Out of the Heat and Into the Fire: Hot Yoga Calistoga Struggles to Survive | New
Having remained relatively silent on her difficulties, she turned to Facebook where she poured her heart out in a post: “My business is dead in the water. We have been closed for over a year now. My heart hurts and my stomach hurts. The yoga studio is a beautiful and valuable asset to our community, and we miss it so much. I’ll keep working on it, but maybe it’s time to let it go. I suck at letting go. This studio was a dream for me, and whatever happened I can say it was one of the greatest joys of my life.
But no surprise to those who live here, the members of Calistoga Hot Yoga and the community at large responded immediately. Friends and yoga students created a GoFundMe page for the studio, and in eight days, $ 15,000 was raised. Seaver said, “There has been such a surge of support, not only from the community, but also from friends at college, from people everywhere. It was incredibly moving.
With support, more people vaccinated against the virus, and restrictions slowly improving, Seaver is cautiously optimistic about the reopening of Hot Yoga Calistoga. “I’m aiming for June,” she said. “But who knows?” She knows things will be different; classes will be smaller and participants and instructors will need to be masked.
Masks during hot yoga and Pilates classes? “They make exercise masks,” she laughed. And yes, she will sell them to the studio. Meanwhile, Seaver continues to work in his family’s vineyard, taking care of the bookkeeping and finances as well as his collection of pets which includes cats, dogs, a parrot and many fish.