Ah, yoga. If you had asked me a year ago if I liked yoga, I would have greeted that question with a big ‘ol chuckle. Had I tried it? Yes, multiple times. But I never could really get into it.
And, forget about finding my “center.”
During those 60-minute sessions of stretching my body in ways I didn’t even know it could twist, I could barely simmer down my mind, much less press pause on the overflowing thoughts.
My mom’s advice? Keep rolling out the mat.
So, that’s what I did.
I’m having a yoga love affair.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am by no means a yogi. More like a wannabe-yogi. But there is just something about this mind-body-soul workout that I can’t get enough of. That balance I am beginning to feel both on and off the mat is so soothing. All I want is more.
But, as we all know, more yoga means more money. Classes in San Francisco can be so expensive, with prices upward of $20 a class. Unfortunately, with the amount I want to attend, that price-tag is way too hefty for my budget.
Yet somehow, it’s as if the workout gods were looking down on me calling my name, because I recently stumbled upon Yoga To The People. Have you heard of it? It’s a donation-based studio with a mission to make yoga available to everyone.
And, the best part? It’s located in a breathtaking fifth-floor loft area in the Mission District. I honestly had never seen such an incredible space. With the rush of morning light reflecting through the floor-to-ceiling windows, I can’t think of a more beautiful way to begin a new day.
If you’re in the area and are looking to free your mind, I highly recommend checking out YTTP. Classes take place all throughout the day, every day of the week., which makes this place extra convenient. (And you can even rent a mat at the studio!!)
Along with YTTP, below are even more donation-based yoga studio in San Francisco:
Laughing Lotus Yoga Center
Donation-Based Classes: Monday thru Thursday at 2:30 – 3:34pm
3271 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco
Free Class: Wednesdays at 8:00 – 9:30am
2404 27th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116
So, go ahead. Free your mind and meet me on the mat!
And if you’re interested in reading more, here’s a post I recently wrote for POPSUGAR on how yoga can help tremendously with anxiety.