Whether you’re looking to ease into yoga for the first time or just looking for a new group to practice with, there are lots of great opportunities in the area that are either free or donation-based.
▪ Weekly YogaFest classes: YogaFest Raleigh offers classes each Wednesday night, Aug. 12-Sept. 2, at the Stockroom (230 Fayetteville St.) in support of yoga programs at the Helen Wright Center for Women. The events are sponsored by O2 Fitness and Happy+Hale. Space is limited, but a $5 donation online ahead of time will reserve your spot. Register and get more info at youcallthisyoga.org.
▪ Lunchtime yoga: The Triangle Yoga Club will sponsor a free yoga class starting at noon Aug. 14 at the West Regional Library (4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary). The class is suitable for beginners and seasoned practitioners. Details at nando.com/1t4.
▪ Donation-based yoga and party: Donation-based yoga classes at Bliss Body Yoga (4035 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 111, Raleigh) on Aug. 15 will raise funds for the nonprofit You Call This Yoga, a group that seeks to make yoga accessible to all people. You must register in advance for one of the five classes, which run 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. that day. There’s a party with food, wine, music and more celebrating the yoga center’s second anniversary from 6-9 p.m. Get more info at blissbody-yoga.com.
▪ Sunrise yoga: Downtown Raleigh’s healthy lunch and juice spot, Happy+Hale, is sponsoring a free outdoor yoga session at the North Carolina Museum of Art at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 21. Info at: 919-307-4148. (In related news, Happy+Hale is opening a second location on Ninth Street in Durham. The Durham shop will have a large indoor dining area and be connected to a full service yoga studio run by certified yoga instructor Kathy Smith. The plan is for the shop to open in January.)
▪ Free Active Flow class: You Call This Yoga will hold a free Active Flow class at Athleta in Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 22. Registration is not required for the 90-minute Rasa-style class. On that day, Athleta will give discounts to shoppers mentioning You Call This Yoga and will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to support and expand the group’s “Yoga for MS, Neuromuscular and Joint Disorder” classes. More info at nando.com/1uq.
▪ Free yoga in the park: At least three local parks host free weekend yoga classes through September. A group meets 9-10 a.m. Saturdays at Fred Fletcher Park (820 Clay St., Raleigh), and another meets 8-9 a.m. Sundays at the Fuquay Mineral Spring Park (105 Spring St., Fuquay Varina). In Durham, free yoga happens 9-10 a.m. Saturdays through Sept. 3 near the Durham Farmer’s Market in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St.). More about these and other free yoga gatherings at yttonline.org/freeyoga.php.