Safe and Sacred Space–Reopening Update

At alleyCat Yoga our intention is to create a safe and sacred space so that the benefits of the practices of yoga can be fully realized by all.
~Ken McRae

I hope all is well with you. I want to fill you in about what is happening at the studio as the community around us begins to stir and contemplate reopening. Personally I have had some fear about this transition as I am faced with making difficult decisions in the midst of uncertainty.

After considerable reflection and information gathering I find solace in the original mission of the studio to hold both safe and sacred space. At this time that space is created in our Live Online classes and it feels right and ethical for that to continue for now.

In order to maintain safety, alleyCat will NOT resume In-studio classes when the Stay at Home Order ends on May 4. We will continue LIVE ONLINE classes through May 15 and most likely through the entire month of May.

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Doing The Best I Can: Empathy and Self-Compassion

Yesterday was a struggle. I resented the sunshine and just wanted to spend my one day off doing a bunch of nothing. I watched the news incessantly, binge watched a new show and finally took my mat outside to lie in the sun. Eventually B and I made up a soccer game in the living room to get moving and to entertain ourselves. Overworking is difficult. Boredom is real as well.

One of the things I have become aware of is that I am personally up and down with EVERYTHING right now. Taking a business to a brand new online model in 3 days is not what I would call “relaxing”. For me boredom has not been a thing until yesterday. Life has been nonstop problem solving, learning and teaching.

That has led me to reflect on how every person I speak with is experiencing this crisis in different ways.  Read More »

Live ONLINE Classes

ALL Scheduled Classes are LIVE ONLINE via ZOOM

So how are we going to do this and what do you need to know? Let’s get right down to it. You need your practice now more than ever and we want and need you to stay committed to your practice and to your yoga community. Here are things you need to know:

How Do I See the Live Broadcast


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Flattening the Curve: Classes Go LIVE ONLINE

Wow, things are moving quickly in our country, around the world, in our community and in the yoga community. These are the times when we must dip in to the depths of our practice and act with intention. Our country and the globe is in a crises and we are all being asked to do what we can to Flatten the Curve. Today I have made the decision to take that action.
In a time when we need one another most, what we must do is limit contact in order to protect one another and our most vulnerable population and lessen the spread of COVID-19. Fortunately, we live in a time where we can connect on the phone, on social media and online in order to pull together and support one another.
After watching this situation closely and taking advice from experts at at the CDC, WHO, as well as Yoga Alliance, all classes will move to ONLINE LIVE STREAMING ONLY beginning Wednesday at 8:30 am.
As a result of the efforts of Tula Software, our studio software, you will be able to practice with your teacher from wherever you are, easily and simply through the View Broadcast links on the Studio Schedule website page. This will allow your teacher to see who is participating in the class and to teach to you, their student, just as they always do. You will also be able to communicate with the teacher before and after the class and talk with other students before and after the class.
The View Broadcast link will appear on the Schedule for classes in which you are registered WHEN you are LOGGED IN to your Student Account.

Updates for Health , Safety and Well-Being

Update on Precautions for COVID-19
It is undeniable–the world is in a crisis situation. As people stock up on supplies and food, we must also take stock of our practices, a vital resource for staying centered through this difficult time. Now more than ever we must come together as a community, in person or in spirit, and take necessary steps to ensure the well being of all.
I have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation around our country for the past month. Practices have already been put into place to ensure that the studio is a place of well-being physically as well as emotionally and spiritually. I am keeping up with reported cases in our area as well as following updates by the CDC daily. Here are some of the things we are doing:
  • The studio is being cleaned daily.
  • Teachers are pitching in to help wipe down door handles and light switches after each class
  • Straps and blankets will be washed and cleaned after each use
  • CDC recommendations are being followed for cleaning
  • I am following updates from the City of Columbia, the State of Missouri, the CDC and WHO
Here are some essential things you need to know and what you can do to ensure the health of our yoga community:
  • In order to ensure cleanliness and safety, we will not longer provide yoga mats as of SATURDAY, MARCH 14. Please bring your own yoga mat to practice
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds using hot water and soap
  • As we will wash all straps and blankets after use, consider bringing a scarf, belt or strap as well as a blanket to class. Consider bringing your own yoga blocks.
  • Spread out. Most classes are attended by 15 people or less. Take a little more space around your mat.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, using flexed elbow or tissue and discard used tissue
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Do not come to class if you feel sick
  • Give elbow bumps rather than hugs
  • Stay up to date on changes by checking the website, our Facebook page and email updates
At this time our classes and events will continue to take place. If the situation changes you will be notified. We are preparing for every scenario. and deeply committed to ensuring the health and well-being of everyone both in Columbia and around the globe. We are all in this together.
Jai Bhagwan,