For many of us who know anything about yoga, we probably know how expensive yoga can get. The high prices of yoga classes can be intimidating to yoga beginners, and discouraging to even those who are experienced yoga lovers. However, you can still practice yoga without putting a huge dent in your bank account. Here are some tips on how to practice yoga on a budget:
1) Volunteer – Many yoga studios offer yoga classes in exchange for some help around the studio. Cleaning and checking yoga students in isn’t too hard of a job when you get free classes in return. Talk to your local yoga studio to see if they offer this; yoga studios are happy to have you and your help.
2) Look out for specials
Class packages – Many yoga studios offer discounts for beginner members for the first week or even the first few weeks. If you buy your classes in a larger package, yoga studios will often give you a discounted rate. The discount usually depends on which package you choose, but you can save per class this way.
Discounts and Freebies – Pay close attention to the discounts yoga studios might offer. Some yoga studios offer senior or student discounts for those who are eligible, so definitely take advantage if you qualify. Also, some studios offer freebies like a birthday freebie. What better birthday present than a free yoga class?
Groupon – Groupon and Living Social always have deals for yoga studios. Find a location around you and try out a new yoga studio for a discounted rate. If you like to stay consistent to one yoga studio, this might not be the best option for you. However, for the ones who like change, this is a great way for you to try out something different. Take it one step further and try out different styles of yoga every now and then!
3) Buy yoga clothes that don’t break the bank – You don’t have to buy yoga clothes that will cost you a fortune. Those Lululemon yoga outfits are indeed adorable, but this doesn’t mean you have to fill your whole closet with expensive yoga attire. You can find comfortable and cute yoga wear from Zella, sold at Nordstrom’s. They have great pieces with quality that will last you for years. Looking for an even cheaper option? Old Navy, Target, and even Forever 21 have some great yoga attire that won’t leave your wallet empty,
4) Community classes – Studios often offer community classes at a discount for the community and current yoga members of the studio. These classes are great for people with a more flexible schedule since they can happen at inconvenient times. If you’re interested, sign up before the classes fill up!
5) Store Sponsored classes – Keep your eyes open for any classes stores might offer you. For example, Lulu lemon provides free classes during certain times, like the summer. These classes are a great way to not only do yoga for free, but to meet others who also share your love for yoga.
6) Do yoga at home – One of the easiest ways to save money on yoga is to simply do yoga at home. There are now great resources out there to guide you through your home yoga practice such as yoga apps and yoga videos. Apps like yogatailor allow you to do yoga anywhere at anytime through personalized videos. It is recommended that if you’re first starting yoga that you go to a yoga studio with a yoga instructor. This way, you can ensure you’re using the correct form and not injure yourself. However, after your first few classes, doing yoga at home is a great option if you’re on a budget.
Don’t let the intimidating prices of yoga classes stop you from doing what you love. Yoga is meant for everyone, including those on a tight budget.
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