Fitness & Finances: Yoga
Regular readers may know that I’m a pretty avid runner. Last month I added regular yoga to my routine, thanks to a Groupon I bought a couple of months ago.
As everyone has always told me, yoga is so great! I am really loving it. It is much harder than I thought, but the combination of stretching and strength training has been a nice complement to my running. I don’t know that it actually makes me a better runner, but it makes me feel great in a slightly different way.
My month-long deal is almost up, and I’m deciding what to do next. I’m eligible for a discount that will give me 20 or 22 classes for $220. (The 20 or 22 depends on if I can get my discount card before the promo ends.) I also can get two months for $135. If I’m going to go to about 14 classes in 2 months, the monthly deal would be better! If I wasn’t going to be out of town several times in the next two months, I think the $135 would be the better deal. Instead, I was planning on purchasing a 20 (or 22) class pack and continue to attend 2 times a week most weeks.
At 1.5-2 times per a week, this puts my monthly yoga costs $66 to $88… yikes! WHY IS YOGA SO EXPENSIVE?!
I can do yoga at home, but it is soooo not the same. I could go to a donation-based studio (and there are some really good ones around here), but I feel guilty if I don’t donate at least $10 since it isn’t like I can’t afford it. I just am cheap. That seems unfair to the teachers.
I wonder if I can trim $80 from my monthly spending to make this happen. I actually don’t think it would be all that hard if I was sufficiently motivated. Our spending has been pretty lax lately. Maybe I need to try a real budget for a month instead of just tracking spending!
Another option is to find a gym that has yoga, although the big selling point of my particular yoga studio is that I can walk there. I know myself, and if something isn’t pretty convenient, I won’t do it as often.
A final option is going to free classes offered at places like Lululemon. Has anyone ever gone to these? How do they compare to studios?
I know some of you do yoga. Do you guys regularly practice in a studio, or have you been able to make home based yoga effective? Do you go at your gym? Or do you just make room in your budget for it?