Love yoga but find the prices at some of the yoga studios in Vancouver a little on the expensive side? Whether you’re a starving student or just cutting back on extras to afford new sandals for the summer, sometimes you just can’t rationalize $20 a class. Practicing at home is a cheaper (read: free) alternative, but it’s not the same as being in a serene studio with other yogis, getting quality instruction and finding your inner balance.
Thankfully, Vancouver has become a mecca for yoga studios of all methods and levels. As such, quite a few of the studios have free yoga classes open to the public or cheaper first time offers that let you use the studio for the first time for a reduced rate.
Free Yoga Classes in Vancouver
We all know Lululemon Yoga Wear but did you know they offer complimentary classes in their stores? Every week they clear the store’s floor, spread out the yoga mats and bring in certified instructors from local yoga studios in Vancouver. Classes are first come first serve and they fill up fast so get their early. For more information check the Lululemon website.
YYoga has donation classes throughout their network of studios – but as the schedule is constantly changing it’s best to check their website for details. They will also be having free outdoor summer events.
They have 8 locations throughout Vancouver, Burnaby, North Vancouver and Richmond, which also include wellness centres with services like massage therapy, naturopathy and acupuncture.
Vancouver Community College
If you’re a student at VCC the student’s union offers a free yoga class once a week at both their downtown and Broadway locations. The schedule on their website says Fall 2012 but someone told me that it’s still happening.
Karma Teachers offers free or by donation yoga classes to the Downtown Eastside community. It’s their way of promoting selfless giving and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. They offer classes 7 days a week and include everything from Hatha to Power.
Bikram Yoga Vancouver
Bikram Yoga Vancouver offers yoga in exchange for working or cleaning at their studios (watch out for the steamer ;)). They have 3 studios in metro Vancouver and if you haven’t tried Bikram yet, I highly recommend it – you feel so good afterwards.
Unity Yoga Teahouse
**updated 22 June 2013** Unity Yoga Teahouse offers 2 Hatha yoga classes by donation: Yoga Tribe at 9am on Fridays and on Sundays at noon. As well they have a great Karma Yoga program – yoga in exchange for a few hours of your time. They’re located on Commercial at 10th Ave and have other many other free, almost free or by-donation classes.
Almost Free Yoga Classes in Vancouver
Passport to Prana
Passport to Prana is an innovative and awesome program! For $30 you get a 1 year membership card that entitles you to 1 free class at numerous yoga studios in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Victoria. This is a great idea if you travel across Canada a lot and it really allows you to try out the different studios and classes to find one that works for you.
Radha Yoga Vancouver
Radha Yoga Vancouver is a smaller studio in Vancouver that offers drop-in classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays that are either $20 or pay-as-you-can. On Sundays they offer a free Satsang class. Definetly work a try.
Semperviva Yoga Studio
Semperviva Yoga Studio offers an introductory offer for new students – $30 for 30 days of unlimited yoga! That is an amazing deal! They offer lots of different types of yoga (from Hatha to Vinyasa Power Flow) and have lots of classes 7 days a week. They have 4 locations in metro Vancouver. Current Semperviva members can bring a new student to their first class for free.
UBC Yoga Club
UBC Yoga Club offers discounted rates to students and the public alike. Yearly memberships are $10 for registered UBC students and $20 for the general public; after signing up each class is only $2. They offer everything from Hatha to Power Flow to Kundalini Yoga.
Moksha Yoga Vancouver
Moksha Yoga Vancouver has karma classes at their Kits studio. For a minimum $5 donation (proceeds go to charity) you can one of their hot classes. If you’ve never tried hot yoga, this is the perfect way to try it (I love it!).
Do you know of any free or almost-free yoga classes in Vancouver? Let us know in the comments.