It is with great sadness that I am letting you know that on Monday, August 31st, I will be closing Falmouth Hot Room for good. This decision was made with a heavy heart as this studio has been a special part of my life for the last 7 years. It is part of my soul, of who I am. I will always believe that our classes are the best way to maintain personal health and well being and I am sorry to even think we will all be without this practice. It breaks my heart.
The hardest part of making this decision has been breaking the news to this fabulous, loving, kind, and supportive community. It is one thing for a business to close, but it is another altogether to dissolve our group of yogis. I feel an enormous obligation to stay because what we do is such a necessary part of many people's lives. The fact remains that the with the world in its current state, with so many unknowns and so many not ready to be in the hot room, I have no choice but to close.
At the moment, we have about 10-15 people who are super dedicated, showing up and practicing. Your dedication is inspiring. Unfortunately, the reality is that to operate the business, there needs to be at least 10 times that.
Our local community is not ready to jump into the studio (I fully support everyone's personal decision to not participate in studio yoga classes, if that is what is best for them). I do not want to rely on generosity any longer. You have seen over the years the ebb and flow of the studio. 2019 was the best year we have ever had! We finally made it! I was so proud and happy! The COVID-19 virus has impacted everyone in so many ways. Unfortunately, the impact to the studio has been heartbreaking. The effort to get back to our best year, is too much, with the current restrictions and unprecedented time of life.
In hindsight, I have had a feeling since March that this would happen. I put it out of my mind and just kept doing the best I could when each new challenge arose; despite my best efforts and your amazing support, it is time to make this difficult decision for myself and my family. The studio has become a financial liability and there seems to be no end to the struggle, none that I can see in the near future at least. At this stage, the amount needed to proceed is too great.
(A few have asked and so I will share that I did go for the government loans and did all I could, but it is all but gone now. It costs too much to operate.)
I am heartbroken and will miss you all so much!!! I can't even to begin to thank you all for being part of this amazing community and sharing your lives and struggles and world with me. I will dearly miss seeing you all on a daily basis. I will be forever grateful!! I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU.
I know I have much more to say and will. I just wanted to let you know as the decision was just made.
Please email me with any questions you may have, I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Again - Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me be a part of your journey. Keep taking care of yourself and keep in touch!
All my love, Kate