Samantha Johnson, owner and instructor at, Rise Studio Canberra.
24 August 2020
Rise Studio Canberra is flexing to meet COVID-19 fitness studio compliance, ensuring Canberrans can practise yoga safely and with peace of mind.
“As an expat, Canberra feels like home and everyone is super welcoming. It is a place that has a small town feel where you know people,” said Samantha Johnson, who began her yoga journey after a car accident eight years ago.
“About a year and half ago, we opened our yoga studio here in Tuggeranong where we could fit 22 students in each class.
“COVID-19 has meant a lot of changes – learning new skills and being adaptive to what our students wanted and now we have on-demand as well as live sessions available online.
“We are now open and have floor markers in place for social distancing and we can now accommodate eight students per class.
“I also provide little verbal reminders during each class to help keep people mindful of physical distancing, but I think people in Canberra are starting to naturally distance away.”
Samantha is welcoming students back to her community and classes in the light airy space she has taken to cleaning frequently.
“Every morning I sanitise and clean everything where students may have been and then after every class, I wipe, mop and sanitise the floors, props, benches and cubbies again,” she said
“I want to sanitise well enough that I feel comfortable having the public here.
“When I have needed advice, I turned to the ACT Health website as it was somewhere, I knew was reputable and current. There are posters for use and good practical advice.
“We are here, we are open, and we are doing everything to keep people safe but at the same time come and get active – it’s a great way to boost your immune system.”
Rise Studio Canberra operates in Tuggeranong and online.