Golden Heart Yoga Broken Into and Vandalized Twice Over the Weekend

4804 Georgia Ave, NW

From an email:

We want to alert you to the fact that Golden Heart Yoga DC was robbed TWICE this past weekend. The first break-in included some pretty serious vandalism, and then they came back 24 hours later to finish the job. This is particularly hard for us since both of us owners live within a few blocks of the studio, and seeing this type of violence and negativity in our neighborhood is heartbreaking for us.

First, we want to thank our incredible community of students and teachers, who spent much of Saturday helping us clean up, and then on Sunday pulled together to keep classes going–even at one neighbor’s house while the police were on site!

Unfortunately, we have been stripped pretty bare. They not only took our computer, sound system, and other electronics, but they even walked off with our soap, cleaning supplies and toilet paper!

We are still up and running, but we’re asking if any of our neighbors might have any of the following they can donate or lend to us while we get our feet back on the ground:

ipod player
ipod or shuffle (can be old–this just is for our ambient music)

We welcome you into class, sending hope that the great officers from 4D who we’ve been working with can find the guys who have done this.

There may be some temporary schedule changes in the coming week, so please make sure to keep an eye on our website.

Again, we are so incredibly thankful to have such an awesome community, and many thanks to those who have already brought over cleaning supplies to help us out!!

Please continue to support your neighborhood yoga studio here in Petworth. We are hosting a pot-luck community dinner on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 pm and we look forward to seeing you there.

Julie and Elizabeth

26 Comment

  • Hey, it’s the big city, right. Embrace crime.

    • So sorry this happened to you! You should set up a donation site so that those of us who don’t have electronic equipment can make cash donations.

  • I bet the kids who did this had no idea how much karma they were screwing. Although, unfortunately, I doubt these kids grew up with much karma to begin with.

  • Whoops meant to do that as a new comment, not a reply!

    So sorry this happened to you! You should set up a donation site so that those of us who don’t have electronic equipment can make cash donations.

  • Did they have a security system, motion sensors or any sort of deterrent? It seems not. Hopefully they invest it one.

  • I’m so sorry this happened. Hoping the studio is up and fully running soon.

  • Sorry right up front for the tepid condolonces or downright silence you’ll get from many people in this city who consider crime something that just happens, like a snowstorm, or something to relish as a sign of how sophisticated and edgy we are. I hope they catch the MoFo’s who did this (not that they’ll do much to them), and that you’re made whole again.

  • Tsar of Truxton

    Isn’t this what insurance is for?

    • This is what we have a criminal justice system for. Unfortunately, DC’s doesn’t work.

    • Don’t think insurance will pay if a person vandalized a place (for example, peed on the floor…). Not sure what vandalizing took place but it sounds like they trashed the studio.

    • I assume that “while we get our feet back on the ground” means “until our insurance company processes our claim and cuts a check to replace what was lost (or tells us it’s not covered and we then come up with the cash to replace what was lost)”.
      So very sorry to hear about this.

  • hi there,

    Pls. let us know if there is anything we can do. I am so very sorry that this happened to you gals.

  • Wow, this is so upsetting. I am so sorry to hear! It’s awful to have this happen to such nice people (or to anyone at all). Sending a big hug and hope that things get better.

  • Hi neighbors, this is Julie, one of the owners of GHYDC. We’d really like to thank you all for your tremendous support. We have had neighbors stopping by with donations and offers to help, and that really means a lot to us.

    To respond to some of the comments, yes of course we could file a massive insurance claim and go out and buy everything new. But we don’t need fancy devices, and with so many used electronics floating around, we much prefer to recycle if at all possible. Also, keep in mind that we’re a small business that’s been open just over a year, so a loss like this is a pretty big hit. But we are so fortunate to have such an incredible community around us that we know that this will soon be behind us.

    And yes, there is an alarm system–major fail, but that’s been taken care of. This will not happen again, and we don’t want our teachers or students to feel that they are at all in any danger when you come in for class. The studio is safe and we know that our neighbors are watching out for us.

    And for those of you who want to help out in other ways, please come in for class! That’s the best way to show your support.
    See you soon!

  • Julie, I am so sorry to hear about this. This is absolutely tragic, and just makes no sense. Wishing you all the best in your recovery. People who do things like this are so frustrating…

  • Might have been ghosts! My cousin’s funeral was held in that building back in `07 (or `08). Tragic in any case. Sorry for your loss. Hope that catch whomever (or whatever) saw fit to destroy a small business…

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