To Our Community,
Well, it ALL hit me hard this week…the scope of what our world is going through.
Our doors have been closed for 3 weeks now and I have been operating in entrepreneurial survival mode this whole time. I’ve been laser focused on what I can do to keep our students served and our studio a float: launching our online studio, taking care of our members and my team, budgeting/finances … and not much more.
I’ve oscillated between fear, desperation, PTSD, hope, faith compassion, exhaustion, belief and optimism. I’ve lost sleep and cried and felt so supported and held.
I know I’m not alone on that journey of emotions…the entire world is feeling this. It’s an eerie, globally connected experience to say the least.
Through it all, I’ve realized – I miss our Maha community.
It feels wildly inappropriate to ask for help right now…
But for the deep, unwavering commitment and love I have for this community I know I am called to simply open up our energy channels to receive any abundance that may be available.
I am actively seeking help from the SBA through the CARE Act, but it will take weeks if not months before we receive that help. Those funds will most likely only cover a portion of our needs.
So…if you are in a comfortable place to do so, I humbly ask for your support to help continue paying our teachers/staff and get us to the day we can open our physical doors again.
The mandatory shut down affects all local businesses, and threatens the viability of yoga. Here are some ways to help:
- Become a sustaining member. Monthly memberships stabilize yoga studios by providing ongoing, reliable revenue. We are currently waiving the $20 activation fee on memberships, and for any membership purchased during the shutdown, we will also waive the 30 days notice needed to cancel. Out-of-towners: enjoy practicing with your favorite teachers knowing you may cancel at any time!
- Give the gift of yoga! Gift cards are available in any amount and never expire. If you don’t have someone in mind, you may buy a gift card or membership and contact me and I will pass it along to a first responder in our community.
- Contribute to our staff’s relief fund. Our desk staff does not qualify for unemployment, and I am doing everything I can to generate enough revenue to provide unemployment compensation for them directly from Maha.
- Order props for your home practice from Manduka. When you use the code MAHAYOGA at checkout, the studio gets a percentage of your purchase.
- While our new student pass is only for Philadelphia residents, those of you out of town who want to practice with us can grab our Traveler’s Pass- $59 for 10 days unlimited.
I want to express my deepest gratitude to every single member of our yoga family. While it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I have firm faith that every single one of you already has the tools within to manage this experience.
This is the time that we get to apply all the teachings we’ve learned from being on our mats. The mat is where we can let ourselves fall apart and begin the healing process from the inside out.
I’m here if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.