September 14, 2015


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Dr. Rand Paul Highlights Government-Funded Yoga Classes for Federal Agencies in Latest ‘The Waste Report’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul today released the latest edition to ‘The Waste Report,’ an ongoing project cataloguing egregious examples of waste within the U.S. government. The latest edition highlights the federal government spending $150,000 of taxpayer dollars to provide free yoga classes for employees at a variety of federal agencies.

‘The Waste Report’ can be found HERE or below.

Maybe you saw a Groupon for yoga classes and considered it, but even at a discount you were not sure you wanted to spend the money.


Well if you were an employee at certain federal agencies you would not have to worry about cost, because the U.S. taxpayer will pick up the tab. That’s right. A variety of federal agencies in a number of locations provide “free” yoga classes to employees. But these classes are not free – since 2013; they have cost taxpayers over $150,000.


The U.S. State Department spends $15,000 for yoga in the nation’s capital. A yoga instructor from Berkeley, California, is paid $4,000 a year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research Service.


Of course, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which The Waste Report highlighted trying to buy the Cadillac of treadmills earlier this year, has gotten in on taxpayer financed yoga. For $11,000 annually the DOE also offers Pilates at a California location. Another agency aligning its chakras is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 


The Railroad Retirement Board spends $11,000 annually for yoga classes for office workers at its Chicago headquarters. Strangely, they reported that participants were initially charged for the class, but in some kind of weird reversal of economic principles, there was so much demand, the agency decided to start picking up the tab in 2010.   

Not all agencies that offer employees yoga at work also pay the cost; many agencies, including the U.S. Senate, require participants to pay for the class.   




All data in this Waste Report was obtained through or through correspondence with agencies legislative affairs or inspectors general offices.

Note: the Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest purchases of yoga services in the federal government, followed by the Department of Defense, but many of these classes are for rehabilitation of wounded soldiers or other service related ailments and were thus excluded from this report.