When I moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Cleveland, Ohio in 2011 I was a little shocked by the price of zen. While both cities are in the Midwest, where I was living in Indiana had a particularly low cost of living. In retrospect, I was a little spoiled, only paying about $7 per class, when purchasing classes in bulk at my local yoga studio.
The Price of Zen
After the move, my studio yoga practice came to a halt. I found a few local studios online and was shocked to see drop in classes were $15 each. I was used to paying no more than $12 per class for a drop in! I felt lost without my normal workout routine. Over time I came to accept the higher cost of living in my new city and the higher price of zen I would pay to attend studio yoga classes.
Nationwide, the average price of a yoga class is $12, according to a report by The Houston Chronicle. In some areas of the country, such as in New York City, a single yoga class can cost as much as $20. In Cleveland I’ve found the average to be $14 to $15 per class.
Because I am budget-conscious at heart, I have developed a few tactics to spend less on studio yoga classes. Sure, it’s possible to practice at home, but as any avid yogi will tell you – nothing beats the studio experience – from being surrounded by your peers, to having an energetic instructor to lead you.
The Price of Zen
These methods will work best if you live near a large city where yoga studios are plentiful. A few of these tactics will be more difficult to execute if you live in a rural area:
- Join the email lists for all of your local yoga studios to stay abreast of sales on classes, special events or complimentary classes.
- Attend “community” classes, often taught by newer instructors and requiring only a cash donation as admission. Some studios offer these classes on a weekly basis.
- Keep an eye and ear out for outdoor summer yoga classes, which in my experience, are also often donation-based or offered at a reduced fee.
- Consider classes outside the studio, such as at the YMCA, which may be less expensive. This is a great option if you want an instructor-led class but are fine bypassing the incense and mood lighting.
- When purchasing classes, purchase in bulk, such as 10 or 15-classes, to pass less per class. If you practice yoga more frequently, a monthly membership may be the most cost-effective.
- Join deal websites such as Groupon and Living Social to find deals on yoga classes. The deal might be something like half off the regular price of a class pack – for new students only.
- Consider applying for a part-time job at a yoga studio. In addition to checking students in, cleaning the studio and answering phone calls, you may also receive a discount on classes or free classes.
- Ask if there is a student, senior or military discount on classes. Keep in mind student discounts often apply to both high school students and college students.
How much do yoga classes cost in your area?
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*This post was originally published in 2011 and has been updated and republished for accuracy and comprehensiveness.