This morning I heard about a business, here in Portsmouth, that I think deserves some attention. Yoga By Donation is the new name of what used to be Ocean Spirit Yoga, located over Portsmouth Health Food Store, on Congress Street.
What makes this yoga studio different is that it is operated purely on donations. It is owner Bob Vaccaro's way of making yoga available to those who otherwise could not afford it.
Their mission is simple: to provide a full schedule of quality yoga classes in an exceptional setting for people of all levels of physical and financial ability.
There are no set or even suggested fees. All donations can be anonymous and all are appreciated. Beginners and drop-ins are welcome at all 25 of their regularly-scheduled multi-level classes.
After payment of the monthly studio expenses, the remaining money received in donations will be divided up between the eight instructors. If there is not enough money to pay the expenses, Bob will pay the difference and the instructors will not be paid. That is the agreement the instructors have made.
Obviously, these instructors have a passion for yoga. I think it is commendable that they are willing to risk working for free by making this commitment.
With so many people having to cut back and give up things to make ends meet, it is nice to know that the health benefits of yoga don't have to be sacrificed.
Here's to a successful and prosperous year ahead for Bob and his instructors!
I wonder if this could work for Home Staging. Or Realtors, can you imagine getting paid solely by donation for your real estate work?