I have been contemplating whether I should write about Urban Yoga and decided to give my two cents worth on the subject.
First, Urban Yoga announced that the outlets in Damas and Kepong will be closed for one week for some renovation works but they remained open and no renovations were done. Members who wanted to have a place for their yoga practice were very happy that the outlets remained open even though the condition at the outlets were very dirty with no cleaning being done.
Next, they said that they will start charging fees from 15/9/08 but then decided to give free classes until 1/10/08. This resulted in the classes being packed with more than 30 students in one class. Is everyone going to the outlets to have a good yoga practice or they just want to get all the “free classes” until the end of the month? I heard that one member came all the way from Klang to Damas for the classes.
I have been to the Damas outlet since Urban Yoga took over (not for yoga classes) and noticed that there are no renovations being done, no cleaning being done (hairs all over the place), only 1 hair dryer left in the ladies changing room and some mats are missing in the studios. The atmosphere at the outlet is not the same as I do not get the warm and friendly feeling from the yoga practitioners.
With effect from 1/10/08, Urban Yoga will start charging RM88 per month for ex-Yoga Zone members who wish to continue their practice with them. Will we see an influx of the members joining due to the “cheapest package in the market”? Or will the members boycott Urban Yoga as they feel Urban Yoga is just a "repackaged Yoga Zone"?