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Thursday, March 29, 2007

a change for the better

genevieve fischer at yoga loft manhattan beach sent out this email a few hours ago, and as i got midway through the first paragraph, i started to worry that yet another yoga studio was about to shut down. thankfully, there was a happy ending to this story:

Dear Beautiful Loft Students,

Spring is a time of hope and change. That is especially true for us this year, as we approach our three-year anniversary. Back in January, I received word from the landlord that BodySuite (next door) requested moving into our space to expand their business to include hair services. Since they have 12 years of seniority in the space and we were on a month-to-month lease, the landlord obliged, and we were given until April 15th to relocate. Needless to say, this has been a very difficult, stressful first quarter, but I truly believe that it will be a blessing. When life hands you lemons, it’s time to make some lemonade; and what better time for lemonade than Spring/Summer?!

So, we DO have a new location. It is a brand-new, beautiful, upstairs, bright space that is almost three times our current size. It is located on Manhattan Avenue in downtown Manhattan Beach, and we intend to make it an all-‘green’ studio (we like organic mint lemonade, after all). However, it is new construction that will not be completed until late summer. So...

Danielle Deweese and Lauren Rauth, the wonderful owners of Pilates Manhattan (815 Manhattan Avenue, above We Love Pets near 9th Street) are allowing us to sublease their space in the interim. Their space is a little bigger than our current one and boasts a gorgeous ocean view. We have to work around their class schedule, so there will be some major changes to our new schedule. However, we will still offer 4-5 classes per day, most of your favorite teachers, as well as a couple of Sunday workshops, a summer mala, etc. And it’s just for a few months, until we can officially move into our new home. Thank you so much, Danielle & Lauren; you have good karma forever!

The new schedule will be printed and available online no later than April 10th, and new classes at 815 Manhattan Avenue (upstairs) will begin Monday morning, April 16th. It will be an adjustment, but this is an exciting time, and our sweet, strong little community of yogis can conquer anything!

Thank you all so much for your support during this transitional, stressful time. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call/email me. We will see you soon in class.

Love & light,

Gen, Linsly, and the Yoga Loft Teachers

yoga loft mb's temporary new home is a mere quarter of a mile away from their soon-to-be-vacated location. since the old space could only fit about 15 students at a time anyway, it sounds like their being forced to move out is actually a blessing in disguise!

looks like i have another studio to visit and add to my list...