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July 2015

Free Baltimore Yoga

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I’ve been taking yoga classes for free for about seven years. I’ve been to Wanderlust, retreats in tropical locations, classes in parks, museums, and community centers. I’ve been to classes that were free and classes that honestly I wouldn’t have been able to afford if I had to pay for them myself. My wife is a yoga teacher so I’ve always had a comped ticket to her classes regardless of price, because of this I’ve never had to check my bank account to see whether I could afford to take yoga, and in an ideal world, I think it would be this way for everyone – but it’s not.

Free Baltimore Yoga aims to supplement the typical yoga studio model by offering free studio quality yoga classes in open settings.

When I was younger I played baseball and basketball. In high school I broke my leg during a rugby practice, and in college, I casually weight trained and boxed. Today, I practice yoga almost exclusively. In addition to the physical and mental benefits of my yoga practice I’ve met great people and being part of multiple yoga studio communities has been life changing for me and my wife in ways that I would never had anticipated. I’ve had great experiences in studio yoga classes, retreats, trainings, and special events – they cost money to put on and there should be a cost associated with them. To be clear, I think that yoga teachers and studios should make money and many studios offer donation classes and teach classes for charities that couldn’t happen without funding.

BUT, what do we do for the people who need yoga more than that once a week or once a month? The first studio that I attended (and I’ve seen it in others since) posted signs on their walls that said, taking yoga three days a week is good, five days a week is better, but if you take yoga seven days a week you just may be transformed.” This sounds like marketing and often is meant to be, however the benefits of taking yoga regularly have been proven and once a week is “good,” but if you remember back to when you fell in love with yoga, you know that once a week just doesn’t cut it.

I’ve found that yoga has an innate ability to bring together people from all walks of life. Too often, access to this feeling of community is restricted to those who can afford expensive studio memberships and drop-in class fees. There is an opportunity for yoga to “catch” on a much larger scale and as a result bring our society together one community at a time. Free Baltimore Yoga aims to supplement the typical yoga studio model by offering free studio quality yoga classes in open settings. Classes will be taught by my wife and others who believe in what we’re creating.