Yoga may seem like a great way to increase strength and flexibility, but according to Web MD twisting and contorting into all of those poses offers more benefits than just being able to touch your toes. Yoga can help improve posture, reduce stress and even lower cholesterol. Don't want to fork over the cash for a yoga class? September is National Yoga Month and a great time to try it out for free.
Free Week of Yoga
More than 2,000 yoga studios across the country are offering people a free week of classes. Head to YogaHealthFoundation.org to request your coupon for a free week of yoga, then find a studio near you to redeem it for free classes during September and October.
Retailers Offering Free Yoga
Retailers that sell yoga gear and clothing often hold free classes to encourage people to get into this healthy activity. Each week lululemon and Athleta stores hold free classes. Learn more at LuluLemon.com and Athleta.Gap.com.
Free Outdoor Yoga
Yoga doesn't have to happen inside a gym. In fact people are meeting up on the beach, in parks and at festivals all year long to practice yoga together. To find a free outdoor yoga meet-up in your neck of the woods visit Outdoor-Yoga.MeetUp.com.
Celebrate With Events
Yoga enthusiasts across the country will be holding special events during National Yoga Month. Many of these events will involve free group yoga classes. Search the online directory at YogaHealthFoundation.org for a free event in your area.
Free Online Yoga
If you don't have time to make it to a yoga class you can always practice your downward dog at home. There are hundreds of free yoga videos available to watch on demand at MyFreeYoga.com. So roll out your mat and enjoy all of the health benefits that yoga has to offer.
By Alison Storm
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