Tips For Safe And Healthy Yoga Studios

Tips for safe and healthy yoga studios are important. Though the number of cases of COVID-19 has been reduced, the virus is still active.

Whether you are a new yoga studio owner or teach yoga classes at a physical venue, you need to take care of the environment where you teach to maintain the health and safety of everyone.

Tips For Safe And Healthy Yoga Studios

Following are the 12 Tips For Safe And Healthy Yoga Studios. These tips follow the guidelines of the Australian Health Department.

1. Increase cleaning

Increase cleaning at Yoga studios
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, which should be the mantra at these times.

Though I know you all tend to keep your environment clean, you must enhance this activity.

This means you need to increase cleaning on a daily basis.

  • Make hand sanitisers available to everyone entering your yoga studio or yoga class. Whether it’s your yoga teacher, student, or any staff member, you want to encourage them to always use sanitiser. If you cannot afford so many hand sanitisers, then the best thing to do is to keep soap and water or any other handwash to clean your hands.
  • Secondly, avoid taking cash for bookings. An online booking system allows you to transact online for your payments; otherwise, cash should not be handled physically.
  • PPE will be available for all staff and teachers, including masks, sanitisers, and gloves. Gloves, whether disposable or cloth, are encouraged when touching yoga equipment or mats. Even yoga teachers should use a glove when teaching students a particular yoga asana. Remember to discard your disposable gloves once used. Cloth gloves should be washed regularly with a disinfectant soap and dried under the sun.
  • At your yoga reception counter, regularly clean and disinfect telephones, keyboards, reception desks, and anything that staff or yoga students commonly touch.
  • Flooring, couches, and other furniture used at yoga studios should be regularly cleaned.
  • Provide clear instructions to staff and teachers on what is expected regarding hygiene and distancing practices at the facility. 
  • It is good practice to routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with a detergent solution and  Clean general surfaces and fittings when visibly soiled and immediately after any spillage.

2. Yoga mats and props BYO policy

Encourage Bring Your Own Mat policy for all students as well as teachers.
Encourage the Bring Your Mat policy for all students as well as teachers.

Yoga mats should be cleaned and disinfected as well.

  • Encourage the Bring Your Mat policy for all students and teachers. The mats brought by students should be dust-free and cleaned thoroughly.
  • The yoga mats should be covered with a towel or sheet to use as barriers if the studio provides them so there is less chance of them getting dirty.
  • You can clean the covers and sheets daily after use. This means you must clean the mats and props, vacuum them, disinfect them after each use, and allow them to dry. Remember that cleaning reduces the soil load, allowing the disinfectant to work.
  • Providing antibacterial wipes to everyone at the yoga studio or fitness centre is better. You can post a sign in the washroom reminding everyone to wash their hands.
  • Clean all surfaces in your studio multiple times daily and reduce the number of props. If you offer tea or water in your studio, use disposable cups or, even better, ask people to bring their own.

3. No shared equipment unless disinfected between uses

No shared equipment unless disinfected between uses
Wipe down machines and equipment with disinfecting wipes and use hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol before using machines.
  • You need to be extra safe at yoga studios, especially Pilates and fitness centres, where you need to use various equipment and handle different machines.
  • Choose places where there is limited sharing of items and where any shared items are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses. 
  • You can also choose to visit places that share, post, or announce that they have increased cleaning and disinfection to protect others.
  • Ensure that all the equipment is clean and disinfected.
  • Wipe down machines and equipment with disinfecting wipes and use a hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol before using them.
  • Do not share items that cannot be cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected between use, such as resistance bands and weightlifting belts.
  • Don’t shake hands, give high-fives, do elbow bumps, or touch others because close contact increases the risk of acquiring the virus.

4. Safety Measures

Safety Measures
Remind students of cough and sneeze etiquette before each class.

