Yoga has changed my life. It has made me happy and has helped give me a sense of who I am and the confidence to be this person in my day-to-day life. I still don't understand why this combination of mental focus, breath work and asana has had such a profound effect, but I know it has.
Starting Yoga West is my proudest professional achievement. I have seen so many people's lives change so much thanks to a regular yoga practice. I am extremely grateful to all of you for sharing this experience with me. I feel our community is very special and I am so proud to be part of it.
I would like your support to ensure we are able to continue to develop our community and to encourage others in the communities of Acton, Chiswick, Shepherds Bush and Ealing to build a regular yoga practice. I would like your help to ensure we preserve the jobs of all the people who work at the studio (now equivalent to 11 full-time jobs).
Over the past 18 months we have fought a battle to continue to operate from our beautiful studio in 33-34 Westpoint. The whole building has permission to convert to residential and we have faced a concerted legal campaign over this time to force us to vacate.
The reason for this is that we have the wrong planning usage. When we first took the unit our main venture was our corporate and private yoga and mindfulness business - YogaAt. We did not realise we needed a different usage to run a studio.
In January it looked 95% likely that we would be forced out of the space because of this but thanks to the hard work of our very impressive planning consultant Oliver and our lawyers Dan and Marisa we are now 99% of the way there to resolving this.
This is where you come in...
We have been speaking to Ealing Council for some time now about an application for a change of use. The discussions have been very positive and we are confident this will be granted. We would like to ask you to click here to support our planning application.
If planning isn't granted we won't have to move straight away but we would have to try and find a suitable alternative premises and if we weren't able to do so we would eventually close down.
While we're confident change of use will be granted you never know so every comment could make a difference. We are so grateful for you help with this final push to secure Yoga West's future.
Please don't hesitate to contact me on james@yogaAt.com if you would like to discuss any of this further.