Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes
Yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercise, but yoga classes have a reputation for costing an arm and a leg, especially at the trendiest yoga studios. However, don’t write off yoga classes right away — there are ways to get classes for cheap.
While free online yoga videos are a great way to supplement your routine, I would definitely recommend going to a class, especially if you are a beginner to yoga. It is important to move through the poses with the proper alignment while engaging the proper muscles. Without an instructor’s feedback, you are more likely to injure yourself while doing yoga (lower back injuries are common).
Don’t worry if you can’t afford those $15-20 drop-in classes at your local yoga studio — read on to discover how to get free or cheap yoga classes. (See also: Super Solid Yoga Tricks to Help You Relax)
1. New Student Promotions
Never join a yoga studio without first asking about its new student promotion. Almost every yoga studio has one, in varying degrees of value. Some offer the first class for free. Others offer an entire month of unlimited yoga (you can drop in on any of their classes, as many times as you want) for the price of two or three drop-in classes. When I first moved to my current town, I was fortunate to find a yoga studio that offered 90 days of unlimited yoga for $90. Check websites like Groupon for deals offered at studios in your city. These deals are perfect for beginner students, as they enable you to build a foundation in the basic poses, preparing you to do your own practice at home.
A friend of mine spent her first two weeks of yoga going around to all of the local yoga studios and taking advantage of their first-free classes. She got a range of instructional styles and gained a basic familiarity with the yoga poses without having to drop a penny.
2. Community Yoga Classes
Yoga has become so popular that it is offered everywhere, from community centers to your local community college to the YMCA. Check listings for cheap or free community yoga classes. Some of these classes are by donation, so you pay what you can. If your apartment building has an exercise room, it may also offer cheap yoga classes for residents.
My yoga studio offers a $5 community yoga class, as well as a $10 family class, every week as a way to give back to the community. If you’re following a yoga video, Wii Fit, or a book at home, these cheaper classes are a good way to refresh your knowledge of yoga, ask for instructor advice, and join a community of yoga enthusiasts.
3. Create Your Own Yoga Class
If you have several friends who are all interested in doing yoga, you might want to consider hiring a private yoga instructor who can come to your home and teach you and your friends. Each of you might end up paying less than if you joined a yoga studio, while the yoga instructor ends up getting paid more. You essentially cut out the middleman (the yoga studio), which gives you more personalized attention and better value.
4. Buy Blocks of Yoga Classes
Usually, it is cheaper to buy a block of yoga classes (a card for 10 or 20 classes) than to drop in on each class. Look for a yoga studio that offers class cards with no expiration date. This means that you can spread out your classes over several months without having to worry about losing the remaining value on your card. You can do yoga by yourself at home, and go to a class every week or two to keep yourself inspired.
Once you’ve become comfortable with the basic yoga poses, you’re well on your way to developing your own practice. You won’t need to go to classes as often, although you may want to go once in a while to a cheap yoga class just because, well, it’s a great deal.
Where have you found great deals on yoga classes?