September is National Yoga Month, which means there are free/inexpensive options for yoga. I’ll try to post any deals that I come across as I see them. Or please feel free to share them in the comments.
The first one is for MyYogaWorks. I’ve done a review for them here (AND I think this deal might still be good) and for those that can’t make it into the studio, the online yoga site is offering 2 FREE months of yoga to brand new clients. A credit card will be required but as long as you cancel before your two months is up, you should be fine. Use this link or use the code YOGA2. The deal expires 9/30/2016.
I listen to yoga podcasts (am I revealing something super nerdy about myself?) and it’s crazy to hear how inexpensive yoga teacher training used to be…I’ve heard $600 or nothing at all depending on when you started teaching. AND there definitely weren’t hourly requirements back then either.
This isn’t the first time I’ve groaned about how expensive teacher training can be. I’m always on the lookout for scholarships or discounts. Most that I come across prioritize yoga teachers who already teach in underserved communities (so if that is you, there is a lot out there!). And I would love to devote my time teaching to underserved communities but reality means rent, food, utilities and other basic necessities of life that make that life very hard and nearly impossible living in the Bay Area. Even if you teach at studios or high end gyms as some of my colleagues do, they are still struggling. The yoga industry has become super expensive but that is not reflected in teacher pay. If you are a full time teacher, you are running around town teaching over 20 classes a week and it’s super exhausting. When I quit my job and took on 10-15 classes a week, I lost some of the joy and inspiration that I enjoy so much in my current teaching. And you are constantly hustling. Which is why I enjoy it as a side job/hobby.
And if I haven’t inadvertently scared you away yet from becoming a yoga teacher, here is some good news! CorePower Yoga is offering 3 teacher training scholarships this fall across the country. So if you have been considering this path, check out the link and be ready to answer how yoga has impacted your life and why you want to do yoga teacher training. And always check out the official rules. Contest ends September 2.
June 21, which also happens to be the summer solstice, was declared International Day of Yoga by the United Nations back in 2014. This means free yoga for you!
Here are some resources that I came across to help you get your yoga on during the last two weeks of June.
- Yoga Alliance offers some national and international ways to participate, including an event in Seattle where a ticket (not free but $30) gets you a Seattle Mariners baseball game, post game yoga session, and a Mariners yoga mat. Not bad!
- Athleta sponsors the Solstice in Times Square yoga event, where thousands of yogis take advantage of yoga classes taught in Times Square all day on Monday June 20. Various class times and teachers are offered throughout the day with the first class at 5 am (ugh!) and the last one at 7:30 pm. Donations benefit nonprofits offering yoga to underserved communities.
- Athleta is also offering free in-store yoga classes between June 18-21. They note giveaways and other activities. Click here to find to learn more and find a local class.
- Specifically in SF, there will be an event on Saturday June 18 in Golden Gate Park. The event is free and offers classes, meditation, talks, and live music.
This has nothing to do with yoga, running, or health. But in light of Leo finally winning an Oscar AND this being my last week of work at a job I’ve loathed, enjoy!
It’s been a crappy couple of months for various reasons that I won’t get into. So I wasn’t feeling like inspiration was what I needed but humor. So hopefully this will brighten up your hump day if you are feeling like this…
Yoga-related post to come soon.
Wishing all you broke-ass people out there a happy and healthy 2014!
Gorgeous New Year’s Day hike at Muir Woods.
LivingSocial has a deal for the yogis out there! Spend $15 to get $30 worth of yoga gear at Barefoot Yoga. Everything from yoga clothes to mat bags. Deal is on for another five days.