Dear Bernal Yoga Community,
It is with hearts full of gratitude to each of you and an immense amount of sadness that we inform you that Bernal Yoga will be closing permanently. Live stream classes will continue until September 15th.
The intensity of the uncertainty these past few months has been all-encompassing. At first, there was hope that the forced closure would be temporary and short-lived. And then there was a chance that restrictions would ease by mid-August. Now almost six months later, the lifting of restrictions for yoga-related businesses has no clear end in sight. We came to the painstaking decision that there is not a realistic path forward. Bernal Yoga kept its doors open for 19 years and we had so hoped that there would be many more years to come. And yet here we are.
Closing due to a global pandemic may be the reality but it will not be the legacy of this very special place.
After all, Bernal Yoga has been a cherished gathering place for so so many. It’s where practices started and grew and a place where friends met and supported each other through joys and challenges. Thanks to all of you, the studio thrived as a place of connection, growth, and transformation.
While we feel the devastating loss and have sadness in our hearts, we hold dear the many memories and the friendships that we made.
Edith Wharton wrote, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” We hope you’ll continue to be a positive force of change in these times and someone who spreads light.
Thank you for all the ways you have touched our lives. May you be safe and well.
Savonn & Bill (Bernal Yoga’s founders and owners)
We will be live streaming until September 15th and the schedule of live stream classes is available here and also viewable on the Mindbody app. You need to preregister for all live stream classes. There are Zoom “meeting” links associated with each class. Those details are emailed to you when you register and a reminder is sent 15 minutes before the class starts.
You can also view information about how to stay in touch with us and the Bernal Yoga Instructors from the Teachers page.
We know you may have plenty of questions about how things will wind down. Many of those can be answered by referring to the FAQ’s below. You can also contact us through email at email@example.com.
There will be an opportunity to buy the studio’s props, fixtures and furnishings. Information about what is available will be posted soon.
Information About Bernal Yoga Closing
How long do I have to use my pass?
We will continue to live stream classes until September 15, 2020. You are welcome to use your pass until then.
I have classes left on my pass can I get a refund?
We are unfortunately unable to provide refunds on any existing passes. We encourage you to use your class credits for our live stream classes, which will continue through September 15, 2020.
I have an autopay monthly membership what will happen to my pass?
How do I stay in touch with the instructors?
I heard about your Portland studio, Sellwood Yoga, can I take classes there?
Yes you can. Sellwood Yoga, our Portland based studio, is a completely separate business than Bernal Yoga. We have always remarked about how much the two studios share as far as being community focused, full of passionate instructors and amazing students. Many of Sellwood Yoga’s classes have already been a part of Bernal Yoga’s live stream schedule. We (Savonn and Bill) and other Sellwood Yoga instructors have really enjoyed sharing virtual space with students from both communities.
You can also see Sellwood Yoga’s full schedule here and sign up directly to take a class or buy a new pass.
We can also make arrangements to transfer your Bernal Yoga pass to a Sellwood Yoga one. In order to do that please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I buy any of your props or studio fixtures?
Yes. We will be posting information soon regarding how to purchase studio props and/or furnishings and fixtures. It would be wonderful if these things would find new homes with our devoted students. Anything that is not sold will be donated to a local charity.
Accessing Live Stream Classes
How do I sign up for your online offerings?
Sign up for live stream classes from the schedule on the website and/or by using the Mindbody app. You DO need to sign up in advance for each class. Once you register for a class, you will receive an email with a link that can be used to access the live stream class.
If you haven’t taken a live stream class with us yet, please make sure to read our “Guide to Using Zoom for Bernal Yoga Live Stream Classes.”
What happens after I register for a live stream class?
After you register for a live stream class, you will get an email and/or text confirmation right away. In preparation for the class, you will need to download and install Zoom (it’s free!) on the device(s) of your choice. 15 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin, you will get a second email and reminder text with details about the class.
The confirmation emails/text will come from email@example.com. Occasionally, these emails may end up in your “spam” or “junk” folder. When looking for the follow up email, make sure to also search these folders.
Additionally, we request that you add all emails coming from bernalyoga.com to be directed to your inbox as “safe.” Your email provider will have instructions on how to do this.
For tips, please read our “Guide to Using Zoom for Bernal Yoga Live Stream Classes.”
How can I make sure I receive the class link that is sent?
To make sure you receive the emails and/or texts with the correct Zoom “meeting” link for each class:
1. Check your Junk/Spam folder. Sometimes, the messages may end up somewhere other than the inbox, so please look through Junk/Spam and other folders. We advise you to take a few minutes to check your settings with your email provider to ensure that all emails from bernalyoga.com are considered “safe” so that they come directly to your inbox. Your email provider will have instructions on how to do this.
2. Check your Mindbody account settings. Log in to your Bernal Yoga Mindbody account and make sure that your email address is current AND that you are subscribed to receive our email and/or text updates pertaining to your account, as well as reminders and schedule changes. (This step is imperative, as the links for your online classes will be emailed to the address we have on file in your Mindbody account). You will see something like this under the “Personal Information” section of your Mindbody account: