Legend: BLUE-open, RED-closed, GREEN-by donation
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Monday, June 01, 2009

recession busters!

i'm broke. you're broke. everyone else we know is broke.

or at least that's what seemed to be the gist of my conversation with some random guy i met at the laundromat last night.

you see, my washing machine decided to throw a fit yesterday. and of course, it had to happen the day before my daughter was due to leave home to return to philly for her summer job. needless to day, trying to pack a suitcase full of soaking wet, half-washed clothes was definitely out of the question.

so we threw the soggy mess plus the rest of our laundry into trash bags and hauled them to nearest laundromat, where we spent the last hours of our mother-daughter bonding time feeding mass quantities of quarters into machines, then waiting for those machines to perform their magic.

next thing i knew, this guy beside us was talking about how he saw someone depositing an unemployment check at the ATM. and not that there was anything wrong with that because he, too, was on unemployment. and from my knowing nod, he gathered i was in the same predicament.

welcome to the club.

so it's nice to know that the sources of donation-based and affordable yoga classes are becoming easier and easier to come by.

here's a list of what's out there. bookmark this page because i'll be adding more as i find them:

(last updated august 23rd)


indoor classes --
~ FREE community classes (usually on sunday mornings) at the lululemon stores around town: beverly hills, brentwood, calabasas, el segundo, glendale, pasadena, santa monica
~ "first class free" offer at many yoga studios, usually available to locals only
~ black dog yoga, sherman oaks: one FREE class during the month of SEPTEMBER with featured teacher of the month, hanna gilan. see website for schedules. click here for coupon
~ the hub, west los angeles: FREE one-hour mind, body, spirit class "tasters" on the last sunday morning of every month, starting june 28th -- AUGUST 30th: 9-10 am Budokan Flow Yogawith Liz Arch, 10:15-11:30 am "Did My Thoughts Do That"? with Gali Kronenberg, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm Level 1/2 Yoga with Sarah Court, 1-2 pm Breathwork Dynamics with Scott Schwenk, 2:15-3:15 am Liquid Asana with Cass Phelps, 3:30-4:30 pm Tai Chi
with Edward Yu

~ studio surya yoga, venice: FREE yoga class on Saturdays with coupon; valid through 9/30/09 and may be applied to either Bruna Sakanoi’s 11am Slow Flow class or Allison McCready’s12:30pm Vinyasa Flow class (contact me for coupon)
~ yoga potluck with psalm isadora, santa monica: FREE classes once a month; bring a potluck dish to share with everyone after class (click on link for meetup group)

outdoor classes --
~ FREE mommy and me yoga at the grove, los angeles: tuesdays, 9am
~ FREE YRG yoga for regular guys (and gals) with diamond dallas page, playa vista: saturdays at 10:00am at playa vista sports park, playa vista and bluff creek drive (click on link to get on mailing list for updates)

online classes --
~ yogamates, online: FREE streamed videos updated monthly; click on "free classes" for class choices
~ yoga to the people, online: FREE downloadable audio classes (itunes or mp3); click on link for class list

DONATION-BASED (i.e., pay what you can):

indoor classes --
~ bhakti yoga shala, santa monica: ALL classes
~ black dog yoga, sherman oaks: Taught by our wonderful Teacher Trainees on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm, these Hatha I-II level classes are available to anyone and everyone regardless of your ability to pay. Give what you can, ALL proceeds will benefit local charities
~ body mind & spirit yoga, woodland hills: There is a suggested donation per class. Suggested donation means that if you can put $15/$20 in the box,please do so. If you are not in a position to do so, contribute what you can. ALL CLASSES BY RESERVATION
~ bryan kest's power yoga east and west, santa monica: ALL classes
~ guerilla yoga, los angeles: A suggested minimum donation of $10 can be made by cash or check payable to the instructor
~ home simply yoga, santa monica: most vinyasa classes; check schedule
~ LA yoga collective, los angeles: All classes are Pay What You Can with a Suggested Donation of $15
~ santa monica yoga, santa monica: mondays/wednesdays 1:45-3:15pm, saturdays 2:45-4:15pm - level 1-2 donation classes with new SMY teacher trainees
~ shakti box, los feliz
~ yoga circle downtown, los angeles: To all un- and under-employed...we are, as always, a donation based studio. We want you all to feel comfortable continuing your practice even though you may no longer have the full price of our classes to donate, especially now when stress may be the dominant factor in your life.
~ yogaco, santa monica: We suggest a $14 donation for every class taken at YogaCo in the hope that you, the student, will give in the spirit of appreciation for this Yoga center.
~ yoga loft, manhattan beach: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm ALL LEVELS LUNCH FLOW with Amy Beausang $10 suggested cash donation
~ yoga and meditation by donation with hilary kimblin, miracle mile: mondays, wednesdays, and fridays 7:45-9:00am (click on link for meetup group)
~ yoga at the village, glendale: surya namaskar class with maya gingery, sundays at noon starting july 12th. suggested donation $10-$15

outdoor classes --
~ beach yoga with brad keimach, venice: saturdays and sundays at 10:30am. santa monica beach, where marine meets the water (click on link to get on his mailing list)
~ outdoor yoga with sierra, long beach: $5 is the suggested donation, and is greatly appreciated, but certainly not required to participate, all are welcome! (click on link for meetup group)
~ donation classes on the cliffs with shana meyerson, santa monica: tuesdays and thursdays at 11am. palisades park on ocean avenue, just north of alta
~ runyon canyon yoga, hollywood: Bring a mat or a towel and a donation if you like. Anyone is welcome
~ yoga on the beach with elizabeth james, venice: $10 suggested donation. tuesdays and thursdays at 7:30am at venice beach, just north of the pier (click on link for meetup group)

