In Cincinnati, we’re lucky to have so many high-quality group fitness classes available to challenge our physical strength and mental endurance. But this holiday season, we invite you to make a difference for others while you get your workout in. Here are three studios that will help you achieve both at the same time.
World Peace Yoga: The Non-Profit Yoga Studio on a Mission
268 Ludlow Avenue (45220)
World Peace Yoga, located in Clifton, operates as a non-profit with a pure mission of bringing peace to the world through yoga.
“World Peace Yoga holds a vision to create a world of empathy and compassion—leading to peace—one lifestyle change at a time,” says Anna Ferguson, co-owner with Mark Stroud.
Every new member of World Peace Yoga can enjoy their “FREEdom Month” with unlimited free classes, which Ferguson and Stroud believe will create a ripple effect into the greater community.
“We’d like to see a world where everyone is practicing yoga, so offering donation-based classes is a way we are able to offer yoga to more people,” says Ferguson. “We believe that no matter what someone’s budget or lack of budget is, they should [be] able to have access to yoga.”
Weekly “commUNITY Yoga” classes are free, with an option to donate. From weekend practices in Burnet Woods Trailside Nature Center this winter, to introductory meditation classes at the studio, attendees’ donations help to serve a range of projects.
“We do have donations go toward different projects, whether it’s simply the ability to continue offering free yoga or to the school we founded, Heärt Montessori,” says Ferguson.
Modo Yoga: The Hot Yoga Studio with Good Karma
3527 Columbia Parkway (45226)
Modo Yoga Greater Cincinnati, located in Columbia Tusculum, offers a weekly Karma yoga class. With a suggested donation of just $5, anyone can simultaneously help themselves and others while practicing hot yoga.
“The word 'Modo' means 'a place for all,'” says Meredith Hogan, owner and yoga teacher at Modo Yoga Greater Cincinnati. “Our community stands on six foundational pillars that guide us: Be Accessible, Be Community, Be Peace, Be Green, and Be Healthy.”
Their Karma class upholds these pillars by providing an accessible class that supports the community both in and out of the studio.
“The funds collected from these donation-based classes serve our local community by supporting City Link, as well as our global community by supporting Junglekeepers and the David Suzuki Foundation.”
Not on the East Side? Look for their off-site karma classes held throughout the city all year long. You can find donation-based classes at Rhinegeist Brewery, 21 C Hotel, Smale Park, and Washington Park.
“Giving back is huge,” says Hogan. “It's what makes a community strong.”
DEFINE Body & Mind: The Fitness Studio that Supports Your Cause
3012 Madison Road (45209)
DEFINE Body & Mind, located in Oakley, hosts donation-based classes for their clients’ causes. Whether it's a rhythm-based cycling class (aka “Rev”) or sculpting barre class (aka “Body”), current clients and members of the greater Cincinnati community can raise money for an important cause while improving their physical strength.
“We want to provide a place where clients can be a part of a like-minded community that provides encouragement, support, and makes fitness fun,” says Annie Carlson, owner of DEFINE: Oakley. “This sense of community is what makes DEFINE a unique environment and keeps clients motivated to come back.”
Previous donation-based classes have raised funds for causes like suicide prevention, local children’s hospitals, cystic fibrosis, and many more.
“Our biggest donation-based class is our annual PINK Ride,” says Carlson. “Each year we raise money to fund a specific foundation or campaign, but we always ride together to fight against breast cancer.”
To schedule your private donation class, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether you want to keep it private with close friends and family, or open it up to the larger community, you’ll get a great workout while working toward your cause.
“These classes help us connect with our community outside the studio,” says Carlson. “Together, the atmosphere and the results develop our community.”
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