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San Francisco has always been one of the top cities in providing yoga in its true form. But with an array of options for yogis to choose from, it can be a real dilemma on where to actually commit your practice (and paycheck). Yoga to the People sets themselves apart in a huge way.
The yoga studio in the heart of Mission District knows that it shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg just to strengthen them.
Originating in New York in 2006 with the same accessibility goal in mind, Yoga to the People made its way to Bay Area after its almost-immediate success. The San Francisco location allows those that practice to get away from the hectic bustle of the city, with a view that truly makes you feel like you’ve escaped it all, and for a very un-SF price.
One of the main “selling” points of Yoga to the People is that it’s 100% donation-based. Even with the suggested $10 donation, this is a place where you give what you can, when you can — without judgment.
As you will often hear instructors say at YTTP, the most important thing is connecting with yourself and becoming in tune with your body. Although there is a lot of loud and heavy breathing (that’s their thing), there are no chants or off-key Oms during class.
Their primary yoga style is actually very approachable; it’s a 60-minute Power Vinyasa Flow, with the occasional 90-minute or candlelit classes during the weekend.
Participants can be as spiritual—or not—as they’d like, as long as listening to the body becomes a part of the day’s practice. And the 30-minute gap between classes is specifically for those that choose to indulge themselves in savasana — they’re not going to disturb you if you really settle in.
In every way possible, it’s really all about you. There are no instructor schedules and no reservations — so there are no excuses not to show up. But because classes are walk-in style, it’s recommended to arrive about 15 minutes early, especially for the busiest times of the day: 6pm being, by far, the busiest during the week and between 10 am and noon on the weekends. Though, if you hate crowds, YTTP offers plenty of other times throughout the day, seven days a week.
If you really need more incentives (doubtful), here’s three more: mat rentals are only one dollar, modern pop/rock is their choice for background music, and the studio has an urban aesthetic that is oh-so-Insta-worthy.
Convinced? You don’t want to miss the affordable power yoga that will teach you not to sweat the small things.
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