Some people think that yoga is expensive. It certainly can be. Some studios in New York and Los Angeles charge as much as $35 for a drop-in class (this is for a premium drop-in class at Pure Yoga in NYC). But yoga can be cheap.
Yoga was not always a business, but there was always some kind of fee involved. In Hinduism (part of the foundation of the spiritual dimension of yoga) Bhiksha, a devotional offering, usually food, was presented at a temple or to a swami. Today it’s the 10-class card. And while our teachers are not exactly the gurus and swamis of the pre-Vedic period (before 3000 BCE), our commitment to them does improve our lives.
Yoga and yogic practices date back more than 5,000 years. According to the Hindu American Foundation, “Yoga is a combination of both physical and spiritual exercises, entails mastery over the body, mind and emotional self, and transcendence of desire. The ultimate goal is moksha, the attainment of liberation from worldly suffering and the cycle of birth and rebirth.” But whether you experience yoga as transcendent liberator, a tension-reliever, a body-builder, a cocktail-replacement, a birth-prep, or a child-tamer, its effect often manifests in healthful ways.
It is this healthful manifestation that makes yoga cheap. Physicians and scientists agree on yoga’s benefits. It reduces hypertension, high blood pressure, obesity, etc. It clears the mind and frees the body, and is a much, much less expensive alternative to the doctor’s office. I mean, when was the last time you paid $15 for 90 minutes with a therapist?
This summer at Evolution, it is an even less expensive alternative. The $250 Summer Pass (good for June, July and August) is a deal. Basically, it’s $83/month. If your practice every day, that’s $2.77 per day. If you practice 3 times a week, it works out to about $6.91; if you go twice a week, it’s still only $10.37. Compare it to the costs of traditional health care and you’ll probably have enough money leftover for Bhiksha!

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