Because of the various closures currently and the incubation period of the virus, we hope that by closing now for at least 2 weeks, we can help “flatten the curve,” and protect our community.
Orlo and I have prided ourselves over the years that we “never close on purpose.” We have been open in blizzards, ice storms and heat waves. We have held classes with no electricity.
We know that Bikram Yoga is saving peoples' lives every day. It saved mine. Maybe it saved yours too.
That's why we wanted to remain open as long as possible during this crisis. We (and by we I mean our awesome staff and karma homies!) have been hardcore cleaning the heck out of everything and taking many extra precautions around the studio, such as switching to verbal check-in and putting wipes all over the place.
We've done our best, but it ain't enough.
When I face a difficult decision for the business, I look to Home’s core values of Inclusivity, Courage, Hospitality and Integrity.
To remain open at this time would not be Inclusive of our community members who are more vulnerable to the serious effects of COVID-19, or who care for others who are vulnerable.
To close requires a ton of Courage for us because, as a small business closing, even temporarily, will put great strain on our family as well as our staff who rely on us for income. It is scary to close, and being courageous means we will do it anyway.
We will soon run out of the supplies we need for disinfecting. If we remained open, our Hospitality would soon be compromised by the inability to provide a safe environment for you. We want Home to be here for you, in all its sparkling clean and welcoming glory when this all blows over.
Finally, closing our doors (for now) is an act of Integrity. We have always strived to be the kind of leaders who do the right thing, even when it’s hard. (And this is hard!)
It is the hardest decision since that one time we found out we were pregnant and then decided to build a hot yoga studio from scratch with $0 to our name.
Like that one, this one is right.
Just because the studio will be closed does not mean you need to stop doing yoga and feeling good. Bikram Yoga can be practiced safely at home (the one you sleep at) even without the heat.
It ain't the same- but it is sure better than nothing! In fact, this study found improved vascular health from performing the Bikram Yoga sequence of postures regardless of room temperature.
We know you want to keep being a strong, pain-free and level-headed person with a robust immune system, especially now.
That's why we've been busily collecting audio recordings of your favorite teachers and plugging them onto our YouTube channel where you (if you are a current or former student of Home) will be able to access them on demand.
You may be wondering about your current yoga pass. Check out our Closure FAQ here or email us if the FAQ doesn't have the answer. Thank you for your patience as it may take us longer to reply.
Many of you have reached out to express your support, and we are so grateful. Many of you have thanked us for remaining open until now, and we are grateful to you too! We are humbled that you put your trust in us, and we plan to continue deserving it.
For now we’ll be doing our darndest to help you keep accessing the yoga, support and connection you need to continue loving your life during this unusual time.
With love and gratitude,
HHY Founder, Yoga Business Coach, yoga-doer and life-lover, Kay Afif!