DUE TO THE UNFOLDING EVENTS SURROUNDING COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS,
VILLAGE YOGAWORKS WILL CLOSE TEMPORARILY STARTING FRIDAY, MARCH 13 AT NOON
Hi, friends. Peter here. A friend said today, "This week has been the longest year ever."
Sigh. It has felt that way. We have been pouring over the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, particularly after these past 24 hours. And Ohio has, quite literally, shut down in many places.
With the World Health Organization and Ohio Department of Health making grand pronouncements regarding the suspension or postponement of indoor gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to close village yogaworks at the conclusion of classes on Friday, March 13 at NOON.
You will notice on our MINDBODY schedule page that many of our upcoming classes are listed as canceled.
It’s a heartbreaking decision, one that we didn’t take lightly, given the communal nature of our practice.
Barring some unforeseen complications, we will reopen for practice on Friday, April 3 at 8AM — a move in lockstep with our yogic contemporaries, and with Ohio’s school, gym, church, sports and social event closings / cancellations in mind as well.
If we are able to open before then, you will be the first to know... but given the statewide mandates for closings, it seems premature to state definitively that we will be open before the schools, churches, and public event locations will be, or give you some arbitrary date ahead of what you see above.
Rest assured, no one is more devastated than I am. At almost a year old, and with our steady growth finally allowing us to breathe a bit easier as a business, this was the absolute last decision I wanted to make.
But in life, we should always be inspired to make the Next Best Right Decision, even if it hurts, and this one is absolutely the right one. You, our yogis and teachers, are my family. It was a no-brainer.
Yoga is about mindfulness and planting seeds; the specter of potential illness takes yogis out of their mindfulness. And those aren’t the kind of seeds of inner peace that this (or any) studio wishes to plant. That said, we all need yoga now more than ever, and I wish for you all to continue your practices while we’re on temporary hiatus during these historic times.
Please watch this space for possible VYW pop-up outdoor events (weather and such permitting) and links to VYW Facebook LIVE events. Rest assured, we will all do everything we can do make you, our village, feel comforted, welcome and seen when we return. During this furlough, we will be deep-cleaning and sanitizing the studio in anticipation of reopening.
Lastly, to our yogis with VYW class packages: you will have these three furlough weeks added to your expiration date — so you will be able to pick up right where you left off with us.
Anything less would be punitive for something 100% out of your control.
This is a time where we need our practice more than ever, and perhaps more importantly, where we all reflect on how we take the practice off of our mats and out of the studios. It’s easy to make decisions when all is well; it’s making those same clear-headed, mindful decisions when things get challenging that’s a measure of a life... and a sign that your practice is working.
This pandemic will also define the moral and ethical character of our country going forward, and in my humble opinion, we must all act in a way that is both morally and ethically responsible for the health and wellbeing of our community — and for all human beings. The heart of yoga is care, intention and wellbeing after all.
“In the fullness of time / A garden to nurture and protect / It’s a measure of a life.”
— Neil Peart
“Who am I?” “Usually, when you ask people who they are, they tell you what they do.” So says a favorite digital nomad-writer I know. Years ago, while creating a social media profile, I fell into that trap. Long before my “essential communication” practice was cemented in my Yoga Teacher Training with Dawn Schroeder at Pranaverdana Vibrant Living, my Twitter “Who am I?” had brevity, but, ugh, it reads like a giant laundry list of Accomplishments. Employments. Big Red-Letter Days. Gold Stars.