Earlier this month, we said our final farewell to the upstairs of 7025 N. Lombard Street.
We built out this studio in 2015 with a negative amount of dollars in our pockets, our first kid on the way and fistfuls of crazy dreams.
In March of 2020 we had a thriving business guiding people to become healthy, happy and empowered!
It employed awesome people, attracted visiting yoga teachers from around the world, raised funds for important causes, held space for countless friendships to bloom, and helped people save their own lives by practicing Bikram Yoga.
It fed and clothed our family of 4, and surrounded us in real-deal, got-your-back style community.
The rest is (literally) history.
2 months into our second mandated closure in one year, we have left our keys and closed the door.
But I want you to know:
This is not the sad story of another small business killed by Oregon's misguided Covid-era regulations (although they sure didn't help)
It's the story of 2 parents who made a choice.
We chose to release our physical location and stop fighting a losing battle - while we still had the means to support our children AND keep connecting our community to Bikram Yoga (and with each other) through our online classes and resources.
As we practice in yoga, we made peace with what was not under our control, and we chose to focus on what is.
Of course this was not the way we imagined our exit. But what ever goes as planned?
And why am I writing all this??
I want to draw attention to the reason at the heart of why we opened Home Hot Yoga in the first place:
It's that we each only have this one life.
A lot in it is out of our control. But SO MUCH is up to us!
We believe that no matter the circumstance, no matter what is lost or what disappoints or even hurts us, none of us ever have to be victims. Being a victim is a choice.
Taking the wheel of your destiny-car is also a choice. Bikram Yoga helps us practice taking the wheel for 10-20 seconds at a time, 90 minutes at a time!
When things really get good though, is when we start putting that practice into action- off of the yoga mat.
So here we are, walking the walk and taking the wheel.
For us that means selling most of our belongings including our home and getting on a plane to Mexico (today!!) for starters.
All our things fit in a few suitcases now. We'll be spending more time with our kids. We'll be living lighter, spending less and working on exciting new ways to serve humanity. (Stay tuned!!)
Best of all, thanks to the magical technology of our age this move doesn't have to mean goodbye! We still get to practice this life-changing yoga together in our online "studio." (You may see more palm trees in the background of our videos from now on!)
Keep in touch, Homies.
Walk that walk. Take the wheel.
Practice being in your outside-of-yoga life as badass and in-charge as you feel when you nail that Standing Bow Pulling pose without falling over. (Or better yet, when you do fall over but you stand up and try again anyway without mentally berating yourself at all!)
See you soon in class.
HHY Founder, Yoga Business Coach, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay Afif!