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.

Image via Yelp
Image via Yelp

Yoga To The People
The biggest game in town, and with good reason. They’ve got enough daily classes to fit almost anyone’s schedule, plenty of available mats for a $2 rental fee, hot yoga classes, and an excellent roster of instructors who (usually) supplement classes with well chosen music. And, with suggested donation price for vinyasa classes set at $10, they’re one of the cheapest options in the entire city.

211 N. 11th St., Williamsburg

Image via Hosh Yoga
Image via Hosh Yoga

Hoshe Yoga
A similar concept as Yoga to the People, the entire studio is donation based (classes are a $5 suggested minimum) and operates under the ethos of “Health and wellness as a right of life rather than a luxury.” Walk-ins are welcome, and mats rent for just $1.

55 Nassau Ave., Greenpoint

Image via Facebook/The Living Gallery
Image via Facebook/The Living Gallery

The Living Gallery
This generally only takes place once a week (on Tuesday nights) and it’s best to keep an eye on the Gallery’s Facebook page for scheduling updates, but for anyone who’s also looking to work in a good dose of meditation (and a low-key all-levels class), the Living Gallery is an incredibly solid option. Classes are a suggested donation of $10, and you’ll need to bring your own mat.

1094 Broadway, Bushwick 

Image via Go Yoga
Image via Go Yoga

Go Yoga
Ever since opening their doors in early 2000 (they bill themselves as Williamsburg’s first ever yoga studio), Go Yoga has been a much-loved neighborhood staple, and is known for incorporating a delightfully-named system called “regal yoga.” It’s not especially cheap (monthly memberships run at $108 and drop-in classes are $20) but first-timers can take advantage of their introductory deal, which’ll get you a month of unlimited classes for $39, with no further commitments.

112 North 6th St., Williamsburg

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
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Brooklyn Yoga School
This one comes with the notable advantage of having the studio housed inside a beautiful brownstone, and surrounded by massive, street-facing windows. It also operates on a pay-what-you-wish sliding scale (the standard range is between $5 and $15), is friendly to walk-ins, and generally holds classes that work for all levels. And if  you to make it through an entire class without once thinking about the strangers who can see your progress through the window, well, that means all of this is working.

82 6th Ave., Park Slope

Follow Virginia K. Smith on Twitter @vksmith.

6 COMMENTS

  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:)

    Namaste

  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
    iyengarnyc.org

  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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