Community-oriented yoga studio in Washington, D.C.

3253 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC 20010

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Coronavirus Safety Measures and Updates

Friday, March 20:

Dear Yogis,

Not sure about you, but it has been a week.

As we all adjust to this situation, establish new routines, and face new fears and anxieties, please take some measures to mitigate the stress. Whether it's dog videos, FaceTime with friends, or yoga, finding a bit more peace of mind, also protects our bodies and our neighbors. Stress compromises our immune system, which is the opposite of what we need now. Even small reductions in stress can make a big difference in our ability to stay healthy.

Practice With Past Tense Anytime, Anywhere
(While still respecting social distancing)

Of course, when we need our community more than ever, it comes as a bit of an assault to go without. While online offerings won't come close to smiling, laughing and practicing together, it is the best we have right now. As you know, we launched an online membership this week. Throughout this crisis, we will add:

  • A new, full-length class on Mondays
  • Two, shorter classes on Thursdays

When you sign up, you have access to the full library. We are featuring classes of all lengths, levels and styles including Flow, Beginner, Restorative, Kids Yoga, Senior Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. You'll also find Pilates and Foam Rolling and specialty classes like Yoga for Runners and Yoga for a Good Night Sleep.

Please keep in mind, your in-person membership and all passes have been proactively suspended so this is a great way to continue your practice and support the studio.

Live Online Offerings

In addition to our online membership, we will be offering some live content through our Instagram page and private Facebook group. Come join us for:

  • 10-Minute Meditation on Mondays at 9:00 AM on Instagram and in our Private Facebook Group
  • 10-Minute Kids Yoga on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM on Instagram

Please know, I deeply value our teacher's time and skills. It is our gift to you, but they are being paid for this work. And to that point ...

Support Past Tense Teachers Directly

Many of our team members are full-time teachers who have just lost a significant amount of income or are hourly workers who are now at risk. While we are working together to support one another, you are welcome to donate directly to PT team members here. None of this will go to the studio. It will go to teachers and staff in need.

Please send me an email with any questions, technical difficulties, concerns, or suggestions. We can't wait to see you in person, in the studio in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we'll keep trying to provide a place of mental and physical well-being and community online. See you on the internet.

With deep gratitude,
Kelly and the Past Tense Team

Monday, March 16:

UPDATE: Hi friends. A few quick follow up items from my earlier message (below if you missed it).

  • Many Internet reliant sites including Namastream, which hosts our online membership, are experiencing connectivity issues and your page load time may be slower than normal. Namastream is aware of the issue and working to deploy multiple backup solutions. The cloud is just overwhelmed by the number of people online now.
  • To access our online membership you will need to create a new login to sign up. It is free to sign up and login. Once you sign up and login, you'll be able to see the paid and free content. This includes the different options for online membership -- monthly and annual -- and a free guided meditation. And, as we add workshops, live stream events and other options, you'll be able to see them all here. But you do need to create a new login to do so; your KarmaSoft one will not work. (Though feel free to use the same username and password when you do create a new one).
  • Because of the Internet issues, we weren't able to live stream today's free guided meditation on Namastream. We did live stream it on Instagram and you can access it there or the Past Tense Facebook Group. I will upload it to Namastream as soon as we are able and you'll be able to access it anytime you want or need.
  • To clarify, I have proactively put all memberships and passes on hold. To stay practicing with us and support the studio, please join the online membership. Our long-term intention is to share four new videos each month. However, for the duration of this crisis, we will be sharing new content a few times a week.Online classes are a variety of lengths, levels, and formats, including Flow, Pilates, Foam Rolling, Senior, and Kids Yoga. They are available on demand, so you can practice whenever works for your schedule. To find out more or sign up, join us here.

Please send me an email with any other questions, technical difficulties, concerns or suggestions. See you on the internet soon.

Talk soon,
Kelly and the Past Tense Team

Sunday, March 15:

Dearest Yogis,

We hope you are doing well as we know there's a lot on all of our minds right now. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and kindness and wanted to share a quick update with all of you.

  • Online Classes. We have been working on a virtual studio for the last few months and it is live. Our long-term intention is to share four new videos each month. However, for the duration of this crisis, we will be sharing new content a few times a week.Online classes are a variety of lengths, levels, and formats, including Flow, Pilates, Foam Rolling, Senior, and Kids Yoga. They are available on demand, so you can practice whenever works for your schedule. To find out more or sign up, join us here.
  • Free Meditation. To kick off our online membership and help us start off the work week right, please join me tomorrow at noon for a free, guided, ten-minute meditation. Join us here.
  • Community. In this time of crisis, community support is even more necessary. Social distancing means we're taking it online. Please join our Private Facebook Group. We'll be sharing daily-ish self-care and wellness resources (recipes from Nichole, Kids Yoga games from Dayna, etc.). We'll also be hosting virtual coffee breaks and happy hours.
  • Your Support. Many in our yoga community have asked what you can do to support the studio. The offers to continue paying for memberships or to buy gift certificates have been overwhelming. Your generosity and kindness in this time of crisis has made a tough time easier. Thank you!The studio is ok, but many of our team members are full-time teachers who have just lost a significant amount of income or are hourly workers who are now at risk. While we are working together to support one another, you are welcome to donate directly to PT team members here. None of this will go to the studio. It will go to teachers and staff in need.

