By: Lisa - Lisa@CheapInTheCity.com
Last Updated: June 13, 2018
In a city like the Big Apple, it's hard to find peace of mind. That's why many New Yorkers turn to Yoga not only for a great physical workout, but also to take a mental break from the hustle and bustle of city life. But peace of mind tends to get pricey. Not if you know how to find the best deals.
When you’re getting started, most places have new student offers. They change weekly or monthly, so shop around. You could even try out several different studios to find one that really speaks to you.
Once you find a studio you love, you may want to see if they offer some sort of barter or work-study opportunity. Many studios will offer free yoga classes for a few hours of work. Usually things like cleaning up, taking out trash, doing laundry, etc. It never hurts to ask.
Many studios offer community or donation based classes for those who can’t afford to pay full price for yoga. Since they’re cheaper, they tend to be a little more crowded so arrive early to stake your claim. They also tend to be at off peak times, so if you have a flexible schedule, you're more likely to get a great deal. Below is a partial list of donation or community classes:
FREE YOGA AT NYC RECREATION CENTERS
All 5 Boroughs of NYC
Varying dates and times all year long. Look up locations, dates and times on their website.
FREE OUTDOOR YOGA IN NYC PARKS
Hudson River Park
Pier 45 in Greenwich Village
Every Thursday at 6:30p. June 14th - September 13th
Make sure you RSVP on their website and bring your own mat.
Bryant Park Yoga
In Bryant Park around 42nd St and 6th Ave.
Tuesdays 10am - 11am and Thursdays 6pm - 7pm. Now through September
Stop by the park and join a Tuesday morning or Thursday evening class in this flagship series presented by Kevita. Gaiam provides a colorful selection of mats for the first 1,200 participants. If you would like to secure one of their mats, please arrive at least 30 minutes before class begins. Otherwise, feel free to bring your own! You may also grab a "frequent yogi" card, which you get stamped each time you attend a class. Every 10 classes = a gift certificate to Gaiam and free Kevita drink. Cool.
Prospect Park Yoga
In Prospect Park's Long Meadow near the 9th Street entrance. Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Thursdays 7pm - 8pm. June 7th through August 30th
Join Bend + Bloom Yoga, lululemon athletica Brooklyn, and Prospect Park Alliance for free, fresh-air yoga in beautiful Prospect Park. The series draws hundreds of Brooklynites, of all experience levels, each week to celebrate and experience yoga and wellness in our treasured park. To participate in the Prospect Park Yoga series you MUST rsvp on their website and acknowledge their waiver prior to your first class.
Yoga in Socrates Sculpture Park
In Socrates Sculpture Park. Queens, NY.
Saturdays 9:30am. - 10:30am & 11am - 12pm. Sundays 10am-11am. May 19th through September 16th.
Socrates offers Vinyasa Yoga presented by 3 unique practioners with varying styles and backgrounds: 9:30am Saturday classes are taught by Jennifer Batson, 11am classes by Morgan Miller; Sunday classes are led by Yojaida Estrella. In all classes, participants flow through a series of connected yoga poses with an awareness of the breath in this welcoming waterfront environment of nature and art. No RSVP. Bring your own mat.
Yoga in Union Square - Summer in the Square
Union Square, Morning in the south plaza, evenings in the north plaza.
June 13th through August 9th. Every Thursday. Morning yoga at 7am. Evening yoga at 7:30pm.
Please bring your own mat and towel - 20 mats will be provided on a first come, first served basis. You will need to sign a waver.
CHEAP OR DONATION YOGA IN NYC STUDIOS
Yoga to the People
Six locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. See their site for addresses.
All classes donation only. Suggested donation is $10, but feel free to donate whatever you can afford.They offer Power Vinyasa Flow, traditional and Vinyasa hot yoga.
Harlem Yoga Studio
125th Street and 5th Ave.
They offer pay-what-you-can classes on certain times and days. $8 is suggested. They also offer some cheap packages such as two weeks of unlimited yoga for $30. Not bad.
Integral Yoga Institute
13th Street and 7th Ave. in Manhattan
They offer community classes several times a week, usually in the evening. Classes are $5 each. Not bad at all.
Mindful Moments - Yoga in the Bronx
Several locations throughout the Bronx.
These guys offer several kinds of yoga including pregnancy yoga. Locations vary. All classes are donation or totally free. Some locations will provide mats, but at some you must bring your own. Check out their website for times, locations and for more information.
Bikram Yoga Harlem
145th and Broadway
Pay-what-you-can classes are held on Wednesdays at 12:30pm and Sundays at 4:30pm. The suggested contribution is $10. This is a hot yoga studio and so is great if you really want to sweat.
Remember, schedules are likely to change, so please double check with the studio.
Finally, most yoga studios offer discounts to students, as well as to some artists, actors, dancers, etc. If you belong to a union, you may want to check with your favorite studio to see if they offer special rates.
There are a few other important things to remember when trying to save money on yoga classes. Most places charge for things like mat rentals, bottled water, and towels. You can save yourself a couple bucks each trip if you just bring all this stuff yourself. Even if you think you won’t use them, it’s always a good idea to have towels and water on hand.
If you keep this in mind, you should be ready to find peace of mind and a great workout at a reasonable price. Namaste!