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New Mask Mandate

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I hope you are having a fantastic week. As we are all well aware, this holiday season is presenting us all with unique challenges with regards to Covid-19 stats.

Our HYA community has been truly incredible throughout this challenging time, and we are eternally grateful to you for your support and participation in our services.

We strive to create a space where practicing yoga helps people to live their best life. And we believe in the benefits of yoga to help create a strong immune system and healthy lifestyle.

Our temporary closure a few months back was incredibly challenging for our small business, and continues to create struggles for us. However, your support and kind words mean the world to me.

The last thing we want to do is close again, and in an effort to navigate this holiday season to the best of our ability and be able to stay open, we feel the new executive order is in line with our own intuition. In fact, we had already crafted this email hours before his announcement.

Please understand we do not want to cut off our own legs or create more challenges for you or our business, however, out of an abundance of caution and out of deep love for each of you and our staff, we will be enforcing the mask mandate as it stands beginning Tuesday November 24th through December 11th.

We will continue to allow 21 students in class, however… drumroll please… we will require masks for class until December 11th. 

If this gives you pause, please hear us out. I truly believe this is part of our greater yoga journey. There are a few points around masks I really would like to share with you.

So, let’s talk masks… 

First of all, I have been in close contact with at least hundreds of different yoga studio owners in other states and countries where masks are required for practice – and yes… Even in the hot room! And the reporting back from them is that it is totally doable!

We have also been testing this ourselves and have a bunch of current students who practice with masks extremely successfully.

Do masks cause harm to the wearer? 

Here are my top reasons why masks are A-OK!

1. First and foremost, this keeps each and every one of us as safe as possible while still enjoying our yoga classes and staying healthy. This also helps to protect our immunocompromised friends and elderly population whom we love.

2. Masks may help improve your lung capacity and aerobic capacity. In fact, there are masks called Training Masks, which pre-Covid, fitness enthusiasts willingly wore in order to improve their health and abilities.

3. As a yogi, breath is one of the pillars of a healthy practice and life. Let’s be honest though. Many of us have practiced with very little awareness of how the breath flows in and out during class. This is a fantastic opportunity to bring an internal awareness to your breath work in class. 

4. There is an important study that has been done in researching masks and exercise.
SPOILER ALERT!
Wearing Masks = No negative exercise performance effect
Read the full study here.

5. You don’t have to worry about those pesky chin hairs, food in your teeth or bad breath. Haha. But really, I do find that a dab of lavender or your favorite essential oil on the mask can make the whole experience pretty darn dreamy in fact.

So then, which mask is best? 

The good ol’ paper blue masks seem to be the best for the hot room when sweating. They don’t get in your mouth when wet. You could bring two masks and swap ’em halfway through class. We just purchased 500 extras, so if you forget one, just let us know. Of course, we’d love you to bring your own mask.

We have heard of success stories by wearing a face bracket underneath the cloth mask for breathability. Click here to grab these super cheap on Amazon.

Other people just wear their regular masks and are fine.

In other words, try out a few masks, styles, and techniques before you bail on yourself here. Yoga is your best friend and we are here for you. 

BONUS:

If you would like access to our online library during this time, please let us know and we will hook you up at no additional cost.

If you need to discuss your membership, please let us know. However, we strongly believe each and every one of you badass yogis can handle a mask. You’ve dealt with 60+ people in a 105 degree room in the past. This AIN’T NO THANG!!!

I mean, really… we made it this far into 2020… WE CAN DO THIS! Bring it 2020! We have YOGA-PROOF BLOOD IN US!

Thank you so much and we look forward to continuing our good work together.
Adi

PS. I leave you with this final comic below. I hope it brings a smile to your face. And please stay tuned for Black Friday shenanigans coming soon.

 

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

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Our HYA Community is absolutely incredible.
We are a team and in this together.

Please do your best to follow these etiquette tips. Here’s the thing… we are all human and it’s pretty easy to forget some of these details.
Rather than reporting back to us, if appropriate, please kindly and quietly remind each other. These slip ups are not always intentional.

(Of course, we welcome your constructive feedback, but know we are absolutely doing our best and it’s challenging to be in all the spaces at once. If we can do more, we will. But we could for sure use your patience, understanding and collective efforts.)

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford

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What’s up the the Schedule?

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Happy Fall!

In all the hustle and the bustle of reopening we can’t believe it’s already been a month. We are so grateful that we’ve made it through our closure and have classes again, and it’s so good to be back! We aren’t out of the woods yet. Reopening means increased overhead and rebuilding and restaffing of everything we worked tirelessly to create since 2008. We are doing what we love and so grateful we are here because of people like you.

