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What is the Covid-19 reopening studio policy information?

Note: This information may change as government mandates change.

Last Update: July 9, 2020

UPDATE: Per the public health order effective July 10 5pm:

Everyone must wear a mask or face covering while in our lobby, boutique, hallways, bathrooms (unavailable except for emergencies), and yoga room (until you are on your mat for practice).  Mask or face covering may be removed once you are on your mat. Mask or face covering must be worn again after class as you pack up and leave the yoga room.  If you forget your mask we have $2 PPE masks available for your entry.  For outdoor classes, please wear a mask as you walk from your car to your space, and again as you are leaving your space. Outdoor spaces are 10ft apart. Indoor spaces are 8ft apart.

If you have any questions please read Andy Beshear’s Executive order which pertains to our business.

“People in Kentucky must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when they are in the following situations that represent a high risk of COVID-19 transmission:

#3 a While inside, or waiting in line to enter, any: retail establishment; grocery store; pharmacy; hair salon/barbershop; nail salon/spa; tattoo parlor; child care facility; restaurant or bar (when not seated and consuming food or beverage); health care setting, or; any other indoor public space in which it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from all individuals who are not members of that person’s household;

#3 c While in outdoor public spaces in which the person cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of the person’s household and is not otherwise covered by previously issued guidance.

The following are exempt from wearing face coverings:

#4 j Any person who is actively participating in exercise in a gym or indoor facility so long as six or more feet of separation between individuals exists, and where the gym or indoor facility engages in required cleaning. ”

Thank you for helping us keep our community safe!

I've never tried yoga

You will be great! This yoga is for every body, all ages! The most important thing is to try as best you can, and you will get 100% benefit.  Its not about being perfect! Bring a well-hydrated body, and a mat, towel, face mask and water. *We can also rent or sell you a mat, towel, and water. (*Suspended during Covid-19) See all Covid-19 policy in FAQ under Studio and Account Policies.

I'm mature

You are never too old to practice yoga and begin again. As long as you try the right way, to the best of your ability, you will receive 100% benefit.

I'm young

Anyone with fully developed sweat glands can safely practice Sterling Hot Yoga.

Students must be at least ten years old to participate in any class. A parent/guardian must complete a waiver for their child. A Parent/Guardian must be present for the full duration of class.

Hot Pilates age 10-13 may participate in the first 30min of class. No accessories such as weights or bands may be used if offered to class.

Vinyasa flow, Iron Hour, Yin age 10-17 may participate in full class. No accessories such as weights or bands may be used if offered to class.

Sterling 60/75/90 age 10-13 may participate for the floor series second half of class.

I’m stiff and inflexible

A stiff body is the most common misconception about why not to practice yoga, and one of the best reasons to get into a hot yoga class. All the postures are beginning postures and you do not need to be flexible to practice them. As you practice, you will build strength, which will help you develop flexibility, which will help you to gain strength, which will help you become more flexible. It doesn’t matter where you start from, you will improve!

I don’t prefer heat

Know you are not alone! For most, it’s the heat, and not the postures, that makes hot yoga challenging. Through regular practice and quick heat acclimatization you will learn to not just tolerate the heat but how to use it develop your flexibility, strength, and endurance.

I’m pregnant

Always consult with your physician, but most women can practice hot yoga when they are pregnant. A regular hot yoga practice can make your pregnancy, labor, and post-partum easier than you expect.  Learning how to breathe when you are in an uncomfortable position in the yoga studio can be an invaluable tool in the labor room! In this practice there is no impact to mother and child, and lower back pain often decreases while abdominal strength increases. If you’ve never tried Hot yoga, wait until the end of your first trimester to start. If you have a regular practice and a doctors approval, keep it up! There is no separate scheduled pregnancy class but our teachers are trained to provide modifications and alternate poses for you during our beginning yoga class. We have a pregnancy-modified hot yoga class and we recommend it for all of our pregnant yogis.

I have a disc herniation

Consult a doctor in order to safely practice hot yoga with a herniated disc. With your patience and commitment hot yoga it is a possibility to diminish the pain. A disc herniation occurs when a spinal disc ruptures and makes the inner membrane vulnerable to direct contact with a nerve. When you backbend, your spinal discs (and herniations) compress and move the discs away from the spinal nerves. Strengthening your abdominal muscles, backward bending, and spinal twisting could be a source for healing with a doctors approval.

I am uncomfortable with spirituality commonly associated with yoga

Hot yoga is not a religion, a diet, or a deprivation. With the regular practice of yoga, you might find your mind to be calmer and more in tune with your body. That’s the natural tendency in yoga practice. Nothing is expected of you except trying your best with what you have, today.

What is Sterling Hot Yoga Cancelation Policy?

Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington enforces a strict 90 minute class cancellation policy. If you have reserved your place in a Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington Class and fail to cancel 90 Minutes in advance you will be charged and/or forfeit a session for the class.

Some of our classes are more popular than others. Our weekday 4:30p, 6:00p, 7:30pm and 7pm and weekend 8:30am, 10:00am classes are our busiest classes and tend to have a wait list. Especially for the early morning classes, when a cancellation is not made 90 minutes prior, it makes it very difficult to notify members on the wait list with enough time for them to make it to class. Also, when members do not show for class, we have no opportunity to contact those members and thus others are locked out of classes.

Many of our members do not have another time in the day when they can make it due to work, family or other personal obligations. We do understand that there will be some emergency situations, and life will not always work out the way we plan, and in those situations we are able to work with our members as long as it is not a reoccurring situation. However, we must do our best to provide openings for classes for all of our members. Therefore, we must enforce the late cancel policy.

Please be advised that if you are a using a class card package, a late cancellation will result in the loss of a class. If you are an auto-paying member, a late cancellation will result in a late cancel fee.

What is Sterling Hot Yoga late arrival policy?

For the best possible experience for you and our other students class start on time and Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington enforces a strict Late Arrival Policy.  If you are late for your class you will lose your spot and may incur a Late Cancel Charge and/or forfeit a class session.  You must be on time to class to properly stretch and warm-up prior to engaging in a Sterling Hot Yoga class.

I prefer to take motrin before my work out

We recommend strongly that you do not take OTC pain killers immediately or shortly before practicing hot yoga. You want to stay in tune with your body so that you can remain aware of any body pain and avoid crossing into it. We encourage you to listen to your body’s signals and work with them to help heal any injuries and not exasperate them. If, however, you are on medications prescribed by a physician, continue to follow your doctor’s instructions.

Covid 19 Virus safety and our enhanced cleaning procedures

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus situation, Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington is following the guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), and state and local health officials.

We are also taking the following actions to help ensure our facilities are disinfected and safe, according to those recommendations. These include:

  • Reviewing our cleaning solutions and making adjustments as needed to meet CDC guidance.
  • Instituting additional cleaning of equipment – particularly in our wellness center and classes – to sanitize items that used/handled frequently.
  • Advising our cleaning staff to more frequently wipe down door handles, handrails and other high-touch area.
  • Hand sanitizer is also available throughout our facilities.

Health officials continue to advise that the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to practice good personal hygiene. You can help all of us by washing your hands frequently and thoroughly. Also, please stay at home if you or your family members are feeling unwell.

The CDC has issued special guidance for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. High risk groups include: older adults, people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. If you fall into a high-risk category, we strongly urge you to review the CDC’s guidance for high-risk groups and adjust your participation accordingly. Information about who is at higher risk, and steps the can take, is available here.

We will continue to update all of our members and program participants with information if and when warranted.

Thank you,
Sterling Hot Yoga Lexington