May 12, 2020
Dear Namaste Community,
It is with great sadness that I announce today that after more than 16 years of business, I will be closing Namaste on June 14, 2020.
The compounding pressures of closing our Berkeley location, our transition to a teacher employee model due to AB5, and now COVID-19 have put the business and community under too much stress. I do not see a sustainable future for us and must make the choice to close this chapter.
This has been an incredibly hard decision for me. I know this choice has deep ramifications for you — our dedicated students — as well as our teachers and staff.
Namaste has served as a place of refuge for tens of thousands of people over the years. We’ve offered a space to let go, to be vulnerable, to shed tears of joy and sorrow. We’ve danced, prayed, sung, and celebrated the beauty of sharing this life, this path, with one another.
When I started Namaste in 2003, it was to share the gift of yoga with the neighborhood. Never did I imagine it to become the incarnation it is today, nor to encounter so many people who have become so near and dear to my heart. I will forever cherish all that was created within our walls.
We will continue with our virtual classes for the next month — with our final class day being Sunday, June 14th. We hope you will continue to join us, support our teachers, and share your memories of what Namaste has meant to you.
We’ve created an F.A.Q. resource for you but please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that are not addressed there. Your stories and well wishes of love and support are welcome too. ❤️
Importantly — after Namaste closes, please continue to support our teachers. We have created a website page with all of their web sites so that you may continue to follow them.
It has truly been one of my biggest honors and privileges to be of service and to hold space for the Namaste community. Thank you to all my staff, our amazing teachers and to you all — the students who helped make Namaste such a thriving community. I strongly hope that you will continue doing yoga, and that the legacy of Namaste lives on through your self care practices.
The divine in me sees and honors the divine in all of you.
In service and with deep gratitude,
Owner/Director of Namaste Yoga + Wellness