so in these difficult times, it's good to know that we now have another source of financial assistance, at least as far as yoga classes are concerned.
home simply yoga, an eco-friendly studio in santa monica known as the home of ashtanga yoga on the westside, is now offering vinyasa flow classes by donation. similar to the concept pioneered by bryan kest and his power yoga studios just up the street from home simply, the donation classes are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis. low on funds this week? pay what you you're able to spare. had a great class and want to show how much you enjoyed it? pay what you think the class was worth to you... and make the teacher a happy camper :)
they've managed to fill their donation-yoga time slots with a group of well-known teachers, some of whom have taught at well-known studios in LA. as of the beginning of this year, their class schedule includes vinyasa classes taught by ashley albrand, jessa baxter, brock cahill, krista cahill, and dice iida-klein. the classes range from a level 2 with core work to a level 3/4 (handstand aficionados, this one's for you!), so there's something to challenge everyone. in addition, ally nicholls teaches beginning ashtanga and gary margolin led ashtanga, also by donation.
the ashtanga community will continue to have access to their beautiful practice space during the usual morning time slots, with an additional mysore class at four in the afternoon on weekdays. the donation classes are held during the week at lunchtime and in the evenings after 6pm. so far, there's one morning donation class on saturday and on sunday, but more are in the works. stay tuned.
metered parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood, but you can save even more money (not to mention the environment) by riding the bus (a number of MTA and big blue buses stop nearby), biking, or maybe even walking to class. your wallet -- not to mention mother earth -- will thank you for it!