Whether you want to try your first downward dog or are ready
to finally try the dreaded and impossible crow pose, now’s the best time to do
it. September is National Yoga Month, and more than 1,600 studios around the
country will be offering free classes, cool yoga workshops to deepen your
practice, and more. Hosted by the Yoga Health Foundation, the goal is to
educate as many people as possible about the health and fitness benefits (less
stress, more energy, a firm belly, a calm mind, just to name a few)
of yoga. While getting in touch with yoga studios in your area is the best way
to find out about the events they’re offering, here are a few om-tastic deals
to check out ASAP:
A free week of yoga. New
students can score One Week of Free Yoga, which can be redeemed at one of over
1,600 participating yoga studios throughout October. Click here to nab your card. Already
a devout yogi? Use the card to enjoy a free week at a studio you’ve yet to try.
Who knows? You may just find your new favorite teacher.
Freebie classes at
Athleta. Swing by any Athleta store every Saturday in September for a free
stretch session led by a local instructor. Classes will be led by local yoga
instructors. Bonus: While there, you can enter for a chance to win a private
yoga session and shopping party, with one winner selected per store…as well as
shop for a new cute yoga top! Find your local store and schedule of free yoga
classes at athleta.com/stores.
Free online classes.
Love to practice at home? Check out ekhartyoga.com. The site will be offering
three free classes a week throughout the month of September. The classes will
range from 20 to 90 minutes in length, and each week will have a specific
theme. Week 1 will focus on standing poses, and will be geared toward
developing strength and stability. Week 2 is all about twists, with a goal of
creating circulation in the organs for a healthier body. Week 3 will be all
about the hamstrings and hips—a great week for runners—filled with poses that
will loosen the lower back and quiet the mind. The fourth and final week will
be focused on heart-opening postures, which will help clear your mind and body
of negative emotions. Also, check out our easy-to-follow fat-blasting yoga
A chance to connect
with other yogis around the globe. On September 30th, National
Yoga Month will conclude with Time for Yoga, a global community practice. Yogis
from around the world will practice the 90-minute sequence (60 minutes of yoga,
15 minutes of relaxation, and 15 minutes of meditation), at 7PM in their local
time zone. Search for a Time for Yoga
event (or any other Yoga Month event) in your area here.