Georgia, U.S—DDP [Diamond Dallas Page of DDP Yoga] recommends not reopening yoga studios or returning to yoga class—too early in COVID-19 pandemic.

One question both yoga teachers and yoga students are asking during the COVID-19 pandemic is: When to reopen and return to yoga class.

Trump’s plan recently called for gyms, including yoga studios and classes, to reopen when he unveiled the federal government’s three-phase plan to reopen the economy, Thursday. Phase One of the plan includes reopening yoga studios, gyms, movie theatres, religious places, and restaurants if said places stick to physical distancing and sanitation protocol.

Many yoga teachers, however, have been questioning when they should reopen yoga studios, as many believe it is currently too early to do so, especially given the link between yoga and COVID-19.

It is a delicate balance. On the one hand, yoga studios are desperate to reopen due to financial loss and the possibility of permanent closure should the virus continue to affect business. Many yoga studios have looked at ways to teach yoga classes online, but the general consensus has been that it is next to impossible to open an online yoga studio so quickly and make it profitable.

Meanwhile, yoga students are also asking when they should return to yoga classes. Naturally, we all miss our community and want to continue to practice yoga in the studios we know and love. But we also believe in being compassionate to our bodies and looking after ourselves. Returning to yoga classes too quickly represents a health risk as it increases the probability of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

It is a question that is dividing the community: When to reopen and return to yoga studio classes.

One person with a strong opinion on the matter is former pro-wrestler-turned-yoga-teacher DDP of DDP Yoga.

What DDP Said About Reopening And Returning To Yoga Studio Classes

Today, Diamond Dallas Page from DDP Yoga appeared on CNN and stated that he will not be reopening the DDP Yoga Studio at 1239 Concord Rd SE in Smyrna Georgia despite Georgia reopening for business. DDP believes that it is too soon to return to normal because the coronavirus curve has not yet flattened. DDP has decided to remain in isolation until we have better control of the virus.

DDP’s sentiments are reflected by many yoga studio owners. None want to open too quickly and risk harming their students. Yet most also cannot afford to stay closed for too long.

So what is the solution?

There are numerous questions at play here:

1) What is the risk of returning to yoga classes too soon?

2) What is the cost of not returning (for some, distancing is effecting mental health and yoga studio classes can help remedy that)?

3) Is it ethically correct for yoga studio owners to decide to open too early?

4)   How long can yoga studios afford to stay closed, and at what cost to their business?

There has never been a harder time for both yoga studio owners and their students. Doubtlessly, the question of when to go back to yoga classes will divide people. That’s why I would love to hear your opinion on this. When will you reopen or return to your yoga studio clases? Write a comment below.


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Written by Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.