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And another Goliath falls…

April 17, 2012

Om Yoga studio is closing. I’m not particularly distraught over this fact. I didn’t even particularly like Om, but after the ordeal with Yoga Sutra closing, claiming bankruptcy and abruptly disappearing I can say I know what it’s like to lose a home studio.

Since I get studio news from almost every studio in the city, I got this email in my box yesterday from one Cyndi Lee, yoga celeb, and proprietor of Om Yoga.

After 15 years of goodness,
OM yoga Center will be closing it’s doors on June 27, 2012.

We have lost our lease unexpectedly and must say good-bye to the yoga studio space that has been our practice haven and a beautiful home to our yoga community for these many years. Among many mixed emotions, one keeps rising to the top for me, and that is a feeling of gratitude and appreciation, for our practice, for all of you and for the
opportunity to have created OM yoga and to have contributed to the yoga community in NYC.

Never fear — OM yoga will continue and you will soon be able to take OM yoga classes on-line, as well as special trainings, dharma talks, meditation teacher trainings and many of the specialty education offerings that OM yoga has always offered to you.

We are planning to develop our website with these on-line offerings as well as create an OM yoga app that will give you many new ways to incorporate OM yoga into your life wherever you are. OM yoga senior teachers Frank Mauro, Joe Miller, Edward Jones and Brian Liem have all agreed to be a part of these future offerings.

I will still continue to teach classes, workshops and trainings all over the world, including in New York. Our website will remain active so you can follow me and hopefully join me somewhere — maybe for a retreat this summer at Kripalu! I will be teaching my classes at OM yoga Center most Tuesdays, beginning May 8 through June 26. I will not be teaching April 17 – May 1.

The OM yoga 200 hour Summer Intensive Teacher Training is still going to happen but we will hold it in a different space, still to be determined. This will be the last OM yoga TT in NYC for 2012 and it will be taught by Frank and Edward with Cyndi and David making guest appearances. We will also continue to hold our OM yoga TT programs in Wilmington, DE and Durham, NC in the fall of 2012 and into the future.

A few earthy details:

1. The last class at OM yoga will be Wednesday, June 27 at 6:15. Open level taught by Cyndi Lee.

2. We will have a special 2 month unlimited for $285 on sale through April 30th.

3. All current memberships that are extend past the date of June 27 will receive pro-rated refunds. Please be patient with us as we process these over the next 8 weeks.

4. All OM 500 Advanced OM yoga TT students will be contacted this week. (oh god, I know this scenario all too well)

5. We will celebrate our community and our OMness with a party that same evening starting at 8pm. Please join us to honor OM and have fun! (byob?)

Please let us know if you have any questions. (again, byob?) It’s a lot to sort out and we will do our best to move through this transition with the same kind of mindfulness, curiosity and sense of connection that we apply to the arising, abiding and dissolving of every asana sequence on the mat.

Well, OM…15 years. You had a good run, but, Buh Bye.

[image: OM Yoga]

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