Greetings, Yogis! As we move into our second month of sheltering-in-place I wanted to let you all know how Eugene Yoga is faring.
First, the virtual classes are going great! I am so impressed by our teachers – they have stepped way outside their comfort zones! It is not easy to do this work without the immediate feedback from seeing students, not to mention the extra physical effort the teachers are expending by demonstrating the entire class, teaching with their bodies and voices for the full hour. Thank you for acknowledging our work with your attendance, your kind words of encouragement, your thanks, and of course your financial support.
Speaking of financials… I applied for two stimulus loans from the government but neither has been approved (yet). I remain hopeful that something will come through soon. Both landlords offered generous rent reductions for April and May, and our partners at mindbodyonline waived one moth’s fees for every studio impacted by shut-down. So, with the combination of positive actions from students, landlords, and business partners Eugene Yoga is positioned to hold steady for now and re-open as soon as prudence allows.
Speaking of opening… I am hopeful that we will be allowed to open in late May or early June, initially with small class sizes and gradually adding capacity as our local government improves its ability to test, trace and track, and with the health care system’s ability to manage all of the needs that might present. We will continue offering live streams after we re-open, and are building capacity in that direction. Meanwhile, rest assured that sparkling clean studios and props will be waiting for you to join us when we are able to practice together again. Until then, we’ll hope to see you in the virtual studio soon!