Win a Teacher Training Scholarship

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.



My Extra Cute Alo Top

I just had to share a ridiculous deal I got on a yoga top last week. While waiting to be checked in for class at CorePower Yoga, I browsed the sale rack next to me. I came across this Alo Harmony tank top and thought it was cute. And then I came across the discount sticker and the top became extra cute. I paid a whopping $15 for it!! I wore it to class for the first time yesterday and overall, the top fit fine. The inserts in the shelf bra are on the bigger side and extends past the bra line a bit on me. Also everytime I twisted, there was a little gapping and I had to keep pulling up my top to make sure nothing was showing. I’m not sure if anything was actually visible or if I was just being paranoid – I’ve seen my fair share of body parts I’m not supposed to see in a yoga class and I didn’t want to accidentally flash someone. The top was great at wicking sweat and dried quickly after class. Overall, a pretty great top made even better with a freaking good deal. So check out your local studio and see what sort of gems you can find. Patience will eventually reward you!


Yoga for Trade Resumed

A hot sweaty yoga session was the perfect way to start this rainy Monday.  So I was able to find another yoga for trade opportunity in order to continue my membership with CorePower Yoga.  I was looking around for a cleaner position at my current studio but the only position that was open that worked with my schedule was at night and ended at 10:30 pm.  It was a bit late for me but I was able to find another shift at a different studio.  I started last week and have two separate mid-day shifts and they are 1.5 hours each.  I spend my time doing everything from wiping down mats, cleaning counters and windows, mopping down after a sweaty class, and vacuuming.  Nothing too crazy and the time goes by quickly.  I definitely prefer doing everything in one shift but hey, I don’t really have the option of being super choosy.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m planning on testing out one of the online yoga membership sites, using the free online trial of course.  This past weekend, I was up in San Francisco and really wanted to take advantage of some of the big name yogis teaching there but with classes close to $20 per class (and partly due to lack of time), I couldn’t justify it.  I figure these sites are one of the closest ways I can get to these amazing teachers I keep hearing about without the hefty fee of traveling to SF and during a time that works best for my schedule.  So if you are hesitant with signing up for some these sites, check back in a couple of weeks for a full review.  Or take advantage of some of their free trial offers.

Possibly Prepping for a Home Practice…And Discounts on YJ DVDs

So my front desk trade at CorePower Yoga is being discontinued and I’m working to find another trade opportunity before my current trade deal expires.  As I mentioned in a previous post, these trade opportunities can be hard to come by so I’m hoping I’ll be able to find something soon since I certainly can’t afford $130/month for membership.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do if something can’t be worked out so I’ve been playing around with a couple of ideas.

1. Put it on the credit card.  This is definitely the very last option and not likely to happen but I’m listing it first since it’s the easiest way to continue with my current yoga practice.  Doing the breakdown if I went to classes 6 days/week (I pretty much take class everyday), this option would cost me less than $5 per class.  A sub-option of putting a yoga membership on the credit is to shop around for a studio with a less expensive rate.

2. Checking out the daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial.  I’ve already seen some decent deals ranging from $30 to $40/month to studios I’ve wanted to check out anyway.

3. Taking advantage of the freebies.  There are enough studios out there that offer some sort of free deal for new students, whether it be one free class or a free week.  I’ve been compiling a list (very short list) of studios that offer these free deals in the area.  I think this will get me a total of a few weeks to a month of yoga at various studios.

4. Starting a home practice.  There are various approaches to this option.  I could create classes for my students and actually “take” them myself, not just testing them out through my body, but this is unlikely to last long.  There’s a reason why yoga teachers still take classes or people get coaches for their training.  I will get a yoga practice in but it won’t be nearly as challenging as if someone else was guiding me.

Another part of creating a home practice could include subscribing to online yoga classes through sites such as Yogaglo, My Yoga Online, YogaVibes, or Yogis Anonymous which I’m more inclined to do.  All these sites offer various styles of yoga and classes from some well-known teachers.  All you need is a computer and an account and you can stream hundreds of classes from anywhere.  Here’s a breakdown of what I found in terms of cost for each of these sites:

  • Yogaglo – offers a 15 day free trial and then it costs $18/month
  • MyYogaOnline – starts at $10 per month or you can get two months for $16 with an online coupon code.  Another coupon code exists for a free one week trial period as well.  I haven’t tested out the validity of the codes so if you are interested, check them out here.
  • YogaVibes – offers a 15 day free trial and then it costs $20/month
  • YogisAnonymous – this is an actual studio in Santa Monica and they stream free classes during the week and as long as you catch it during the scheduled time, you have free access to it.  Otherwise, it costs $15/month to stream the classes.

And finally DVDs are an option.  But the purchase of a DVD only gets you so much and after that, it’s the same class over and over again.  This can be valuable depending on the type of DVD you get.  I purchased a stress reduction yoga DVD by Hala Khouri for a couple of reasons.  I rarely take gentle/restorative yoga classes and I am unlikely to pay money for it unless it is included in my membership so for me, I wanted to have it so I can come back to it whenever I needed it.  Additionally, I’m interested in providing yoga to underserved communities that don’t have access to yoga and this DVD would be beneficial in trauma reduction for those communities.

So if you want to consider a few DVDs for a home practice to save some money, Yoga Journal is offering an Earth Day sale with popular yoga DVDs going for $5-10.

Crossing my fingers that another trade opportunity comes through!



How You Can Get FREE Yoga

So I’m currently unemployed, attend yoga classes 6-7 days a week, and I don’t pay anything for the classes.  Not one cent.  It’s the ultimate deal for someone without a job.  Pretty awesome, right?  Don’t worry, I’m about to tell you how you can get your yoga on for free as well.

The yoga studio I have been going to for the past few years (and also where I did my teacher training) is CorePower Yoga.  They have locations all over the US and are constantly expanding.  As with MANY yoga studios, CPY offers yoga for trade opportunities, where in exchange for your time helping out around the studio, you get free yoga!  Not bad! I noticed many of the studios look for cleaners and that could mean anything from helping to mop down the floors after a sweaty class to cleaning a bathroom.  Depending on the studio, the time commitment can range from three hours to as high as ten hours.  These yoga for trade positions are coveted, especially at popular studios.

At CPY, I believe they want someone who has been a member or at least attending classes somewhat consistently for a few months prior to signing up for a yoga for trade position.  The requirement probably means the studio wants someone who is familiar with their yoga community (teachers, style of classes, other students, etc) so relationships can be important, whether it’s at CPY or another studio.  Build authentic relationships with your instructors or the other students in class.  It’s just nice but it can also help get you into these positions a bit faster.  I met a student during teacher training and we practiced a lot with each other.  It turns out he was already a cleaner at one of the studios and was able to get my name to the top of a wait list for a cleaner position (unfortunately the time slots didn’t work out with my schedule at the time).  I had been taking a lot of classes from an instructor and she reached out to me for trade opportunities to help out at the front desk when I was in teacher training a couple of weeks later.  So yes, relationships can help you get on the fast track to free yoga.  It’s been a few months since I started the trade and it’s been awesome getting to know the instructors and the community better.

Okay, so it’s not completely ‘free’ but if you have the time, you can save so much money.  At around $100+ per month for a membership, imagine how many lulu see-through pants you can buy.