Yoga on a Budget $$$

Want to do more yoga but the cost of a monthly membership is scaring you away? Here are some solutions that I’ve come up with to get more yoga into your fitness routine with minimal to no cost.

Yoga at Home

There are many free YouTube yoga videos that you can follow right in the comfort of your own home! And if you don’t find it motivating to do a yoga workout on your own, then invite a friend! You can always turn it into a weekly hangout where you do yoga together and then make dinner, or have tea. Either way it’s a good way to save money, workout, and hangout together. Some popular YouTube yoga channels are:

  1. Yoga with Adriene
  2. PsycheTruth
  3. Boho Beautiful
  4. Yoga with Tim

Energy Exchange

There are many studios that offer an energy exchange program, where you would volunteer a few hours a week in exchange for free yoga classes. Generally you would be helping with reception, cleaning the studio, or putting flyers up in the neighborhood. It’s a great opportunity for you to give back to your community, and for you to get to know your yoga instructors more personally. An energy exchange may help to motivate you in your practice because you will feel more connected to the yoga community and you would have more opportunity to learn from the instructors of the studio.

Yoga by Donation

There are studios out there that run completely by donation! If you don’t feel like you can commit to an energy exchange, this is a great opportunity for you to practice yoga without the commitment of a membership. I have personally been to two Yoga by Donation Centers in the GTA, and I’ve had a great experience at both. I love that these centers exist where they make yoga accessible to everyone by allowing people to pay what they choose. In Toronto, Yoga Village is a center where you can attend a yoga class and pay what you choose. They do offer memberships, but you don’t need to buy one to participate. My first yoga by donation experience was in Mississauga at Prayati Yoga. I went to Dan’s class and it was one of my best yoga experiences so far.

Online Deals and Coupons

If you don’t mind building your yoga practice by frequenting several different locations then something like the Prana Passport would be good for you. For the city of Toronto, it would cost you $30 and you have 12 months to go to one class at each participating yoga studio. There are studios throughout the GTA participating in this program. Another option, is to buy a Groupon deal for yoga studios in your area, or a ClassPass membership. For 10 classes a month it would cost $115 a month ($15 a class).

If yoga is something that you want to incorporate into your fitness routine, but youre worried about the cost, I hope that these options are viable in helpimg you build your practice. Comment below and let me know what you think? Was this helpful? Would you like more pieces like this? Maybe, I can do another piece about fitness on a budget? Let me know! Namaste.


Halloween For Hunger, Zumba Class Food Drive

I have finally decided to take the plunge and start my own business! It’s called Fitness with Alex! I’ve been blogging for about 2 1/2 months, and it’s been going so well! I just started a YouTube channel with one video, and more on the way, and now I am teaching 3 Zumba classes a week out of Sweatshop Union in Oakville. Today was my first day of teaching classes for myself, and it was awesome! Thank you to all the ladies who came out to show me support!

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First Day of my new Business and Halloween Food Drive @Sweatshopunion October 25th 2015

This week, I am just getting the word out about my classes. Admission to my class is a canned or boxed food item for the Mississauga Food Bank. Anyone is welcome to come and join my class so please invite your friends and family! And if you haven’t been to any of my Zumba classes before, let me tell you that you’re in for a real treat! I have always had a strong Zumba following, ever since I first started to teach it while I attended school at Wilfrid Laurier University. My following was so strong that I made two Zumba DVDs to sell to a mailing list of clients that I developed while teaching in the Kitchener/Waterloo area. I don’t know why I didn’t try to start my own thing sooner, but here I am and I couldn’t be more excited! I will be starting off small, but as I build my following back up my class schedule will continue to grow. I will eventually add more classes to the schedule like Bootcamp classes, Cycling, TRX and more! So far, my Group Fitness Schedule at Sweatshop Union is as follows: Sundays at 10 am, and Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8:30 pm. Starting in November you can attend my classes by purchasing a 5 class pass for $20 or pay a drop in fee of $10 to attend the class.

I still Personal Trainer, and I do still offer Nutritional Coaching as well. All of these services will all be available to clients under the umbrella of my own personal brand “Fitness with Alex.” I have a website in the works, and I will still continue to blog, and create videos. Thank you for all the support that I’ve received so far! This is just the beginning guys! I am so excited for what the future holds! I am jumping in with two feet into my business and I cannot wait to see you in my classes or as one of my Personal Training clients! Thank you for reading my blog, and stay tuned for more updates on my business, bodybuilding, and for more tips, recipes, and fitness advice!