Move Yoga

Move Yoga, 1355 Judiway St., started a scholarship program that grants a person a year of unlimited yoga. 

Move Yoga wants to open opportunities for people who need yoga but can’t afford it.

Carissa Barcus, co-founder of the studio at 1355 Judiway St., said they hope to expand access to the practice by way of the studio’s new scholarship program, which will give people a year of yoga for free. Single classes at Move cost $22, and the yearly rate is $1,200 for an unlimited number of classes. 

“We are always trying to give back to the community through schools and non-profits,” Barcus said. "We wanted to figure out a way to align our philanthropy and community.”

The scholarship program will give away one year of unlimited yoga to one person every month. Prospective recipients can fill out an application themselves or do one for someone they know who would benefit from having the year of yoga.

To apply for the scholarship, visit https://forms.gle/aVt1PYA6baVSXVfq6.

The first scholarship pick will be announced Aug. 31 and every month thereafter. Barcus said the plan is to pick one new person per month indefinitely. The unchosen applicants will be kept and reviewed again each month.

“Primarily we’ll look at need," Barcus said. "Can this person afford to take yoga at a studio in Houston? Is financial hardship stopping them?”

Other considerations Barcus and her team will look at while reviewing applications includes how yoga can benefit someone outside of just taking a class. Barcus gave the example of a single mom who is struggling to take care of herself. They will also look at how the applicant would be able to “pay it forward.”

On the first Friday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Barcus will be teaching a donation-based, two-hour group practice called the MOVE Scholarship Donation Practice, with 100 percent of the donations going directly to the scholarship fund. The class is not recommended for beginners.

The scholarship program isn’t Move Yoga’s first initiative to improve access to yoga. When the pandemic first started, Move Yoga began a no-questions-asked sliding scale pricing to make taking classes more affordable.

“Yoga in the west is an appropriated practice,” Barcus said. “One of the big things, primarily brought out by the Black Lives Matter movement, is the inequity in fitness. We want to help people who need yoga and can’t access it, and that’s primarily our Black and brown community."

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