I felt like it was only necessary to follow up a claim such as “if yoga is a priority to you, you will make it happen” with a list of possible ways to lessen the cost of yoga classes.
Although I strongly believe that most people have the financial means to incorporate yoga into their lives should they deem in a priority by skipping their daily Starbucks run or not spending $100 on yoga pants, I am also aware that now more than ever people are cutting corners, looking for deals, and genuinely into saving money – heck, even I am! But being frugal doesn’t have to mean forgoing yoga and it’s benefits. And yoga is certainly not supposed to be exclusively for trust fund babies and the economically elite.
Explore gyms and recreation centers
I developed my passion for yoga far away from a traditional studio, in fact I was taking classes at the recreation center in which I worked (and still do!) at a significantly more affordable price than area studios could offer. And I got great instruction. But not everyone does. In fact, some gyms and recreation centers don’t require certification from their instructors and this is a disservice to you. It’s only a bargain if you are getting a great teacher and a great experience, otherwise keep moving down the list.
Most yoga studios offer introductory offers to new students. These offers can vary, but many are doing $20 2 week unlimited passes, and the like. These passes give students the opportunity to try out a studio and sample as many types of classes and instructors as possible in a short amount of time for a good
I get about 5 emails a day from area group buy programs like Groupon and Living Social. These deals are the perfect way for a traveling yogi to sample out nearby studios and perhaps find a forever yoga home.
A lot of studio owners are willing to barter classes for desk work, you just have to ask. If you value yoga and have a bit of free time in the evenings, trading classes for a few hours of work might be a deal you are willing to negotiate.
Group privates and guided classes
Guided practices are hit or miss in most communities. Do a bit of research and find out if you have a local studio that offers a studio space for people to come in and practice on their own, with only physical adjustments and one-on-one guidance from the teachers. Classes where you do the same sequence day in and day out provide your body with a system and allow you to see progress in all areas of your body and life.
Teacher in training
Most soon to be yoga teachers are eager to practice their newly acquired skills and you may be able to find a soon to be certified instructor who is willing to teach you at a reduced price (until they get certified of course!). This can shave off the cost of attending private sessions with a distinguished teacher and give the soon to be instructor some practice with someone besides their family or friends.
Podcasts, DVDs, books
I put this option so far down on the list because I feel it’s hard to find a good section and beginners belong in a classroom. But with my opinions aside, you might find that for now podcasts and DVDs are the best options for you, and I can not deny you of that. They are cheap, accessible, and can offer a great deal of variety, so use them as a tool to develop a love for yoga and a preference about style, teachers, and the like.
At home practice
Nothing beats an at home practice of your own. A lot of people, including yoga teachers, have a hard time reaching this point on they’re own, but ultimately this is your final destination. To get to and sustain this type of practice (which is virtually free) requires a lot of experience with yoga and finding out what it takes to balance your body and bring you closer to stillness. Once you have, well, then you have mastered the art of being your own teacher.
What do you do in order to save money on your yoga practice? Is it an area for splurging or do you have some recessionista tips?