There was an interesting interview in the Guardian the other day with Dearbhla Gavin, who is a freelance journalist and dedicated yogi who scrimps on other things so she can spend money on yoga.
Dearblha estimates she spends around £3,000 per year on classes, equipment and events. To balance that, she rarely eats out and survives on £20 a week in groceries.
“I haven’t had a holiday since I moved to London three years ago and I don’t miss that. I can never switch off – in fact I don’t want to – when I go away. Yoga allows me to retreat from the world if I need to,” she said.
“The yoga community in London has become my second family in an otherwise anonymous city and the disciplines of yoga and journalism overlap. One produces and one requires empathy, cooperation and the ability to listen.”
I can definitely relate to Dearbhla’s statement that yoga is a great way to make friends and find a community. And I think most of us would agree that yoga can help us in our daily work, whatever it is.
While I really enjoyed the article, my only concern was that it makes it sound as if yoga is super-expensive or inaccessible. You don’t have to spend £3,000 a year, or any particular amount, to get the benefits of yoga.
Taking classes is obviously a great way to learn, enhance your practice, and meet people. But you can supplement studio classes with online classes, home practice, or simply doing yoga wherever you are. The joy and benefits of yoga are available to everyone.
What would you give up for yoga? Share in the comments!