Sanitation Policies and Procedures for a Safe and Healthy Studio Practice During Covid-19 Crisis

General Rules & Procedures for Class
Class Schedule Spacing for Sanitation

Classes are scheduled at least 30 minutes apart from one another. That allows for:

  1. Students to exit class – 5 minutes, single file procession guided by instructor.

  2. Sanitation of door handles, counters, and shared spaces – 10 minutes (see full list under Instructor Guide for Covid-19 Sanitation).

  3. Time for students to enter and set up for class – 15 minutes, single file procession guided by instructor.

Check-In Procedures

Due to limited class sizes, it is required that students pre-register for class.  Most classes are now 'enrollment based series,' that require a student to pre-register for a month long session in advance. 

  1. Wait outside of the studio, teacher will indicate when you can enter the studio, one student at a time.

  2. Students will stand a minimum of 6 feet from the check-in counter and state their name to confirm class registration. 

  3. Students will give verbal confirmation that they have not experienced flu or covid like symptoms 14 days prior to class and not been in contact with anyone that has had a positive coronavirus test for 14 days.

  4. Student will leave their items in the cubby area and place their mat in designated area.

  5. Students will immediately wash their hands.

  6. Teachers will direct the flow of traffic for students to exit the studio.

Social Distancing During Class
  1. Class sizes: 4

  2. Tape is laid out in each room indicating where to place your mat. These have been measured to be a minimum of 6 feet apart.

  3. Students and teachers should maintain a 6-foot distance from one another throughout class, with exceptions for safety when inverting in aerial yoga classes.

  4. Please refrain from handshaking, hugging, or otherwise touching instructor or other students at the studio.        

Hand-On Assistance
  1. Aerial: Safety in aerial has always been, and remains the number 1 priority at Desert Sun Yoga. Teachers will be available for hands on assistance to maintain safety in class, but will rely on other teaching methods as much as possible. Please use a great deal of care as you learn new things to create a safe environment for yourself, your classmates, and your teachers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Prop Rentals
  1. Aerial Hammocks

  • All studio swings will be under a ‘single use’ protocol. Meaning they will be taken down and washed in between each and every use.

  • This protocol puts a heavy load on owner and laundress Kassi. Students are welcome to reach out to Kassi to purchase their own swing, or purchase a previously used swing from the studio.

  • Students that purchase their own swing without consulting with the owner will NOT be permitted to class with that swing. We need to ensure your fabric is of the correct length and integrity. Amazon purchases for aerial equipment is NEVER recommended.

  • BYOS Classes. Be sure to check the description for your class and bring all necessary materials. Some classes require that you have your own swing.

2. Mats

  • Students must have a yoga mat to attend class. Students that come to class without a mat can purchase a studio mat for $10 while supplies last.

3. All Other Props:

  • Desert Sun Yoga will not distribute these items for use in class, blocks, straps, bolsters, aerial pillows, blankets, etc.

  • Students are welcome and encouraged to bring their own props to class or purchase them from Desert Sun Yoga, as these items might make class more comfortable.

New Class Policies
Practice Caution

Do not come to class if you are feeling under the weather, including, but not limited to flu or covid-like symptoms. If you register for class and decide that it is best to cancel, please contact Kassi to ensure you are not charged any late cancel fees. If you DO cancel with the assumption that you have Covid symptoms, you will be asked to stay away from the studio for at least 14 days or until you have received a negative test result for Covid-19.


1. Students and teachers are required by state law to be fully masked at all times while at Desert Sun Yoga. This law is in line with ADHS issued Emergency Measure 2020-04 for phased reopening of Arizona businesses.


Due to reduced class sizes and more managed entrance and exit of the studio, we ask that our clients maintain these policies as a courtesy to keep things running smoothly.

  1. Please arrive to class 10 minutes ahead of time so that everyone can be checked in and set up for class on time. Students that are not in class on time will not be permitted entrance and late cancellation policies will be applied.

  2. Please leave any unnecessary items that might slow the check-in process at home.

  3. Please arrive to all aerial classes without jewelry on. Removing jewelry takes MUCH more time than anticipated.

  4. Please be courteous of our other members and give them the opportunity to take class.

Instructor Guide for Covid-19 Safety in Studio Setting
Before Class
  1. Instructors are to do a self-assessment before entering the studio to confirm they do not have a fever and are not experiencing any sign of illness before class.

  2. The studio will be ‘clean’ from the previous instructor.

  3. Instructors will do a brief check that all surfaces and handles are clean and may choose to sanitize before their class.

  4. Instructor will prop open studio door for a no touch entrance.

  5. Students will wait outside of the studio until the instructor indicates they may enter. 

  6. Instructor will wait until student has exited the 'lobby' area to allow additional students to enter. Lobby area is taped off.

  7. Students will go directly to the cubbies to maintain a 6 foot distance from instructor during check-in.

  8. Instructor will ask for verbal confirmation of covid-19 status.

  9. Once a student has entered the designated ‘yoga area’ the instructor can give a signal for the next student to enter the studio.

  10. Aerial instructors will take swings from clean baskets and hang them for each student. If a student brings their own swing, they will hang the student's swing (only touching the o-ring). Instructors will sanitize their hands in between touching student o-rings.

  11. Students will stand at the wall end of their mats while the instructor sets up student fabric.

After Class
  1. Instructor will ask students to remain at their mats as students exit the yoga room and studio one at a time. Students can use this time to socialize, at their mats.

  2. Aerial instructors will take down swings for students that brought their own to class at this time.

  3. Once all students have exited the yoga room, instructor will use sanitary items to wipe down surfaces in this order:

  • Toilet handle

  • Bathroom safety rails

  • Bathroom sink faucet

  • Lid of bathroom trash can

  • Bathroom door handle first inner and then outer

  • Lid of studio trash and recycling bins

  • Thermometer surface (if it was touched during class)

  • Light switches

  • Aerial instructors will take down swings and place them in the ‘dirty’ basket.

  • With specified floor cleaner, the one-foot perimeter surrounding the designated mat spaces that were used, the 2-5” space within the perimeter of designated mat spaces that were used.

  • Door handle for the lobby door (inner and then outer)

  • Any cubbies used by students from class.

  • Reception desk surface

  • Tablet

  • Studio door handle (inner and then outer)

  • Instructor will lock the door or allow new instructor to enter the studio

13610 North Scottsdale Road

Suite 11

Scottsdale Arizona, 85254

(480) 534-5923

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