Health Protocols

The Ashram continues to be temporarily closed to the general public as it welcomes back smaller numbers of fully-vaccinated visitors in stages. These protocols apply to visitors on Ashram grounds. We will continue to evaluate all health policies as conditions change in order to best serve our visitors and community.

Be aware closer and longer interaction increases the risk of spread of COVID-19, including from those infected but not showing symptoms. Being fully vaccinated greatly reduces, but does not completely eliminate, the risk of illness.

We’re taking special precautions for your safety and well-being. We will:

  • Strive to provide you with what you need to make your experience with us safe and rejuvenating.
  • Adhere to COVID-19 best practices protocols based on CDC, State, and Federal guidelines, including requiring face masks
  • Require registration before visiting the Ashram, including proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Monitor the counties from which staff and guests are arriving. We may cancel your reservation or ask you to take a Antigen rapid test upon arrival if you are coming from a COVID-19 hotspot.
  • Conduct wellness checks for program staff and guests upon arrival.
  • Limit capacity in classrooms and dining facilities, with structured meal times.
  • Make hand sanitizing stations available in convenient locations.
  • Maintain thorough cleaning and ventilation throughout our buildings.
  • Create a plexiglass barrier around front desk staff.
  • Quarantine and/or isolate guests or staff who develop symptoms.

Here’s what we’re asking you to do:

  • Follow our guidance on keeping campus safe and healthy for all.
  • Provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 during registration
  • Follow the Pre-Visit Health Instructions.
  • Complete the check-in process upon arrival, including showing a photo ID and completing the wellness check.
  • Wear a lanyard/badge to identify yourself during your visit.
  • Wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth in all indoor spaces. Masks are optional during yoga classes, meditation, or in outdoor settings unless gathered close together in a group.
  • Follow 6 foot social distancing between chairs and mats in the classroom setting.
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer before dining and entering classrooms.
  • Report any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Choose another time to visit if you are not able or willing to abide by our protocols.

Please see these additional details to learn more about what to expect during your visit. We want to be fully transparent about the environment we are offering.

Groups Accessing the Ashram

The people you will encounter at the Ashram who are fully vaccinated are:

Most Staff Members are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated Staff Members follow alternative safety precautions including mask-wearing, social distancing, and quarantine protocols to help create our protected environment.

You may also encounter unvaccinated Yogaville villagers walking on LOTUS Road & Karuna Lane, making pickups from Mandala and Distribution, or dropping off waste to the dumpsters.

Meals

Meals begin with a time for fully-vaccinated people to progress through the meal line without observing social distancing. Masks will be required except while eating. Hand sanitizer will be required prior to using the buffet. Seating is available inside Sivananda Dining Hall and under the large tent in the Quad. Special tables will be designated for Program Participants.

Starting part way through the meal, as indicated by signs, unvaccinated Staff Members will also be able to move through the meal line wearing masks. During this time, we will ask everyone to remain socially distanced at 6 feet while in the meal line. We have seating areas designated to accommodate Staff Members who need social distance in order to stay protected.

Group Sadhana

Group Sadhana is limited to those who are fully vaccinated. We may use cohorting to create a bubble for Program Participants or other groups. Please take note of which classes are being offered at which times and locations. For extra protection, 6 feet of spacing will be maintained within practice rooms. Masks will be worn indoors. Classes may also take place outdoors under the tent.

Shrines

Our shrines remain temporarily closed to the public.

Mandala Market & Integral Yoga Distribution

Indoor shoppers at Mandala and Distribution will be required to have a lanyard/name badge. Pickup service, while remaining outside, is available for pre-ordered items at both Mandala and Distribution (no lanyard/name badge needed) — please call to order. (Mandala: (434) 969-1036; Distribution: 1-800-262-1008)

Please contact us with any questions or information.

[email protected]

Pre-Visit Health Instructions
Incorporate best practices for COVID-19 mitigation in your lifestyle and travel, at least during the 14 days before you visit Yogaville.

Use prevention strategies when traveling.

Please reschedule your visit if, within the 14 days before your visit:

  • You are ill, experience symptoms typical of COVID-19, and/or test positive for COVID-19.
  • You have a known exposure to COVID-19.
  • You travel to a COVID-19 hotspot or travel Internationally.

In case of known exposure or travel, you may test negative on a PCR test taken 3 full days after the exposure or return from travel instead of rescheduling, so long as you are not symptomatic. Please continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days after the exposure and communicate with us if you have any questions.

COVID Hotspots

We monitor the average number of reported COVID-19 cases over a 14 day period, in the U.S. counties guests are coming from, up to the day before they arrive, using the New York Times case tracking data. We may also use additional data as appropriate.

  •  We may cancel your reservation or ask you to take an Antigen Rapid Test upon arrival if you are coming from a COVID-19 hotspot.

Best Practices for COVID Prevention

Incorporate best practices for COVID-19 mitigation in your lifestyle and travel, at least during the 14 days before you visit Yogaville.

  • Wear a mask
  • Stay 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Monitor your health daily

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