We are reaching out to fill you in on some behind the scene details in the hopes to help ease any scheduling concerns you may have.

But first… 

Thank you for voting for us as Best Yoga Studio, best fitness studio with classes and for Adi as Best Yoga Teacher. We are so humbled and grateful for the time you put in to vote for us! Thank you thank you! Read More

10 Day Refresh

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Don’t miss this 10 Day Refresh Sept 1-10th with Adi Westerman and Heather Parks!

For just $3/day… (ya, just $30)…. you’ll get 12 videos to keep forever!⁣

Can’t make it live? No problem! We will send you a link to download the classes for you to keep! ⁣

Not sure yet?⁣
Here’s a snapshot of what to expect! ⁣

👉🏽Day 1: Core Confidence⁣
👉🏽Day 2: Neck and Shoulder Elixer⁣
👉🏽Day 3: Stand for Something ⁣
👉🏽Day 4: Happy Hips⁣
👉🏽Day 5: Boost your Arm Strength⁣
PLUS A BONUS SECRET VIDEO!⁣
👉🏽Day 6:Learn to Rest, don’t Quit⁣
👉🏽Day 7: Wring it out with Twists⁣
👉🏽Day 8: Strong and Safe Backbends⁣
👉🏽Day 9: Freedom in Forward Folds⁣
👉🏽Day 10: Head to Toe⁣
PLUS A BONUS SECRET VIDEO (hint: something sweet)⁣

Just 20 minutes a day on zoooom.
We are better together! ⁣

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HYA Re-Opening Guidelines

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Our yogis are our family. Because of this, we must take care of you. So, when we sat down to put new safety measures in place, we went above and beyond the recommended CDC Guidelines. Keep scrolling to see the logistics of our new plan. Keep in mind, this is just a start. As we learn more, we’ll be constantly fine-tuning and updating our rules and regulations as we go.

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Outdoor and Virtual Yoga

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Hi Everyone,

We are happy to see you in our outdoor and online classes!

We just wanted to break it down a bit for you in case you have any questions.

  1. Outdoor sessions daily! Please pre-pay and pre-reygister for classes to help streamline our process.
  2. Visit our Pricing Page to make sure you are settled up before arrival. We have created a variety of options for you to choose from.
  3. Sign up for class here.
  4. Interested in On Demand Only? Over 300 Classes to choose from at VirtualHYA.com. Self Cancel anytime! First Week is Free!

Please read the class descriptions for Covid Safety Guidelines

Thank you for supporting our Small Locally Owned Business!

See You Soon,
Adi

#HYAStrong June Challenge

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We all know yoga helps us release stress and tension, but it also strengthens the immune system. Keeping up a regular practice gives us a healthier body and a healthier relationship with ourselves.

There is a lot going on in the world and the US right now and sometimes it can be hard to keep up with stress management.

I would like to dedicate this June challenge to those whose voices aren’t heard yet. I am a strong believer that in order to be effective in the world, you have to have a fierce clear mind.

So let’s take this time to get strong in body and mind. Email Adi@hotyogaasheville.com if you know of partnerships we can make to support the movement for equality.

#HYASTRONG challenge in June is to join us on social media every day for a new pose, video and more. Each under 10 minutes! Stay connected via Instagram and Facebook so we can support each other.

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Phase 2 in North Carolina | What Does this Mean for HYA Yoga

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First of all, thank you for opening our emails, for sharing your successes with us, for sharing kind words and posts, for loving us from afar. We have been completely humbled and honored to have you with us.

And to those of you who have maintained your memberships with us, thank you from the bottom of my heart. There is no way we would be making it through this without you. This is not meant to make you feel bad if you suspended or canceled.  We recognize that a virtual practice is different and that you should do for your family and yourself as needed.

However, we know that keeping up with familiar faces, moving your body, and making time for yourself is the only way we will all maintain our wits about us at this time. Read More

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Temporary Closure Updates – What You Need to Know

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3/17/20:

We had a great day holding our first LIVE classes! Check your email for details on how to access recordings. We are adding more daily. Check our schedule page for class updates as we work to create a live schedule with variety of classes and instructors! Thank you for you understanding and patience as we work hard to bring you awesome classes to your home!

Please check your email for password and access the Video Content Here.

You may also grab One Week Online Pass for $25 and get access to our LIVE classes and recording for a week at a time. We’ve got folks from all over the world joining in! You can too! Read More