Help Sangha Stay Afloat
Sangha Yoga was established on the top of Queen Anne, Seattle, in 2017, in the same room that had been occupied by yoga studios for 30+ years. A boutique studio, Sangha has fostered a small and dedicated community of yogis and holds teacher trainings and workshops. Sangha focuses on the eight limbs of yoga, integrating pranayama, mudra, chanting, philosophy and seva into its purpose.
We started Sangha with the purpose of creating a vibrant and supportive community. We are also passionate about social justice and creating a space that is safe and nourishing for all body types, ethnicities, sexual orientations and identities, and abilities. We've made it our purpose to give our teachers all the opportunities we can, furthering their careers and in turn deepening the lives of everyone they teach. This ripple effect of yoga is what we intended. We want to keep it going.
Sangha began the pandemic as a thriving, financially healthy yoga studio. Then came the shutdown. We weathered that. Our rent was decreased, which allowed us to keep our space despite the studio being closed. We pivoted to online classes and charged less for students to attend. As always, we made sure anyone could attend classes no matter their financial circumstances.
After the vaccine rollout we reopened, and it seemed that our community was once again humming along. But things changed again, and masks were once again implemented inside. Class attendance dropped dramatically, but this time we don't have the resources to manage the loss in revenue. All of it had been depleted throughout the pandemic. Our rent was no longer lowered and is now back to $4,600 a month.
Despite everything, we never compromised on teacher pay or student experience. When classes began in person again, we invested in equipment that allowed for in-studio recording so students could continue to attend classes virtually as well as in person.
We didn't raise our virtual prices because we knew you weren't getting the full, in-person experience. We upped our teacher's pay, knowing they were managing additional work with the recording equipment.
Throughout everything, we've remained optimistic. But there is no end in sight— will things get better this winter? We hope so, but we've already been depleted financially and used our personal funds to keep the studio open.
Our optimism persists because we know we have such an incredible community. Our community is what kept our studio healthy in the good times, and we hope it can keep us open through the more challenging times. This community has been more wonderful than we could have ever imagined, and we know that we are an anchor for many people, providing grounding and support throughout the chaos. We want to continue doing that.
A beautiful tenet of yoga is Seva— service. We will continue to work hard to serve you, to be your community and support your practice. We hope that, with your help, this is possible. We continue to remain deeply grateful to our community.
Immediate Need: $10,000 for payroll and rent by 10/1
To get us through: $50,000 by 10/31
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