Keep YYoga Northshore Elements Open!
Keep YYoga Northshore Elements Open!
It is with the heaviest of hearts and absolutely devastated that I ask for your help in signing this petition, upon hearing the news of YYoga being forced to close because the District of North Vancouver won’t accept YYoga’s rental proposal amidst a global pandemic.
YYoga has been a community staple for the past 12 years and Lynn Valley won’t be the same without this sacred space that so many of us have come to rely on for a sense of community and connection, as well as our mental health and well-being. Over the last 10+ years, I’ve met countless incredible teachers, other students, and yogi’s who have changed my life for the better. They are dear friends of mine and I can’t imagine my life without them – and I have YYoga Northshore Elements to thank for that.
I’ve read many communication memos from the district recently about how they’re working hard to improve access to mental health resources for the community. YYoga is a HUGE resource for anyone struggling with stress and anxiety, to depression and chronic illnesses. I know I’m only one of MANY who feel this way and would agree that YYoga is an integral part of our well-being as a community.
YYoga is just as important of a community resource as any of the recreational facilities, youth centres, and other facilities funded by the local taxpayers. If we can’t help local businesses that support our community when they need it most – ie. after a year-long global pandemic – then what are taxes for?
When the District of North Vancouver says they’ve offered the same support to all their tenants during the pandemic, which is why they can’t treat YYoga differently, it’s absurd and infuriating. All businesses have not had an equal experience during this pandemic. YYoga has been the only business that’s been forced to close completely on three separate occasions. And when they were open, they could only operate at a miniscule capacity. Even local gyms were allowed to stay open this last time, as long as their guests wore masks. YYoga had to close, and we weren’t given the opportunity to wear masks during class to keep the studio open.
I’m extremely disappointed in how the government has handled yoga studios over the past year during this pandemic. While big businesses have continued to make boatloads of money, small businesses like YYoga who have abided by these logic-defying rules (like all of us have), have gone into debt and are being forced to shut down at the end of this all? As a community we need to come together and support them in this time as they’re the ones that matter most!
So after this year-long pandemic, and between endless tears of desperation, frustration, and exhaustion of what has been this year, I beg you all to sign this petition so we can get the District of North Vancouver to reconsider YYoga’s proposal. I’ve always been so proud to call the North Shore home and I want to continue to be able to do so. As a community, we need this space.
We NEED more resources for mental health, and shutting down one of the last yoga studios on the North Shore is exactly the opposite of what supporting the community looks like. The repercussions on the community will be devastating – mentally, emotionally, and physically – and for so much longer than a few month’s rent.
From the bottom of my heart and with every ounce of hope in me, please, please, please help us by signing this petition so we can get the District of North Vancouver to accept YYoga’s rental proposal and keep this incredible, sacred studio open for many more decades.
PS. If you’d like to read YYoga’s press release and details, here’s the link: https://yyoga.ca/bc/blog/update-northshore-elements/
PPS. If anyone is interested in writing their own letter to the district - please do! - here are a few examples that you’re more than welcome to pull from for your own: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1k2hk2480tgU-d3d5kngdnbL4l2zU1Ml3G9T7crdG_h8/edit?usp=sharing