Posted on January 7, 2011
Stretching Within My Budget
My interest in yoga piqued years ago when, one Boxing Day, I found VHS yoga videos in a bargain bin for nothing more than pocket change. What drew me to it was not only the physical workout but also the fact that it challenges the mind and the body’s natural inclinations such as breathing and posture.
Not long after, I discovered the Starfish Yoga Studio at the Kingfisher Spa, a quiet cork and cherry wood studio overlooking the ocean shore. It was quiet, peaceful and brought balance to my body and to my mind. So much so, in fact, that I often found myself asleep and snoring by the time I reached the end of savasana in each class.
Since then, I’ve bounced around from studio to studio, enjoying the practice at each but never really committing to one place. I’ve tried out everything from Vancouver Corporate Yoga to Radha Yoga to Yoga For The People and each has offered something different to me. To be honest, the price of yoga passes easily scares me (being that it’s usually considerably more than a monthly gym pass) and drop-in rates add up really fast.
Recently I discovered Yoga Yak, an online yoga “studio” offering free yoga classes through their YouTube channel. While it’s not necessarily easy to bend, stretch and find my centre on the living room floor with Jordy curiously trying to sniff at my heart centre, it’s definitely a budget-friendly alternative.
- For those of you that practice, have you committed to a particular studio? Do you find home practice more or less effective than practicing with a group of students? What are some tips you can share that have been particularly helpful to you and your practice?