Pay it Forward - To a Yogi

Several years ago I taught community yoga classes in the basement of a church that was donation only in order to serve and offer yoga to people who would not normally be able to afford it.

I placed a bucket by the door with a sign that said "suggested donation $10". Some people donated more than that each week but the best part was that I was reaching a community of people who really needed yoga in their lives due to their financial circumstances or health.

Now that I have the Bee Yoga Fusion yoga studio I am unable to offer a walk-in community class due to class size limitations of the space. I've held on to the Monday night community class, offering it at a discounted rate for students who can't afford class passes or the price of a drop-in class. But as I look around the room I know that my services are not reaching the depth that they once did in helping to create a yoga practice for people who were financially unable to afford it.

For the month of November and December, for every student that uses their class pass to pay for a Monday night class I will be donating $1 to go towards a Pay It Forward Yoga Class Pass. The Pay It Forward Class Pass will be given to chosen individuals who have expressed the need for yoga in their lives.

No you don't need to show me your W-2 but I am asking that you be honest both with yourself and with our yoga community. If you can purchase a weekly Starbucks and enter 5 marathon races per year this Pay It Forward Class Pass was not created with you in mind. This pass is for the yogi who has come upon hard times, who is barely staying afloat and yet still scrapes together $10 to show up and roll out their mat each Monday night because yoga is their saving grace.

To be considered as one of the Pay It Forward Class Pass recipients please answer these questions:

  • How has yoga changed your life?
  • What is holding you back from living your best life?

Submit your essay questions to by January 1st, 2015.
For privacy reasons winners will not be announced publicly.  

*****There will also be a bucket for donations as you enter the studio. ******