Dear QSY Community,
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Thanks for all the ways you have supported us over the course of the pandemic: from sending encouraging words, to joining our virtual memberships, to coming to outdoor yoga this summer, to supporting us with your holiday shopping, you have shown up for us. While we aren’t out of the storm yet, it is truly thanks to you that this email is not a closure announcement.
Instead, I want to share a very big decision we’ve made, one that affirms our deep commitment to continuing the work we’re doing:
We will be moving to a new location!
Our current space on Queen Street has been home to our community since the beginning, in 2005. Because of all that history, this is not a decision we made lightly. I know this space carries deep meaning for so many of you, just as it does for me. But, we aren’t in a position to stay at 44 Queen and stay financially viable for the foreseeable future.
I want to acknowledge that this year has already brought so many challenging transitions, so if another change feels hard for you too, I get it. But over the course of this pandemic, it became crystal clear to me that the magic of QSY isn’t the space. It’s the people who come to move, breathe, rest and laugh together that makes it so special.
We can create that magic together wherever we go.
We are working our butts off to make our new dream location a reality. Running the studio and teaching is not a side gig. The studio provides full-time employment to three of us, and part-time work for a dozen other teachers. With the help of government subsidies and your support, we’ve been able to continue our work, and this has meant the world to us.
We can’t give you all the details yet, but in the meantime, here’s what you can count on:
- We will be in Downtown Kitchener, and continue in-person classes
- All of our amazing teachers and staff will come with us
- We’ll stay online too, offering virtual classes, courses, and retreats
- We’ll still offer high-caliber training for yoga teachers
- We’ll have full continuity of our virtual offerings, and hopefully only a short pause of in-person classes while we move
- Later this winter, we will share details of our moving plans and host an event to say farewell and honour our time at 44 Queen
With your continued support, and alongside this plan to move locations, I’m hopeful that our yoga community will continue to be here long after this pandemic is a distant memory. Wishing you and yours a safe and cozy holiday season!
Leena Miller Cressman, QSY Director