Dear BYS Yoga Family,
We are writing today with heavy hearts, saddened to share the following with you all, our beloved kula. Thank you for reading and for your continued support during these uncertain times.
After 16 years in the space on East Carson Street and two years together as BYS Yoga Collective, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close the studio. Like so many small businesses, we can no longer withstand the social and economic effects of COVID-19. The harsh reality we have come to face is this: we have depleted our financial resources, and we have no timeline for when we can safely be in the studio again. We hoped we would not have to deliver this news; unfortunately, we are not the first yoga studio in Pittsburgh to send an email like this one.
We hope you too will see this as a practice in non-attachment. Though the physical space will close, the practices, friendships, and communities cultivated within the studio will continue. Of this we are sure. In the coming weeks, we will share information about where you can find our teachers. Please support them. And please support the yoga communities in your area during this time of collective healing.
We would be remiss not to acknowledge all of the love and support of our students, teachers, and community partners over the years. Kristi and Jody built a home with doors wide open, and it was an incredible honor to carry on the practices, rituals, and traditions – inside the space and around Pittsburgh – these last couple of years.
So where do we go from here? Outdoor Yoga will continue through the end of September. Also by the end of the month, we will clear out the studio, which will certainly be an emotional task. If you have anything in the studio – a yoga mat, water bottle, etc., – please contact us. We will arrange a pickup time.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Even as the pandemic persists, this is temporary. Everything is temporary, as we have learned through our yoga practice. We are in this together, still.
Alicia, Alana, RaeLynn, Ashley, and the BYSYC Team