Fire Rips Through East Yoga

A fire devastated East Yoga, a small, popular neighborhood yoga studio, on Sunday afternoon.

About 12 units and 60 firefighters rushed to 212 Avenue B after a call came in at 3:14 p.m., the fire department said. The fire was under control 30 minutes later, and there were no reported injuries. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

The studio, which opened on Avenue B, near 13th Street, over six years ago, posted a note on its Website: “No one was in the studio and the surrounding businesses and people living in the building are all okay. So we are counting our blessings that the extent of the damage is limited to our physical space. While the damage is extensive, we are hopeful that we will be up and running again in a few weeks time.”

Students sent condolences and offers to help rebuild the studio via Facebook and Twitter. “I was there this morning for a great first post-hurricane-darkness class with Shevy,” wrote one. “This makes me very sad, please let us know how we can help!” And @KBorg Tweeted, “It breaks my heart that @eastyoga had a terrible fire today. That yoga studio forever changed who I am. So sad.”

The studio is currently looking for a space to hold classes while it rebuilds. “This has been a humbling experience. We have appreciated everyone who has reached out with their love and support,” it wrote. “We will need help as we recover and will be taking many of you up on your very generous offers – whether it is helping us clean up, donating to our renovation efforts or attending our interim classes to stay connected.”