From relieving stress to improving sex lives, the benefits of yoga, often described as meditation in motion, are allegedly legion and the amount of studios offering yoga courses seem to multiply every year.
Free Yoga Classes in Montreal
Finding a yoga studio in Montreal? Not particularly difficult. Finding a yoga studio in Montreal that offers free classes beyond the standard first-time "free trial" session is another story and yes, they are few and far between.
But I scoured the city and found a handful of regularly scheduled yoga freebies as well as a couple of very affordable options. Note that this list is regularly updated, this, since its original January 11, 2009 publication date.
- Lululemon Athletica
Every Lululemon store and showroom around the world offers free yoga classes every week. It's company policy. Just bring a yoga mat, water, dress comfortably and you're set. With four locations in Montreal, that makes for a lot of complimentary yoga.
- Urban Forest Summer Morning Yoga
Start your day with a free downtown yoga session. Make sure to bring your mat and reserve a spot. Canceled in case of rain.
- Jardin Gamelin Spring & Summer Morning Yoga
Jardins Gamelin (on the edge of the Montreal Gay Village) hosts outdoor morning yoga sessions in warm months. Sessions last one hour. No registration required. Bring your mat.
- Yoga in the Park on the Plateau
In summer months, The Main's Parc des Amériques is host to Sunday morning hour-long yoga sessions. No registration required. Bring your mat. Cancelled in case of rain.
- Studio Bliss Boutique
In the words of Bliss: "Forget the snooze button." Studio Bliss Boutique offers a free yoga class that will particularly appeal to beginners. Be sure to contact Bliss before heading out as this schedule is subject to change without notice.
- Equilibrium Yoga
Pay-whatever-you-can and "suggested donation" or "karma" yoga classes are a little more common than free classes. Visit Equilibrium for their nearly-free , as well as "full moon" yoga classes and crack-of-dawn sadhana, the latter of which if adhered to with sincere commitment and practice, reportedly leads to a healthy and balanced Kundalini awakening.
YogaYak isn't based in Montreal, nor are the classes live, but you can take up to 200 yoga classes from the comfort of your own home for free.
- United Yoga
Barter system: volunteer your time and get access to free classes.
- Yoga at Concordia University
These sessions aren't free but just try to find more affordable yoga classes in Montreal. And if you're looking for a challenge, check out Louis Guillemette's yoga class. This Cirque du Soleil workshop leader and ex-La la la Human Steps dancer leads a serious sweat-inducing yoga workout.
- Ha Yoga
You're not made of money and Ha Yoga gets that. Their classes aren't free, but they are reasonable. With accessible pricing for Drop-In classes and Power Yoga, this is a great option for the budget-conscious.