HELP US KEEP YOUR YOGA AFFORDABLE IN PARIS!                                           
Hello dear Yogis, Yoginis, and Fitness Fans, 

This page contains an important message that concerns the future of Affordable Yoga. So if you value our services, enjoy your classes and share our vision for making health and wellbeing affordable in Paris, then please watch a video recording from Anna - our founder where she shares a detailed story and outlines why we decided to ask you - our community - for help.

Or if you don't have time to spare, then we include a more concise version of the same message in written form, just below the video. As well as a summary of the ways you could help lower down on this page.

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR TAKING TIME TO READ AND LISTEN AND FOR YOUR SUPPORT. 

WRITTEN (AND MORE CONSCISE) VERSION OF MY SPEECH


WHAT IS IT ABOUT?


Since we started as a small Meetup group in 2013, with me as the only teacher offering Hatha yoga twice a week for 5 euros, we have reached a milestone that is both challenging and exciting. Supported by your loyalty we have experienced tremendous growth in recent years, expanding our range of styles, number of classes and welcoming new wonderful teachers to share their practice.

Our Affordability is Our Essence


Up until now my commitment and determination to keep the prices unchanged has weathered many additional costs associated with growing, such as card processing fees, expanding team of teachers, more expensive studio rents, website, and new technology that makes for a better customer experience, etc

The Challenge


However, recently we have reached a size that has obliged us to change our legal status. This has brought many new financial obligations and unexpected costs that are so high in proportion to our revenue, that unfortunately they are threating the future of our business.


This challenge has made me question whether my passion and vision to make yoga and fitness affordable and accessible to everyone are realistic in the long term.

But then I realised that small businesses always go through difficult and challenging stages...and this must be ours!

When we found out that yoga is the only discipline that is not exempt from VAT sales tax, it is with a big unease we had to add it on to our prices. If we raise the prices any further, we destroy the very essence of Affordable Yoga, and so I was determined to find another solution.
So after a brief set back processing this news, I am more inspired and determined than ever to turn this around and to see this challenge as an opportunity to stay true to our mission and continue growing our community.

The Solution


I have worked out that in order to keep our prices unchanged while covering all operating costs and taxes, we will need to double in size within the next 6 months!

I’ve explored many options to try to resolve this ‘behind the scenes', but I’m at a point that I need to ask for your help.


I feel that the support from our community of customers could have the most powerful effect as it is only thanks to your loyalty and word of mouth we have been able to grow by 47% in the last year without spending any money or effort on marketing.


So that is why I decided to invite you to collaborate and be part of the future of the company that you have already helped to build.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?


So, if you appreciate our services, believe in our concept and philosophy, and would like to keep yoga affordable in Paris please consider supporting us by…
  • Signing up for (more) classes (starting at 6 euros)
  • Registering for a workshop and/or retreat
  • Purchasing a multi-class pass (which brings the price per class to less than 4,5 euros)
  • Signing up to our New Winter Challenge, which is designed to motivate you and help you keep your new year resolutions.
  • Or suggest to start a new lunchtime class at your work place


And if you’re unable to go to class regularly, you can also help us in the following ways…

  • Tell your friends, family and colleagues about us, or buy them a giftcard for Christmas
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and Like/Share our posts with your networks, or write in your blog
  • Send us a testimonial, or share your inspiring story (such as Myriam's one on our website) of how AY impacted your life in a positive way
  • Or simply drop some flyers off at your favourite places in Paris
We have more than 9000 people in our community, so if each of you signs up to just one more class or introduces one friend this month and continue your habit in the following months, we could instantly achieve our goal!! We are adding more classes as well as workshops and retreats in both English and French to offer you more options to stay fit and healthy while enabling us to keep our prices affordable - so everyone wins!


AND FINALLY!


And just to close this difficult message on a positive note, I’d like to offer a sincere and heart-felt thank you to each and every one of you for being part of our community. Your enthusiasm for yoga and fitness has made our journey so incredible and for that I am grateful. I look forward to continuing to help you achieve your fitness goals and I truly appreciate your ongoing support.


          MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP
KEY POINTS

- AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT GROWTH WE HAD TO CHANGE OUR LEGAL STATUS 

- WE DISCOVERED THAT THE SYSTEM OF TAXATION AND CHARGES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN FRANCE IS VERY HARSH

- THIS IS THREATENING THE FUTURE OF AY

- WE DO NOT WANT TO RAISE PRICES AS THIS WOULD DESTROY OUR ESSENCE

- OTHER OPTION IS TO DOUBLE IN SIZE

- WE HAVE ONLY 6 MONTHS TO DO IT

- AS WE HAVE GROWN TO OUR ACTUAL SIZE PURELY ON WORD OF MOUTH

- WE FEEL THAT HELP FROM YOU - OUR COMMUNITY WOULD BE THE MOST POWERFUL

YOU CAN HELP US!

- COME TO MORE CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, OR SIGN UP TO NEW WINTER CHALLENGE

- INTRODUCE YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY TO AY OR SURPRISE THEM WITH A GIFT CARD 

- START A CORPORATE CLASS AT YOUR WORKPLACE

- HELP US SPREAD THE WORD THROUGH YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKS, BLOGS AND ANY OTHER WAYS YOU CAN THINK OF

- IF YOU OWN A SMALL BU
SINESS, AND INTERESTED TO PARTNER WITH US TO HELP EACH OTHER GROW, GET IN TOUCH

KEEPYOGAAFFORDABLE@
AFFORDABLEYOGAFITNESS.COM


1. INCREASE YOUR ATTENDANCE
If you were looking for an excuse or motivation to start or re-start your health and fitness routine, this is it!

Increasing your own participation in classes, workshops and retreats would be the easiest and most rewarding option for you and for us.

You will not only feel and look better yourself, but will be helping Affordable Yoga to continue operating in Paris - everyone wins!

Even if you cannot increase your attendance in December, please consider buying your credit in advance this month. 
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2. Bring a Friend, OR BUY THEM A GIFT CARD
Would you like to share your love of Affordable Yoga & Fitness with a friend or family member? Maybe you know someone who has been wanting to try one of our classes or is curious, but not sure how AY&F works? Please ask them to attend a class!

Sometimes, all it takes is a little encouragement and the idea of practicing with someone you know can make a huge difference.

If you have a class pack already, you can use one of the classes for your friend or tell them about our introductory offer of 30 days for 30€, or surprise them with a gift card.

        BUY A GIFT CARD
3. Join our Winter Challenge
We realised that one element that is currently missing from our range of affordable services was helping you to achieve any specific goals. So, we are introducing a new offering - Winter Challenge Programme!

If you need to lose weight, de-stress, and become more disciplined with your eating habits or just hoping to stay fit in body, mind and spirit throughout and after the holidays and need extra motivation to achieve this, then join our team of '30-Day Heroes'

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4. HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT AFFORDABLE YOGA

If you’re unable to go to class more regularly, or have already introduced everyone you know to us (and for that, we thank you!) there are additional ways you could help us spread the word.
You could share information about us to your social networks, or put a few of our flyers around your favourite places in Paris. Send us a testimonial, or write about us in our blog or publication.

Social Media

Are you the Queen or King of Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat or Twitter? Do you have a Blog or Website? If so, we would love for you to give us a shout out! Use your social savvy to help us boost awareness of our mission to bring Affordable Yoga & Fitness to all of Paris!

Or simply follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram Like/Share our posts with your networks, which will all help to spread the word about our services.

HELP US GENERATE MORE PUBLICITY

If you are a journalist, have press connections, or own a blog, please consider sharing our story. We will be happy to give you all the necessary information. Or if you know anyone who is in a position to do it, and you might be interested to help, please send us their contacts to keepyogaaffordable@affordableyogafitness.com

And on this note, a huge thank you to those who already wrote about us.. Paris Poppins, Our Paris Stories, Que Faire a Paris, My Yoga Guide - Germany, Global Yogi, Dot 429, Free in Paris, Yoga Food Love, The Tourist in Paris, The Culture Trip, Georgina Wilson-Powell for Etihad Airways, and many others.

And whoever nominated us for the Expat Magazine's Best of Paris Awards - Thank You! It meant a lot. 


