So here's the deal, as a teacher, I find it difficult to make my living entirely off of teaching yoga. It's a common misconception that yoga teachers make an enormous amount of money. Trust me, I wouldn't be waiting tables if that were the case. I wouldn't be doing accounting jobs either. There are times that physically I need a break. But if I am injured, sometimes I still have to teach. Which is why I think Jennifer You is a rock star because from seated, she has been teaching with a torn achilles. Pattabi Jois (founder of Ashtanga Yoga) taught from seated later in his life. He no longer practiced the vigorous sequences. Which brings me to my next misconception. That we have to do a certain style of yoga each time or it's not "right" for us. That is a big misconception. When I am venturing into a new class, there may be something that I don't prefer or like about a class. That doesn't mean that the teacher is bad or that the class or style is bad, it's just different. It's not wrong. Some people respond to a teacher that yells at them or hits them. That may be what they need. It's definitely not for me. But it's not my journey. Which leads me to my last point or misconception. That somehow if it's donation, or inexpensive that it isn't quite good enough. That somehow that diminishes the value of the practice. I have many friends that were not only introduced to yoga at their local YMCA, but practiced for years under a teacher that had DECADES of teaching experience. So with those things to think about, I give you my latest recommendations for doing yoga all over San Diego on a budget:
They have locations everywhere and I teach for them. Yes, their rooms are not the best for yoga. No, they don't have mats. But with so many locations, variety of teachers to choose from, students come because they love the teacher and they practice wherever. No, you're not going to get the kind of instruction that you would at a studio. You can get a monthly membership for around $39. Sometimes cheaper.
San Diego Yoga Collective Hopper Pass
This is available and the best deal in town for this kind of thing. OB Namaste Yoga in Ocean Beach, Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla and Little Yoga Studio of San Diego teamed up and created this. Most of these studios already offer a discount, first week or first class free to new students. What the hopper pass enables you to do is go to each of these studios. Three classes for $30 or 15 classes for $175. So you can hopp around and get some of the best instruction, I've been to all three studios and thoroughly enjoyed each of them.