Stretch it out - Penny Pinching Tips for a Budget Yoga Practice

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on February 26, 2013

Combine the celebrity endorsements, the uber stylish yoga wear, the plethora of props, the exotic yoga retreats and the must-do posture clinics and you have a yoga industry that is booming. But does this mean that you have to break the bank in order to get in on this popular exercise trend? Not necessarily. If you follow some of our penny pinching tips, you can get the best of what yoga has to offer, at a price that suits your pocket.


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Donation-based yoga classes: Many studios offer classes that operate on a donation-only basis. In most cases, the money collected goes to a specific charity or a non-profit organization. Students are usually asked to donate whatever they want with no minimum amount suggested.

Discounted classes: Community colleges and recreational or sports centers may offer discounted yoga classes for a minimal fee. Check with the local parks as well for open-air classes during off-peak hours. If you are a student or a senior citizen, you may be eligible for discounted rates at your regular studio as well.

Buy in bulk: Don’t pay for a single class at a time. Even if you are unsure of your schedule or if you will be a regular, paying for more classes at a time, lowers your overall cost significantly. In many cases, an annual fee works out cheaper than a monthly or a daily option just do your math before paying up.

Barter system anyone? Ask your studio if they would be willing to give you credit for classes in return for any skill of yours that they could use. Whether is it designing their brochure, doing some carpentry or handling their administration?

Bring Your Own: Take along your own mat and water bottle to class. Buying water every day can add up to a huge amount in no amount of time. Carrying your own mat ensures a more hygienic option as well.

Home Alone: Invest in a yoga DVD or download a yoga routine and practice at home. Though it may seem a bit lonely and you may miss the guidance of a yoga teacher, this is a budget alternative for any die-hard yoga fan.

Work and Learn Yoga: If you are an advanced practitioner or are planning to be a teacher, then work-and-learn yoga classes are your best bet. This option allows you to polish your yoga skills while earning at the same time.

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