Dear Yo Yoga! Student,
The State of New York has recently decided that a Personal Services Sales Tax now applies to yoga studios operating in this state (Tax Bulletin ST-329 issued by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.) This tax has previously applied to gyms and spas but not yoga studios. We’re not sure why yoga studios dodged it before, or why its omission has come up now, but regardless of the reason (which we suspect is no more complicated than the state realizing it could be getting money for something it previously wasn’t) Yo Yoga! will be slightly raising our prices to fold in the tax as well as increases in cost-of-doing-business the tax brings with it. The new prices will go into effect June 15th.
One of our main goals at Yo Yoga! has always been affordability. The main goal is, of course, excellent yoga. We place a high value on the practice itself but our pricing has always reflected the idea that your access to it is paramount. That being said, we hope our students will find the increase minimal, and understand that it is necessary. (In other words, it wasn’t our idea and we raised things as little as we possibly could.) The new prices are below.
Drop-in class: $14
5 Class Pack: $60
10 Class Pack: $100
30 Day Unlimited: $110
Private Sessions: $90
Private Group Sessions: $30 per person (4 person minimum)
Water, mats, straps, shirts, etc. will remain the same price as those items were always taxable. Mat storage will continue to be free for regular students and the dreaded Great Mat Clean Outs will continue to take place once or twice a year with excessive forewarning. Package expiration dates will remain the same and our policy on expired classes will not change either. Workshops are priced on a per-event basis and will include the new tax. Mat rental will continue to be $1 on general principle, because we just don’t think it should be higher than that.
We appreciate everyone’s patience in regards to this, and we especially appreciate your previous support as we tried to fend off this tax and as we continue to try and fend off the new permit and licensing fees and change in yoga instructors’ independent status. Those two issues remain unchanged at this time and with some luck and a bit of fight, will stay that way.
Kennedy and Rebecca Weible