Dear Students & Friends,

It is with heavy hearts we inform you that, effective immediately, Bikram Yoga Richmond will be closing its doors. A change of land use on the Lansdowne site triggered an astronomical increase in property taxes making it impossible for us to continue operations in this facility. We hired a lawyer to challenge the landlord on burdening tenants with property tax resulting from rezoning and a planned residential development and to help us negotiate a framework within which we could remain in the mall. In the end the negotiations did not go our way and we were unable to come to an agreement that was viable. This is not the outcome we were hoping for and fought for but please know that we did everything within our power & available resources to achieve a different outcome.

We discussed the idea of relocating but the property tax issues we face here in Lansdowne are occurring in other commercial buildings in Richmond making it more and more challenging to run a small, independent business in this city.

Closing our doors under these circumstances comes at a great cost to us, both financially and emotionally, just as we know it will affect many of you. Although we are not in a position to offer refunds we have worked very hard to connect with other studios in supporting our student community through this transition. Know that all memberships were sold in good faith.

We have always tried to conduct ourselves fairly and with integrity and this situation has been no different. With legal counsel, we considered all options and ideas to resolve the difficult situation we have been placed in and have taken the professional advice that an immediate closure is the best solution.

Please see below for a list of studios that are supporting BYR students in a variety of ways:

YYoga is graciously offering 1 month of complimentary yoga to all students on any active membership (including AutoRenew & Introductory Offers). This offer is valid at any of their 12 locations. They have a beautiful studio here at the Richmond Olympic Oval with state of the art amenities, infrared sauna and 10+ styles of yoga including Hot, Power, Flow, Yin, Pilates and Sculpt. They also have locations in Vancouver, Burnaby, Whistler, North Shore and Toronto. Please be sure to drop by one of their studios between Tuesday, November 21 and Monday, January 15, 2018 to take advantage of this offer. You will need your Bikram Yoga Richmond ID tag and phone number on hand. You can check out their website at www.yyoga.ca for schedules and class offerings.

Contact 778-296-1475 or www.yyoga.ca/contact-us

There are several other studios supporting our community and honouring memberships in a variety of ways. Please see the list below and contact studios directly before December 31, 2017 to inquire about their offering and to make arrangements. Have your ID tag and number on hand as they will have access to our client database and can look up account details.

Hot Yoga 101
info@hotyoga101.ca
www.hotyoga101.ca
Manager: Ken Shum

Yoga Union (formerly Bikram Yoga South Delta)
604-948-9624
info@yogaunion.yoga
www.yogaunion.yoga
Owner: Katrina Wynn

Bikram Yoga Delta (North Delta)
604-592-9642
info@bikramyogadelta.com
www.bikramyoganorthdelta.com
Owner: Mak Parhar

Yoga 360 (Surrey, Panorama Ridge)
604-576-0688
info@yoga360.ca
www.yoga360.ca
Owner: Candice Lim Hing

Nourish Hot Yoga (formerly Bikram Yoga White Rock)
604-538-9647
info@nourishhotyoga.ca
www.nourishhotyoga.ca
Owners: Sandy & Jai

It has been our absolute honour & privilege to serve you for the past 9 years in this location and 5 years in our previous location on Alexandra Street. We have loved watching each of you discover & grow in this amazing yoga practice and recently in hot pilates, yin, floor barre and Zumba. We will deeply miss the community we have all built together.

We sincerely hope you continue with your practice and find a new home & community at one of the above studios. We know you will be in good hands.

Thank you for all that each of you has brought to this community and for your loyalty, support & friendship.

We wish you all good health, happiness & peace and hope our paths cross again.

With gratitude,

Dave & Leah Groves
Bikram Yoga Richmond