Say ‘Namaste’ to Om The Bridge, the event that was planned to take place on Burrard Bridge
In a statement released this morning, Lululemon Athletica confirmed it was cancelling the bridge event:
“Downward dogs with a few thousand of our closest friends seemed like the perfect way to celebrate International Day of Yoga. Until it didn’t.
We’ve read your posts and the media reports, and heard the disappointment in the voices of our community frustrated by the location, cost and date. We had the best intentions. And so we’re taking a deep cleansing breath and over the next several days, we’ll be reimagining a celebration that honours the spirit and tradition of yoga and serves our communities in a more meaningful way. Because ultimately, yoga is about connecting us to ourselves, each other, our environment, and eventually, our truth. Look for more information on our social channels coming soon.
Thanks for your understanding. Namaste.”
The statement came just hours after Premier Christy Clark sent out a tweet that she would not attend the event.
Yoga Day is a great opportunity to celebrate peace and harmony - it's not about politics. I don't intend to participate.— Christy Clark (@christyclarkbc) June 12, 2015
Not long after the premier’s tweet, and before they made it official, Lululemon Athletica also tweeted it was withdrawing from the event.
Controversial from the start
The event sparked some controversy when it was first announced that the province was shelling out $150,000 to organize it.
But things really heated up yesterday with the Premier’s “Yoga Haters” tweet.