When I opened the studio 4 years ago I did so because I felt it would make an important contribution to the community and create a hub where movement, breathing, healing and connection could take place.
While the studio has achieved much success in the areas that matter most to me: creating community, cultivating presence and ease, helping with healing, and encouraging stillness, this success has unfortunately not translated into financial vibrancy.
I have remained dedicated and optimistic that things would eventually shift into a place of financial sustainability, drawing payment in the form of the great fulfilment I’ve felt from creating this space and the joy I receive from sharing yoga and meditation. Unfortunately, I have carried the space as long as I can and now have to face the reality that, despite all the efforts myself and the other teachers have made to make the studio a success, and despite all of your support, the overhead costs of running the space have proven to be too much for our customer-base to bear.
I have had many sleepless nights and teary days in the last couple weeks as I considered what this meant for the future of Blissful Yoga. I have spoken with the teachers, drawn on support, advice and ideas from my family and friends and the conclusion I’ve arrived at is this:
It is time to lay this incarnation of Blissful Yoga to rest to create space for it to transition into something that continues to offer the same nourishing yoga, in more sustainable ways. This includes sourcing a new space that has lower overhead costs as well as offering a streamlined schedule.
In light of this, Blissful Yoga’s current location will be closing as of August 28th.
Here are some answers to questions that may be drifting through your mind…
1. What about my pass?
Classes will continue to run in our current location until August 28th. I hope you will join us to celebrate the last few months in this beautiful space (and out on the pier!). Any classes that remain on unexpired passes as of August 28th will be honoured by me at a new teaching location (TBD), until the expiration date shown on the pass.
2. Where will the new location be?
That is still to be confirmed and will be announced to you as soon as possible. It is my intention to remain as close to the heart of Sechelt as possible. I am investigating all my options and will let you know when I have found one that adequately balances cost/aesthetic/scheduling/location requirements.
3. What will the schedule be like in the fall?
My intention is to offer 5 morning classes (4 week days & 1 weekend morning – 9:30am start) and 1 evening class (5:30pm start) per week. The exact days and times will be based on the classes that have consistently seen regular, strong attendance at the studio, as well as on your feedback and what is available at the new space. The styles of yoga offered will be hatha, energizing hatha and yin/restorative.
4. What’s up for the next few months?
Between now and August 28th 10 class passes will be available at a discounted price of $120 and will expire 6 months from the date of purchase. No other passes will be sold. Someone’s very 1st class will still be $10 and drop-in will now be $15 (aside from the karma classes which are by donation).
5. What about the other teachers?
I am so glad to have been able to offer space from which so many wonderful people have shared yoga over the last four years. It has been an honour to connect and share with them, however, the new, simplified incarnation of Blissful Yoga means returning to being a mostly “one woman show”. This does not mean you will not be able to find the other teachers or practice with them. I will be sending out contact information, along with info about where they are/will be offering classes, so you can continue to connect with Andre, Angela, Jenny, Kevin, Marina, Sam, Tania and Yo after August 28th.
6. What’s next for me?
The last couple weeks have been very tumultuous for me. There are moments when I am utterly heartbroken that my dream for Blissful has not worked out the way I’d imagined, and moments when I am practicing the yoga that I preach: taking deep breaths, letting go of expectations, and trusting that everything will unfold exactly as it should. One thing I know for sure is that I love what I do and I will continue doing it – just in new and more sustainable ways. I am doing my best to find a new teaching location that is more financially sustainable and hope to confirm a new spot, soon. I am also in the process of developing a 3 month online wellness program which will incorporate yoga, meditation and many other holistic tools and tips and plan to launch it in September. I look forward to connecting with you online as well as continuing to offer regular classes, workshops and retreats in Sechelt and around the Coast. This is just another step in the constant evolution we are all going through – I trust that the next incarnation of Blissful Yoga will be as fulfilling as the last.
My hope is that we can make the next few months a time of celebration. I have never been one to shy away from change.. it is a time of exploration, evolution and rebirth. Though it can feel painful, uncomfortable and tumultuous, we must trust that there is so much more unfolding than we are aware of and know that as long as we remain in alignment with our values and vision, we are going in the right direction.
I am so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to draw together the Sechelt yoga community, to create a hub for wellness and to connect to so many wonderful people on their journey to more peace and presence. It has been an incredible journey bringing yoga to the heart of Sechelt and I thank you all so much for being a part of it. I am beyond grateful to everyone that has set foot in our current location and supported Blissful Yoga.
If you have any memories or messages you’d like to share about the impact Blissful Yoga’s current studio has had on your life, I would love to receive them as our time in that space winds down. Please feel free to share via email or social media.
If you have any questions or concerns, please send me an email, give me a call or see me at the studio. As always, I am here for you. I thank you for your kindness and understanding as we navigate this time of transition and look forward to continuing to connect with you on the journey to feeling more grounded, present and at ease.
With sincere gratitude