Dear RIPSTERS,

(Key takeaways are bolded)

We are happy to announce that RI Power Yoga will reopen on Friday, June 5th under strict Phase 2 state guidelines.  This letter contains answers to questions we anticipate.  If you are interested in participating in our studio classes at this time, please take the time to read the entire letter.  Unfortunately during this time, you won’t be able to simply drop-in for a class.

For your safety and in accordance with RI’s Phase 2 reopening guidelines, there will be several operational changes.  At this time, the governor expects RI to be in Phase 2 until the beginning of July.  For the purpose of reopening RIPY, we have planned for Phase 2 operations through July 2, 2020.

The most significant change is class size, which will be reduced to nine people during Phase 2.  This limited capacity allows for a 14′ radius between individuals, which is enough physical distance – per the state guidelines – to remove your mask during practice if you so choose.

Another significant change at RIPY during Phase 2 will be the creation of class ‘cohorts.’  To limit exposure and assist with contact tracing, the state has encouraged the creation of consistent cohorts where the same individuals attend the same class time  and they also strongly recommend pre-sale and pre-registration of classes for the same reasons.

In order to account for these significant changes during Phase 2, it was necessary for us to restructure our pricing and class package offering.

All pre-covid class pass purchases will continue to be suspended while Phase 2 is in effect.  Government mandated restrictions have reduced our operational capacity by 86% and require compliance with a number of additional protocols in order to re-open.  We appreciate in advance your understanding.  When the time is appropriate, we look forward to returning to an operating structure that resembles what we were able to offer pre-covid.


For now, to build cohorts during Phase 2, we will be offering a presale in the coming days of “4-class cohort” packages.

How will a cohort package work?  Each cohort package will contain 4 classes that are used – one per week – on the same day and at the same time for the four consecutive weeks between June 5th through July 2nd.  For example: if you’d like to practice on Tuesday’s at 9:30am, you would purchase – in advance during our upcoming presale – the “Tues 9:30a 4-class cohort” package that would allow you to attend class on Tuesday, June 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 9:30am.

You may buy multiple 4-class cohort packages during our presale as many as you like – depending on how many times per week you wish to practice.  However, purchases are not transferable to another person.

Once again, drop-ins and individual class purchases will not be permitted during Phase 2.

Presale of our 4-class cohort packages will open sometime Monday June 1st.

Look for an email Monday morning with specific details and a link, which will also be posted on our social media pages.

There will be 32 class time cohorts to choose from – but only 9 spots per cohort – so get your friend together and be prepared to act quickly!

In the meantime, here are answers to some anticipated questions:

What is the cost of one 4-class cohort package?
$64 which is equivalent to our pre-covid drop-in rate of $16/class.

What are the cohort class times going to be?
The schedule is still being finalized and is therefore subject to change before Monday’s presale.  Included in our Monday June 1st announcement will be the final schedule with teacher names.  There will be 32 different cohort class times to choose from, with 9 spots per cohort.  We are accounting for at least 30 minutes between each class for adequate cleaning.  Below is what we expect:
Friday (June 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th):
8am, 9:30am, 4:30pm, 6pm
Saturday (June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th):
8am, 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 4:30pm
Sunday (June 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th):
8am, 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm 4:30pm
Monday (June 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th):
8am, 9:30am, 4:30pm, 6pm
Tuesday (June 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th):
6am, 8am, 9:30am, 4:30pm 6pm
Wednesday (June 10th, 17th, 24th, July 1st):
8am, 9:30am, 4:30pm, 6pm
Thursday (June 11th, 18th, 25th, July 2nd):
6am, 8am, 9:30am, 4:30pm 6pm

What if I can’t make one of my cohort classes?
Unfortunately, you would not be able to recover the class you miss.  Nor would you be able to make-up a missed class on a different time/day as cohort participant consistency is important for limiting exposure. Classes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Can I share a 4-class cohort package with someone else?
No.  A package cannot be shared.

Will you be offering teen rates; student/military/senior discounts or $6 classes?
During this Phase, while government mandated restrictions reduce our operational capacity by 86%, we will not be offering discounted rates.  Once we can operate again at (or close to) capacity, we will bring back our discounts and reactivate class passes.

Will you extend the expiration period of my pre-covid class pass purchase since I cannot use it during this time?
Yes.  We will extend the expiration period of all pre-covid class pass purchases by the number of days between March 17, 2020 and the date of re-activation.

What if I made a class pass purchase while you were closed (on or after March 17, 2020) in hopes of using it when you reopened?
We’re happy to return the purchase to your RIPY account to use towards a 4-class cohort package purchase, a merchandise purchase, or any future purchase.  Please email Renee info@rhodeislandpoweryoga.com to work that out.

Can I use a gift card to make a 4-class cohort package purchase?
Of course!  Enter the gift card number where prompted at checkout.  If you have any issues, email Renee info@rhodeislandpoweryoga.com.

Tell me about masks?
Masks will be required until you are on your mat inside the studio – which will place you at a 14′ physical distance from others.  According to state guidelines, a 14′ physical distance between individuals is required if mask wearing is not tolerable during exercise, so this distancing allows for the option of removing your mask during practice.  Any time you step off your mat, you must be sure your mask is on.

What should I know about mats, blocks and towels?
You’ll need your own!  For the time being, we will no longer be able to share our blocks or to rent mats or towels.  We will however, have those items (brand new!) as well as water, electrolytes and RIPY swag available for purchase at the studio.  It is recommended you store your credit card information on your RIPY account for touch-less transactions (we can only ever see the last 4 digits).  If you don’t know how or would prefer not to do that, no problem.  We will clean your card with an alcohol wipe before handing it back to you.

Will I be able to change my clothes before or after class?
You will be able to use the bathrooms but not our changing rooms during this Phase.  And for now, socializing in our lobby will not permitted before or after class.  You will be asked to arrive no sooner than 10 minutes before class time, and to leave promptly after class.

What other precautions are you taking to keep me safe?  We will be strictly adhering to the safety protocols mandated by the government – including those related to social distancing, participant/staff screening and cleaning.  Of course, as always we will continue to use a safe but powerful disinfectant that includes a VIRUCIDE (designed to kill viruses) to clean our floors, bathrooms and all high-touch surfaces.  We will also continue to continuously run a PECO AIR FILTRATION device in our studio.  PECO (Photo Electrochemical Oxidation) destroys pollutants including viruses, as opposed to collecting them as HEPA filtration does.

What effect does heat/steam have on viruses?
Scientific studies suggest high heat and humidity are associated with inactivation of airborne viruses such as cornaviruses.  For a summary of research articles complied by Philip, click here.
What happens after July 2?
At this time, if all the data supports it, Phase 3 is expected to begin early July.  As the time gets closer and we understand the operational parameters, we will communicate our plans.

Have more questions?
Please email Renee info@rhodeislandpoweryoga.com.