For years, Pranava Yoga Center has been a place of and for love, joy, fun, comfort, solace, community, stress-relief, relaxation, and healing for so many. While this studio has been my heart and soul for the last nine years (over six as co-owner), due to the financial effects of COVID and to challenging and ongoing health issues of my own, Jon and I have made the incredibly difficult decision to close Pranava at the end of this year.
I have shared a message of self-love and compassion for as long as I can remember, while nearly (though not intentionally) ignoring the need to provide the same for myself. While 2020 has presented us with seemingly endless challenges, the toughest but clearest lesson for me is the realization that what I’ve been doing for years is no longer sustainable. I need to heed the call to draw inward, slow down, and allow myself to heal.
We are currently working to sell the building and will likely not be reopening to in-person classes, but we will continue to offer Yoga in the Park while the weather holds out and online classes through the morning of December 31st, at which time ALL outstanding packages will expire.
Here are details on sales through the end of the year:
‣ 1-month unlimited package sales will end on 12/1
‣ 5- and 10-class package sales will continue through 12/21
‣ Drop-ins will still be available for purchase through 12/31
‣ If you are on Autopay, we will pro-rate your December payment
We are infinitely grateful for the time that we’ve had to serve this wonderful community and while we wish things could have worked out differently, we know that Pranava will live on in our hearts. Thank you so very much for everything! ❤️
With love and gratitude forever and always,
Pranava Yoga Center is currently offering two weekly IN-PERSON classes at Bonforte Park. All other classes are currently being offered ONLINE only.
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Yoga in the Park!
Weather permitting, we're offering in-person classes on Tuesdays and Sundays at 10am at Bonforte Park! Both classes are Vinyasa Beginner/Intermediate and are appropriate for all students. Please be sure to confirm on the schedule page whether or not class is on before attending.
All other classes are still being offered on Zoom for your comfort and convenience. Click here for detailed instructions for both Yoga in the Park and Zoom classes.
Registering for Class and Troubleshooting
Thank you for your continued support of PYC and the amazing teachers we are so fortunate to have! To register and pay for in-person or online classes, please visit MINDBODY Online, the MINDBODY App, or the Schedule page.
If you have any trouble logging into your MINDBODY account, registering or paying for class, receiving class links, or joining Zoom classes, please call Hethyr at (719) 287-9715 or, as a backup, Jon at (719) 287-5438.
Topic Chosen and Article Written by Hethyr P.
While it may be a bit cliché to focus on gratitude during the month of November, it’s a topic of which I never tire and one that seems especially appropriate with Pranava closing in just two short months.
The overwhelming gratitude I feel for this community is difficult to articulate due to the enormity of change and growth I’ve experienced in my own life thanks to the incredible teachers and practitioners with whom I’ve had the great fortune of studying.
I stumbled upon this studio in 2011 as an overly-excited, arrogant, and hard-headed “kid” who often used my asana practice as a way to punish my body for “betraying” me - often taking two or more intense classes per day - prior to being diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in 2012. I’m leaving as a much calmer, humbler, and more open-minded “kid” (haha!) full of gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned and the extraordinary people I’ve met. I now use my practice as a way to continue healing my body, mind, and Spirit, and I’d like to set an example for others of how true self-care can really change our relationships with ours/Selves to one of love and compassion. My, how times have changed!
After studying under Pranava’s founders, Mike and Charlotte Matsumura, for my 200- and 300-hour Yoga teacher trainings, I went on to guide more than a dozen rounds of teacher trainings over the course of my six-plus years as co-owner. More than anything, these trainings made clear to me some of my greatest areas for improvement and taught me how to become a more patient, compassionate, and loving person. I could not be more thankful for all that I’ve gained and for all that I’ve had the opportunity to share.
As our current 300YTT group discussed the differences between Yogic philosophy and religion last weekend, what struck me most was how unbelievably grateful I am for the diversity, beauty, and individuality that each teacher and practitioner has brought into our studio space (whether physical or virtual) for as long as PYC has existed. It doesn’t matter your background, your religion (or not), your body shape and size, your political affiliation, your gender identity, your age, or the color of your skin - each and every one of YOU are what has made Pranava such a special and unique place.
As we spend the next - and last - couple of months together in online classes, I hope you’ll know how infinitely grateful we are for all of you and how much we’ll miss you when Pranava closes. Thank you so very, very much for the years of inspiration, lessons, laughs, and, most of all, LOVE.
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“What if today, we were just grateful for everything?”
~ Attributed to Charlie Brown from Peanuts