Carytown yoga studio closing for good

Yoga Shala Richmond, previously Ashtanga Yoga, announced it will permanently close in July. The studio, which first opened in 2006, is closing due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Platania)

Stretched to the brink by the coronavirus shutdown, a longstanding local yoga studio will close permanently in July.

Yoga Shala Richmond will cease operations at 2902 W. Cary St. on July 18. The studio opened in 2006 as Ashtanga Yoga Richmond. The closure comes as a result of the pandemic, which prompted the studio to temporarily suspend its on-premises activities about three months ago.

“(Studio director Kyra Haigh) and I have worked tirelessly this past year to try and continue what we have created in our ‘home’ on Cary St., but all signs are pointing in the direction that the time has come to let go,” owner Alicia Golden said in a statement posted to the studio’s website. “We were so excited about the shift to Yoga Shala Richmond and both of us poured our heart and energy into what that could look like. Then COVID-19 put a halt to all of those possibilities.”

Haigh and Golden didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The statement noted “there are several students considering ways to keep our community connected.”

Yoga Shala occupies the top floor of 2902 West Cary St., and Perception Organic Spa is downstairs. The building is next door to the Byrd Theatre, which launched an online movie-screening program during the pandemic.

Yoga Shala isn’t the first Carytown business to permanently close during the pandemic. Brick & Mortar, a clothing store, closed in March, citing the pandemic as the primary factor behind the move. Also, Panera Bread left Carytown Place shopping center recently, though it’s unclear to what extent the pandemic prompted that closure.

The Dunkin’ donut store at 11 S. Nansemond St. permanently closed Friday as its franchise owner searches for a location with a drive-thru.

Despite the hits Carytown is taking from coronavirus, the construction of Carytown Exchange continues to chug along at the corner of Cary and Nansemond. The $40 million, 120,000-square-foot development is being built on the former site of Richmond Shopping Center, and will feature Publix as its anchor tenant.

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