Last night as I was unwinding and catching up with a few of my favorite bloggers, I stumbled upon a hot comment section in response to the question posed by Tina of Carrots N Cake: Why is yoga so expensive?
Prior to embarking on my journey to becoming a yoga teacher I was in the same wow, yoga is costly boat. But now I get it. Yoga classes aren’t cheap and they shouldn’t be.
It costs money to become a certified yoga teacher. Sure, some of the teachers who teach at a local gym didn’t spend thousands of dollars to become a teacher (although plenty have), but most of your instructors have shelled out big bucks to take on month and even year long teacher trainings.
There’s a lot of extra preparation and time that goes into each class. To deliver a truly transformative class teachers spend hours studying, reading, and reflecting in order to develop their skills as instructors. Not to mention the actual time we spend before class and after class interacting with our brilliant students and answering questions.
All of the money doesn’t go directly into our pocket. Studio owners have overhead costs and freelance instructors pay cuts of their class profits to use buildings and studio space. It isn’t cheap to run a small business and advertising, running websites, and promoting services ain’t easy or cheap.
Yoga isn’t just a workout or a “sport”, so it makes little sense to compare it to the cost of a Body Pump or Jazzercise class. The goal of yoga is to transform your life not just your physical body although it often finds itself being grouped into the same category as fitness classes.
It costs money to please you. Think about your favorite yoga studio for a second. Does it have a extensive book selection for your to browse? Are you able to use a $90 Manduka mat each time you practice? Is there a juicy orange wedge waiting for you after savasana? All of these things add to the experience that is yoga but they certainly don’t come for free.
At the end of the day you get what you pay for.
If yoga is a priority for you, you can financially make it work.
Oh, and Jillian Michaels isn’t a certified yoga instructor.
What do you think? What am I right about? What do you disagree with? Yoga for free? Yoga for a price? Share!