In an increasingly hectic world, slowing down with yoga has grown in popularity. There are studios popping up everywhere, and the reported benefits seem to be endless.
Is your back stiff from hunching over your computer? Try stretching out with yoga. Are your stores of youthful energy dwindling? Wake yourself up with a sun salutation. Do you feel overwhelmed by the mountain of unanswered emails in your inbox? Reduce your anxiety with a meditative practice. Whether you want to speed up your metabolism or slow down your breathing, yoga can bring positive energy into your life.
Your bank account is the only thing that will be less zen after a yoga class. Studios and gyms have capitalized on the yoga craze, and group classes can be nearly prohibitively expensive. However, whether you’re new to the practice or a seasoned yogi, there are ways to add more yoga to your life without taking a hit financially.
Yoga is the ideal at-home exercise routine because it requires little equipment and minimal space. You can throw a yoga mat down anywhere and do a few flows, whether you have five minutes or an hour to fill.
This can be a great way to wake up, and you can even replace your morning coffee with a refreshing yoga stretch if you’re cutting down on caffeine. Alternately, a relaxing practice can help you wind down at the end of a long day, so try turning off work notifications to incorporate a peaceful meditation before bed.
If you want the instruction of a yoga teacher from the comfort and convenience of your home, you can use cost-effective class alternatives like videos and apps to guide your flow. Whether you’re looking for an intense workout or a restful cool-down, you can find the perfect practice that fits your schedule and your yoga level. Try out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube or download the Down Dog app.
If you have a desk job, it’s easy to stretch out your spine without ever leaving your chair — no yoga pants required. You can find relief from poor posture through a sitting shoulder stretch, a desk twist, a Cat/Cow chair modification, or a seated hip opener. If you’re new to yoga and you aren’t sure about these poses or want to try something simpler, you can search online for easy poses to do at your desk and give them a try.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can turn the office into your yoga studio. Find surfaces to put yoga poses, like a counter that can support a standing version of Upward Dog or a desk where you can perfect your planking form.
Whether you’re new to the practice or a seasoned yogi, there are easy ways to add more yoga to your life without taking a hit to your paycheck.
Breathing is the foundation of every yoga practice, and you can keep calm and focused in any context by connecting with your breath. If you’re in a mid-afternoon slump at work or you’re feeling frustrated by rush-hour traffic, check in with your breathing. Focus on taking deep, slow breaths in order to reduce stress and increase mindfulness.
If you want to dive even deeper into the yoga breath, try adding meditation to your daily routine. Yoga is a meditative practice, but sometimes you want the mental benefits without the physical exertion. There are economical meditation and mindfulness apps, like Headspace and Stop, Breathe & Think, that can guide you through your practice and help prevent your mind from straying.
If you want the community aspect of yoga but the cost of classes is standing in your way, check out donation-based and free yoga classes in your neighborhood.
New yoga teachers who have recently received certification and experienced teachers looking to give back will often host low-cost community classes at local studios, parks, universities, and public spaces.
You can check on social media, ask at the neighborhood yoga studio, or talk to your dedicated yogi friends to find out information about free and donation-based classes nearby so you can get your yoga on without worrying about your bank account.
Yoga mat: A high-quality mat can make a big difference in your practice, and owning your own makes at-home yoga easier and is more sustainable than renting. We recommend the Clever Yoga Non-Slip Mat.
Yoga pants: You want your yoga pants to be as flexible and fashionable as you are. Perfect your Downward Dog pose in Under Armour’s durable and comfortable HeatGear Armour Leggings.
Yoga blocks: Yoga blocks are a great way for beginners to support their poses, and the EVA Yoga Block from REEHUT has a non-slip surface to help you stay in place.