Jonathan Sattin, founder of triyoga, shares the latest on when we plan to reopen our five London centres and expresses his warmest thanks to our students, growing online community, teachers and staff.
Hello, I trust that you and your loved ones are well. It feels like we’re in a period of change (a word I hear quite a bit in our world) and in a pretty dramatic and hopefully fertile way.
We made the transition from five studios with more than 700 classes a week, Pilates, barre and an amazing array of treatments through to an online schedule (which we will continue after we reopen) and now we are in the process of reopening.
First things first, a few huge thank you’s:
Thank you to you for completing our survey, your answers are really helping us prepare for the reopening of our studios. And listening to you and our teachers and therapists we have moved our proposed reopening to the 30th July. In your diary, I hope.
Right now, keeping afloat is crucial. Thank you to our teachers who have been incredibly supportive for teaching classes online. Thank you to those who didn’t want to teach online, for example those who taught a form of yoga that could not be taught virtually. And thank you to those of our teachers for their understanding that we couldn’t recreate our full pre-lockdown schedule online.
The 108 classes, that magic number is more than double what we started with at the end of March and I think is the largest online class schedule in the UK. I think it would have been both counterproductive and not manageable to do much more. We have had three Zoom (what else) meetings with our teachers over the last weeks who have been very positive as we work together to move forward.
We know that many of you would be focused on supporting your teachers by attending their classes in these turbulent times. As we are continuing to provide some world class online workshops and there may be time clashes so we have worked to make as many of them as flexible as possible for you to attend at the time or later. If you haven’t tried this, when you register for a workshop it will say whether it is additionally available as a download. You will be sent a video link shortly after the class time to enable you to access it at your convenience.
And a thank you to our international teachers who have kindly taught workshops (and about 2% of our classes) since we closed our doors, as this together with our online classes really helps keep us going. Since lockdown began with our guest and home teachers over £10,000 has been donated to charities.
And yes another ‘and’ (my English master would be very upset with my writing) but this is finally, a massive thank you to you for supporting us both by coming to classes and workshops and giving us feedback. I thought I would share this quote from a student:
“Taking triyoga classes online (albeit only 2 so far) has been a pleasant surprise. For me they have the ability to give the same, or very close to, positive effect and benefits which we experience with excellent teachers/ classes at the studio. I also appreciate how simple it is to join the class, technically.” – S. Conaty
It may feel a bit relentless, but we are resilient and we will get there, though sadly without the amazing Vera Lynn.
Next week I’ll update you on all of the pre-opening plans.