Yep, the pandemic is real.

At Yoga Lab we value science and evidence-based practice.

We prioritize “ahimsa,” non-harming, above all.

Here is how we’re handling COVID-19…

In-Studio Classes Now Open for Vaccinated Individuals

At this time in the global pandemic, we request that only people who are vaccinated for COVID-19 practice in-person at Yoga Lab’s studio space.

If you are not vaccinated, we welcome you to continue practicing with Yoga Lab online through our Live Virtual Classes from the comfort of your own home. We kindly request that you not practice in the physical studio space for your own health and safety and for the safety of the community.

By attending or participating in Yoga Lab programs, events, or activities you agree to adhere to Yoga Lab’s COVID-19 Code of Conduct (COC), you acknowledge the risk of being exposed to or infected by COVID-19, and you assume any and all such risk. You must also read and sign Yoga Lab’s Release and Waiver of Liability.

Yoga Lab reserves the right to revise its COC at any time it deems appropriate. Please review and comply with any revised COC prior to utilizing the facilities, services, and programs of the Studio.

COVID-19 FAQs

Yes.

All Yoga Lab teachers who teach STUDIO classes are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Yes.

  • We request that all individuals be vaccinated before signing up for STUDIO classes.
  • Students will be required to show teachers their vaccine card or a photo of their vaccination card in order to enter the studio and take class. If students cannot produce proof of vaccination, they cannot take class. Once the student has shown proof of vaccination, teachers will be able to verify vaccination status in our system for future classes.
  • If you are not vaccinated, please join us for online classes.
  • If you have a medical or religious exception that prevents you from being vaccinated, please join us for online classes.

Yes.

  • We request that all individuals be vaccinated before signing up for STUDIO classes.
  • Students will be required to show teachers their vaccine card or a photo of their vaccination card in order to enter the studio and take class. If students cannot produce proof of vaccination, they cannot take class. This will only be required until each teacher is familiar with the student, the student has previously shown proof of vaccination, and each teacher can attest to that proof of their vaccination status.
  • If you are not vaccinated, please join us for VIRTUAL classes.

Yes.

  • Masks are required indoors for all visitors to the studio space regardless of vaccination status. In line with CDC guidance, the State College Borough has mandated downtown businesses to require masks regardless of vaccination status.
  • If anyone arrives without a mask Yoga Lab can provide one from the studio supply.

Yes.

  • Masks are required indoors for all visitors to the studio space regardless of vaccination status.
  • If anyone arrives without a mask Yoga Lab can provide one from the studio supply.
  • The CDC and downtown State College Borough are urging businesses to require masks regardless of vaccination status. Despite our requirement for vaccines, we support the health of the local community and feel it is our responsibility as a business to follow this recommendation, therefore we will also require masks indoors. This may change as the CDC recommendations change.

Here are some mask recommendations from Sara Bamat, one of our amazing teachers who has had a lot of experience with masks over the last year in a gym setting. Here are some of her favorites:

Mission (her favorite for working out, lightweight but multiple layers)

Old Navy (most cost effective without being disposable, she would wear these for strength days at F45)

Athleta

NEW Under Armour

Halo Life

  • If you are not vaccinated, we welcome you to continue practicing with Yoga Lab online from the comfort of your own home. You may attend Yoga Lab’s live virtual classes.
  • We kindly request that you not practice in the physical studio space for your own health and safety and for the safety of the community.
  • If you have a medical or religious exception that prevents you from being vaccinated, please join us for online classes.

Yes.

  • Please bring your own mat to the studio to practice.
  • Studio mats are NOT available for shared public use at this time.
  • We do have mats available for purchase at the studio. Mats can also be purchased from the Yoga Lab Store online, with curbside / studio pickup available.

Yes.

