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Fitness Finds: National Yoga Month

Posted on September 23, 2013 | by Alena Hall

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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

Citywide

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?

Athleta

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

Citywide

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 features@nyunews.com.

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