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Bringing Yoga to the Yogi: A How-To Guide

November 15, 2012

Despite the volume of studios and yoga teachers in DC, finding a yoga classes that fits your schedule and is conveniently located isn’t always easy. Unless you live AND work in DuPont Circle, the Mecca of DC studios, you’ll be readjusting your schedule to get to the class you want with the teacher you want.

These days there is so much more yoga offered, practically in every neighborhood in Washington, DC. When I was an undergrad in ’98, I used to walk 45 minutes, in the snow, uphill, both ways, just to get to a small church offering vinyasa classes. There weren’t too many other options. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of frustrations about finding a class you like that fits around your schedule.

So if you can’t bring Moses to the Mountain…maybe you can get creative.
Now presenting…

Rebecca’s How-To Guide: 3 Ways to Bring Yoga to the Yogi (in ascending order of obviousness)

  1. Schedule a one-on-one session. Practically every person in this town is for hire. Most yoga teachers will come to your house or offer their own space. Costs will vary depending on location (Does she travel to you? Does she have additional rent to pay for the space? Are special preparations involved?) and usually packages are offered to get a better price (buy multiple sessions at once and you’ll get a discount). I’ve seen prices vary from $50-$175/session. There’s no better way to get a completely self-focuses, all-eyes-and-attention-on-you yoga experience.
  2. Do it as a group. If you have a small group (anywhere from 2-6 or even more) you can split the cost of hiring a teacher for a private lesson. Again, you can offer your own space (a living room, back yard, local park, condo party room) or work with the teacher to find one. She may have an affiliation with a studio to use. Costs again may vary, but splitting the cost makes it much more affordable. All you need to do is rally some of your yogi troops, contact a teacher, organize a place and time, and discuss rates. You could even discuss holding a series of classes as a group. (These types of small group privates are always the most rewarding and fun in my experience.)
  3. Get a sponsor to pay, ideally your employer. Bringing yoga to work is the most convenient way to get in a regular practice with the convenience of simply stepping away for your lunch hour to the conference room downstairs. Teachers often charge a specific rate for “corporate yoga”. Talk to your HR department reps and connect them with your teacher. If your employer doesn’t already have a gym that offers yoga and has no other agreement with a third party, they may be able to bring someone in. That way, it’s free for you and your employer can boast having yoga on their list of benefits.
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