Yoga to the People
Located at 16th Street and Mission in San Francisco and at two locations in Berkeley, Yoga to the People offers 60-minute yoga classes throughout the day, seven days a week. Yogis are encouraged to bring their own mats and water, but mats are available to rent for $2.00, and water bottles can be purchased for $1.00. The beautiful studios exist solely on donations, and participants are asked to donate a minimum of $10 per class. However, the casual environment of donations allows for some to give more or less depending upon individual means. As class structure varies by instructor, participants have the opportunity to experience everything from traditional vinyasa yoga to variations of hot bikram yoga.
2973 16th St. – 5th floor San Francisco, CA 94103, +1 917 573 9642
*Same phone number for all studios
Cost: $10 suggested donation
The November Project
A national movement, the November Project offers free outdoor fitness classes in cities across the country. The San Francisco chapter meets three mornings a week at various locations for instructor-led cardio workouts. Whether new to cardio or a seasoned exercise veteran, The November Project has something to offer for every skill level. The team meets Mondays at 6:30 a.m. at Fort Mason, Wednesdays at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. in Alta Plaza Park, and Friday mornings at various locations for a weekly hike.
Mondays, 6:30 a.m. – Fort Mason, Great Meadow, 2 Marina Blvd San Francisco, CA 941232, +1 415 345-7500
Wednesdays, 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. – Alta Plaza Park, San Francisco, CA 94115, +1 415 831 5500
‘Heavy Breathing’ Artist-Led Fitness Classes
“Heavy Breathing” is a summer artist-led series that combines physical activity with practical and theoretical discussions. With everything from swimming to yoga, each class features a different activity and discussion. The classes are led by guest artists and are open to the general public. Time and location varies by class, so visit their website for the most accurate class schedule and information. Each class is unique, so read up on it beforehand to see which one sounds the most appealing. Or, if adventure calls, try them all!
Affordable dance classes are difficult to come by, especially in the Bay Area. City Dance offers a wide array of dance classes, from contemporary to hip-hop, as well as specialty summer workshops. With an extensive menu of options, there is something for everyone. Classes range in price from $12.50-14.00, with summer workshops being specially priced. Every skill level is welcome, and most classes are tailored to specific talents and interests. Explore City Dance’s website for class-specific information and schedules.
City Ballet, 32 Otis Street San Francisco, CA 94103, +1 415 297 1172*
*Same phone number for all studios
Cost: $12.50-$14.00 (excluding specially priced classes)
Purusha in the Park
Purusha Studio leads Saturday and Sunday morning yoga classes in Golden Gate Park and at Spreckels Lake. Rather than the traditional vinyasa class structure, these classes focus on holding poses, rather than flowing quickly between shapes. The classes are donation-based and benefit the Purusha Seva Project, a campaign to help underserved communities through yoga and fine arts. Visit their website for locations and class times. Classes usually begin at 10:00 or 11:00 a.m., but times vary according to location.
Saturdays – 11:00 a.m. – Golden Gate Park – Big Rec Field (near 9th Ave. and Lincoln Way, across from the main entrance to the Botanical Gardens), +1 415 668 9642
Sundays – 10:00 a.m. – Spreckels Lake (between John F. Kennedy Dr. and Fulton Ave.), +1 415 668 9642
Cost: FREE (donations appreciated)