Dear Yoga Soup Community,
In 14 years Yoga Soup never closed its doors, not once. Through fires, storms, slides, illness, locusts, bad hair days, insurrection … always open.
We took Robert Frost’s line to heart: “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.”
Hard to imagine shutting down for two days, let alone for the suggested two weeks or two months.
But our mandate to serve the Santa Barbara community perversely demands we do just that.
Our phones are tended and the store is open from 10am-4pm. We have useful things here you might need: immune-building supplements, healthy packaged food, alcohol-based sprays exceeding virus-killing recommendations, daily self-care tools, yoga props and meditation cushions for your soon-to-be enhanced home practice, awesome musical and massage instruments for extended home stays and plenty of the perfect home companion: books. Books that remind us that we’ve been through this before, books that remind us we will be okay, books that remind us of who we are. Books that inspire us.
Pay us a quick visit. Contact with the front desk will be simple and brief.
No telling how long the store will remain open. We are truly living in the moment, and we’ll respond as new information and conditions arise. Should this not be in alignment with public health protocols we will close.
As of Tuesday, March 17, Yoga Soup won’t be offering public classes.
While we are unable to practice together in person,
we are thrilled to invite you to practice with us online!
All our dedicated teachers have started posting online classes. It’s a great way for us to stay connected to our practice, our teachers and each other. Follow the instructions here to join us online.
We’re also working hard on a virtual equivalent to oatmeal, soup and sweet potatoes.
It’s during unnerving times that Yoga Soup has felt most useful in being open. As a studio devoted to providing safe harbor, to challenging fear-based beliefs and panic-driven decision-making shutting down feels both dangerously counter intuitive and the right necessary action to take. So it is.
If the only way to contain this virus was for a totalitarian country to lockdown 100 million of its people — and then for three of the worlds most free-spirited democracies to follow suit — then we’d better pay attention.
Straight Talk To The Yoga Soup Community
During these uncertain times, it’s your online membership that will keep us alive and in business.
We have come up with three options:
1. Continue to support the studio at your full membership rate. This gives you access to a growing library of online content and helps us stay afloat. When we re-open, we’ll gift you with 10 class passes you can use for friends. Thank you in advance if this is the option you choose.
2. Shift your regular membership to an online membership for $65/month. This rate would apply on your next billing cycle. This gives you full access to our on-line live classes and our library of recorded classes. When we re-open the studio you’ll be able to finish your month at this discounted rate. If you choose this option we’ll gift you with five class passes.
Our Online Membership is priced at $65 at this time to help us stay in business. That’s the reality. When we re-open we will continue to have an online class schedule available for just $25 a month. All full-paying monthly members will have access to the online library for an extra $10 a month.
The online month is not auto-renewing at this time, this means that you will need to purchase it monthly.
3. You can use your already purchased class pack to take individual pre-recorded or live classes online. Just go to Mindbody to sign up as you normally would for class. To pick a class from our pre-recorded library, click on the “Online Classes” tab and choose a class you would like to attend. To join a live class see the instructions below.
4. You can also buy a drop-in single online class for $7 and apply it to any of our online offerings.
To freeze your membership for as long as the studio is closed, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow a few days for us to get back to you regarding your request during this transitional time.
HOW TO JOIN YOGA SOUP ONLINE
We have multiple LIVE STREAMED classes every day available for you to practice in real time with your favorite teachers.
Our live classes will be offered on Zoom. If you don’t already have a Zoom account, you will need to download the free app on what ever device you will be using to tune in with. Our live-streamed classes will have “LIVE” in the title on our online schedule. They will tend to be a bit shorter than the in-person/in-studio classes.
What you need to do to join live classes:
1. Download Zoom.
2. Make sure you have the Mindbody app on your phone or computer connected to your Yoga Soup account. Make sure your current email address is connected to that account.
3. Sign up online at least 10 minutes before class. We will send a link to the live class to all those signed up 10 minutes before. That link will bring you to the Zoom meeting– where your teacher will be. (If you don’t see the email that contains the link make sure to check your promotions or junk boxes). You must sign up at least 10 minutes before the class time to receive the link.
You can use your regular membership or class pack to attend our live classes online.
In addition to live classes, we are currently collecting and recording classes (15-60 minutes long) from our teachers. Our recorded class library will continue to grow. We’re new at this, and look forward to refining our outreach every day.
To attend one of our pre-recorded classes go to Yoga Soup on the Mindbody website (must use desktop computer, the app will not work) and click on the “Pre-recorded Classes” tab. From there you will see a list of our available online classes. As we refine over the following days we may have updates on how to best connect with our online library, so stay tuned.
(All class packs can be extended and all monthly memberships can be paused or applied to online classes until we reopen. Again, If you would prefer to have your membership paused during this time, please contact email@example.com.)
New information and changes are happening every day. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive announcements and follow us on Instagram for live updates.
THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.
May the words of C.S. Lewis encourage you in his response to life living under the threat of nuclear annihilation.
“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”
— “On Living in an Atomic Age” 1948
May lockdown and quarantine become meditation and rumination.
May we use this time wisely.
As best you can, please support local businesses and paycheck-to-paycheck folks who can ill-afford to be out of work.
To everyone’s good health and healthy recovery,