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:
- Yoga with Adriene
- Boho Beautiful
- Yoga with Tim
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.