We mentioned a few days ago we’d heard a rumor. We keep hearing it, and now have gotten several people — who understandably want to stay anonymous — passing it on to us, having heard it first hand.
And, the kicker: We’re seeing mention of it on Twitter.
We also know some other websites have heard the same.
Our goal in getting this out there to treat this respectfully. The word is going to get out, and we’d like to have established something akin to “facts.” Right now, we’re hearing that the Jois Shala in Greenwich is closing toward the end of the month.
Beyond the words of some trustworthy folks (no truth we met them at the Watergate parking lot), there’s also this: The Greenwich shala’s online schedule ends on Sept. 27, which is the date we’ve been told the shala is closing. The only thing ongoing is a Friday Led class. But every other day has nothing scheduled.
Some folks also have heard that the Encinitas shala is closing; that doesn’t look to be the case, as it has not only a full schedule still online through the end of the year but events scheduled in October. Same for Sydney.
Why is this happening? Well, that’s still very unclear. We’ve heard that the folks behind Jois, and by extension we suppose, the Sonima Foundation, are going to focus more on the nonprofit side of their work. (Remember, it also is involved at the University of Virginia and is expanding its yoga in schools program.)
Other people have speculated that Greenwich just didn’t have enough of a student base. The same lack of students, we assume, was part of the reason behind the first Jois studio, in Florida, closing a year and a half ago.
We sought comment from the Greenwich shala on Friday, but we haven’t heard back. If and when we do, we will post it. Also, if anyone is a student there, let us know what you’re hearing, if you are comfortable doing so.
There you have it.
Update: Monday 7:15 a.m. Pacific time: Probably many of you got the email from the Jois Greenwich shala that confirms it is closing but doesn’t provide too much additional information. Here’s a link. All it offers is what the three teachers are planning to do next. One, Megan, plans to continue teaching in Greenwich. There is a link to her website, but it looks to be under construction. We can’t help but notice it has the same top of page design as Ashtanga Yoga New York. So maybe there will be a connection there, or maybe that is coincidence.
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