It’s no secret that I like yoga. That is, if liking yoga means that you manage to drag yourself to 3-5 yoga classes a week, some on weekends and that several that start at (or before) 8 AM.
It is also no secret that I am often swayed to do certain things because of simple conveniences. I am intensely self-interested in that regard. So, it’s no surprise that the yoga studio I go to (www.namastewilliamsburg.com) is but a few blocks from my humble Williamsburg apartment. It’s close enough that I can stumble to the studio half asleep in my pajamas (which just so happen to look a lot like yoga clothes) first thing in the morning. They’re affordable, they’re close, and their classes are great. I couldn’t ask for much more.
What is a surprise is that Namaste was not the first NYC yoga studio I tried to go to. In fact, in an attempt to be loyal and go to one of my clients for my yoga fix, I was totally game to travel to the West Village (15+ minutes away) until I discovered this:
They charge EXTRA money for allowing me the convenience of scheduling and paying for my classes online. It amounts to an extra 2 dollars per class. Thanks, but no thanks, dude. I am saving you time and staffing costs by taking the initiative to schedule online. Where I understand that it may be more expensive to build, operate and maintain your website because of your online scheduler, this is also ridiculous. I recognize that it is only two dollars, but given the amount of yoga that I do, that $2 will add up pretty quickly.
So, I went elsewhere. I go to a studio that keeps their notes in a rolodex (Bless their hearts!), and doesn’t require me to schedule my classes ahead of time at all. Truthfully, I couldn’t be happier with my decision.