Dear Friends & Clients,
This is a message of both sadness & hope.
Possibly my last Soapbox for a while!
As all of you know, COVID-19 is rewriting our history. We are all having to make lifestyle choices & life changes we never would have expected even a month ago. On March 14th, I made the decision to close the doors of Yoga Mandala to the public. I made the decision to temporarily close from the perspective of keeping our clients & teachers safe. That decision was difficult, only in that, I made it a couple of days earlier than most. That was a Saturday. By early the next week, everyone realized it was a necessary move. That decision was really not a difficult one. It was for the greater good.
The decision I had to make this week was a far more difficult. After 13 fantastic years in business, I’m sorry to say that the Yoga Mandala we’ve known & loved will be closing. As you have all read, this unprecedented situation we find ourselves in makes owning/running a small independent business next to impossible. Even with some understanding and generosity from my landlord, it is financially impossible to keep my business open without a steady influx of clients. The basic costs are too insurmountable.
So it is with sadness that I announce the closing of Yoga Mandala as we know it.
I want to thank all of you for your friendship, support & understanding over the years, and now in this difficult time. You have no idea how much the studio has meant to me over the years and how much I/we have enjoyed being a part of your lives. For some of you we were just a Yoga/Pilates studio & a gym. For many more of you we became a sanctuary, a clubhouse, a second home, a meeting place for friends, a place to fall in love, a place to recover from falling out of love, a place of employment, a place to share ideas & teachings, a place to recover from illness or injury, a place to experience the growth & development of a baby, a place to help you age more gracefully, a place to find balance, a place to work bloody hard, a place to laugh even harder…a place to learn to just slow down. I’ve loved providing that place for you all.
Thank you all for being a part of my life
Now the Hope part…
I need to give up the physical space.
I am not giving up the entity that is Yoga Mandala.
I will be keeping the business alive and I (we) hope to resurrect it in the near future. I am keeping the MindBody account, so any pass that exists now, I pledge to honour in the future when we rise again from the COVID ashes. The questions are when & where (I’m open to suggestions).
I have communicated with my amazing teaching staff & have tasked them with coming up with a new Mandala. One that is not Kevin’s, but is an amazing studio that will grow out of brainstorming & collaboration. A studio that will be even better than our amazing YM was. One that is not owned by just me, but perhaps even by some of you. I want to be open to all forms of Yoga, Pilates, fitness, strength, dance & movement. I envision a group of us starting up a new community that is even more inclusive than what we have now. If you have ideas, don’t hesitate to send them to me at email@example.com
Please stay safe.
Keep up your efforts to practice Physical Distancing.
Look after your loved ones.
Stay healthy & get lots of fresh air.
Keep your eyes & ears open for news from us in the future.
Smile & laugh lots.
Kevin Elander & Ben