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In September, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio allowed gyms and fitness centers to reopen on the condition that they not offer any indoor fitness classes. He was worried these activities were too risky and would drive COVID-19 infection rates up.
Outside New York City, indoor fitness classes — including yoga —were allowed to resume. Three months later, the science suggests the Mayor's fears are unfounded. While New York State, like the rest of the nation, is seeing an alarming rise in infections, contact tracing data shows gyms and fitness centers accounted for just 0.06% of new coronavirus cases. Read here.
That minuscule rate is safer than colleges (2.02%), restaurants (1.43%), mass transit (0.96%), retail (0.61%),high schools (0.46%), middle schools (0.19%), and hair salons (0.14%). The vast majority of new cases were caused by private household gatherings (73.84%).
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted recently, gyms and fitness centers are not major spreaders of the disease because they must operate under safety guidelines that are among the toughest in the nation.
Compared to other fitness activities, yoga classes may be even safer because they generally aren't as intense and would likely produce less of the respiratory droplets and aerosols that are the main vectors for the virus.
This new information gives us hope that when New York City finally lifts the ban on indoor fitness and yoga classes, we will be able to keep the virus at bay.
Indoor fitness classes are currently prohibited in New York City, and that includes yoga classes. Health officials have given no indication when this restriction will be lifted, so for the time being, we are offering yoga classes on our livestream, as well as hold outdoor yoga classes at the Overlook in Forest Park.
We will keep this class on our schedule so long as weather conditions permit it. It's available every day of the week, and twice on Saturdays, and meets in the Overlook. After signing up, we will email you a map with the exact locations in the park where the class is generally held. It costs $20 to drop in, less if you buy a multi-class pass or sign up for a Membership.
Take yoga classes in the comfort of your own or anywhere you have an internet connection. We teach classes in a variety of styles, open to everyone from beginners to advanced yogis. After signing up, we will email you the link to join the livestream. Classes cost $20 to drop in, less if you buy a 5 Class Digital Pass ($70) or sign up for our unlimited Digital Membership ($85/month).