We have a fine selection of yoga studios to choose from in Northern California. In many cities, it feels like there is a yoga studio on nearly every corner.
For a practicing yogi, how do you decide which yoga studio is best for you?
Most studios offer some kind of special like $10 for 10 days or $30 for 30 days. That’s a deal when most unlimited yoga memberships cost about $120 a month.
Once you finish the free period, then what?
I have joined various yoga studios in our city, and have inevitably found that there are classes that I want to take at other studios too. But then I think that I am already paying A LOT at my current yoga studio, so then I second guess whether I can afford attending a class at another studio as well.
Since I don’t have as much time to take yoga classes these days, I now pay by the class.
Yes, sometimes it is $15 or $18 for a class, but it is still cheaper than paying for a membership because I only attend a class 1-2 times per week at most. And now I have flexibility to try out any studio I want within reason. A few studios in our area offer “Happy Hour” yoga classes for half price if you are available to take a class at noon. And why would anyone want to skip happy hour yoga?
Of course, I also pay by the class when I travel. Most yoga studios don’t provide the new student special for out-of-towners.
Until you know that you absolutely love a yoga studio, then it might be best for you to explore the various options in your town on an a la carte basis.
If you are a member of a gym that offers yoga, you may be happy there. If, like most gyms, the environment is not quite the same, then you can splurge occasionally and take a yoga class in a more mindful studio environment. For the relaxation factor. For your mental health. For exploration. For pushing out of your comfort zone.
A rejuvenating yoga class at a new yoga studio may be all you need to shift your perspective for the better.