Woorunoo Road in Perth is moving its yoga studio to Wururu Road in the CBD after an outcry from people who were upset at the sound of the studio’s sound system and a sign posted on the road that read “No noise, no pollution”.
The studio, which is not affiliated with Wooruru Road, has been on the block for more than a year after being removed from the Woorupurra Road site by the city.
It was put back into service last week after the noise complaints were taken seriously.
The move is a major victory for community members who campaigned against the removal of the workshop and its owner, Yoga Guru Yumi, and their supporters.
Mr Yumi said he was devastated by the backlash.
“This was my life, it’s what I have been living for the past seven years,” he said.
“I feel like I have to go back and tell my story and explain it to people, and show that it’s not OK to disturb the peaceful living of other people.”
Wooruna Road has been a quiet street since the removal from Woorurra in December last year.
The community, who are largely in their 20s and 30s, were upset that Mr Yumis wife was working as a massage therapist in the nearby Woorarabra and that a number of the community members had complained to the City of Perth about noise from the studio.
“We were hoping for the best and that the studio would come back,” Mr Yuman said.
The Woorutra Road and Woorupe Road are two of Perth’s busiest roads, and the new home for Yoga Guru Yogi, a community that has operated the studio on the site for more the past two years.
But people kept coming up and trying to get a meeting with them, and it wasn’t very good,” Mr Yamarau said.