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Standard business practices? The hotel’s flakey new yoga program


The Standard's promo image proves apt. At their classes your reflection may be the only other attendee.

Word on the mat is that the Standard Hotel’s widely publicized “Mile High” yoga program is already in corpse pose. Yesterday, Well+Good ran into a yoga instructor who’s on the schedule there and he told us that that the program’s coordinator had left the company and that the nascent yoga program is ending just a few weeks after launch. “Sometimes teachers never showed, other times there were no students,” said this in-the-know yoga teacher who asked not to be identified since he hopes to work with the company should the yoga program relaunch.

Not so says the hotel’s guest services. “Our teacher didn’t show up today,” the hotel’s concierge told us this morning, but the yoga program is ongoing. Well+Good asked if there were many disappointed students. “Sure there were students there but they got their money refunded.” Has the Standard never heard of subs? And since when can a NYC business get away with luring super-busy New Yorkers to a non-existent class?

If a liquor delivery didn’t show up at the Standard’s Boom Boom Room we’re sure there’d be hell to pay. For some reason, the Meat Packing district hot spot which can operate a hotel, a restaurant, and a popular nightclub runs its yoga program like the MTA, but at least the subway system announces “services changes” at the last minute.