online classes --
~ yogichocolate, online: You will find downloadable audio mp3s of recorded live yoga classes, meditations, and everything else yoga. All downloads are offered on a completely donation-basis


indoor classes --
~ community classes at most yoga studios. most of them are half-priced, or close to it
~ use your KCRW fringe benefits card to get discounts on class prices at participating yoga studios. every little bit helps!
~ adult yoga at annenberg community beach house, santa monica: 3 different styles of yoga offered by santa monica yoga. Wednesday: Vinyasa-style class with Jane Zingale. Friday: Slow Deep Stretch with Cindy Fraser. Sunday: Vinyasa flow class with Guin Lyster. ALL levels welcome. 11:00am-noon. $10 per class. Mat provided - towel suggested.
~ black dog yoga, sherman oaks: "come alive for $5" yoga classes with rachel jackson. tuesdays and thursdays at noon
~ dancing shiva yoga, los angeles: For the month of August, YOGA Weekday 9am classes $10 Cash Only
~ dharma mittra yoga la, los angeles: two-for-one partner yoga ($12 for two!) every 3rd and 5th friday of the month 7:30-8:45pm
~ exhale center for sacred movement, venice: $10 all-levels classes with ashley turner all summer. thursdays 7:35-9:05pm
~ heartbeat house, atwater village: all yoga classes are $7
~ mission street yoga, south pasadena: $5 hour-long classes with jose alvarado at 12:30pm mondays, wednesdays, and fridays
~ studio surya yoga, venice: ALL classes only $10
~ third eye yoga, west hollywood: $10 per class for drop-ins. $9 per class when purchasing a 10 class card.
~ urth yoga, silverlake: $5 hour-long classes at urth yoga. 7am and 12:30pm daily. cash only
~ yoga loft, woodland hills: Enjoy an "Economy Class" - A single class is $10, bring a friend with you and pay just $15. Valid only for the classes listed and not with any other offer: Wednesday 7:00-8:30pm, Saturday 10:30-12noon

online classes --
~ lulu bandha's monthly video subscription, online: for $15 per month, access to kira ryder's live classes recorded and posted online; free 30-day trial
~ yogaglo, online and in santa monica: for $18 per month, UNLIMITED yoga classes streamed in HD online and/or taken in studio; free 15-day trial


Blogger Kira Ryder said...

Hey Joni Love

Great Post. We have been broadcasting online video classes for almost a year. It has allowed us to connect to yogis from around the world.


6:05 PM  
Blogger joni said...

online videos free for 30 days? cool! i'll add it to the list. thanks, kira!

6:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Good timing. On Sunday I went to YogaWorks to buy a 10 class pass w/a special for 2 free classes with the pass.

I asked how much one class was now and was surprised to find it had gone up yet again, to 22 bucks per.

I know it must be to support the ever expanding YW empire, but I thought it was obscene, frankly. And that they ought to bring it down. I'm not holding my breath! (except during pranayama.)

So thanks for the list of these classes - I will check some out.

3:29 PM  
Blogger joni said...

hi gabrielle --

yes, considering that the average price of a yoga class was around $15 when i started taking yoga classes on a regular basis (and that wasn't that long ago), it's crazy how the prices have risen so quickly, especially at YW (i have some sneaky suspicion that we're being made to subsidize all the new studios that they're opening all over the country, but you didn't hear me say that!).

anyway, even if all the places i've listed charge only half as much, the quality of their classes are equally good. so consider it a gift from these smaller studios and show your gratitude by passing on the word to everyone you know :)

5:11 PM  
Anonymous Leah said...

I love this. Thank you.

Santa Monica is where I found yoga, and the reason I was able to be on the path was because of studios like Santa Monica Power Yoga. I have now been teaching for the past 4-5 years, and I now live in Hong Kong. It is my dream to bring the SoCal yoga loving vibe here.

6:43 AM  
Blogger joni said...

much success to you in spreading the yoga gospel in hong kong, leah!

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Andrea Marcum said...

hi there joni

we over here at U Studio Yoga have both community classes for just 10$ (W/Fri at 10:15am and T/Th at 7pm) and our crazy 10 class deal for 85$ (must use all classes by 9/15/09) -- hoping to see you when the food trucks are in our hood!

Andrea Marcum

7:41 AM  
Blogger joni said...

thanks for the tip, andrea! and i hope to be able to catch a class at U before the LAPD scares all the food trucks away! :(

7:05 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

If you want yoga on a budget, please check out the free, online websteaming event, My Conversations with the Mystic with Realized Yogi Master, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Professional Race Car Driver, Chris Rado on January 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM PST. RSVP at http://myconversationswiththemystic.com/chrisrado/yoga/

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Dentist Los Angeles said...

My favorite place to do free outdoor yoga is runyon canyon! It is my little sanctuary. A great big thanks to the instructor who do this community service.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Yoga Teacher, tony eason said...

Fantastic Listing of Donation Based Yoga Classes - Also, check out Donation Yoga in San Francisco

9:05 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Wow! I never knew there was so much free yoga around!! How Awesome! I love it when modern yogis keep to the ancient ways of this timeless wisdom tradition...yoga is sacred not a commodity to be bought and sold. Another favorite of mine isn't here in the states but on the other side of the world...check out this awesome yoga retreat in thailand! It has alot of free resources as well :)

9:03 AM  

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