Are you trying to get into yoga? Then you’re doing the right thing. Yoga has many benefits for your bod, spirit, and mind. It improves your strength, balance, flexibility, and heart health. Some people also use yoga to calm their minds after a stressful day at work.
But there is a problem that many people aren’t prepared for when it comes to yoga: yoga is expensive. Especially if you want to get into yoga classes, with each class charges you $20. And this isn’t including all the other items that you’re going to need.
Sorry for worrying you but I do have a solution. First, you need to relax. Yoga isn’t going to put a hole in your wallet. I have some great tips on how to save money on yoga equipment that are useful for both beginners and veterans.
Choose inexpensive classes
This may seem obvious to you, but many people fell for expensive classes thinking that they’re better than cheaper ones. But that’s not true at all.
Many yoga studios offer classes at cheaper prices and at a discounted rate. For discounted classes, you can usually find them during off-peak hours. So, if you have a flexible schedule, you can try looking for a discount.
Other places where you can get cheaper classes are university extension programs, community centers, and local gyms. During the summer, you can find free yoga classes out in the open, like parks or beaches.
Bring your own yoga mat and water bottle
Renting a yoga mat and buying bottled water may be okay if you’re still trying out yoga for the first time. But other than that, it’s always better to bring your own yoga mat and water bottle in the long run.
A good yoga mat can be found for around $20, and sometimes even less if you know where to look. And it’ll be much cheaper than renting a yoga mat for $2 each time. Same with bottled water, just bring your own water to your yoga class.
Always practice yoga at home
Everyone has an internet connection at home. You can easily practice yoga at home with no problems, just from watching thousands of free yoga videos on the internet.
The downside is that you might feel bored after practicing yoga at home a few days in a row. But think of the money you save by doing this. Feel free to attend yoga classes whenever you’re bored, to keep it fresh.
Another problem is your inspiration. Practicing alone at home could make you feel lazy since no one is watching you. Try looking up different yoga videos with a different instructor to keep yourself interested.
You can buy classes in bulk
That’s right, you can buy 10 or even 20 yoga classes in a bulk and save a lot of money. This is really good for enthusiasts who want to fully into yoga.
Many studios offer a big discount on class cards to bring the price down by a lot. Sometimes even as low as $10 for a class. Remember that you’ll have to pay the money upfront, so make sure that you can attend all the classes that you bought. Otherwise, it’d be a waste.
You don’t have to buy everything
Ask yourself, do you really need a yoga mat, yoga outfits, shoes, yoga blocks, yoga straps, yoga gloves, and whatever else is there? Absolutely not.
Sure, there are some things that you’re going to need, but certainly not everything. And don’t forget that yoga is all about your body, mind, and spirit. And not about your yoga equipment.
That’s why don’t waste your money on luxury yoga items when you can do perfectly fine without them. In ancient times, people didn’t even have any yoga mats. You’re also the same, you can do yoga even with minimal equipment.
To make sure that you don’t spend too much money, spend your money on a few items that can enhance your yoga experience. For example, a yoga mat, a couple of comfortable yoga outfits, and a water bottle.
Now you’re ready for yoga
After you got everything under control and made sure that your money is well-spent. It’s time for yoga. Always remember that yoga isn’t about how much money you spend, but it’s about improving yourself.