Actress Michelle Williams of Brokeback Mountain fame is creating a yoga studio for single mothers. The pilot program will begin in Boston, Massachusetts:
“Michelle Williams credits Yoga with helping her get through the death of former boyfriend, Heath Ledger, saying in the story: “Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made me a better person and a better mother. I could come back to my daughter anew. And then I started to think about how expensive it is to get a babysitter to take a yoga class, which makes it out of reach for so many women. The idea behind the program is that if you can clear the time, we do the rest. It provides childcare while the mom is in the yoga class, and it’s all free.”
If you’re a single mom and you don’t live in Boston, here are some ideas to begin to bring the benefits of yoga into your life:
1) Switch-off child care duties with a group of parents – Ask around at your child’s school. There may be parents willing to switch off with you every other yoga class. If you can get a group of at least 3, two of you can go while the 3rd momma stays home with the kids.
2) Alternate your studio practice with at-home yoga DVDs – While it’s optimal to get into a group class and share in the yoga community, stay fit between classes by practicing yoga at home with a DVD or audio class. You can find free online yoga videos at several top yoga studios, including YogisAnonymous.com in Los Angeles, which has free, live streaming video of its yoga classes. Also check out www.physiic.com which has live, online yoga classes including classes by our very own Share Yoga contributor and yoga teacher Laura Erdman-Luntz. Practicing yoga at home sets a great example of health and self-care for your kids.
3) Group practice at home – Take turns hosting a yoga class at your home with your friends and other single parents. Create a weekly schedule with a group of your friends. Then when it’s your night, clear the furniture out of the living room, turn on some music, and get your yoga on.
4) Split a sitter – Ask around for a trustworthy sitter that can handle two or three kids and then split the cost. You’ll only be gone for a couple of hours at most and if the sitter will agree to lower their cost, you could pay just $5/person with a group of moms.
5) YMCA or church groups – Sometimes your local YMCA/YWCA will have free or low-cost child-care while you work out. Ask around. You’ll be surprised what you can find.
Have any more great ideas on how to cut child-care costs so you can practice yoga regularly? Please share them below in the comments with other Share Yoga readers.