While many trendy yoga disciplines have helped popularize the mind-body system lately, it has in some cases been to the detriment of cash-strapped enthusiasts. Certain yoga varieties emphasize buying the right yoga meditation supplies over pursuing mental and physical well-being.
This phenomenon may be one reason why the yoga industry is expected to make billions in 2011. According to an IBISWorld Market Research report, yoga-associated revenues will hit $3.3 billion this year.
However, much of this money has little to do with the honorable tradition of learning – and eventually, teaching – the holistic system. The Bloomberg news organization calculated that the average female enthusiast may spend around $700 per year on yoga clothes, mats and other deluxe gear.
Such expenditures are hardly necessary. The best yoga regimens urge participants to stick to the basics – namely, a loose, long-sleeved shirt and a pair of natural-fiber pants. The rest they can jettison, since it does little more than drain their pocketbook.
Likewise, savvy yoga practitioners can hunt up good deals. Try searching for yoga books online, and purchase meditation DVDs that stick to the essentials rather than dazzling you with celebrity faces.