  • Blocks are still available for shared public use. Students must clean any blocks after use with Clorox Wipes. They may also wish to clean them before use.
  • Meditation cushions and bolsters are available for shared public use for meditation. They do not wipe down for cleaning as easily, so use them at your own discretion.
  • We recommend that you bring your own props (blocks, tennis balls, straps, meditation cushion, etc.). For now, we are not offering shared access to tennis balls or straps.
  • No hands-on assists or adjustments will be given in STUDIO classes at this time.
  • For private sessions – if teacher and student are both vaccinated, they may decide before the session whether or not to use hands-on assists depending on their comfort level, with consent from both parties.
  • Students must clean any blocks after use with Clorox Wipes. You may also want to clean them before use.
  • Teachers will complete the following cleaning protocol after each class:
    1. Wipe down high touch surfaces – all door knobs, counters, keyboards, stereo dials, light switches, toilet handle, and faucets with Clorox wipes or a paper towel sprayed with the same cleaning solution.
    2. Wear disposable gloves for all cleaning. After removing gloves, wash hands with soap for 20 seconds.
    3. Use the cleaning checklist – write in date and initials when complete.
  • Yoga Lab does additional regular cleaning of floors, bathrooms, entryways, and countertops.
  • Please use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the studio.
  • Hand sanitizer is available throughout the studio.
  • Guidelines for handwashing are posted in the studio bathroom.

Yoga Lab now has two professional-grade air purifiers in the studio space.

    1. Molekule Air Pro
    2. Molekule Air Pro Mini

Teachers will turn on the air purifiers to run during the session.

Molekule destroys the widest range of pollutants including viruses and chemicals”

  • Ceiling fans will not be used during class.
  • The teacher may prop the front door open for additional ventilation if desired (not required).
  • Air filters for the HVAC system are changed monthly.

Yes.

  • Pre-registration is required for classes in order to limit class sizes and to ensure that students have had ample opportunity to review the COC before coming to the studio space.
  • Please sign up online at least 30 min before class to reserve your spot. Last-minute signups are possible, but we recommend signing up early to reserve your space in the class and to inform the teacher of how many students to expect.
  • Sign up is first-come first-served. A waitlist will also be available. We don’t recommend dropping into the studio without signing up beforehand, because you may get turned away if the class sign-up list is full.
  • A maximum of 10 students will be allowed per Studio class to keep three feet of distance between mats. Teachers have the option to set a smaller max size if desired.
  • If you are not on the list of pre-registered students for the class and are new to the studio, you may be asked to step outside and register online for the next class in order to give you time to review the COC.
  • A maximum class size of 10 for STUDIO classes should allow three feet between mats.
  • Teachers have the option to set a smaller max class size if desired.
  • Please choose a spot for your mat that is respectful of space with your neighbor. Spread out when possible.
  • There is no maximum for VIRTUAL classes. We have plenty of room online!

Yes.

  • We recommend signing up early to reserve your space in the class. Sign up is first-come first-served.
  • A waitlist will also be available.
  • We don’t recommend dropping into the studio without signing up beforehand, because you may get turned away if the class sign-up list is full.
  • Do not come to the studio if you are sick or if you believe that you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. Please read the liability waiver thoroughly for more details on this.
  • Please note that cancellations must be made 30-min before class. After that, a $11 Late Cancellation Fee will be applied.
  • Please be respectful of the limited class sizes. If you signed up but you feel sick or your schedule changes, please cancel as early as possible so that another student has an opportunity to sign up, and so the teacher has the opportunity to earn more pay from a larger class size.
  • If a teacher is sick or believes they have been exposed to COVID-19, they will not teach the class. We will do our best to find a sub for the class, but may have to cancel the class if a sub is not available.
  • Cancellations must be made 30 min before class or it will count as a Late Cancellation. If you cancel after the cancellation deadline, you may still unregister to open up a spot for someone else but this will still be counted against your membership usage limits and you will not receive a refund.
  • Please be respectful of the limited class sizes, and of the time it takes for a teacher to prepare a class. If you signed up but your schedule changes, please cancel as early as possible. That way another student has an opportunity to sign up and the teacher knows how many students to expect.

More FAQs

Check out some more of our frequently asked questions below

Yoga Lab is located at 124 McAllister Alley in downtown State College, PA.  Look for the blue awning!

Convenient parking is available in the McAllister and Pugh St. parking garages.

Parking in the McAllister garage is free before 10am–great for early morning classes!

Parking in both the McAllister and Pugh St garages is free on Sundays!
(Except during special events and PSU home football weekends)

The parking spaces right in front of the studio are NOT Yoga Lab parking spaces, so please do not park there.

Yes! Talk with any of our teachers about scheduling a private session. You can find contact information for individual teachers on our Teachers page.

