“Pay-what-you-can” yoga classes try to go back to the roots of yoga: no Westernization, no capitalism, no pressure.
Flor Frey, who founded the Yoga Sol studio with four other yoga instructors, thinks that, “Yoga is no good that can be traded.” Yoga should be more than just a workout for your body, mind or heart, she said. Yoga Sol wants to build a community and Flor and the other teachers want to share their experience with their students. Every person is welcome at this yoga studio, since there is no age or body type limitation to practicing yoga.
A lot of students and artists are attending the classes but also retired peoples and business people from the nearby companies – everybody who is dynamic, passionate or just curious about yoga.
The classes have a varying attendance, from courses with just three students to classes with 25 participants. Since there is no monthly fee or contract, the Yoga Sol studio is a great opportunity for those who want to get in touch with the whole philosophy. Since they started in May, more and more people are coming with every month.
The studio lives from the donations by the students. Everybody can pay anonymously what he/she would like to pay. The suggested donation is $10 but sometimes people pay nothing or a lot more. However, the average amount of donation is $9.36, according to Frey. The students pay as they come, which means that they can slip in the money in a small wooden box or they can even pay by credit card – still anonymously.
“We try to keep it as simple as possible,” said Flor, so people can feel welcomed and not bothered with money issues. Stephanie Dalager , a yoga teacher who offers classes three times a week agrees: “ The people feel very comfortable with the open environment.” The students are thankful for the hours at the Yoga-Sol studio because it offers them a community and a safe place, where they can quiet their minds.
This Friday, September 28 , the Yoga Sol studio will celebrate an Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Open House is an opportunity to meet with the teachers and to get in touch with the donation-based yoga model. Free classes, some drinks and a warm atmosphere are waiting for everyone who is interested and curious about yoga.