2 local yoga studios close without warning

Students find Bikram Yoga studios in Tigard, Sellwood closed Tuesday evening

Students arrived at the Bikram Yoga Studio locations at Sellwood and Tigard to find them both closed without warning, Oct. 28, 2014. (KOIN 6)
Students arrived at the Bikram Yoga Studio locations at Sellwood and Tigard to find them both closed without warning, Oct. 28, 2014. (KOIN 6)

TIGARD, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Students at two local yoga studios are left wondering what happens next after they found the studios closed without warning Tuesday evening.

One by one, students showed up at the Bikram Yoga Studio in Tigard and Sellwood to find a note on the door.

“Oh absolutely, absolutely [it’s surprising],” said student Tim Barnes. “The Bikram Yoga community is pretty trustworthy.”

People showing up for classes said they were given no warning about the closure, and just this week, the owner posted a Groupon deal on his website for the studios with the dates ranging from Oct. 21 to Oct. 27. Anyone who purchased one of those deals should contact Groupon immediately for a potential refund or credit.

The owner also has three other studios, one of which he just sold in Beaverton and had plans to sell the Portland location.

“It’s been over six months now that he’s been trying to sell the studio, and then it was yesterday I found out the doors were closed and locked,” said Julie Yates who is now leasing the Sellwood location from the property owner.

Yates said she was trying to purchase the studio from the Bikram Yoga owner, but she said he was asking for too much money.

All the studio owner left behind at the locations on Tuesday was a note and an email to the yoga instructors.

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“For well over a year, I’ve lost between $2,000 and $10,000 every month and just kept hoping that things would turn around,” said yoga instructor Andrea Logue reading the email the owner sent her.

Logue worked at the Sellwood location and said once she got the email, she immediately tried to call the owner, but his phone was disconnected.

“There was no mention how he would reimburse or pay us for classes we have taught that month,” said Logue.

Also, there was no mention of reimbursing customers, many of which paid for a yearly subscription.

“Above the money, I feel for all the students. It’s a big financial commitment for the students. It’s their livelihood. Some students come in every day,” Logue said.

A phone call and email to the studios’ owner were not immediately returned.

Meanwhile, Yates said she plans to remodel the Sellwood location and reopen the studio by mid-November. It’s unclear at this point what will happen to the Tigard location.

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