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FREE Yoga All Over the East Bay



It is almost December and soon enough some of your outdoor exercise and fitness regimes will be compromised by rain and cold.  Yoga can be a calming indoor alternative (even though the sun salutations will make a mockery of the dreary weather that forced you inside).  But yoga also tends to be expensive as hell.  Fortunately for us broke-ass yogis, many yoga studios now offer FREE, donation-based, or sliding scale community classes.  Below you can find information about all the studios offering affordable yoga classes for the masses.

Yoga to the People
64 Shattuck Sq. btwn Addison and University
ALL classes are donation-based ($10 suggested but no one keeping track and no one is turned away for lack of funds)
Weekdays @ 10am, 12pm, 4:30pm, 6pm, 7:30pm)
Saturdays @ 10am, 12pm, 5pm
Sundays @ 12pm, 5pm, 7pm (candle-lit!)
*they have a San Francisco studio too

Yoga Mandala (my favorite and former place of work)
2807 Telegraph Ave. btwn Oregon and Stuart
Saturdays @ 7am: FREE Community Meditation
Saturdays @ 8am: FREE Community Group Practice
Weekdays @ 7am: FREE Community Prostrations

Yoga Kula
1700 Shattuck Ave. @ Virginia St. (2nd floor)
Community Classes (sliding scale $8-16):
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 4-5pm
Sundays @ 6-7:30pm
*they have a San Francisco studio too

Adeline Yoga
3320 Adeline St. btwn Alcatraz and 63rd
Community Class ($5-$15 sliding scale):
Fridays @ 9am

Kundalini Yoga @ UC Berkeley
331 Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus
Tuesdays @ 5:30pm ($5-$11 suggested donation, arrive 10mins early)
Email to get on the mailing list

Berkeley lululemon
2956 College Ave. @ Ashby
Occasional FREE community classes (check calendar)
Upcoming: Black Friday Yoga:
Friday November 27th @ 8:30am (FREE)
*there are more FREE classes at the San Francisco (Union Square and Marina) and Walnut Creek locations

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  • carrie

    there’s a super nice new yoga in danville called the studio. too rich for my blood but i visited and it is pretty sweet. they have a free coupon on their site for one class. so like your article says it is FREE YOGA.

  • This is great! All the locations work magnificently for me!
    I recently received a very misleading certificate for “one moth unlimited” yoga from Funky Door on Shattuck, but the certificate only makes it cheaper for new students, and I don’t have $29 today. I am very disappointed and sore.

  • beach chair

    Would be great if you could update this list to 2012. Any new free yoga groups at Lake Temescal Park or Willard Park? Jack London Square lawn?
    Thank you!

  • Hi! Yoga Mandala is closed now, but the students there opened a non-profit yoga community center not too far away, at 6107 Shattuck (61st and Shattuck). It’s a smaller place, but ALL THE CLASSES ARE FREE! Let me say that again – FREE YOGA at 6107 Shattuck! Check online for the latest class schedule Stuart and Chloe are awesome! Thank you for this blogsite!

  • Hey Stuart, you just saved me from the very un-Buddhist-like hissy fit I was having after realizing that I missed the free yoga class I had been looking forward to all day. Now I found another cheap/free yoga place that I will not miss, later on this evening. Now I can return to trying to be a better, brokeass, Buddhist. Cheers!

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