Yoga is one of the best (and most popular) exercises around these days. It combines the physical benefits of stretching exercises and the mental clarity of meditation apps; depending on what type of yoga you do, regular practice can help you increase flexibility, soothe lingering injuries or aches and pains, strengthen muscles, and boost energy. (And if it gives you an excuse to wear yoga clothes all day in anticipation of your class, all the better.)
Yoga is pretty great: Paying for yoga is pretty pricey. As with most things, paying for classes at a studio will get you specialized attention, tips for improvement, and more—but classes can cost $15 and more per class, which adds up if you’re a regular attendee. If you’re really committed to your practice, going to class at your regular studio is worth the expense, in the same way that paying for a CrossFit membership or a personal trainer is worth every penny because you gain real satisfaction from the experience. If you’re new to yoga, though, or just want to fit in a quick flow between errands, sometimes free yoga is the best option.
Excerpted from Real Simple