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!