You’ve resolved to get in better shape in mind and body. You’ve also resolved to spend less money. You have not resolved to start running outside when it’s 10 degrees. (Maybe next year.) For yoga aficionados, January is the season of deals—and have we got one for you! Actually, you’ll have to wait until next week to find out about Brokelyn’s exclusive offer of unreasonably inexpensive yoga, dance and family fitness classes at a studio we LOVE. In the mean time, here’s a sampler of what’s in various other neighborhoods around town, and a tip: take the money you save and buy a mat now. Rental is always about $1, which quickly adds up to the price of just buying your own, and you’ll never have to wonder what else is sharing the mat with you.
First of all, there’s the Yoga Passbook. Once purchased, for $75 , you get a big deal of over 350 free passes to over 125 yoga/dance/pilates studios (all over NYC and BK). Some of the free passes are good for a free month. If you don’t mind traveling to a different neighborhood for every yoga class, this is for you. And if you group with some similarly itinerant friends to purchase, there’s more money to be saved (buy three, get one free, for example).
Move with Grace in Clinton Hill has a special of $30 for 30 days unlimited when you sign up with a friend, and $49 unlimited for a month if you are a new student (so basically, find a friend).
For non-beginners, Area Yoga in Cobble Hill is offering a $75 5-week intermediate level workshop (Wednesdays, starting January 6th, from 7-8:15pm). They also have $10 single classes. Lucky Lotus in Fort Greene has select $10 classes each day. They also have a $49 special for Ashtanga classes for the month of January. The first class at Jaya Yoga Center in Windor Terrace is $10, and then $15 after that. Go Yoga in Williamsburg has select $10 classes and pay-what-you-can classes, as well as a $75 unlimited month for new students. Also for new students: buy one class at $17, get one free. $8.50 per class—less than a movie!
Bikram lovers have it a little harder: you have to pay for that heat. At Bikram Yoga Williamsburg, the first class is $20, and you get a week free. Brooklyn Heights Bikram also offers an unlimited week for $21 for first-time students.
Both Bikram South Slope and Bikram Park Slope have “deals” for year-long memberships, for $1200 for a year (which is only $100 a month). And they offer work-study programs, where you work for an hour for a free class, but this is only after you prove to be committed to their community. So if you are, this is the way to get free Bikram. Also, beginners can buy a $90 unlimited for 30 days membership.
You can also attend or start a yoga meetup like Vinyasa Community Classes that meets in Dumbo for $10 (suggested price) classes. Or make it your Facebook status and see who wants in. If you live in Brooklyn, someone you know must be studying to be a teacher!