Eddie Stern has announced — via email and on his Facebook pages — that the shala/temple is going to move at the end of February.
With his OK, I’ll share part of what he sent around:
After a few months of adjusting the fees at the school, attempting to secure a mortgage, and crunching numbers, Jocelyne and I came to realize that remaining on Broome Street was no longer a viable option for us. At the end of November we gave up our option to purchase the second floor, and it has now been sold to another buyer. The new buyer closes in the beginning of February. Our move out date from 430 Broome St. is February 28th.
We do not as of yet have a new space to move into, and did not want to start looking until we knew that the sale of the second floor was finalized, which happened in late December. We will begin looking for a new school next week. I am confident that something will come our way, and we will be able to continue as usual – hopefully in or around the neighborhood that we love so much! If anyone has any solid leads, please let me know.
Eddie notes they have been on Broome Street for 14 years, and he lists some big moments, including Guruji’s installing the temple and the reconstruction after the 2003 fire there.
AYNY is an iconic space within the Ashtanga community for those reasons, because of Eddie’s stature and, not inconsequentially, thanks to the Ashtanga, NY movie.
Eddie also reminds everyone of the Martin Luther King weekend retreat he is leading with Robert Moses. Bobbie and I decided not to go (after attending last year’s) and now we are kicking ourselves a bit. But…
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have had a five-day visit to the shala and the opportunity both to practice there and experience the temple and its activities. That space had a certain energy — I ought to use the word “shakti” — built up from all the tapas, the teaching, Guruji’s presence but, I think, mostly Eddie and his team’s dedication to spreading the teachings of Ashtanga and other spiritual/mindful practices. It might take some time to recreate that energy in a new space, but I have zero doubt it will happen. And, as Eddie notes, they may have opportunities in a new space to do more, to teach more — in other words, to build up even more of that energy.
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