Tip Tuesday: 5 Ways to Make Yoga Affordable

Tip Tuesday is a weekly feature where I offer a few yoga tips that have worked for me in the hopes that they can help you too.

Yoga can be pricey. Yes, yoga teachers need to get paid and studios need to make enough to keep their doors open. Still, with the average price for a yoga class getting even higher, it can be hard for many people to afford going to yoga on a regular basis. Here are a few ways to get your yoga on without breaking the bank:

1. Look for deals Many studios offer a discount for first time students, such a a reduced rate for the first few classes or on unlimited classes for a month or a “buy one class, get the second free.” You can also take advantage of promotions through sites like Groupon, Living Social, or Yelp for discounted classes. This is also a good way to try out different studios and styles of yoga to see what works for you.

2. Go to the gym If you’re already paying for a gym membership, most gyms have yoga classes that are free to members. Don’t think that just because it is a gym that the yoga classes are inferior to ones you’ll find in a yoga studio. There are some exceptional teachers at gyms (many of whom also teach at yoga studios). In fact, it was at a gym class that I first started going to yoga regularly with an instructor who inspired me to become a yoga teacher.

3. Find donation classes Check around for any donation-based, pay-what-you-can yoga classes in the community, be they at a yoga studio, park, church, etc. Yoga studios often offer a lower-priced community class or two on their schedules.

4. Try a community center or community college class Frequently these places offer yoga classes that are often less expensive. The hidden bonus is you register for the class series, which can help keep you consistent with a regular teacher and class time.

5. Make it part of your budget Yes, yoga is expensive, but examine the cost in relation to other things you spend money on that are of value to you. Do you spend money on getting a hairstyle, going out to dinner/drinks, getting your nails done, or going to a ball game? Look at what yoga adds to your life and if the value is worth it to you, find how you can work it into your budget, be it setting aside a certain amount for yoga or by cutting back on some other activity.

How do you find ways to make yoga affordable for you?

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