The best argument for doing yoga at home? It’s where the inner practice of yoga happens best. Another argument, however, can be the cost of doing yoga with others. With the price of a single studio class in LA in the $20-plus range, asana practitioners wanting to practice in groups may need to seek alternatives.
Some studios are offering more affordable options, and some groups are creating their own community sessions.
To receive active instruction
For those seeking active guidance and instruction in the practice of yoga postures, one choice stands out. The Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles has begun offering Iyengar for All, a community class, at a cost of $7 per class. The course’s teacher, Jennifer Edwards, has been teaching for more than 10 years and is trained to instruct students how to accomplish alignment in poses for maximum benefit and safety. A single class at the institute costs $20.
The class is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4 pm. The institute is at 1835 S. La Cienega, Ste. 240. Contact number: 310-558-8212.
Another studio option is Yogala Echo Park, which offers donation-based classes in a variety of styles on three mornings, one afternoon and two evenings. The studio is at 1840 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles. Contact number: 213-375-4505.
For a sense of community
For those more interested in community and someone to lead them through a series of postures, groups organized through meetup.com offer many choices, typically free. Most, but not all, are provided out-of-doors. Some meetups gather sporadically.
Some examples of those with consistent, ongoing sessions:
Open Sky Yoga meets Mondays at 6:30 am at a location disclosed only to members of the meetup group.
Free Yoga in LA offers classes in a variety of spots, currently at Pan Pacific Park, 141 S. Gardner St. at 9 am Fridays.
YEP – Yoga at Echo Park offers classes Wednesdays at 5:30 pm and Saturdays at 10 am. Groups meet at Echo Park Avenue and Park Avenue in Los Angeles.