Leave our flyers at your favourite places in Paris

You can pick up our flyers from our teachers at any of your classes. leave them at your favourite cafés, shops, group meetings. If you go to University, why not leave a few in the Library or in the student common room? You probably have access to, or know about some of the amazing hidden places in Paris that others don't even know about! 
Ask your teacher at the next class to be given a bunch of flyers.

Of if you know about a place where it would be great to have our flyers but you personally do not visit very often, then please send us your suggestions to keepyogaaffordable@affordableyogafitness.com, and we will try to get there ourselves.


5. GOING CORPORATE!

Let us come to your workplace


Do you work in a company that you think could use some affordable yoga and fitness classes?
If you are too busy to find time for classes in between your work and time commitments, then let us some to you.
We would be happy to arrange a class for you and your colleagues, whether it is company sponsored or a self funded initiative. Inside your offices or outdoors. We can offer different options depending on the participant numbers and location, but as usual we are commited to keeping the the prices affordable and conditions flexible.
Plus, did you know that if you refer us to your company, then your participation in these classes will be FREE? That's right!
 
OR...

Are you the owner of a business that you think might benefit from having happier and less stressed employees? Affordable Yoga and Fitness can come to your place of work and offer great yoga/fitness/mindfulness classes.
Great teachers, fantastic classes in English, French...or a mixture of both!
We could even come and help you enjoy work-based seminars and team building functions.

Fill Out Form Below to receive information about corporate classes and how to get started! 

CORPORATE CLASSES -
COURS EN ENTREPRISE
corporate yoga
 
 

Are you too busy at work to attend our classes? Well, then how about we come to you instead! 
We can offer group yoga, meditation, and/or fitness classes at your own workplace. And offer flexible options whether the classes will be paid for by your company or by the emloyees themselves. Depending on the option, classes average starting at 6 per person!

To receive more details about our corporate offerings, please fill out the form below.


Vous êtes trop occupé au travail pour assister à nos cours? Nous pouvons venir dans ce cas sur votre lieu de travailNous proposons des cours de yoga, méditation et/ou fitness pour vous et vos collègues. La moyenne des cours est de 6€ par personne!

Pour recevoir plus d'informations, veuillez remplir le formulaire ci-dessous.

 
6. SEND US A TESTIMONIAL/ SHARE YOUR STORY

READ MYRIAM'S STORY BELOW..

...and if you have a similar story to share, or would just like to send us some kind words and encouragement, we would love to hear from you, either in video, audio, or written form! write to us at keepyogaaffordable@affordableyogafitness.com

AFFORDABLE YOGA CHANGED MY LIFE


My name is Myriam, I am 30 years old, I live in Paris since 5 years and affordable yoga changed my life.


When I say affordable yoga changed my life, this is not a joke and not an exageration : I had a discal hernia last year, in the lumbar aera, and I couldn't move from my bed for several months, then I had a lot of difficulty walking, bending, etc.. Pain killers and medications did not help much. Staying in bed neither. But I did what the dorctors said... Until one day.

That day, I read some testmonies of people who had discal hernia and they were saying doctors didn't help but that YOGA DID. So I decided to give it a try. 

But living in Paris, the most expensive city I know, yoga classes were too expensive for me ! 

Then a friend of mine told me about "meetup" and there I found out about affordable yoga. So I checked in for a class.

And the miracle happenned : I was able to move again, yoga exercises helped me stretched my spine, and I could go out again !! 

I was able to resume my normal life after few sessions of affordable yoga !

I did not do every exercise the teachers were showing us back then, but affordable yoga has a lot of really great teachers who are always reminding us of listening to our own body and to not hurt ourselves. 

So yes, affordable yoga simply made me live again, like a re-birth :)
7.  SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS UNITE!

We think its a great way to grow, by helping other small businesses to do the same. so if you own a small business or work as a freelancer and think that what you offer could be worth sharing with the Affordable Yoga community, we would be happy to consider a Business Alliance where we co-promote each other's services.

It would be our pleasure to help cross promote YOUR business by directing potential clients to you through our social media and outgoing communications vehicles if you would be willing to partner up with us.  Let's do together what we shouldn't have to do alone! if you are interested, please get in touch at management@affordableyogafitness.com

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