Finding Zen, Yoga you can afford

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How to find zen at a cost that doesn’t cause anxiety

 Over the years I have experienced income loss or reduction for a variety of reasons. Most were because of circumstance, but the last one was by choice when I decided to leave my managerial position and to work part time.   One of the reasons why I made the decision to trade money for time was because I wanted to reduce stress and to pursue other activities.  Job stress and burnout were key factors in making this decision.  One of the things that I wanted to pursue was to find a positive means to deal with stress.   I wanted to join a yoga class, practice yoga and explore new routes to the discovery of the benefits of meditation.  When I looked into the cost of taking classes a couple of times I week I put on the brakes.  If wanted to stay in my own neighborhood and take classes it would cost me $50.0 for a month long introductory pass and then after that 20.00 for a walk in class unless I bought a package.  I looked at other yoga studios an found several packages with prices at variations such as this:

Single visits $10.00 – $20.00 per visit
Intro prices $50.00 per month
Monthly memberships  $89.00 per month to
Bundle prices eg 10 classes $170.00, seniors rate 10 classes 150.00
$113.00 regular $99.00 seniors 55+

We live in a stressful world and yoga and meditation have become increasingly popular over the last few years.

According to the American Ostoepatic Assosication http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/yoga.aspx
some of the physical benefits of yoga include:

Yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome,” explains Dr. Nevins. “Yoga can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.”

Other benefits include:
Increased flexibility
Increased muscle strength and tone
Improved respiration, energy and vitality
Maintaining a balanced metabolism
Weight reduction
Cardio and circulatory health
Improved athletic performance
Protection from injury

In the end, I opted to join a friend and together we went to the Calgary Women’s center.  They offered a couple of free instructor led sessons per week.  They have mats available for those that need them and they bring in volunteer instructors from popular Calgary yoga studios.  It did not have the ambience that you get in a high end studio but it was enjoyable and we here happy with it.  I particularly appreciated that they made the practice of yoga available to all women including those that would not have had any means to have been able to afford to participate in yoga otherwise.  Yoga classes, combined with the gear required to participate can be expensive.  Lululemon is a very popular store to by yoga clothing at, but its price range is above the reach of many of us. Although much of the research that I did is specific to Alberta, Canada where I live, you could use these tips in your area as well.  Here are 10 ways to find options for those that would love to participate in yoga but would like to spend less to get their zen.

Classes:

  1. Calgary yoga studio Bohdi Tree offers a “Karma” program with yoga classes for $5.00. Check their schedule for dates.  Other yoga centers may offer similar discounted classes.
  2. Groupon https://www.groupon.com/local/calgary/yoga   A check of Groupon Calgary found 13 different options and prices for yoga prices.  Again, a check of Groupon in your area may yield similar results.
  3. Look at community resource centers such as Calgary Women’s association. They are currently offering both yoga and zumba classes.  There is no charge and they have gear if you don’t have your own.
  4. If there is a studio close to your or one that you would like to try, see if they have a program wherein you can sign up for introductory classes if there is no ongoing commitment. The cost for a month of introductory classes ranges about $40.00 per month
  5. If you can’t get out, there are many online yoga classes on Youtube for any level of fitness and experience and it’s absolutely free.
  6. Google other places where there is free yoga offered: http://www.avenuecalgary.com/Things-to-Do/Where-to-Take-Outdoor-Yoga-in-Calgary/
  7. The City of Edmonton offers drop in classes at a variety of facilities around the city for as little as $8.00 that will allow for participation in Instructor led yoga classes

 http://www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/drop-in-fitness-schedules.aspx

Gear:

  1. Thrift shops and second hand stores are a good place to find expensive items such as used Lululemon products. Walmart, Costco, and Target and bargain chain stores sell gear and clothing than are non-designer for good prices.
  2. Here is a website that provides good alternative Canadian places where you can buy yoga wear: http://musicbycalla.com/2015/03/26/8-places-to-buy-yoga-gear-that-arent-lululemon/
  3. Lululemon  facebook page.  This page is a US based site wherein members offer used Lululemon products for sale.  Some sellers do ship to Canada.  Not sure it would be a great deal with the exchange rate and shipping but some may find it helpful especially if you are looking for items that are difficult to find:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/lululemonbuyselltrade/

Namaste

 

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