I practice yoga asana two to three times a week and I barely spend a penny. Maybe a couple of twonies (reference for all my Canadian peeps!).
About a year ago I began to realize that attending yoga classes more than once a week would involve quite the price tag. I tried "10 class passes" which basically saved me an extra class, so over 100$ would last two to three months at a rate of 2-3 classes per week. In a year that would cost, at three months, over 400$. For yoga.
I considered only attending Karma or by-donation classes in the city. Unfortunately I realized that the Karma classes here are typically: a) PACKED, b) not reliably of good caliber c) typically on a very inconvenient day.
I seriously considered an unlimited yoga membership... typically running for close to 300-400$ per year... and realized wtf- I TOTALLY don't have that kind of money for yoga.
So I just stopped going to classes. I kept up my Yogaglo 18$/month for unlimited yoga classes, practiced in the park for free and went ahead with that. Wouldn't you know, I still practice regularly, I still learn from myself and others and I've saved in 4 months over 100$.
This is not a judgement on those individuals who can afford passes and memberships at yoga studios, nor am I trying to diminish the value of what a IRL yoga instructor can give you. It's just an observation that I've concluded I don't really need to spend a zillion dollars on yoga to get what I need.
(My fall dancer's pose two years ago in Rothesay)
I don't get any manual assists, real time feedback or guidance from a Yoga instructor. This is the best way I learn since I'm not exactly that great with body spatial awareness. I've decided to pick up "Yoga Anatomy" again and start reading.
I feel even LESS connected to the yoga community here in Halifax. It's kinda weird trying to organize these yoga events when the feeling I'm getting from (some) yoga instructors is that I'm kinda a poser. A "faux yogini" ya know? Not really committed to the "cause". Hah, I know it's all probably in my head, ok for the most part, and I'm happy enough with myself that I can move beyond how I respond to that.
I am saving a butt-load of money without actually losing any of my yoga practice. I also have gained a bit of "yoga perspective" while stepping out and back from the yoga vacuum. My yoga practice is WAY more environmentally friendly, since no gas is used to get there and no heat or extra electricity is being used for a whole other space. My yoga carbon footprint is greatly reduced.
Finally, being forced to schedule online "yoga classes" has increased my use of Yogaglo and "Yoga Dates" with friends. This means allowing me the time and space to develop and grow without any external pressures.
October is the beginning of introspection and self-reflection. I may indulge in a yoga class once every few months, but I am now entering a "non-studio yogini" phase in my practice. And I think that's pretty darn okay.
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