How to Cultivate a Yoga Practice on a Budget

pexels-photo-374694.jpegI’ve been practicing yoga at home on an almost-daily basis for 10 months now. In the past, I’ve taken a number of studio classes with various instructors, and each experience–for better or worse–has been unique. Although I love the ease and flexibility (and the price–free!) of doing yoga at home, I’m ready to begin supplementing my practice with some public classes again–but there’s no way I’m willing (or able, frankly) to shell out $100+ a month on a studio membership.

My yoga journey has been humbling and rewarding, but it also has to remain affordable. Here are some tips I’m using to cultivate a safe and rewarding yoga practice without breaking the bank. I hope they’ll help you too.

Seek out free and donation-based community classes. Check with your local library, community center, or health foods store to see if they offer any community yoga classes. These classes are often offered at a discounted or ‘pay-what-you-can’ rate, and I’ve even come across some free classes in my area.

Don’t forget to check with your local yoga studio to see if they are offering any promotional classes or events to the public. I recently attended a yoga event held at a local store where I received an hour-long class and a brand new yoga mat–all for free!

These discounted classes are often crowded, but they offer a great opportunity to practice with a certified teacher at a fraction of the price.

Ask about new student specials. Most of the yoga studios in my area have special discounted rates for potential students. Always check the website or call and ask about specials before committing to a membership package. Some studios will let students try a class for free, or purchase a limited package at a discounted rate. A studio in my area is currently running a special for brand new students–allowing them to take 7 consecutive days of unlimited classes for free. There are some great deals available, so be on the lookout for specials before making a commitment.

Save big on class packages on Groupon. I’m fortunate enough to live in a city full of yoga studios and fitness centers, so a simple search on Groupon brings up a dozen discounted yoga packages. I actually just purchased a package this way, and was able to get 5 studio classes at only $4 a session.

This is a great way to save some money on public classes, and since I’m currently on the search for a yoga studio to regularly practice at, I’m definitely going to take advantage of these great deals to ‘shop around’ and try out different classes in my area.

Utilize free online resources at home. It’s no secret that I am absolutely obsessed with the Yoga With Adriene YouTube channel. She has hundreds of beginner-friendly yoga classes available for free on her channel. Her quirky, “real” personality makes the yoga fun, and she always offers modifications and reminds her viewers to listen to their bodies and “Find What Feels Good.”

There are plenty of other yoga guides on YouTube and the internet at large, but YWA is all I use on a regular basis, and I never get bored.

I’m going to continue to do the bulk of my yoga practice at home, and use these tips to help me save money while I seek out supplemental public classes.

 

What are your favorite resources and tips for practicing yoga on a budget?

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