borealis response regarding COVId-19

3/10/2020

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Dear community,

We are writing to say that we are here for you. When the world feels scary, with news of things unknown and unseen, it can be hard to feel safe, even in one's own neighborhood. With the constantly changing situation around the novel coronavirus, we want you to know that our doors are open, and we continue to be a place where you can come, and make sense of things on your mat. It is often in times of fear that we can easily forget about our toolbox of practices - yoga, meditation, breathwork - to reduce the effects of stress on our minds and bodies. 

The negative effects of stress can greatly reduce your immune system's ability to respond and protect you from illness. We recommend that you do the following to stay healthy:

  • Drink plenty of warm water. Staying hydrated is key to keeping your immune system functioning properly. Cold water is not helpful.
  • Eat warm, well-spiced foods that are easy on your digestive system. Cold food and salad is not helpful, and can make your immune system tank.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Go outside. Fresh air and a walk around the block does wonders for the mind and body. 
  • Call a friend. The fear-mongering can lead us to feeling isolated and alone, yet we're all in this together. Reach out and connect with someone you haven't talked to in a while. Times of crisis can bring us together. 
  • Reduce your exposure to news and media that may make you feel more stressed. Relax. Do something you love. Play a game. Call a friend.
  • Be nice to one another. Fear is not an excuse to be unkind. We are all in this together.
  • Most importantly, wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. The CDC recommends 20 seconds of hand-washing with warm soapy water.

While we have no immediate concerns on-site, we are using local health officials to stay informed for this ever-evolving situation. We would like to share general precautions that we are taking in general, and especially now during flu/virus season.

  • We regularly clean and wipe down all surfaces around the studio. Still, please avoid touching surfaces unnecessarily
  • We are no longer using the iPad at the desk for self check-in, and are happy to assist with no-touch check-in. Please download the free borealis yoga app to your phone to sign in to class, or, if necessary, check in with the teacher before class.
  • We encourage you to bring your own mats and props to use for practice, if desired, and ask that you wipe all shared equipment after use with the disinfecting wipes provided at the studio. 
  • We regularly launder the yoga blankets and bolster covers, and have recently sent them all to be cleaned. If there are props unavailable, they are being cleaned and will be returned to us shortly. Special thank you to Clevergreen Cleaners for their speedy and helpful door-to-door pick up and delivery.
  • If you're not feeling well, please stay home. If you are coughing, we may ask you to leave class. Whatever you have, we don't want it either. Flu, virus, cold, or otherwise.

In times like this, it's important to continue supporting small local businesses. If you need a good place for natural remedies, visit our friends at Cambridge Naturals in Porter Square. If you need more recommendations for fellow friends in business we love, let us know.

The weather is getting warmer. The signs of Spring are all around us. We're here for you. You are not alone. Everything makes sense on the mat. Please stay connected with us and to one another. Community is everything. Always, and especially now. 

Wishing you all health and happiness,

Emilie Reid + the borealis team