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Yoga studio in Canada shut down after making claims hot yoga prevents coronavirus

A hot yoga studio in Delta, B.C., has had its business license permanently revoked after encouraging people to attend classes by stating that COVID-19 "cannot survive in the heat". 

Bikram Yoga Delta's director has received major backlash after sending out an e-mail to its students last week downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. 

"Due to the obvious drastic slowdown in attendance by everone being [paralyzed] into a fear state of mind, we will be reducing classes until the worldwide nonsense subsides," says Mak Parhar's e-mail. 

After receiving numerous complaints about the studio, which is an outpost of the highly controversial hot yoga chain founded by alleged rapist Bikram Choudhury, Delta's mayor George Harvie suspended the business' license. 

British Columbia's health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry also addressed Parhar's claims that the novel coronavirus cannot survive in heat, or that hot yoga is the best way to combat bacteria and viruses during this time.

"Yoga studios are places where people are sweating next to each other — at least the ones I go to — and that is a perfect environment to spread this virus," said Henry at her daily COVID-19 press conference this Thursday. 

But that same Thursday, Delta bylaw inspectors found a class still in session at Bikram Yoga Delta, and according to some on social media, there was another class held there later that night. 

Delta also declared a local state of emergency on Thursday, prompting an extra swift flaming of the yoga studio on social media.

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Kyle Hopping

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