It’s pretty obvious – attendance in studios is down right now. Typically fall marks an upswing in numbers, but instead many studios are marking much smaller class sizes than normal. Workshop numbers are down and 30 day challenges are a fraction of their usual sizes. Students aren’t purchasing class cards or memberships as quickly and teachers aren’t being followed with their usual gusto.
Many studios are feeling the pinch of a lack of students. It’s only normal to wonder why this sudden failure to launch. Vancouver Yoga Review readers – I want to hear your thoughts!
Is it the weather? Vancouver had a pretty terrible summer, followed by a lovely September. Maybe it is taking longer than normal for everyone’s schedules, and love of sun and outdoor BBQs, to normalise?
Is it the economy? Are you worried about how much you’re spending on “leisure” activities like yoga?
Has yoga finally reached its peak? Perhaps Vancouver’s ferocious interest in yoga has obtained its ultimate height and is now resting comfortably on a plateau?
Or maybe students have learned all they want to learn from local teachers? Are you looking for more variety of instruction? Less variety maybe? Or has the accessibility and affordability of online classes dampened students’ interest in live class settings?
Is the collective unconscious in Vancouver, one which has been engrossed in a love of all things yoga for many years, starting to head in some other direction? Engrossed in politics or end-of-times worries?
Of course I’m not suggesting yoga is dead. Quel horreur! Nor am I indicating that classes are empty – for some studios the difference is a matter of a few heads. Some may not be feeling or admitting to a difference at all.
The vibe is different this fall. I’m not the only one feeling it either. I have posited many questions. I would love to hear your thoughts Vancouver Yoga Review Readers! Why is this fall so Yoga Slow?