Fellow yogis

Who goes to daytime yoga classes during the week?

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I work a 9 to 5-ish kind of job, Monday through Friday. That pretty much limits my class attendance to weekends and weeknights after 6 pm, assuming work and familial obligations don’t get in the way.

I know some people squeeze in a workout during lunch, which wouldn’t work for me on so many levels. There’s no way I could do a real work out, leave sweating and not be a distraction to myself (and my co-workers) the rest of the day. If you’ve seen me after anything but a restorative class, I’ve sweated through my yoga clothes and look like I’ve just washed my hair. Factor in travel time to and from the studio, and I’d have to take 2 hour lunches to accommodate such adventures.

So I wonder. Who goes to daytime yoga classes during the week?

Besides celebrities and socialites… Is the stay-at-home-parent population large enough to sustain business? Are these artists? Freelance writers? Other full-time yoga teachers? People who work evening shifts? Do all of the above combined drive the daytime yoga industry?

I was looking at a Bikram studio’s schedule, and they offer classes at 5:45am, 8am, 10am, 12:15pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:45pm. Bikram must be so popular to need that many slots AND people must have a lot of time on their hands during the day to fill a whole day of classes.

I’m looking at some of you yoga teachers to help me understand this demographic because us 9-to-5ers are on the outside looking in. Am I envious? Probably. There’s never any traffic on a Wednesday at 10am. You can go anywhere and do anything without any worries!

While y’all dive a little deeper into letting me know who these lucky yogis are, I’m going to enjoy being one this Friday. I get a day off for my birthday, and you BET I’m going to hit up a daytime yoga class!

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4 Comments

  1. Been wondering the same thing. No way would I go to a 5:30 am class. Or maybe it’s time to seriously rethink the sleep hours since I’m usually nodding off by 8:30 everyday.

  2. I’m a full-time, work-at-home freelancer, so my schedule is flexible enough to allow for daytime classes. Unfortunately — in my area at least — the market doesn’t seem to be huge. I used to attend a one-hour class at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Loved having that yoga break smack-dab in the middle of my day. But the class didn’t draw enough interest, and they had to cancel it.

    I’m going through my yoga teacher training now. Maybe I should start marketing Yoga for Word Nerds — a noon class for freelance writers — so I can have that class back again! 😉

    • Terri says

      that must be awesome having a flexible schedule. i think location is also huge to try to fill a mid-day class. it’s gotta be close enough that people can get there and back without a lot of commute time.

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