It has been over a month since we were mandated to close due to COVID-19 and I wanted to update you on how Putney Moves is doing and the direction we are headed in. First and foremost, thank you for your donations! Your generosity has helped us tremendously through this tough time, thank you so very much!
In addition to your donations, I was able to secure two small business emergency relief loans. However, they were insufficient to cover expenses for an extended period of time. I have also faced the reality that there is uncertainty about the timeline for businesses reopening and then how they will operate with continued social distancing.
I do not foresee a return to regular operations for a brick and mortar yoga studio anytime soon, so I have had to make some decisions. First, I have made the difficult decision to permanently leave the tavern building and give up our physical space and all of the associated expenses, which was a tremendously hard decision to come to. This is a huge loss in so many ways, but there is just too much uncertainty to try and remain viable for as long as this disruption may last. I just don’t have the financial resources to do so. I will be closing the studio space at the end of May. Second, I have made the decision to keep going – to keep Putney Moves alive and ticking! The studio space is going to close but the heart and intention of Putney Moves will live on. I am very excited to share what that will look like and will outline that in a moment.
First, I want to share how grateful I am for you. When I opened Putney Moves over 5 years ago, I had no idea what I was actually setting out to do. I knew I wanted to create a space for community to gather as well as support people of all ages, ability, and experience levels with yoga but I had no idea whether my idea was going to work, much less thrive in a community of 2,500 people.
We began in 2015 with just 6 classes a week and a total of 69 students attended class in our first month. By March 2020, we were offering 26 classes a week and have had over 2,000 students take class since we opened. Plus, a community grew and blossomed month after month and year after year. Deep connections and friendships formed and a healing and love-filled community space was made.
You welcomed Putney Moves with open arms and have been an incredible source of support and inspiration since the very beginning. Thank you so much! Not only has Putney Moves been possible because of YOU, it’s your heart and your willingness to show up for yourself and each other that makes this community so special.
I am honored every single day to be a part of your life and am grateful beyond words for your trust in me, the teaching team, and our community. Together we have created something truly remarkable and incredibly special and I will never forget or lose sight of the magic that was created within the walls of Putney Moves. I know the spirit of the studio will live on in each one of our hearts.
Thank you for taking classes and workshops, for your feedback and insights, for your hugs and big hearts, and for being an integral part of this community. You have helped to shape one of the most beautiful things I have ever been a part of. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you and I cannot wait to continue this journey together.
I will be providing information on how you can stay connected with the teachers of Putney Moves in a future email. Lastly, like Putney Moves, the Putney Moves Facebook Community will keep going and will continue to be a source of support, connection, and free resources.
The Next Evolution of Putney Moves
After much reflection on how we are living right now (due to the pandemic), what’s needed most during this time, and what could be of benefit into the future, I have decided to offer an online Monthly Membership & Community. Here’s what that will look like:
Who This Membership Is For
If you have a desire to practice yoga on a regular basis but struggle with creating consistency, knowing what to do when you get to your mat, or how to keep the momentum up, then this membership is for you. If you are tired of googling yoga videos, taking classes from random people on the internet, or trying to figure out how to piece together a yoga practice while at the same time feeling distracted by your home environment, then this membership is for you. And if you are seeking a like-minded community and a place to connect and celebrate what you are learning and gaining from your practice, then this membership is for you. In short, this membership is for the beginner to the seasoned yoga practitioner who wants to establish and broaden their home practice as well as be a part of a supportive community.
Focus of the Membership
The monthly membership will be focused on helping you to start, grow, and/or maintain a home yoga practice. Not only will it include weekly yoga classes and a supportive community, it will also include weekly lessons on how to sustain a home practice as well as lessons on the specifics of yoga and meditation.
What You Will Receive
This membership will provide you with one bite-size lesson each week that will be focused on a specific theme such as habit building techniques, creating motivation, yoga sequencing and safety, moving intuitively, and integrating meditation, creativity, and other modalities into your yoga practice. You will also receive one yoga video and one live yoga class each week, both of which will be centered around the theme and will provide you with additional information and support.
Your Progress Matters
I will also help you make progress with your practice. I will not only give you direct and clear information to follow and integrate, I will also help you to implement what you are learning so that you are creating a personalized, dynamic, and lasting practice that supports you in every area of your life. Each week I will offer a live Q&A to answer all of your questions and to help in all ways with your yoga journey.
Connect With Community
I also want our community to continue to grow and thrive. This online monthly membership will include a community space to gather, ask questions, celebrate your progress, and to be there for each other. The heart of Putney Moves will live on here.
Committed to High Quality
I am quarantined with a photographer and videographer (my husband 😊) and with his tech savviness and gear, we are prepared and committed to create a high quality online experience using professional video, audio, and lighting equipment. You will experience this within all aspects of the membership including the live classes, videos, and live discussions.
Cost of the Membership
The cost of this membership is only $19/month (this is the lowest rate it will ever be and as a founding member, you will receive this rate for life – as long as you remain a member in good standing). This is the first time I am offering anything like this and will be looking to you to shape the membership so it truly reflects what you need now and in the future.
How to Get Started
I invite you to join me in this next evolution of Putney Moves. It would be an absolute honor to continue to support and celebrate you. If you are interested in joining, all you need to do is email me and let me know. The first week of content will be delivered to your inbox, if you are signed up for the membership, on Sunday, May 17th. Please sign up by May 16th (after this date, membership will close for a period of time).
At this time, I will be spearheading the monthly membership program and will be offering all classes and lessons within the membership. As much as I’d like to bring the other teachers on, I am just not able to do so at this time. That may change as the membership program grows and evolves.
Invite Your Friends & Family
Since we are no longer in a fixed physical space, there is plenty of room for everyone to join in! Please invite your friends and family from around the world to join you in this new yoga membership and community. Did you know, when we make a commitment with a friend/family member, we are 95% more likely to reach our goal? Also, it’s just way more fun to share an experience with someone we care about. So please share this membership information with someone who you think would enjoy it too!
Dates to Remember:
May 4: If you have an active Basic or Unlimited Membership, your membership has been cancelled as of this date. Thank you so much for your support!
May 16: Last day to sign up for the Putney Moves Monthly Membership. To sign up, just email me and let me know you want in!
May 17: Last day we will be offering the free and live Zoom classes. And the first day of the Putney Moves Monthly Membership!
May this new evolution of Putney Moves continue to support you and your practice. And may it provide a solid ground for you to land on during this uncertain time.
Thank you again for showing me the way for the last 5 years. I am forever grateful for you.
P.S. If you are interested in being a part of the next evolution of Putney Moves, just email me and let me know! I look forward to hearing from you!