Friday, Aug 22, 2014 11:42 am est

Fitness Finds: National Yoga Month

Posted on September 23, 2013 | by Alena Hall

File photo by Daniel Cole

With the fall semester in full swing and midterm exams steadily approaching, stress and anxiety may be killing what’s left of your summer buzz. Luckily, there are cheap and easy ways to challenge your body and restore your mind this week. This is the final week of National Yoga Month, and opportunities to try out a new studio for $10 or less are still available. Yoga helps improve your strength, flexibility, posture, stress management and overall mood. Protect your inner peace right away and give one of these five budget-friendly yoga programs a try before September comes to a close.

Yoga Health Foundation


The nonprofit organization behind National Yoga Month is giving one week free yoga coupons to anyone interested in visiting one of its participating yoga studios for the first time. Register on its website, select a studio and receive the coupon via email within minutes. While registration closes at the end of September, the coupon is valid through the end of October.

Yoga to the People

East Village, Gramercy Park, Midtown West and Brooklyn

Yoga to the People makes yoga available to everyone with its low prices, multiple locations and a variety of Vinyasa and hot yoga styles. Most 60-minute classes are donation based, suggesting $10 if it is within your means, but the Gramercy Park location only charges $5 per class. Mat rental is an additional $2. No registration is required, but plan on arriving 15 minutes early because the classes tend to fill up quickly. And in case you plan on changing after class, know that the studios do not have showers.

Yoga Vida

Union Square and Greenwich Village

This Vinyasa Flow-based studio offers a week of unlimited yoga for just $10 to any new students. Visit both locations within the unlimited week to try a variety of their Vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga and introductory meditation classes. What better time to sign up for a week of free yoga than the last week of National Yoga Month?


Upper East Side and Upper West Side

Women’s athletic wear retailer Athleta hosts free community events throughout the year but puts a special focus on their National Yoga Month classes. This week the Upper East Side location is offering a “Yoga for Runners” class Tuesday evening, “Yoga for Athletes” class Saturday morning, and “Sun Salutation” class Sunday morning. The Upper West Side location has “Yoga 101” and “Nutrition Workshop” Thursday evening, “Free Yoga” Friday morning, and “Yoga Flow” class Sunday morning. RSVP is required.

Shape Up NYC


NYC Service, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Equinox Fitness Clubs teamed up to create Shape Up NYC, a free fitness program that is accessible to anyone and everyone throughout the metropolitan area. Visit their website to check out their variety of yoga classes, as well as other fitness activities, available in all five boroughs throughout the week.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Sept. 23 print edition. Alena Hall is a contributing writer. Email her at


profile portrait
Felipe De La Hoz

Multimedia Editor | Felipe De La Hoz is a Colombian national studying journalism at the College of Arts and Sciences. Having been born in Colombia and raised in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, Felipe is a trilingual travel aficionado and enjoys working in varied and difficult environments. Apart from his photography, Felipe enjoys investigative reporting and interviews, interviewing the likes of Colombian ex-M-19 guerrilla fighters and controversial politician Jimmy McMillan. He has covered everything from governmental conferences to full-blown riots, as well as portraiture shoots and dining photography. Having worked under Brazilian photojournalists for Reuters and AFP, Felipe hopes to one day work on demanding journalistic projects and contribute to the global news cycle.

Ann Schmidt

News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.


Daniel Yeom

Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

Hannah Luu

Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

  • How to join:

    The Washington Square News holds open weekly budget meetings at its office located at 838 Broadway every Sunday. All are welcome to attend, no matter your background in journalism, writing, or reporting. Specific times for meetings by desk are listed below. If you wish to talk to an editor before you attend, feel free to check out the Staff page.

    5 P.M. 6 P.M. 6 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 7 P.M.

    Applying for an editor position: Applications for editor positions during the fall or spring semesters are available twice each academic year and can be found here when posted. Applications for the Fall 2012 semester are closed, but check back for Spring 2013. Those who wish to apply are urged to publish pieces in the newspaper and contact current editors for shadowing.

    History of the Washington Square News:

    The Washington Square News is the official daily student newspaper of New York University and serves the NYU, Greenwich Village, and East Village communities. Founded as an independent newspaper in 1973, the WSN allows its undergraduate writers and photographers to cover campus and city news and continues to grow its strong body of award-winning journalists and photographers.

  • The WSN has a circulation of about 60,000 and can be found in over a hundred purple bins distributed throughout campus. It is published Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and online on Friday, with additional special issues published in the summer. The newspaper recently revamped its website during the Fall 2012 semester.

    Like few campus newspapers in the country, the paper is editorially and financially independent from the university and is solely responsible for selling advertisements to fund its production. The WSN, including its senior staff, is run solely by current undergraduate students and the business-division is largely student-operated as well.

    A Board of Directors comprised of alumni, NYU professors and working news media professionals serves as advisors to the paper. Board members have no control in the WSN's editorial policy or newsroom operations. Alumni of the newspaper are established and leading journalists in such news organizations as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC news, ABC news, Fox News, and USA Today.