Post # 1
I love Bikram Yoga.
I got this great groupon for 30 days unlimited Bikram for $30. I went 18 times in the 30 days and it was amazing. I felt so much better, I slept better, i was less stressed, it was awesome.
The 30 days ran out about a week ago and I am feeling myself get lazier. Here’s the deal: there are a number Bikram Studios in the neighborhood and they all have “charity” classes where you “pay what you want” and they donate the proceeds to a charity.
I am a student planning wedding (aka…super poor)… Bikram in NYC regularly costs between $15-$30 PER class. I am too afraid to show up to a charity class because I think I’ll just get guilted into paying the whole $15. I would love to pay like $5 but I was thinking $8-$10. would be fair..thoughts?
Post # 3
Some of the hot yoga studios in my area have a minimum of $7 for the pay what you can classes….so I think $7 or $8 would be reasonable! I do think $5 is a little low, but if that is what you can afford then that is ok! Just check to see if there is a minimum expected donation in case!
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
@Miss_Pura Vida: where are these classes in NYC? Any that you especially like?
Post # 5
I live up by Columbia so I go to Harlem Bikram Yoga. I actually really like that studio… the people are really nice. (ie people say hi, and remember your name). They are doing $30 for 30 days until the end of the month and have charity classes on Wed/Sun at 1230.
Post # 6
$5 is fine. Part of the yoga philosophy is that yoga should be accessible to everyone… so, when a studio offers a “pay what you can” class, they genuninely don’t expect you to pay as much as a full price class. The teachers are essentially offering this class as a form of community service.
Post # 7
You can donation what ever you can. The idea behind donation days is that its a chance for people to pay what they can and help out a local charity. You should never feel guilty about sticking to your budget. If there is one thing I have learned from yoga its to be ok with were you are today and if you can only give $5 today dont let anyone else “guilt” you into thinking otherwise. All the best with you practice!
Post # 8
$5 is fine. That’s what I pay (I pay a monthly fee and with the frequency I go, that’s what it works out to per class).