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Ever wondered about “donation” yoga?

July 25th, 2011 No Comments

Since I’m on the yoga topic today, I thought I would address this popular question, “what is donation yoga?”

Which begs the other questions: Is it free or should I pay more because my fee is a “donation?” Are the instructors real teachers or are they in training?

As with anything, I’m sure it varies from studio to studio, but I do have some answers for you.

I think Cura Yoga says it best, it’s:

“Yoga powered by Generosity.”

Technically donation yoga classes are free; any money you give to participate goes to a charity.  The instructors are the same and teach the same type of class they would normally.

I took the above picture at Cura Yoga‘s new “studio” in the back of the green building store New Living** in Rice Village (Houston).  Even though the space only fit 6 of us, Blair, one of my favorites at their River Oaks location, led us through a challenging flow that got my heart racing!  Such a pleasant surprise.  I donated $10 which went to the Breathecure, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing educational awareness to the general public about the benefits of breathing techniques, meditation and yoga. These methods are used both as prevention and complementary treatment of cancer and other illnesses. It sounds a little far-fetched, but to hear owner Jennifer Buergermeister talk about it, their work with kids is making a huge difference.  I was intrigued to know more.

Donation yoga turned out to be great for everyone!

**New Living is an awesome store that sells organic mattresses, recycled glass windows, air filtration systems, and non-toxic paint that smells like a milkshake! Basically they stock all of the stuff we SHOULD be using at home, but aren’t for one reason or another.

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