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.
MLA @KahlonRav just shared this post. Huge backlash in Delta about it. Dr. Henry made it clear, hot yoga cannot prevent COVID-19 it actually helps the spread. #bcpoli #covid19 pic.twitter.com/4cANXJP8Vr— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) March 19, 2020
"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.
Classes were STILL being held at the Bikram Yoga studio in Delta last night; and the owner of the studio said he planned on allowing other classes to continue. The studio has now had its business license permanently removed at the order of Delta Mayor George Harvie @NEWS1130 https://t.co/oieXTdn7if— Tarnjit Parmar (@Tarnjitkparmar) March 20, 2020
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.
This type of misinformation is harmful to us all. We are in this together. "We are asking you to take responsibility...your responsibility and our responsibility as human beings to one another" @adriandix #coronavirus #deltabc #Northdelta #bcpoli #InThisTogether https://t.co/BeBe7A34Dm— Ravi kahlon (@KahlonRav) March 20, 2020
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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