In Portland, a yoga studio can be found on almost every street corner, but that doesn't mean the practice is easily accessible. With many studios charging $15 to $20 for drop-in classes, perfecting your downward dog can come at a steep price. Sure, most studios have work exchange programs—offering free or discounted memberships for helping out with cleaning or watching the front desk each week—but that level of commitment isn't for everyone. Still, there are ways to master your flow on the cheap, including at some highly regarded mainstays with experienced teachers—enough for a full week, even. Here's a sample schedule.
(Full disclosure: I have taught at some of these studios.)
Yoga Union (2305 SE 50th Ave.) has a $5 drop-in hot yoga class at 7 am for a sweaty start to the week inside a huge, open space with a beautiful wooden floor.
The Yoga Space (210 NW 17th Ave.) offers $8 happy hour classes at 4 pm most weekdays in a unique setting—a converted chapel with colorful stained-glass windows.
Studio PDX (2937 E Burnside St.) is a small neighborhood studio with a $7 community hatha class at 4:30 pm—great for those who enjoy a slow, alignment-based practice.
The People's Yoga (3014 NE Killingsworth St.) puts financial accessibility at the forefront of its mission. Normal drop-in sessions are only $14 regularly, placing them on the affordable end of the spectrum, but the 6 pm Thursday night classes are free, led by teacher trainees.
New to yoga? The Bhakti Yoga Movement Center (2500 SE 26th Ave.) holds a donations-based yoga foundations class at 4 pm on Fridays that teaches the basics of hatha.
Love Hive Yoga (1847 E Burnside St., 5975 SE 52nd Ave.) has a community donation class at 1 pm for just $5 that's taught by recent graduates and varies in style depending on the teacher.
It's not a studio, but in addition to selling casual and athletic wear, retail chain prAna (635 NW 23rd Ave.) holds free classes at its store weekend mornings. Check out the vinyasa-yin combo class at 9:30 am to get an early jump on tamping down the Sunday scaries.
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