It may not be unheard of to shell out an Andrew Jackson (or two) for a single yoga class around town. But it’s also not the only option. Case in point: Compass Yoga.
The nonprofit organization, founded by a certified yoga therapist, leads free vinyasa classes at various branches of the New York Public Library and other Manhattan spaces. Both the east and west sides are in the mix, but for now the locations are all in midtown and north (with the exception of a $10 Union Square class, the only one that charges).
All experience levels are encouraged, though the classes are directed at a beginner level. And as a result, you’ll probably find yourself practicing alongside a diverse range of people (old and young, all shapes and backgrounds).
Just be sure to arrive about 20 minutes beforehand because the classes do fill up quickly. That said, the environment is incredibly warm and positive, all while being totally gratis. How refreshing in a city where you pay $40 to get yelled at on a bike.