Cheap and Free Yoga Classes in New York City

By: Lisa - Lisa@CheapInTheCity.com

Last Updated: July 25, 2016

In a city like the Big Apple, it’s hard to find peace of mind. That’s why many New Yorkers turn to Yoga not only for a great physical workout, but also to take a mental break from the hustle and bustle of city life. But peace of mind tends to get pricey. Not if you know how to find the best deals.

 

When you’re getting started, most places have new student offers. They change weekly or monthly, so shop around. You could even try out several different studios to find one that really speaks to you.

 

Once you find a studio you love, you may want to see if they offer some sort of barter or work-study opportunity. Many studios will offer free yoga classes for a few hours of work. Usually things like cleaning up, taking out trash, doing laundry, etc. It never hurts to ask.

 

Many studios offer community or donation based classes for those who can’t afford to pay full price for yoga. Since they’re cheaper, they tend to be a little more crowded so arrive early to stake your claim. They also tend to be at off peak times, so if you have a flexible schedule, you’re more likely to get a great deal. Below is a partial list of donation or community classes: 

 

FREE YOGA AT NYC RECREATION CENTERS  

 

Shape-Up NYC
All 5 Boroughs of NYC
Free.

Varying dates and times all year long. Look up locations, dates and times at the below link.
nycgovparks.org/programs/recreation/shape-up-nyc
 

FREE OUTDOOR YOGA IN NYC PARKS  

 

Hudson River Park
Pier 25: Tuesdays at 6:30p, thru August 16th

Pier 46: Wednesdays at 6:30p, thru August 17th

Visit their site to RSVP for free classes

 

Bryant Park Yoga
In Bryant Park around 42nd St and 6th Ave.
Free. Mats are provided on first come first serve.

Tuesdays 10am - 11am; Thursdays 6pm - 7pm. May 20th-September 22nd
bryantpark.org/plan-your-visit/yoga.html
 
Prospect Park Yoga
In Prospect Park's Long Meadow near the 9th Street entrance. Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Free. 

Thursdays 7pm - 8pm. June 2nd - August 25th
http://www.bendandbloom.com/park-yoga/

 

Target Community Garden Yoga
117th Street between 1st and Pleasant
Free.

Saturdays 10am - 11am, June thru September

 

Yoga in Socrates Sculpture Park
In Socrates Sculpture Park. Queens, NY.
Free. 

Saturdays 9:30am. - 10:30am & 11am - 12pm. Through September 24th. Sundays 10am-11am. Through September 25th.
 
Yoga in Union Square
Union Square in the South Plaza.
Free. Limited number of mats provided.

Thursdays 7pm - 8pm. May 24th - Spetember 6th.
unionsquarenyc.org/fitness-in-the-square

 

Tompkins Square Park Yoga
Hosted by Yoga East: The month of August. Monday 7pm, Tuesday 10am, Wednesday 7pm, Thursday 10am.In Bryant Park around 42nd St and 6th Ave.
Hosted by Stanton Street Yoga: 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Thru September 15th.

Free/Donation only. 

 

CHEAP OR DONATION YOGA IN NYC STUDIOS

 

Yoga to the People
St Marks Place, 27th Street, 38th Street and Williamsburg
All classes donation only.
yogatothepeople.com
 
Harlem Yoga
125th Street and 5th Ave.
Suggested Donation $8

harlemyogastudio.com

 

Beloved Yogi Harlem

St. Nicholas Ave. & 145th Street

All classes donation only - $15 suggested

belovedyogiharlem.com
 
Bikram Yoga NYC
Many locations
$12 classes. Check with studio for donation classes.
bikramyoganyc.com
 
Dharma Yoga

Two Midtown locations
Donation classes 6 days a week- $9 minimum
dharmayogacenter.com
 
Stanton Street Yoga 
Stanton and Ridge Streets
Daily donation classes. 
stantonstreetyoga.com
 
Integral Yoga Institute
13th and 7th Ave. 
$5 donation classes
iyiny.org
 
South Bronx Yoga

Gerard Ave (near Yankee Stadium)
All classes are pay what you can- minimum suggested is $3.
southbronxyoga.com
 
Yogaworks

several locations. 
$10 community classes
yogaworks.com
 
Bikram Yoga Harlem

145th and Broadway
Sunday 4:30pm and Wed 12:30pm donation classes

6:30am classes $10
bikramyogaharlem.com

 

Remember, this is just a partial list and schedules are likely to change, so please double check with the studio.  

  

Finally, most yoga studios offer discounts to students, as well as to some artists, actors, dancers, etc. If you belong to a union, you may want to check with your favorite studio to see if they offer special rates.  

  

There are a few other important things to remember when trying to save money on yoga classes. Most places charge for things like mat rentals, bottled water, and towels. You can save yourself a couple bucks each trip if you just bring all this stuff yourself. Even if you think you won’t use them, it’s always a good idea to have towels and water on hand.  

 

If you keep this in mind, you should be ready to find peace of mind and a great workout at a reasonable price. Namaste!  

 

 

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