There are several safety measures to follow as per the guidelines of the NSW government:

  • As the community becomes more active, you must follow the rules about gatherings, self-isolation and quarantine.
  • Maintain a physical distance from others
  • Practise good hand hygiene
  • Stay active and healthy
  • Take extra care if you’re around vulnerable people
  • Get tested if you have any symptoms, even if they are only mild
  • Follow NSW Health advice about staying home while waiting for test results.

Take certain precautions when handling students. Send an email to your students reminding them to stay home if they are unwell. Post a notice on the door requesting students not enter if they are unwell. Remind students of cough and sneeze etiquette before each class. Encourage everyone to look out for each other and be understanding and kind.

Monitor reports from government organizations regularly. The information is changing daily. Also, ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance.

Encourage staff to take the day off if they are sick. Communicate with your staff and keep them updated on what is happening in the studio. Also, confidentiality must be managed for those who have contracted the coronavirus.

Yoga teachers should follow certain safety measures, too. If you are not well don’t teach, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Seek support from your friends and community and avoid doing partner work in your classes

5. Hygiene stations

Hygiene stations
Clean teaching space after each class including floors, doors and chairs etc used for yoga.
  • If cleaning is necessary, have a Hygiene Station where disinfectant, paper towels, or hand sanitiser wipes are available. 
  • If the space has two doors and back-to-back classes, designate one “Entry” and the other “Exit” to facilitate social distancing.
  • Ensure time is allocated between classes for appropriate cleaning of the teaching space. Clean the teaching space after each class, including the floors, doors, chairs, etc., used for yoga.
  • Ensure staff and teachers do not attend the facility if they show flu or cold symptoms.
  • Empower staff and teachers to ask yoga students not to practice if they show symptoms. Cordon off of any common areas and seating where students, staff and teachers would normally congregate.

6. Staff should undertake Australian Government training modules

Staff should undertake Australian Government training modules on COVID-19
Australian Government training modules on COVID-19 provide educational material to promote required behaviours

As a yoga studio owner, your staff should have undertaken Australian Government training modules on COVID-19. The module completion certificate should be required for relevant support staff before returning on-site to training facilities, including yoga studios and fitness centres.

This module provides educational material to promote required behaviours (e.g. regular and thorough handwashing, covering mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve during coughing/sneezing).

Advice for people at risk of coronavirus and display appropriate education material within sporting environments and facilities.

Suggested Australian Government and WHO resources include good hygiene practices posters for businesses, hand washing guidance, and avoiding sharing drink bottles and towels. Also, avoid sharing mats or equipment without an appropriate cleaning protocol in between training sessions.  

High-performance/professional athletes and other personnel download the Australian Government COVID-19 contact tracking app (COVIDSafe) to reduce the risk of any virus spreading to the community.

7. Cash-free purchases

Cash free purchases
You need to avoid handling cash and coins and insist on digital or online payment modes.

As said above, cash-free purchases should be encouraged. Avoid handling cash and coins and insist on digital or online payment modes.

Remember that coronavirus spreads via cough droplets, not from publicly handled things like cash, but cash can contain viruses as we touch them with our hands. Like clothes or shopping bags you are holding the same goes for touching cash.

There is little and inconclusive evidence on how long the virus can last on surfaces, but much is known that this duration depends on the nature of the surface.

So, keep your coins and notes separately and avoid mixing them during the transaction. If you need to handle cash, gloves are a must.

8. Maintain distance between workout stations

1.5m distance between workout stations
You must maintain distance between workout stations at your yoga studio reception counter or during your yoga class.

Social distancing is to be maintained at all times. Be it at your yoga studio reception counter or yoga class, you must maintain distance between workout stations.

Class sizes at indoor fitness activities will be capped at 30 people, while a maximum of 100 people will be allowed in large gyms. Indoor pools, saunas, and tattoo and massage parlours will be allowed to reopen, but with restricted numbers.

You need to apply the 4 Square meter rule. The 4 square metre rule helps to determine the maximum number of people allowed on the premises or attending an event. It does not determine the distance between people. Physical distancing means reducing our close physical contact with one another and staying 1.5 metres away from people you don’t live with.   

