Six Places In Brooklyn That Offer Free or Cheap Yoga

Image via I Love Franklin Ave
Image via I Love Franklin Ave

Brooklyn Yoga Collective
With a sliding pay scale of donations ranging from $7 to $15 (you determine yours based on your income, so it’s essentially an honors system), Brooklyn Yoga Collective has a reputation among regulars as being much more laid back than its peers in the neighborhood, and operates on the mission of  “[making] yoga classes accessible to the community.” They’ve also got a wider variety of classes tham most studios, with classes for kids, more advanced levels, lower key “restorative” courses, and even a classical music-based class on Sunday mornings. A little out of the way if you don’t happen to live in the neighborhood, but fairly ideal if you do.

795 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights


  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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