Yoga Supports Health: Make Safe Yoga essential at level 3 lockdown.

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Please consider a separate review for yoga studios to be removed from the class exemption category. Yoga is a practice of mindful movement and meditation, with essential benefits for mental health. 

Ireland is facing a mental health crisis and studies have proved both the mental AND physical benefits of yoga. The government of Ireland must stand up and recognise how yoga supports our health. 

Yoga studios who have signed up to the Irish Federation of Yoga Teachers safety protocols and with PPE  in place to safeguard clients should be deemed essential.

Yoga studios operate on average for 3, 1hr classes per day, far less daily footfall than gyms, sharing the same social distancing floor markings as the gym. Instead of shared equipment, clients provide their own. With contact points being wiped down in between each class, and staggered entrance, we consider studios to be covid safe environments. In contrast to fitness classes, yoga promotes controlled soft breathing and far less physical movement, but with huge mental and physical health benefits.

We provide more health benefits than retail outlets, hairdressers, restaurants and cinemas, which are all allowed to open.