Major News Announcement regarding the Balance Yoga Studio

3 February 2018

Dear Yoga friends,

This weekend marks exactly one year to the day since I received a disturbing phone call. The man calling represented a construction firm. He said he wanted access to my yoga studio premises as he was scoping out work for a major building renovation project. He told me the project was likely to start in March, would continue for about seven months, and that I would be shut out of my premise for the duration of the work.

That phone call left me completely shocked. I was just heading into my third year of running the Balance Yoga studio, it was finally looking like everything was settled in for this fledgling enterprise, and the year ahead looked full of promise.

Instead, from that day on 2017 was a year of stress and uncertainty, with the prospect of losing the yoga studio hanging over me. The start date for the building work was pushed out month after month, with continuing uncertainty, before eventually starting in July. As you may know, from then on the studio was not suitable for use most of the time, and classes were cancelled, relocated or held in a darkened and compromised space.

Suffice to say, 2017 was a struggle. But we managed to keep offering yoga in some capacity through until Christmas, with the intention that we would be able to restart early this year when all the work would be completed and we could finally look ahead to a new and settled year.

I am writing to you now to tell you that, sadly, that is not the case. 

At the end of 2017 I learned that the building renovations that had hampered the yoga studio so much for months would not be done and dusted in February as expected. Instead, further works are planned for this building, but the owners of the building have not even had the decency to inform me of this. With work likely to continue on for months in 2018, for an uncertain period of time, on top of the hardships already endured, I have been forced to make a very tough decision. Here it is:

Due to severe and ongoing disruption from building renovations, 
the Balance Yoga studio will be closing permanently.

Like you, this is not the start I had expected to 2018, and it is bitterly disappointing.

I know many of you will be very disappointed by this news and I offer my sincerest apologies for that. I did not pour the last three years of my life into creating Balance Yoga only to be faced with this situation. However it’s out of my control, and with significant damage already sustained to the business, and no clear timeline for the end of the disruption, this is a decision I have to make.

While this news may take a while to sink in and spread through everyone affected, it does not mean the end of me providing yoga in Cambridge. I do have a plan for this year – it will just be in a different form.

In 2018 Balance Yoga will be changing from a studio based yoga community to a more ‘mobile’ form. This involves scaling back from having a group of teachers and going back to my original format of just offering classes myself in the community.

Of course this is a big change, and many of you will have questions. Rest assured I am right now working on making arrangements and supplying answers to all your questions. For now though I needed to share this important news with you. 

Below I have covered off many details about what classes I will be teaching in Cambridge, as well as pricing, what happens with concession cards and more. But before I launch into all those details I would like to say this:

At its heart, yoga is not found in a building or a studio, and does not rely on a specific physical space. Nor is it found solely on a yoga mat.

Yoga in its essence is found in YOU – the individual, and in your intention to become present and mindful in whatever activity you undertake, wherever you may be.

Despite the studio closing, I remain committed to continue helping you find and develop your yoga – both on the mat in my classes or in your own space, and in your everyday life off the mat.

The opportunities to facilitate this are many and varied, and in the coming months I will be spending time finding new ways to connect with you and our wonderful community of yogis in and around Cambridge. Think of this as not the end, just a divergence onto a new and unexpected path.

LOCATIONS: 
This term will we be teaching out of the same alternative venues we were using last year. 
Mondays and Thursdays are at the Kenpo Karate room by Mitre 10. And Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be in the St Andrew's church hall.
We are starting with the following popular classes: 
- Yoga for Athletes & Everyone
- Align & Flow
- Gentle Yoga
- New Beginner's courses
BEGINNER'S COURSES
We are starting up two new Beginner's Courses, one on Tuesday evenings and the other on Thursday mornings. These are ideal for new or beginner level students.
PRICING INFO & CONCESSION CARDS: 
Casual classes $15 adult, $11 students (full time)
Concession cards - if you have an existing concession card these can be used for any classes. PLUS, ALL concessions cards are now transferable. This means that if you still have classes to use up you can share your card with any friends or family members. 
For term one we will not be selling new concession cards - just casual entry for all classes (at the discounted concession rate for everyone).
Mat hire $1. We are reluctantly introducing a $1 charge for mat hire, due to having to store and cart mats from our hired spaces. However it costs nothing to bring your own mat, and we have a limited stock of mats available for purchase ($39). 
Beginner's courses - 8 week courses. Enrolments are required for these courses (we will have an enrolment form next week). Limited to 16 places. Cost is $160 for the course and this includes your own mat (only while stocks last!)
KEEPING YOU UPDATED
This is the first posting of this news. Our website has not yet been updated with this information. Please bear with us and we will update the website, send out more info to our email lists, and answer your queries just as soon as we can.
BEGINNERS
If you are looking to start yoga this year - please register your interest for our Beginner's Courses and we will have enrolments open next week.
Looking forward to seeing you back at yoga from 12 Feb!

'Unhunch'-ing at lunch
'Unhunch'-ing at lunch

Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga

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Success for The Second Floor Yoga & Wellbeing Centre

Balance Yoga is the central part of The Second Floor Yoga & Wellbeing Centre, owned by yoga teacher Sarah MacDonald.
In August 2016, Sarah's business won the Excellence in Business - Sole Trader category at the Waipa Networks Business Awards. It's a proud achievement for this young business. We truly appreciate the enthusiastic reception that Balance Yoga and The Second Floor centre have received since opening in February 2015. A huge thank-you to our many students and clients. We love being a part of your week and helping you 'find your self, on a higher level'!
If you haven't been up to The Second Floor, or tried a yoga class yet, we look forward to meeting you soon.
 

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