Getting into a free yoga class in Austin is as easy as child’s pose. These opportunities are no-cost, open to the public, and will fit almost any yogi’s requirements without – dare we say it – stretching your pocketbook.
Every weekday morning at 8 am, Cherrywood Coffeehouse in East Austin hosts an hour-long free public yoga session. Bring your own mat, or use one provided free of charge.
Know before you go: A rotating cast of instructors leads students through hatha yoga poses.
Weekly Wednesday Yoga Sessions
The Dance Rehearsal Hall at the Student Activities Center on the University of Texas is the site of Weekly Wednesday Yoga from 7-8 pm. The event is put on for UT students and staff by the local branch of the global Art of Living organization, which is headed by Indian spiritual figure Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and promotes yoga, breathing, and meditation.
Know before you go: You don’t need yoga experience, money, or prior registration to attend Art of Living’s Wednesday yoga session. You do need to be a UT student or employee and bring your own yoga mat.
Austin Yoga Collective
Hosted on Meetup, this group holds numerous free yoga classes seven days a week, including after work, during lunch, and on weekends. Classes are free, and mats are available for no charge. The sponsor is Communities for Recovery, which works with individuals recovering from substance abuse. Students include everyone from people in recovery to the general public.
Know before you go: Classes meet in the Communities for Recovery space on the grounds of Austin State Hospital. Enter through the gate on Guadalupe Street at 41st Street, and look for signs directing you to Communities for Recovery. Register to join the Austin Yoga Collective on Meetup to get more info.
Wells Branch Community Library Morning Yoga
On the first and third Thursday of the month, Wells Branch Community Library holds an all-levels yoga class from 10:30-11:45 am. The library at 15001 Wells Port Dr. is in North Austin, but is not part of the Austin Public Library. The building and its programs are supported by taxes local businesses pay to a special library district.
Know before you go: You don’t need to register or pay, but do bring your own yoga mat.
Full Moon Yoga
If the moon is full between March and November, Austin yoga teacher Charles MacInerney is likely leading his long-running free outdoor yoga and meditation class in West Austin. Students meet at 4400 Ridge Oak Dr. near Mount Bonnell to do hatha yoga, meditate for 20 minutes, and then watch the sun set and the moon rise from a scenic overlook.
Know before you go: Classes occur just once a month, on or near the day the moon is full. Exact date may be a day or so before or after the full moon. You should bring your own blanket and, if you like, kids and well-behaved pets.