Divinitree Yoga teacher Magnolia Rasa stretches at Natural bridges State Beach.

Free Yoga, as Divinitree Celebrates Anniversary

The seven-year-old studio wants to give away more classes as it prepares for nonprofit status

Divinitree Yoga teacher Magnolia Rasa stretches at Natural bridges State Beach.

It’s time to get down, dog.

Most drop-in yoga classes are around $15, which is pretty much the same as two burritos. Burritos … yoga … burritos … decisions, decisions. Next week, you don’t have to pick—have your yoga and eat burritos, too. All DiviniTree classes are free, every day of the week. Now is your chance to try out different types of yoga—maybe you are a Kundalini person or a sweaty Power Vinyasa junkie.

“The idea is to provide yoga to people who wouldn’t normally have yoga,” says Mark Abadi, who became DiviniTree’s manager in October. The Water Street studio is also celebrating its seventh birthday and working its way through the process of becoming a nonprofit. Up until now, owners Carlen Young and Ann Averbach have poured their own money into the effort, without taking any donations, Abadi says. DiviniTree currently offers about three free yoga weeks a year, and, with the help of sponsorships, Abadi hopes to start doing many more. He also wants to share lessons with a wider cross section of Californians—school children, underserved communities, people in jail.

In the meantime, this upcoming free week runs Monday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, the 21st. Sign up in advance, as classes can get packed.

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