Take extra care to protect yourself if you have an injury or any other condition- you are always welcome to choose not to do certain postures and rest as needed. Depending upon what the injury is, and its severity, you may be able to practice yoga with modifications. Please consult with your health care provider and let the teacher know before class if you have a specific injury so that he or she can help you with specific modifications. It is beyond the scope of practice of a yoga teacher to diagnose or treat any specific condition.

Key Guidelines for Safe Physical Activity  from the 2018 ODPHP Guidelines for Physical Activity:

“To do physical activity safely and reduce risk of injuries and other adverse events, people should:”

  • “Increase physical activity gradually over time to meet key guidelines or health goals. Inactive people should “start low and go slow” by starting with lower intensity activities and gradually increasing how often and how long activities are done.”
  • “Be under the care of a health care provider if they have chronic conditions or symptoms. People with chronic conditions and symptoms can consult a health care professional or physical activity specialist about the types and amounts of activity appropriate for them.”

All of the founding teachers at Yoga Lab have trained in multiple styles of yoga and will integrate that knowledge to provide the best possible class experience. In addition all of the founding teachers have trained with Lara Heimann, a physical therapist and the founder of the YogaStream style and the LYT Method. All of the teachers at Yoga Lab have either trained with Lara Heimann, or have completed Yoga Lab’s 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training.

For more information on each teacher’s background and training, see our Teachers page.

Welcome to yoga, my friend! Yoga is beneficial for students at any level and any stage of life. We recommend that you start in a Level 1 or Level 1-2 Class. We also offer frequent Intro to Yoga workshops that are great for beginners.

Yoga Lab’s Membership options are designed to give you the most cost-savings if you practice regularly. If you come to class 2x/week, a membership is your best pricing option!

How often should you practice?

Check out the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, which provides “evidence-based advice on how physical activity can help promote health and reduce the risk of chronic disease…The Guidelines serves as the primary, authoritative voice of the federal government for evidence-based guidance on physical activity, fitness, and health for Americans:

  • “To attain the most health benefits from physical activity, adults need at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking or fast dancing, each week. Adults also need muscle-strengthening activity, like lifting weights or doing push-ups, at least 2 days each week.”
  • “We now know about more health benefits from physical activity — and how Americans can more easily achieve them. The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is based on the latest scientific evidence that shows that physical activity has many health benefits independent of other healthy behaviors, like good nutrition.”
  • “The first key guideline for adults is to move more and sit less. This recommendation is based on new evidence that shows a strong relationship between increased sedentary behavior and increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and all-cause mortality. All physical activity, especially moderate-to-vigorous activity, can help offset these risks.”

Key Guidelines for Safe Physical Activity

“To do physical activity safely and reduce risk of injuries and other adverse events, people should:”

  • “Increase physical activity gradually over time to meet key guidelines or health goals. Inactive people should “start low and go slow” by starting with lower intensity activities and gradually increasing how often and how long activities are done.”
  • “Be under the care of a health care provider if they have chronic conditions or symptoms. People with chronic conditions and symptoms can consult a health care professional or physical activity specialist about the types and amounts of activity appropriate for them.”
Check out our class prices, membership options, and special perks of becoming a Yoga Labmate here!

RYT designations denote the level of training and experience of each teacher according to Yoga Alliance standards.  See the Yoga Alliance website for more information on each designation.

“A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) is a credential earned by yoga teachers whose training and teaching experience meet Yoga Alliance Registry Standards. A RYT must complete training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS®), be confirmed by RYS and keep current with Continuing Education and their annual fees.”–Yoga Alliance

Classes with teachers who hold the YACEP credential count towards Continuing Ed Hours with Yoga Alliance.

Yes!

Many of our teachers are E-RYTs and Yoga Alliance Continuing Ed Providers (YACEP), certificated with Yoga Alliance. Try classes and workshops with Kristen, Anna, Jeremy, Laura, and Brendan to get continuing ed hours!

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“Anyone who wants to can practice yoga. Anybody can breathe; therefore anybody can practice yoga. But no one can practice every kind of yoga. It has to be the right yoga for the person.”
T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga
“We are larger than any one way of knowing, and can enjoy all of them as different incomplete and complementary modes for appreciating what is, and for appreciating with gusto and delight for the moments, timeless and yet fleeting, that we are here for.”
John Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners