We pretty much celebrate just how bendy and blissed out yoga make us year-round. But every September, we’re inclined to recognize the fact that for 30 days, it’s the ancient practice’s official time to shine.
As summer fades and the fall frenzy sets in, who doesn’t need to find their drishti, deep breathing (and savasana) more than ever?
The other gift of National Yoga Month? You won’t have to fork over as much moolah to practice. Here are three awesome ways to get your yoga on in September without opening your wallet. (Pay it forward by moving through the city with more compassion.) —Lisa Elaine Held
Photo: Exhale NamasDAY
Athleta Online and In-Store Yoga Classes
The yoga and fitness fashion retailer is partnering with class streaming site YogaGlo to offer a series of three free online classes—energizing, relaxing, and cross-training for athletes. Goodbye subway ride, hello pigeon pose in PJs! If you prefer the live version, Athleta stores across the country will also be offering classes with local instructors throughout the month. Check your local store’s schedule for dates and times, and pick up a fall running jacket on your way out. www.athleta.com/yogamonth
On September 19, Exhale Spa hosts its third annual NamasDay yoga fest. You can book free Power, Flow, and Chill classes at locations across the country, and select locations will host evening parties with DJs, trunk shows, giveaways, and more. In New York, you can even take in the last breaths of summer during sun salutations on the Meatpacking District’s cobblestones. www.exhalespa.com/namasDAY
Pure Yoga Classes
During the week of September 9–13, Pure Yoga is opening the doors of its luxe uptown studios to non-members for select classes. You can practice with some of New York’s top teachers—like Scott Harig, Matt Giordano, Tanya Boulton, and Amanda Murdock—for free. Note: The complimentary classes are only open to first-timers, and you can only book one. www.pureyoga.com
Photo: Pure instructor Amanda Murdock