Another guest blog from my wonderful friend Melissa. Previously she wrote a piece on why you should do yoga when you are unemployed. Here are some tips for those of us who don’t have the funds for expensive studio memberships and have run out of free trials in the area. If none of these work for you, there’s always stealing a friend’s gym membership, but we hope it doesn’t come down to that.
So my last guest post for Jenn addressed the issue of why you should do yoga when you are unemployed. Although I can wax poetic all day about why you should do it, it won’t help you one bit if I don’t discuss how you can do yoga while unemployed.
How can you afford yoga when you have no income? The trick, don’t pay at all. Here are a few ideas:
The Barter System: You need to ask yourself “what skills do I have that can help out a yoga studio?” A lot of yoga studios let people barter their skills for classes. You can call up a local studio and see what can you do to help them. Maybe you can sit at the reception desk while class is in session or clean the studio between classes. Maybe you can even use the skills you were using at your old job. Were you in accounting? Marketing? Legal? Web-design? A yoga studio is a small business and will need professional services.
Community Yoga Classes: A lot of fitness stores offer free yoga classes. Check out your local Lululemon, Athleta, or Lucy. Chances are there is a free yoga class at least once a week. (Also, Nike stores sometimes have non-yoga classes, if you want to change things up a bit.)
The Good Ol’ Internet: Funny story, back in the day before Jenn was a big awesome yoga teacher, she was my college roommate. One afternoon we decided to do a yoga class that she found on iTunes. It was awful. It was also back in 2006 and the library of yoga videos online were scarce. Now the internet is replete with high quality yoga videos to suit everyone’s needs. In fact last year I did the YogaJournal.com’s 21 day yoga challenge and it was amazing. You can find great videos on Yoga Journal, YouTube (note, a lot of these are “fat burning” yoga), and Do Yoga With Me.