Yesterday we posted a link to a Bali Ashtanga Yoga conference happening in the fall. Pretty solid lineup, pretty nice location.
And I thought the price, $900 for six days, seemed pretty reasonable. (I’d balk more at getting airfare there and the room and board.) But a commenter suggested the price might be a bit steep: $150 per day for morning Mysore and then a two-hour workshop in the afternoon. To break it down further (as if you can’t): That’s $75 per yoga class.
I suppose it is fair to say that’s on the high side. But, the obvious — and legitimate — counter is that you’re getting access to and instruction from a handful of the luminaries in the Ashtanga world. Quality comes at a price.
As a comparison, this year’s Confluence was $495 for three days (plus the opening night). It did include two workshops per day, though, so it had a little more packed in — although not as much overall.
(Oh, and a note while we’re mentioning the Confluence: The Confluence site currently says, “We’ll keep you posted on the dates for 2014.”)
As an alternative to the Bali gathering, the commenter — who deserves props for putting things in terms of a pair of Lululemon pants — suggested spending a month studying with Annie Pace in Colorado or something similar. I suspect the living expenses of renting something in Crestone are probably lower than in Bali.
So I get it, for sure.
But I wonder if everyone would agree that a longer time with one teacher is the better value for the yoga money. There’s of course the draw of being somewhere far away, for a short and intense time. They have a word for that…. vacation, maybe?
How do you pick and choose your workshops or yoga travel? Do you think about how much bang you think you’ll get for your buck?
Oh, and separate topic: Because we promised to bring you NPR’s coffee series, here’s more. Perfect for all you “specialty coffee” lovers.
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