Free and donation-based yoga classes around San Diego

Yoga practice doesn't have to break the bank. There are lots of free and donation-based classes around San Diego.

Yoga practice doesn’t have to break the bank. There are lots of free and donation-based classes around San Diego.

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Who doesn’t love striking a downward dog now and then? In health-conscious San Diego, yoga draws in the crowds, from cyclists, surfers and rock climbers to everyday working moms and dads. For a practice that’s supposed to focus on mindfulness and relaxation, yoga classes can put some stress on wallets. Since a tuned-in body can get pricey, it’s nice to know there are a few options that come sans dinero.

PACIFIC pulled together a list of free or donation-based yoga classes around San Diego so you can tadasana without worry of going broke.

Yoga in the City

Hosted by Scripps Health and instructed by Yoga One, this free weekly Saturday series welcomes all ages. Check in at 8:30 a.m., class begins at 9:00 a.m and runs one hour. Tip: Mats are not included, so be sure to bring your own. Don’t miss their annual free Yoga on the Midway, traditionally held in May.

Locations for this class change on a regular basis, so check online before you head out.

Yoga at The Village

Yogis are invited to this free monthly class held on the fourth Thursday of every month, launching Feb. 28 at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch. The yoga series will take place at 9 a.m. in the open-air Village Square and will be led by instructor Stephanie Powell. Mat rentals are available for $2.

Village Square at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch (near Breakfast Republic), 13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Parkway, Del Mar Heights,

Sip & Savasana

This monthly free yoga event is hosted on the Upper East Bar rooftop patio at Kimpton Solamar. The evening session overlooks the downtown San Diego skyline and is held from 6-8 p.m., sunset included at no extra fee. This fun and meditative experience mixes some of the best forms of relaxation: cocktails and yoga. No reservation required.

435 Sixth Ave., downtown, 619.819.9500,

Topside Yoga

Hosted by Yoga Loft and the Hotel Republic, this complimentary weekly session is held on the third-floor Topside Terrace every Saturday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The class is open to both hotel guests and the general public. FYI: While the hotel provides guests with yoga mats, non-hotel participants are asked to bring their own. Water bottles and towels are provided for everyone. Attendees receive $5 a Topside brunch following class. Register at Eventbrite here.

421 W. B St., downtown, 619.398.3100,

San Diego Beach Yoga

Yoga teacher John Beck leads yogis to flexibility and serenity with a oceanic soundtrack in this donation-based yoga class held every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Guard Tower 5 in Ocean Beach. Check out his Facebook page for images and events, along with his website for other classes he teaches throughout the week.

Donation-based Beach Yoga

Hosted by San Diego’s Donation-based Beach Yoga, these weekly sessions get bendy on a variety of days at Mission Beach, Ocean Beach and Imperial Beach locations. For Mission goers classes are held on the beach every day at Ormond Court at 11 a.m, O.B. yogis meet on the cliffs at Sunset Cliffs and Adair Street Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., and those in Imperial Beach can join in the fun at the grassy area in front of the pier at Evergreen Street on Fridays at 2:30 p.m.

Hops & Salutations Yoga

Okay, so it’s not officially free, but it’s hard to beat $5. Bring your own mat to this weekly event, held at 10 a.m. every Sunday on the mezzanine at North Park Beer Company, and get $1 off all NPBC beers after your practice.

3038 University Ave., North Park, 619.255.2994,

Karma Classes

“Calm mind. Fit body. Inspired life.” That’s the motto at Modo Yoga in Clairemont. Attend on Wednesday nights at 5:30 p.m. for a $5 (minimum) donation drop-in where proceeds benefit local and international charities such as Jungle Keepers, Wounded Warrior Project and Surfrider Foundation.

3091 Clairemont Dr., Clairemont, 619.684.5509,

Do you know of a free or donation-based yoga class that’s not on our list? Let us know by dropping an email to