In the past week we have taken precautionary measures per the CDC in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak. In light of the recent arrival of COVID-19 in Vermont, the World Health Organization declaring this a pandemic, as well as the closing of all local colleges — we have made the decision to close Sangha Studio effective immediately.
Our yoga practice teaches us to pause, take a breath, and listen to our bodies. As community leaders, Caitlin and Britt feel it’s important at this time to pause, take a breath, and listen to our community.
For now, we will remain closed through next week. During that time, Caitlin and Britt plan to reach out to other community leaders who they look up to and with whom they work closely with to determine next best steps. We will then re-evaluate whether to remain closed or to reopen.
This is not a decision that we are taking lightly. Honestly, at this moment it’s hard to know what the best step is. What we do know is that while there is solid information coming from credible medical sources, there is also fear-based information coming from other angles. As always, we want all of our decisions to be guided by our belief in community, inclusivity and access. When we think about who we serve and the number of people we serve, taking away access to the studio space doesn’t support those things on the surface.
But, if we look deeper, Caitlin and Britt believe that we are making a greater, positive impact on our community by keeping all of us healthier. Last month alone, we had over 5,000 visits between our three studio locations. It is our responsibility to be aware of our impact within the community, and do our part to minimize the spread of the virus however we can. Right now, social distancing is the suggested best course of action from the World Health Organization and the CDC. We must do our part to flatten the curve.
Effective immediately, all drop-in classes, workshops, series, and Community Yoga Programs are canceled at Sangha Studio. In the interim, we will work to make daily online yoga classes and guided meditations available to you. We have fully committed to paying teachers and staff during this closure, and they have been notified of our decision.
The heart of our mission is to serve our community through the shared power of yoga. The below factors played a large role in our decision making process, and helped us choose an option that felt like it honored that mission.
Finally, Sangha is a family. Our commitment to providing yoga to as many people as possible remains unchanged. We truly believe that our practice has power. As a community, we thank you for supporting us during this time. Please take care of yourselves and let’s work together to take care of those most at risk in our community.
We will keep you updated as we have more information. You can always reach Caitlin or Britt at:
Caitlin Pascucci, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Britt Shattuck, Assistant Director (email@example.com)
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