Written by 502 Power Yoga owner, Cat Crawford, October 26, 2021
The talk of expanding 502py’s footprint began back in 2016. The obvious choice was somewhere on the East End, but after looking at multiple locations, and having a competitor open in the East End, we shifted our vision to other areas of town. I don’t remember how we settled on Southern Indiana, but it all made so much sense at the time: Very little competition, a big space, affordable rent, easy access to downtown Louisville, central to several SoIn towns, and GREAT PARKING. So in the Spring of 2017, we found ourselves signing a lease in Water Tower Square and preparing for our 2nd location.
There was a lot of excitement in the community. The team rallied behind getting everything ready.
We created a GREAT schedule, staffed up, ran promotions, had a great first class…
And then it was a struggle.
Our teachers were used to teaching a packed room so it was odd to show up and teach for 1-3 people in those early days. We had our first no-show classes. It had been so easy in the Highlands!! We had to put in a LOT more effort to build our Southern Indiana community.
So we kept showing up.
And slowly but surely, our classes began to fill up.
We generated momentum and excitement through workshops, programs, trainings, and special events.
We packed the house with 80 yogis when Paige Elenson came to town.
And we had at least that many show up for our 2018 Personal Revolution Kickoff meeting. Were you there?
At the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, we were FINALLY starting to gain real traction. We were seeing 20-30 people in some of our more popular classes. Things were finally looking up…
The Pandemic brought it all to a screeching halt.
And after nearly 20 months, it still hasn’t recovered.
We have some die-hard students in SoIn who show up day after day. I am grateful for their commitment to the practice, to each other, and to that space. You know who you are.
But not enough students are showing up to make ends meet. We simply cannot afford to keep this location open any longer.
Our last class at the Jeffersonville studio will be Tuesday, November 30th, at 6:00 PM.
To all of the students and team members who have shown up in that space over the last 4.5 years, THANK YOU.
We’ve seen friendships and connections blossom in this space.
An engagement occurred in the space (Becca and Joycie!)
We witnessed physical, mental, and spiritual transformations in over 2500 unique students.
One of our team members even had her water break while practicing in the space (TMI?)
That beautiful squishy floor has had over 70,000 bare feet pad across it.
God only knows how many handstands have been held on those walls.
Over 30,000 lavender towels have been placed at the top corner of yoga mats.
We are sad, yet hopeful for the future of 502PY’s Highlands and East End locations. I will leave you with the wise words of Semisonic:
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
What will happen to my favorite teachers?
We will be relocating our SoIn teachers to our Highlands and East End studios based on availability and demand.
What is the class schedule at Jeffersonville right now?
Check it out. Registration for classes opens 7 days in advance.
What do I do about my membership?
All of our monthly memberships are month-to-month at this time. They auto-renew on the date of purchase. You can check on your current renewal date by clicking here. Memberships have always, and will continue to be, eligible at all of our locations. While we would love to keep you in the community, you can request a membership cancelation by following this link.
What if I have a class pass?
You have until November 30th to use what’s left on your class card. Not sure what you have on file? Login to your account here to see. After November 30th, you can continue to use your class pass online and at our Highlands and East End locations. We would love to see you there!
Can I get a refund?
We are not able to make cash refunds at this time. You have until November 30th to use any classes on your account at the Jeffersonville studio. And, as always, all class packs and memberships are eligible for use at ALL of our locations, so after November 30th, you can still visit us in the Highlands, East End, and virtually. Please email us if you have any questions. We can transfer your passes to another student if you are unable to use them for any reason.
How will this affect the Highlands and the East End locations?
Once Jeffersonville closes, there will be more resources to go around—time, energy, and money—which will be reinvested into our other locations. You will see new classes on the schedule and improvements to the facilities.
How can I help?
- Keep your membership.
- Show up for studio classes.
- Join us online.
- Buy a Sustainer Membership.
- Write us a nice review on Facebook, Google, or Yelp.
- Keep showing up to all of the businesses you want to stick around.
What other questions do you have?
Please email us if we missed something (and we’ll keep this list updated for others!)