Under clause 8 of the public health order, occupiers and operators of the premises

  • must not allow persons to enter or stay on the premises (whether outdoor or indoor) if the size of the premises is insufficient to allow for 4 square metres of space for each person
  • must not allow 100 or more people to enter and stay on indoor premises at the same time (the 100-person rule), and
  • must not allow 500 or more people to simultaneously enter and stay on outdoor premises (the 500-person rule).

These rules do not apply to premises that are places of residence or certain essential gatherings.

9. More signs

Hand wash signs
Post signs in toilets, reception and teaching spaces to encourage hand washing.
  • More signs are required at your venue to remind people to adopt a safe and clean environment repeatedly.
  • Provide clear instructions on what is expected regarding hygiene, distancing practices, and cough/sneeze etiquette at the facility—for example, post signs in toilets, at reception, and in the teaching space.
  • All yoga students are to register attendance at each class for “contact tracking”. 
  • Noncontact is preferable, e.g., electronic advanced class sign-up. In washrooms and change rooms, ensure a sufficient supply of handwashing products and paper towels, with supporting signage encouraging the use of the same.

10. Additional time between classes

Additional time between classes
This shows that you need a small group of students with more time between classes to disinfect everything in your studio.
  • You must ensure time is allocated between classes to clean the teaching space appropriately.
  • This additional time between classes helps you clean the teaching space after each class, including the floors, doors, chairs, etc., used for yoga.
  • Also, you need time as toilet rooms are to be cleaned multiple times a day, depending on student patronage, with a disinfectant cleaner, disposable paper towel, and gloves.
  • Chairs used for teaching yoga need to have surfaces that can be cleaned, i.e., no fabric. This shows that you need a short group of students with more time between classes to disinfect everything in your studio.

11. Temperature checks

Temperature checks
These temperature checks should be undertaken right at the entrance.
  • Temperature checks should be regularly conducted for staff and students at your yoga studio. These checks should be undertaken right at the entrance. Temperature guns can be purchased online for temperature checks.
  • Also, if any student or staff member has symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, and shortness of breath. If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using HealthDirect’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker.

12. A Booking System in place as turning up ad hoc could cause overcrowding

Yoga Studio Class Timetable – KRIYA Booking System
  • Booking your yoga classes is mandatory. As a yoga studio owner or yoga student, you must use an online booking system to book yoga classes in advance.
  • As the number of students in a single yoga class is limited, the booking system is a must. There are many of the best online booking systems, including KRIYA, which caters to local studios and fitness centres in Australia.

Many studio owners have appreciated this move to make bookings mandatory. At Elixr in Bondi Junction, general manager Sue-Anne Chew said online bookings would be mandatory to manage capacity, especially for popular pilates reformer classes. According to her, whatever rules the studio adapts will allow members to return to their sanctuary as soon as possible.


If followed, these tips for safe and healthy yoga studios will obviously reduce the risk of students or teachers getting sick or flu. Coronavirus is dim, but it’s not completely gone yet. Prevention is always better than cure, and so are these tips.


Q1. Why is it important for yoga studios to prioritize safety and health?

Promoting safety and health in yoga studios is crucial to creating a welcoming environment where all can practice yoga peacefully. It also helps prevent the spread of illnesses, including contagious diseases and viruses.

Q2. What are some key practices for maintaining cleanliness in yoga studios?

Key practices include regularly cleaning and sanitising surfaces, equipment, and props, providing hand sanitisers, and promoting proper hygiene etiquette among students.

Q3. Should I still wear masks at yoga class?

No, it is unnecessary unless you have flu, cough or cold.

Q4. How can yoga studios promote online booking and payments?

Yoga studios can promote online booking and payments through their website or mobile apps, allowing students to book online, thereby maintaining distance from contact.

Q5. Shall I train yoga studio staff for safety and health issues?

Yoga studios can provide comprehensive staff training on cleaning procedures, equipment handling, health screening, and communication with students regarding safety protocols.

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