The ideal way to practice yoga is with an experience, qualified instructor. But, at $20 a class, four classes a week, you’re paying over $300 a month for yoga classes.
Here are a few ideas to cut your yoga costs:
Look For Cheaper Classes
Some yoga studios offer community classes at a cheaper rate. The classes are usually conducted at off-peak hours, so you’ll have to find one that fits in with your schedule.
But, yoga is offered at many other places besides exclusive yoga studios; gyms, YMCA, community centers, etc. The warmer the weather becomes, the easier it’ll be to find these classes as they’re often held in parks. You may not have the best instructor, but as long he/sheis Yoga Alliance certified, you should be okay.
Buy In Bulk
It’s just as true with yoga classes as it is with most other things. If you buy in bulk, you get a discount. Your yoga classes can wind up costing you just half of what you normally pay “per class.” Just make sure you read the fine print. For instance, if you buy 20 classes, do they have to be used by a certain date?
Buy Your own Mat
If you’re renting a mat for each class, it really adds up. A good yoga mat can be had for about $20 and not only will it pay for itself but you’ll never have to worry about who used your mat before you.
And while you’re at it, bring your own water.
Yoga at Home
Practicing yoga at home with a DVD is much cheaper than paying for classes. It does have its downside, like no teacher to ask questions of. But you can alternate between classes and the DVD if you feel you need an instructor.
You can even download free yoga videos online. Search Google.
If you’re seriously hard up and really don’t want to give up your yoga classes, try asking about bartering, or “karma yoga” as it’s called, at your studio.
They may let you do some work around the studio in exchange for classes.