How to Practice Yoga on the Cheap

Yoga classes can be affordable for any budget if you know where to look! Here are a few tips for practicing yoga on the cheap…

One of the great things about yoga is that you don’t need any expensive equipment and you can do it literally just about anywhere! All you really need is a yoga mat, which can be found in a wide range of price points to suit any budget. Even if you opt for a few other props such as a set of yoga blocks or a strap, you can find these for just a few bucks – and they’ll last for years.

But what about yoga instruction?

Even though most yoga classes aren’t all that expensive, if you practice regularly, it can really start to add up. If you’re on a limited budget, you may want to look for some more affordable options for getting your yoga fix.

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to practice yoga on the cheap! These options are affordable even for broke college students, and you won’t need to give up your favorite pastime when you’re in between jobs.

Here are 4 helpful suggestions from Yoga Journal:

1. Free Yoga Classes

It might take some sleuthing, but there could be a variety of free yoga classes offered in your town. If you’re enrolled in an academic institution, go online or visit the fitness center to find out what’s being offered. But, no need to stop there! Local libraries and churches often offer free or donation-based classes. Many yoga clothing stores like Lululemon and Prana offer free weekly in-store classes…

2. Work Trade Programs

Many studios offer exchange programs where you can exchange time working in the studio at the desk or cleaning after class for a free or discounted membership. Many studios have this opportunity listed on their site, but for those that don’t, reaching out to studios and inquiring is definitely worth it.

3.) YouTube

There are many skilled yoga instructors that have their own YouTube channels offering high quality and free video classes with a wide variety of styles and lengths. Some great channels to check out are Yoga With Adriene, Body Positive Yoga, and Boho Beautiful.

4.) Books!

Turning to a book to practice yoga may not be your first instinct, but there are many amazing books out there that offer different yoga poses and sequences that you can choose from based on what you are needing out of your practice. Sequencing your own at-home practice out of books is a fun way to get creative and deepen your understanding of asana. Buying a yoga book, or better yet, borrowing one from the library, is a simple cost-efficient way to practice at home.

And of course, besides YouTube, there are lots of yoga websites like this one that offer free access to online yoga classes! Be sure to browse our workout archives for a huge list of free yoga videos in a wide range of lengths, styles, and difficulty levels – and check back often for a new workout every week!


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