Considering the cost of taking yoga classes

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How much a yoga class costs depends on what part of the country you're in. Classes range between $10 and $20 a session. Most yoga studios offer a package of five, ten, or more classes. Buying the classes in a package lowers the cost of the individual lessons. Classes run for 60, 75, or 90 minutes. Every studio is different, so to find information on sessions, packages, and so on, contact your local studio over the phone or on the Web.

Some health clubs have started offering yoga classes. If you're a member of a club that offers classes, you may be able to attend without paying more than your monthly membership fee. If you aren't a member of a club, look for health clubs that offer yoga classes. If your club doesn't offer the classes, nag the manager about it . . . well, "nag" isn't the right word. Try cajoling or persuading the manager to offer yoga classes.

Another way to find a bargain is to look into yoga studios in your area to see if they offer any workshops. Typically, master teachers run workshops, and they focus on one area of the body or one type of training. A weekend workshop may run two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. Some workshops run over several weeks, and you attend the classes on the same day each week. Workshops are usually more rigorous in part because they last longer than standard classes, but also because they focus on a theme and give you a more thorough, in-depth practice experience. An intensive workshop can take you to the next level in your practice if you're ready and have a good experience.

Yoga workshops cost a minimum of $15 to $25 an hour, which is more than standard lessons, but the instruction is more focused and organized. Workshops and retreats give participants the chance to experience longer, extended instruction. Trainings serve to educate you on the study of posture and the philosophy of yoga.

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