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Making Yoga Financially Accessible

Updated: Jan 19, 2023

Yoga is an incredibly beneficial self-care practice for many and here at Marigold Yoga, we welcome all bodies, all people and all stories. However, we understand that yoga may be financially inaccessible for some. As a studio that offers accessible yoga, we must address financial accessibility as part of the overall concept of accessibility. This is why we have decided to implement a sliding scale payment method for some of our workshops and online courses, and thought it would be a good ideas to also remind you that we offer Pay What You Can (PWYC) for many classes, as well as scholarships for monthly memberships for livestreaming classes. Here is a recap.

What is sliding scale?

A sliding scale payment is intended for students who can't afford full-priced classes right now. This fee model exists to help make our classes more affordable for those who would like to continue their practice.

Should I use the sliding scale prices?

We fully believe that yoga should not be limited only to those who can afford to pay full price for classes or workshops without worry. The sliding scale payments are made available for students who may be living at a lower income level or for students who have other financial commitments. If you are able to pay the full price for classes, then sliding scale prices are not for you.

Included below are some specific examples to help you decide the best payment model for you.

Scenario 1: If you receive any kind of government financial assistance like SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, pandemic-related rent assistance, etc. or if you’re not sure how you’re going to pay for credit card, heating or electric bills this month or regularly, sliding scale may be the best fit for you.

For regularly scheduled classes, you can either purchase the single class PWYC (available for $1, $5 or $10) directly from the website, just like you purchase a drop-in class or a membership. All livestream classes accept PWYC, and some of the in-person classes do. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship for a monthly livestreaming membership, please email us to start the conversation.

For workshops or online courses, follow the instructions on the workshop page, which will likely ask you to send us an email to get the coupon code for the reduced price.

Scenario 2: If you are consistently contributing to your savings accounts, setting aside money for vacations, and are able to donate to charities or campaigns on a regular basis, contributing to a scholarship may be the best option for you. This option would include the standard pricing of a class plus an additional payment that would be added into our scholarship fund. The fund allows students to continue their yoga practice during difficult financial situations.

To contribute to the scholarship fund, for now send us an email. We will soon set up an option so that you can contribute whenever you feel like it directly from the website.

To help us be able to offer sliding scale prices on workshops and online courses, select the "Sustainer" level pricing when you register.

Scenario 3: If you feel that you do not fall into either category above, your best option may be to pay the standard pricing.

For regular classes, those are the full-price drop-in or monthly membership plans.

For workshops and online courses, select the full-price option when there are choices.

It is important to note that the scenarios listed above are not exclusive. They are a handful of examples that may or may not apply to you. Please reach out to us if you have any questions about any of the payment models or need help deciding which option is best for you at this time - we are here to help!

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