19, Yoga Alliance International is making a temporary provision to allow its schools to offer contact hours in any of the five Educational Categories in a virtual format during currently-active teacher trainings from March 16 until April 23, effective immediately.
  • We request that schools make every attempt to deliver virtual training(s) LIVE, so as to replicate their in-person training(s) as much as possible.
  • To leverage this temporary provision and offer some of your teacher training(s) virtually during this time period, please email Customer Services with the name of your RYS, the dates of your training program overall, specifically the dates of the portions of the training to be offered virtually, and the total amount of contact hours you will be delivering virtually with no restriction on Educational Category. Customer Service will respond and confirm your plans for temporary virtual training delivery in order to document that your RYS is still in compliance with our Standards during this unique time.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Prevention and Safety in Work and Community Spaces

Below are suggested steps that may help to reduce or prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 in work or community spaces.

  • Stock and maintain your bathroom(s) with soap and water

  • Stock and maintain your studio(s) with at least 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • Stock and maintain your studio(s) with disinfectant wipes

  • Stock and maintain your studio(s) with tissues

  • Offer no-touch receptacles where possible

Cleaning Your Studio

  • Clean the bathroom(s) multiple times each day with a disinfectant cleaner and disposable paper towels or wipes

  • Clean the studio floors after each yoga class

  • Wipe telephones, keyboards, door handles, bathroom faucets, front desk surfaces, and anything that staff, teachers, or students commonly touch  

  • Thoroughly wipe all rental mats and other props before and after each use

  • Wash blankets and bolsters more frequently

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

  • Throw used tissues in the trash.

  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Maintain social distancing

  • Maintain at least 1,5 metres distance between yourself and anyone who is talking to you. - And 3 meters if someone is coughing or sneezing

  • Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease


Post signs in each bathroom and around the studio with respect to cough-and-sneeze etiquette (using a tissue and throwing it away, using upper sleeve if a tissue is not available, refraining from touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, etc.)

  • Post signs in each bathroom about washing hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Post signage at the front desk regarding the request to refrain from practicing at the studio if under the weather

Teachers, Staff, and Volunteers

  • Set up a COVID-19 response team that meets regularly to share information reports from the government  state, and local resources and to manage various contingency plans, including staff (including teachers and volunteers) and practitioner communication

  • Create a response matrix based on transmission scenarios in your state (see a sample framework as developed by the WHO)
  • Ensure that your work-from-home policies (telework, remote meeting options, etc.) are flexible

  • Ensure that your sick leave policies are also flexible and consistent with public health guidance

  • Encourage staff, teachers, and volunteers to work from home or take a sick day if they are sick

  • Maintain confidentiality of people with confirmed COVID-19

  • Maintain flexible policies that permit staff, teachers, and volunteers to stay home to care for a sick family member

  • Empower staff, teachers, and volunteers to ask sick practitioners not to practice if they are showing symptoms

  • Encourage staff, teachers, and volunteers to practice good health habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing their stress, drinking plenty of fluids, and eating nutritious foods

  • Don’t propose to know everything; stick to the basics

ASK WHO (World Health Organisation)

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How to Manage for COVID-19


How to Manage for COVID-19


How to Manage for COVID-19



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