Of course, we can't wait to see you in person, in the studio in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we'll keep trying to provide a place of mental and physical well-being and community online.

With deep gratitude,
Kelly and the Past Tense Team

 

Friday, March 13: 

In light of the ever-evolving situation with COVID-19, we have made the very difficult decision to temporarily close the studio effective immediately. If you have crucial questions to ask or if you need to tell me you have been exposed, please call or email Kelly.

To clarify, we did not have a confirmed case or any suspicion of exposure. This is a precaution and because we feel it’s the most responsible way for us to keep our community healthy and safe.

Thank you very much for your ongoing support and all of the kindness you have shared with us over the last few days. We look forward to getting through this and practicing together again soon.

Some important details:

  • We will be pausing all memberships, class passes and new-student trials. You will not lose any classes with us.
  • We will be offering a video membership. Please stay tuned for details.
  • Members, you must pick up your mat and bring it home to wash and disinfect. Mats that are not picked up will be quarantined for at least 14 days andinaccessible until the studio reopens. You may pick it up at the studio during these times:
    • Today, Friday, March 13 between 11:00-1:00
    • Today, Friday, March 13 between 5:00-6:00
    • Saturday, March 14 between 8:30-9:30
    • Sunday, March 15 between 9:00-10:00
  • If you are interested in purchasing a discounted mat or foam roller for at-home practice, you may stop by the studio during the times above to purchase gear while it is available. We're offering them at an additional 10% off, which takes them to cost. We are using ClearGear to clean mats and props at the studio. We have small, personal bottles for sale at cost in the lobby.
  • If you would like to order a block or strap for your personal use at our discounted, wholesale price, please complete this form. We will be submitting a bulk order to Manduka on Sunday, March 15 at 3 pm. Tune Up balls are available on Amazon and tennis balls are a great substitute.
  • And while we're talking health precautions, please log into your Past Tense account and make sure your emergency contact information is up to date.

We remain grateful for your patience and your dedication to community. We look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.

Thursday, March 12:

In light of the ever-evolving situation with the Corona virus, please note the safety precautions we are taking to maintain a healthy environment.

  • We are limiting class size to 15 students to allow greater physical distance between students.
  • We will be offering our Tuesday and Thursday Senior Yoga class in person AND via live stream. We are assessing whether this will be an option for more of our classes.
  • We are removing our complimentary mats tonight (Thursday, March 12). Please bring your own. We have discounted mats for sale in the lobby and will be offering an additional 10% off through the end of the month. If it's not possible to bring your own, please ask the front desk for one. You will be provided with a special disinfectant and single-use wash cloth to clean it after class and then you may return it to the desk.
  • Blankets and eye pillows will be removed from the studio spaces today (Thursday, March 12).
  • Blocks and straps are being cleaned and disinfected frequently. We strongly encourage you to bring your own. If you would like to order a block or strap for your personal use at our discounted, wholesale price, please complete this form. We will be submitting a bulk order to Manduka on Sunday, March 15 at 3 pm.
  • Foam rollers and Tune Up balls are being cleaned and disinfected frequently. We strongly encourage you to bring your own. We have discounted foam rollers for sale in the lobby and will be offering an additional 10% off through the end of the month. Tune Up balls are available on Amazon and tennis balls are a great substitute.
  • Bolsters are being cleaned and disinfected frequently. Please bring in your own pillow case to cover them.
  • Members, please bring your mats home to thoroughly wash and disinfect them. It's important you let them completely air dry.
  • We are using ClearGear to clean mats and props at the studio. We have small, personal bottles for sale at cost in the lobby.
  • We have removed hand towels from the bathroom and replaced them with paper towel. We will replace them with single-use wash cloths in the coming days.
  • We will provide hand sanitizer when we can get our hands on it.
  • Teachers have been asked to stop using hands-on assists.
  • In addition to our daily studio cleaning procedures, we are disinfecting door handles, faucets and other commonly touched items.
  • As always, we are willing to pause memberships. Given the circumstances we are making an exception and will pause passes as well. Please email us if you need help with that or have other questions.
  • And while we're talking health precautions, please log into your Past Tense account and make sure your emergency contact information is up to date.

We want to keep offering classes and to provide an opportunity for calm in this unprecendented situation. We also want to keep everyone healthy. We will continue to monitor the situation, make adjustments as the situation warants and try to maintain that balance.

In all times, but especially stressful ones like these, we are so fortunate to have a community that supports and cares for one another. Thank you.