We all know London is not exactly the cheapest place to live in and visit and that can apply to yoga classes too. Gone are also the days of “first lesson is for free”. However, there are still several opportunities to enjoy a yoga class in London either for completely free, or with a low cost. Below is a list of some of the classes I have visited or plan to visit in the near future.
Their leggings are definitely not the cheapest ones you can find but Lululemon makes up for that by offering free 60 minute yoga classes in most of their stores on Sundays, usually starting at 10 am. There is no registration, the mats are provided – all you have to do is show up in good time to ensure you get in. I’d recommend arriving about 30 minutes in advance, especially as the weather is getting (eventually…) warmer. The teachers are sourced locally so it is also a good way to experience different yoga styles and teaching personalities. Look for more detail from this link.
Like Lulu, Sweaty Betty organises free classes in their stores. On programme is not only yoga but also pilates, barre, HiiT… You will need to register in advance for these classes, you can get more detail from here.
London Buddhist Centre
If you want to keep your yoga non-commercial, you can head to the London Buddhist Centre in Bethnal Green. They have donation based 46 min yoga classes every weekday at lunchtime. Check out the details from their page here.
Yoga Nest at Saint Margaret’s House
Another gem of East London, Yoga Nest is at stone’s throw away from the Bethanl Green tube station and has a diverse programme of different type of yoga classes. Some of them are completely free, some are donation based and the rest are very reasonably priced. And whilst you are in the area, why not visit the vegan café next door for a snack or a meal – all products are made from locally sourced ingredients and really nice (I’m Finnish so this is about the highest form of enthusiasm I am capable of demonstrating – but seriously, go there!)
This wellbeing centre is located between Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations and offers a range of yoga classes, holistic therapies and a café. You can print out a voucher for a for a free introductory class from here.
Adidas Studio London
This is a new one that I found by accident this week when picking up my Indian food from one of the restaurants on Brick Lane. This fitness studio offers workout and different type of yoga classes, nutritional advice and run clubs – all for free! It is a women only space and you can get the week’s schedule by sending them a Facebook message – from the links provided you can also sign up for the classes coming up.
Ok, EasyGyms are maybe not the most glamorous or traditional of places to do yoga but you can get a daily pass for 6.99 (which in London means it is practically free) and combine your weight session with a yoga class that are offered at least some of the locations. Check out the sites and class schedules from here.
TriYoga Community Classes
TriYoga has six sites around London and they all offer half priced (8.50 instead of the usual 17 pounds drop in rate) community classes during weekdays. Most of the classes take place midday/early afternoon, are lead by variety of teachers, offering variety of styles. Check out TriYoga’s full programme from here.
There are also many other yoga studios who offer community classes at a discounted rate so you can always search for your local studios and check out their website to see what is on offer. Finally, most studios in London offer introductory pass deals, which means that you can get unlimited access to all classes for 10 days/2 weeks or so at a heavily discounted price.
As we are still in January and the year has just started, why not take advantage of the opportunities above and try out few yoga classes so see how it can work for you?