In-person studio teaching update
From last April to now, we’ve been keeping a very close eye on the developments of Covid-19.
We were monitoring how it spreads and the emergence of new variants (some of which are now appearing to be seriously affecting a much younger demographic).
We were also monitoring how different countries are applying measures to attempt to mitigate the spread.
Although these measures are in place and vaccines are slowly being distributed around the world, it is not certain when these efforts are going to present clear results.
All of this directly relates to when and how we will be able to restart and sustain in-person public classes in Tokyo.
Although many in-person businesses around the world are persevering to maintain operations, we will not yet be able to commence with in-person teaching until the situation has moved towards a safe, sustainable and viable resolution.
Online Practice Platform Launch
With this being said, we are very happy to announce the launch of our new Online Baseworks Practice Platform with online classes as well as some very unique new content to support your progress.
We’ve been working very hard over the past year to develop an effective alternative to the in-person teaching experience that goes much deeper than a lot of what’s typically offered online.
The platform offers a realistic opportunity to maintain your practice and also accompany the eventual in-person learning experience into the future.
As we also know just how isolated everyone has been due to the pandemic, we developed a community within the platform that allows you to connect with students and teachers from YogaJaya.
As the platform is available internationally, you will also be able to connect with other teachers and practitioners all over the world.
The new online practice platform launched on both desktop and mobile/tablet websites with plans on our development roadmap to launch an accompanying APP on iOS and Android.
Account Balance Transfer Program
Since the situation with Covid-19 has no clear resolve, and we are still unable to confirm when the in-person classes in Tokyo will resume, we are presenting our students holding active passes and memberships the ability to transfer any remaining YogaJaya tickets/memberships to our new Baseworks Online Practice Platform.
In order to complete your YogaJaya Account Balance Transfer Program, login to the YogaJaya site dashboard for a video preview of the platform along with details on how to get started.
For all other students (old and new) interested in picking up your practice with us again or to get started, visit this page to learn more.
COVID 19: Impact on the Studio
As you all know from February to now, the studio operations were subject to the developments of COVID 19, which had lead to studio temporary closures in accordance with “kyugyo yosei” (government requested shut-down).
In combination with both students and teachers also desiring to implement “jishuku” (social distancing), there was a steady progression toward a 90% decrease in both student attendance and scheduled classes since late February.
By the time that we closed the studio on April 11th in accordance with “kyugyo yosei” (government requested shut-down), we had suffered the most significant loss in sales in the history of the studio operations.
Reality of the Pandemic
We seriously considered the following points in relation to how we continue to move forward and serve the community:
Taking everything into consideration, we decided to leave the physical building space in Daikanyama as of May 15th.
This was a tough decision. We could have continued to wait for another month or 2, absorbing the losses of the high cost of the rent. However, considering the lack of clarity about the timing at which the situation will go back where both our students and teachers can feel safe to regularly participate in public classes, we had to make changes in order to continue offering our programing in an economically sustainable way.
YogaJaya: From Now Forward
We are currently looking into other physical practice space alternatives in the same neighborhood. Of course, the re-opening of a physical practice space will only take place once the pandemic has been clearly announced as being under control.
Until then, as we are dedicated to continuing to serve our community in offering learning opportunities related to what we have built with our programming, we are committed to allocating all available resources to the following:
1. Launch of an extensive online learning platform. We have already filmed and produced this and we are in the final stages of launching it publicly
This is an extensive library of hundreds of pre-recorded sequences, practice tips, and individual form/pose videos filmed from multiple-camera angles, offered by different certified teachers for the purpose of maintaining a high level of diversity in the delivery.
2. Creation of a new format for live student-teacher sessions. This is meant to accompany our pre-recorded online content mentioned in point 1, and will be facilitated by certified teachers.
Different from a live zoom class, this will be a live session that focuses on offering targeted feedback and answering questions that come up on technique and further developing practice quality. Similar to that of the Baseworks Master Classes.
3. Whereby possible, to offer in-person teaching in the form of regular public classes, events, courses, workshops, and specialized training programs in venues best suited to provide a healthy and safe environment.
4. Continue to offer teacher training programs by changing the format of delivery to suit the circumstance, from virtual/online, hybrid (combination of virtual/online and in-person), to fully in-person.
Our teacher trainings are an important part of our programming. Because we had already built an extensive online learning platform specifically for the teacher training, we were invited to do a webinar on online/virtual learning for the Yoga Alliance to its global community of over 100,000 members. The webinar was presented in Japanese to people in Japan and in English worldwide in April. You can watch the archived recording of that webinar here to get a glimpse of how we have been using online/virtual learning in our teacher trainings.
With everything highlighted here we aim to create a more inclusive and flexible platform to learn, allowing anyone to participate in our programming at a place and time of their choosing.
In this way, YogaJaya still is and will continue its operations in serving our community, implementing all mentioned here to best adapt to the current and ongoing set of circumstances.
Please stay posted for more updates very soon and thank you all for being such an integral part of our community.
Due to the current coronavirus developments and the announcement of the national state of emergency, we will be temporarily closing the studio until further notice from Saturday, April 11. Subsequent studio schedules will be determined promptly in response to local government requests and future changes in circumstances, and will be announced. We very much appreciate your understanding on this matter.
Based on Governor Koike’s requests to refrain from going out on weekends due to a response to the new coronavirus infectious disease in Tokyo and other metropolitan areas, the studio will be temporarily closed for this weekend (3/28, 3/29). Passes will be extended for the time that the studio is closed.
We will be opening the studio again for regular classes as planned on March 12. However, as the situation with the coronavirus is still developing, we will reopen by adapting the regular studio policies to best match the current situation so as to keep the practice space as safe as possible for everyone to continue practicing. We very much appreciate your understanding on this matter.
Studio Hygiene Measures:
Classes will be limited to 14 students per class. We highly recommend you to book in advance. If you see that a class is fully booked, you may come to the studio and wait on standby, though we cannot ensure you a spot. Please book online to secure your space advance and if you need to cancel, please cancel within the 3-hour class cancellation window to ensure the ticket to be credited back and to open the class attendance for others to join.
Mat and Mat Wiping Towel:
We can see no fully hygienic and safe way to keep providing mats for use at the studio under the current situation. Measures such as covering the studio mats with a towel, skidless, or mat rug would not be fully safe unless it was immediately washed and disinfected after the use of both the mat and the mat wiping towel. As this is impossible for us to monitor, we ask that all students prepare and bring the following:
YogaJaya urges that you carefully consider everything stated here and to stay as safe and informed as possible on the developments of the coronavirus situation.
Note that everything we have implemented here is subject to change. As all students will be notified of changes via email, we ask that you please whitelist the yogajaya.com domain from your email spam filter so as to receive the most current updates, and or check this page daily.
Please also visit the WHO site to understand basic protective measures.
Also check the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Homepage:
This notice pertains to recent coronavirus outbreak and all other flu-like illnesses.
At YogaJaya students and teachers all work together in the same spaces at the studio. This increases the chance of coming in contact with people who are sick.
We are setting the protocols are in place to help decrease the spread of illness during practice and would like for everyone to consider the following.