The current lease between The Center and the owners of the building located at 15 Green Street, Downingtown, PA is set to expire on June 30, 2019. Unfortunately, I have decided to not renew the lease. This has not been an easy decision to make. I, along with every single teacher, practitioner, healer and Yogi that has graced the space at 15 Green Street knows how special it is. A yoga studio doesn’t belong to any one person, it isn’t created by a single person - rather it is created and nurtured by a community and that community does not live within four walls. It lives in each and every one of us.
My main goal in taking over The Center in July of 2017 was to expand the community, to make this practice more accessible, to pay the teachers and workshop facilitators a fair wage for their time and to not raise the price to practice. The practice of Yoga has changed my life, it has saved my life and it has brought so much authenticity to my experience of life. I wholeheartedly believe there is a way to bring Yoga to everyone who needs it, not just those of us who are privileged enough to be able to afford it. However, I’m not sure that the current studio business model is the most sustainable way to move forward.
Rather than looking at this as a negative event, I choose to see this as a much needed opportunity to change the way the practice of Yoga is defined and being offered in our culture. The more of an industry our wellness and well-being becomes, the less accessible healing practices and treatments become for those that need them most. Let’s ask ourselves how we can change that. How can we use our privilege to make our community a better place for all? How can we share the practice of Yoga with our community? Our workplaces? Friends? Family? It does not need to be practiced at a studio to be Yoga. I encourage everyone to think outside the box. How can we bring this practice and these teachings into our lives more fully?
We are looking at other spaces, space options and brainstorming ideas of how to move the “business” of Yoga forward in a sustainable way. We will continue to operate as normal at 15 Green Street until June 30. We have some awesome workshops, special classes and trainings coming up this Spring!!
We ask that all class cards and packages be used by 6/30. Any current membership contracts will expire in June, with the last payment being in May.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly with any feedback, ideas or questions. firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile at 484-410-4033
It has been an honor to be involved with this community, to meet so many wonderful people and forge so many deep bonds that I will carry with me on my path. My heart is tremendously full.
Much love and light to each and every one of you,
The Center Yoga
Downingtown, PA 19335