Yoga on the Rise, But Is It Affordable?
I recently spent a week in Vancouver, Canada. They call it “Beautiful British Columbia” and so it is. The city seems to stay fresh and clean from all the rain. The amazing pine trees add fresh oxygen to the air. It’s quite awesome to see how the city has built itself up through the years and yet has managed to retain its natural beauty.
Yoga has become more and more popular in Vancouver, as it has in many cities around the world. Unfortunately, due to its increasing worldwide popularity, yoga classes are also becoming more expensive. The new studios are gorgeous, but that may very well be part of the problem. For a start, the overhead and construction costs must be a big drain on the studios, so in turn they charge higher fees for their classes in order to cover these costs.
This all leads to the question of affordability for an individual. How can someone who has a family and household expenses afford to pay $15 to $20 for one class? Or to commit to a package with a specific time frame when their schedule continually has to shift to accommodate their children? If the class is not a “Mommy Baby” one, who will watch the child? Having a child myself, I can truly appreciate the difficulties that a parent has to take into consideration.
Yoga can make such a positive and permanent difference in everybody’s health and lives, so it would be wonderful if it could be made available to as many individuals as possible. That’s why it’s my hope that more studios will take these situations into consideration and initiate classes that will be more readily available and affordable for families and individuals.[tags] yoga on the rise, yoga affordability, yoga availability, yoga studios[/tags]