All My Money Goes to Yoga $%!#

I’m broke. Seriously. If you know me or read my blogs, you might know I quit my job to pursue teaching and DJing yoga about a month ago.¬† So far so good.¬†I guess in all honesty I was never “well off” or whatever that means, so it was not a long drop down to “broke.” If you think this is a complaint, then think again. This is my statement, and at what better time than tax time? Can I claim a yoga tax? Hmmm. Welp, I broke it down to see what that return might look like:



After doing some calculations on a healthy (or shall I say wealthy?) yoga year, the Special Yogi is spending about $1200 a year, the Simple Yogi invests about $2,000-$5,000 a year (if in training) and the Overachiever Yogi spends about $6,000 – $10,00 per year. Which brings me to my next observation….



All of my¬†money may be funneling into a pit, but it is a pit of my deepest passion. Don’t get me wrong, I am a-okay with this.¬†In fact,¬†I love it, because I love yoga.¬†I love practicing it, teaching it, studying it,¬†DJing for it. Clearly, this is my life purpose. I happily assume a sort of “Hand-to-Foot-to-Mouth pose,” because the return is far beyond monetary terms. I get the return of its intangibles, its friendships, its revelations, and of course,¬†balance. But here’s the biggest return on my yoga dollar: It’s the feeling like, Hey, I’m not going to bust a cap in someone’s ass for acting in a certain way, because I did my yoga today. No lie, that’s BEYOND priceless.

Agree or disagree? Oh and can I bum a ride to Hanuman Festival with you?



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DJ Sukha (AKA: Amber Kavehkar) is the resident Yoga Modern DJ and a regular contributor on the blog and often contributes her downloadable mashups on our Facebook page Amber fell in love with the mashup of mind, body, and vinyasa flow at her very first yoga class. Already deeply immersed in the music world, she decided to pick up spinning in order to offer something new in the music and yoga scenes. Amber's favorite quote is, "When words fail, music speaks." In Sanskrit, SUKHA is often translated as “happiness," "ease" or "pleasure." In Buddhist literature, the Pali term is used to describe laic pursuits, meditative absorptions and intra-psychic phenomena. DJ Sukha creates eclectic mixes of indie, progressive, electronica, trance, world & dubstep music in order to mesh sound and movement. She collaborates with yoga teachers, event organizers, and studio owners to offer live spinning at yoga classes and events. DJ Sukha is available for regular classes, events, and fundraisers or private parties. Click here for more information on gigs, booking, and merchandise.

6 Responses

  • Vision_Quest2 says:

    I must be a Super-Special yogi … I had spent less than $500 a year on yoga (mixed with mat pilates), all told, including the occasional to fairly frequent class, props, accoutrements, music, and reference material (for at-home practice). This in New York City.

  • I think yoga isn't the reason why you became broke, its your lifestyle. There are many options wherein you can substitute all those training and materials. Its a matter of looking for other cheaper option to practice what you love to do. You can actually just do it yourself after a few sessions and mastering the moves.

  • Daniel says:

    So hilariously true!!! Eye opener really… I try to give 102% for everything I do, and I tend to think that I need to be an "overachiever yogi", but you are right, being special is more than enough. Thank you so much for the article! Namaste.

    • dsunshine says:

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  • @ToddLamothe says:

    If all your money is going into Yoga, are you still balanced? If you are enjoying it and it makes you happy, then that is all that matters.

    Myself, I fall under the simple yogi, although I have been doing some yoga at home with my 2 yr old son, he loves it.

  • Brian says:

    So very true! Thanks for the perspective and good humor. ~Brian