Yoga is a great way to relax while staying fit (and a lot less boring than the elliptical). But, affording yoga class can be part of the problem when you're trying to stay Zen.
So, if you’re eager to do downward dog, here are the top 4 ways to pay less than $10 per class:
Classes By Donations.
You can find these classes by looking for words like “community” or “karma” in the title of the studio or particular course. Though there's usually a suggested donation of around $10, no one will look down upon you if you donate a couple bucks less.
Go At Off-Peak Times.
Often, studios will offer deeply discounted classes at slower times during the day (i.e. mid-afternoons) or through special weekend promotions. Check out yoga studios near work, so you can hop in during lunch – one studio near us offers $10 versus $15 courses around lunchtime.
Try Out New Classes.
New client rates at many studios are often cheaper than regular classes. We've often been able to go to free classes when we're trying out a studio (or, at least, we've been able to get in for about $10 if we're just testing it out). This approach will also help you find a studio where you’re truly comfortable.
If you’re ready to commit, consider shopping around for a multi-class package. Buying a dozen classes at once can knock the cost by about 20% to 30% per class. If you're a yoga regular, try to negotiate with the owner of the studio; the worst that will happen is that you won't succeed.
We like these single classes around the country for $10 or less:
New York City
Strala Yoga ($10): Classes offered four times per day. With classes in the Greenwich Village neighborhood usually offered for $20, this is a total steal.
San Francisco Bay Area
Square One Yoga Collective ($10): The Emeryville, Calif.-based studio’s small class sizes and brand new digs gets rave reviews from dedicated yogis.
Yogaview Division (donations): You can pay whatever you can afford (though the suggestion donation is $14). Class times are convenient and offer options for beginners, seasoned beginners, and experienced beginners.
Karma Yoga Studio ($10 or donations): Early and mid-morning classes are offered for $10 as the “get out of bed special.” Additionally, Sunday evening classes are karma classes, so participants donate $7 to support local animal rescue projects.
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