East Side Yoga roof (Photo courtesy of Teresa Wood/East Side Yoga)

Capitol Hill yogis looking to work on their poses outdoors soon will have a new option.

East Side Yoga at 518 10th St. NE is slated to begin offering classes on its roof tonight, the studio announced today. The weekday outdoor sessions will start at 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, weather permitting. On Sundays, a “Sunset Flow” class will occur at 6:30 p.m.

The rooftop space, which can hold 25 students, has rubber tiling, a bamboo fence and a garden with herbs, vegetables and flowers. Alia Khan, who opened East Side Yoga’s indoor space earlier this year, said the outdoor area is the first permanent rooftop yoga space in the District.

“I’ve designed our rooftop to provide clients with a sense of serenity from the moment they enter the space, and to really isolate them from the sights and sounds of the city below,” Khan said in a statement. “My ultimate goal is to completely transport our clients to another place — somewhere that brings peace of mind and relaxation.”

On Friday, Khan will celebrate the new rooftop space with a free party from 7 to 9 p.m. Local yogis and non-yogis can stop by for music from the Ledroit Chamber Players and snacks from Liberty Tree, &pizza and Mia’s Coffeehouse.

Photo courtesy of Teresa Wood/East Side Yoga


Yoga students (Photo via Instagram/BeHereNowYogaDC)A Barracks Row yoga studio is scheduled to offer a free workshop next month for yogis who do some spring cleaning.

Be Here Now Yoga & Wellness at 411 8th St. SE is accepting donations of clothing, housewares, books and other items until May 31.

Yogis who participate in the “Declutter & Donate Drive” can take part in a yoga workshop for free on June 1. The session, which costs $15 without a donation, runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

The workshop will feature “heart-opening and twisting postures to help you let go of clutter in your body and mind,” according to Be Here Now Yoga’s website.

Participants in the drive also will receive raffle tickets to win a Be Here Now Yoga T-shirt.

Photo via Instagram/BeHereNowYogaDC


Capitol Hill Yoga class (Photo via Instagram/Capitol Hill Yoga)D.C. yoga studios are offering several free or discounted opportunities this week to do cobra, crow and tree poses around Capitol Hill.

Be Here Now Yoga & Wellness, Breathing Space, Capitol Hill Yoga, Yoga District and Yoga NoMa are among the area studios that are giving deals on their classes as part of “Metro DC Yoga Week,” which runs until Saturday.

ProYOGA also will have a free outdoor session at noon Wednesday at 8th Street and South Carolina Avenue SE, near Eastern Market, according to Active Life DC.

Be Here Now Yoga (411 8th Street SE) will have sunrise and lunchtime flow classes every day until Friday for $5. Registration is available online.

Breathing Space (1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) will host a variety of evening yoga sessions for $5. Details are available online.

Capitol Hill Yoga (641 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) will hold a $5 class every day until Friday, but times vary. The studio’s online schedule has more information.

Yoga District (526 H St. NE) will provide a $5 flow session for walk-ins at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Yoga NoMa (1200 1st St. NE) will offer several $5 classes throughout the week. The studio’s full schedule is available online.

Photo via Instagram/Capitol Hill Yoga


East Side Yoga (Photo via East Side Yoga)Capitol Hill yogis can help victims of the Nepal earthquake at East Side Yoga in Near Northeast this weekend.

The yoga studio at 518 10th St. NE is scheduled to have a charity class Sunday to raise money for the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Relief fund. East Side Yoga is accepting donations of $5 to $50 for the session, which runs from 1 to 2 p.m.

Interested yogis can sign up online. The studio holds 27 students.

Yoga is more than the “funny shapes we make on the mat with our bodies,” East Side Yoga owner Alia Khan said.

“Compassion and service to those in need are two fundamental concepts in the yogic tradition — the word ‘yoga’ itself means ‘union,’ and refers to the notion that all humans are connected as one large, global community,” she said. “So when a tragedy of this magnitude occurs, there is no question that we will want to do our part to try and help.”

The Nepal fundraiser will be the second charity class East Side Yoga has held since it opened in February. The studio last week held a charity class in support of Calvary Women’s Services, a local housing and support service organization that helps homeless women.

Photo via East Side Yoga


NoMa residents and workers can now say a few “om”s before heading home.

The First and M streets NE building with a CVS and a Wells Fargo bank now has NoMa’s first yoga studio inside.

Yoga NoMa opened Wednesday on the ground floor of 1200 First St. NE. Hourlong classes in the 1,000-square-foot studio cost just $10 — a far cry from the $20 price tag of many D.C. fitness classes.

The NoMa Business Improvement District, which created the studio with two real estate companies, set prices low to make yoga accessible to all, spokeswoman Rachel L. Davis said.

“We really want to invite people in,” she said. “It’s really meant to be able to serve as many people as possible.”

The studio offers beginning, advanced, prenatal and kids’ classes, plus a 6:45 a.m. Sunrise Flow class and a 5:15 p.m. Happy Hour Power class. Its website lists 16 instructors with styles ranging from “intelligent, creative asana instruction” to a focus on “the cultivation of breath-linking awareness.”

Yoga NoMa wants to offer a class for everyone, Davis said.

“You could go to a morning class and it could be a really active flow class, and then to to a restorative class in the evenings,” she said.

The studio was created in what was previously unused office space, donated by Principal Real Estate Investors and the property firm Polinger Shannon & Luchs. To access the simple space with bamboo flooring, visitors enter the office building and go through the double wooden doors to the left of the security guard.

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