Ready, Stretch, Flow
“Yoga is meant to help strengthen and stretch your arms and legs, not cost you one.” Living up to that motto, Yoga To The People is a beloved studio offering purely donation-based classes.Steps from 16th St./Mission Station (literally across the street!), YTTP is like an urban yogi’s delight in the ever-pulsing heart of the Mission. If you're in the East Bay, Yoga to the People has a studio on Shattuck Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART Station.
At its San Francisco location, daily Power Vinyasa Flow classes with a suggested donation of $10 welcome students of all levels; no one is turned away for lack of funds or flexibility. That means you can breathe easy making the best of each pose — whether your abilities resemble a pretzel or a pencil.
OK, so the only catch might be the initial five flights of stairs. But you’re here for a workout anyway, right? Trust us, after you make your way up to the fifth floor, your reward will be a peaceful refuge with some pretty sweet views of the city.
What awaits you, your yoga mat and water bottle are panoramic windows that stretch far and wide like all the limbs in class, glossy wood floors that reflect the incoming natural light, and exposed brick walls that add a rustic feel. For a taste of the outdoors, leafy green plants nurture your each inhalation.
Hour-long classes are offered every day of the week, from early morning to evening, and there’s even a cherry on the Sunday — those seeking a more romantic, intimate atmosphere coalesce for candle-lit yoga sessions on Sunday nights.Have a towel handy for when the crowd fills in and the collective body heat rises. Yes, expect sweat. No pre-registration is required at YTTP, so you can drop in, drop down on your mat, and drop into a meditative workout.
BART over. Your mind, heart and body will thank you when the closing Tibetan singing bowl rings out the end of class. Namaste.