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Yoga by Donation

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Apr 29, 2009

Mind-Body-Spirit News

In response to tough economic times, more yoga studios are offering “yoga by donation” classes to help new or ongoing students who are financially challenged. One New England studio offers 100% of its schedule on a pay-as-you-can basis. Bob Vaccaro of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, launched Yoga by Donation on January 1, 2009, “to provide quality yoga classes in an exceptional setting to people of all levels of physical and financial abilities. . . . We have no set or even suggested fees; all donations can be anonymous, and all are appreciated.”

Fifteen instructors teach at the studio, which offers 31 classes a week. The studio welcomes people who have lost jobs, have physical challenges or are just beginning a yoga practice.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at