Photo from March 2019 by Stacie Joy
Now Yoga is closing its Fourth Avenue studio at the end of the month, transitioning to virtual-only classes starting on March 1.
Here's part of owner Renata Di Biase's statement:
This decision has not been easy to make, and it’s one I’ve only been able to fully arrive at after several months of being back in-person and entertaining various solutions for making our brick-and-mortar sustainable.
For a confluence of reasons, including the inherent challenges within the yoga industry as it is (which existed long before Covid and about which I wrote a few months ago), the ongoing reality of Covid-related interruptions to in-person business, and my own personal need to move on from a full-time directorship role, closing our physical studio makes the most sense at this time.
Of course leaving our beloved Astor Place home is heartbreaking. And yet the vibrancy of our online community has been a bright spot over the last couple of years, and the continuation of our virtual programming is a comfort in the absence of a physical studio.You can read here full statement here.
The studio has been at 61 Fourth Ave. between Ninth Street and 10th Street for 3.5 years.
However, the third-floor space won't be empty long come March. Di Biase reports that SaltDrop — "a beat-driven, mat-based celebration of movement" — will be opening in this studio.
Previously on EV Grieve: