Hello, my name is Taylor and I am a yoga junkie. It is a fact about myself that I’ve lived with since I joined my first class in the eleventh grade; back when I was young, open to new experiences, and completely set on looking hot in yoga pants. Ever since then I have almost always been on the prowl for a high-class social meditation station. And by high-class, I mean something C-H-E-A-P. Sure, I have had my ups and downs financially, being able to afford nicer yoga studios than others at times, and yet for some reason being thrifty has always rang my bell a little louder than an empty wallet has. At the same time though, sometimes setting up my coveted yoga mat in a dirty back alley with sirens going off in the background is just not the vibe I’m going for. Thank Buddha for options.
The first option is something I like to call the Classical Route, also known as the well-established studio with regular clientele. I have frequented these places for many years now, and one piece of advice that I can offer you is to read the reviews as fiercely as your mother stalks you on Facebook. A sad fact of life is that sometimes a studio is just dirty, or the teacher is a skeeze, or the administration is unorganized. Yoga practitioners are, as a general rule of thumb, a rather mellow bunch. So in order for someone to write a scathing review of a place, something would have had to push his or her buttons in entirely the wrong direction. In a larger city as the one I live in, these studios can price out anywhere from $15 to $20 a class, with monthly rates going for upwards of $100/month for unlimited drop-in classes. Smaller town rates usually go anywhere from $10/class to $50/Month depending on demand.
Option number two is Community Yoga. This, like the Classical Route, is usually an established studio with regular clientele. The difference is that with these centers the rates are reduced (woohoo!), the vibe is a little less glamorous, and in a lot of places, partial proceeds go to community organizations such as charities or shelters. Rates are usually $10 to $15 a class (or even less depending on discounts/specials).
Option number three, and my favorite option if I do say so myself, is the FREE one. Chances are that if you live in any civilized area of the world (albeit my experience with about 95% of the world is limited), you will be able to find a group of life-loving hippie children yearning for a group to meditate and stretch with for the cost of zero dollars a month. One great way to find such likeminded folk is to surf websites such as Meetup.com. Classes on these sites are always extremely laid back with no prerequisites for you to join except for you to be respectful and willing to partake.
There you have it ladies, you have officially been stripped of any and all excuses to not whip out your mat and block and boogie down right into downward facing dog. My work here is done.