Six Places In Brooklyn That Offer Free or Cheap Yoga

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It really seems like this happens to me more than once a year, but today, checking my bank statement in time for the weekend, I was blindsided by my gym’s “annual maintenance” fee. It was terrible, and brought up a lot of questions, like why something as important exercise is so unaffordable,  why people (and businesses) are so cruel and deceptive, and why my lower back never feels quite right (blogging every day is the answer to that last one). All questions that can be resolved by heavily discounted yoga classes.

Which are actually surprisingly numerous, given how crazily expensive just about everything else seems to be. Because people really do believe in this stuff (and sometimes have the best interests of strangers at heart?), Brooklyn has quite a few yoga studios that either offer marked-down beginners courses or operate on a gentle “suggested donation” policy. Meaning, then, that even if you’re broke you can still do something good for yourself, and that not every institution is run by monsters, necessarily. Just Planet Fitness.


  1. Thanks for writing this, vksmith. As a yoga practitioner of 10 years and a newly certified teacher, I appreciate when yoga gets some press. I do question the accuracy of these images; the numerous classes I’ve taken at YTTP were “mat to mat,” or squeezed in like on a train at rush hour. Being in a big group class with little teaching being tailored to the individual might invite us to approach poses with misalignment and inattention, perhaps leading to injury with repetition over time. Also, I’d advise people trying yoga for the first time to commit to beginning classes before trying an open level by donation class (some places offer a Beginners series) to learn about their limits, their body and mind, and to receive a firm foundation of principles. Not on the list is Shambhala Yoga and Dance in Prospect Heights, “an intimate, non-competitive, community- and family-oriented” center, that I think deserves mad props.

  2. Hi! There I wanted to add that in August 2014 New management and program for Earth Wellness Yoga launched. We are dedicated to providing affordable yoga! New Students practice for 30 days for only $30!
    We offer donation based classes and all of our weekday morning classes are only $7! We also host a free class each month. We are right off the L train Graham Stop. I personally invite you to come take a class with me:)


  3. The Iyengar Institute of Brooklyn offers a $5 Yoga class on Wednesdays at 5:30pm.
    Iyengar Yoga Institute of Brooklyn
    525 Pacific Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217
    W: 718-875-7300

  4. I am looking for a gym and read what you said about planet fitness. Please explain about it run by monsters so I understand as it is cheap and I am on a small income. Thank you.


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