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


Maketto's signFree yoga is now on the menu at Maketto on the H Street corridor.

The Asian-inspired market at 1351 H St. NE is having free yoga Sundays from 4 to 5 p.m. on its roof deck, Maketto tweeted this week. Instructor Steve Abate of Love Supreme Yoga is leading the sessions for now, the D.C. yoga cooperative tweeted.

Maketto hasn’t set an end date for the yoga, said Sue-Jean Chun, a spokeswoman for the market.

“Maketto’s roof deck has always been planned for programming like yoga classes and the like,” she said in an email.

According to Abate’s online biography, he has taught thousands of hours of yoga and is skilled at instructing yogis at any level.

“His teachings are influenced by the many trainings he has been a part of, including Sivananda yoga and Astanga rocket yoga,” his biography says. “Steve embraces the concept Vinyasa Krama, which is about being present, with special attention to the details in and between each posture with fluidity and calm.”

Maketto, which features locally roasted coffee, Asian street food and menswear, opened last month.


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


Outdoor yoga (Photo via Facebook/Be Here Now Yoga DC)Capitol Hill residents will have the opportunity to start their day with downward-facing dog, warrior and tree poses outside the Eastern Market Metro station this week.

Be Here Now Yoga is holding a free yoga class in the Eastern Market Metro Plaza from 7 to 8:15 a.m. Friday. A “flash mob mediation” will follow, from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

The Barracks Row studio also will host a show by Acrolesque from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in the plaza. The group performs acrobatic yoga to music.

Children then can try yoga from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. or from 2 to 3 p.m.

Capital Teas, Senzu Juicery, and Joy Bliss Raw will offer free tastings throughout the day as part of the Cherry Blossom Yoga Pop Up.

The festivities will move inside to Be Here Now Yoga’s studio at 411 8th St. SE if it rains.

Photo via Facebook/Be Here Now Yoga DC


Yoga classes designed for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing are new in NoMa.

Instructor Darcy White will offer yoga sessions in sign language every Saturday at Yoga NoMa, providing guidance deaf people often miss in ordinary, inaccessible classes.

“It’s difficult to read lips in a yoga class,” she said during a web chat with Hill Now. “This class is an opportunity for the deaf/HH [hard-of-hearing] community to have 100 percent access to yoga instruction.”

Deaf since childhood, White, 34, began taking yoga classes when she was a graduate student at American University, coping with stress and back problems from lugging around a laptop. She started teaching American Sign Language yoga three years ago because she knew other deaf people also were struggling to understand every instruction.

“I’ve NEVER experienced a yoga class where I could hear what the teacher was saying,” she said. “It’s always been 100 percent relying on the teacher demonstrating poses, providing me with hands-on adjustments and watching other students in the class (which is sometimes a bit tricky if practicing next to someone who is new and not familiar with the poses :-))”

To make yoga accessible to deaf people, she gets creative — using non-verbal cues and making up some signs to describe poses like Warrior and Downward Dog.

“I typically pound on the floor (lightly), or gently dim the lights when I want [the students] to come out of a pose,” she said. “I also set up the room so that everyone can see me. If someone can’t see me, communication is lost.”

When deaf people attend an ASL yoga class for the first time, some say they had no idea they were missing key instructions in inaccessible classes.

“I’ve had … deaf students who’ve been doing yoga for a while [say] that they didn’t realize they were supposed to pay attention to certain alignment cues,” White said.

The class is open to all, but voice interpretation is not provided, said White, an Iowa native who lives near Dupont Circle and works for a public policy group. The sessions are scheduled for Saturday from 11:30 to 12:45 a.m. and cost $12 each.

White will teach other ASL yoga classes at Breathing Space Family Yoga, at 1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE starting April 6. Those sessions will be offered Monday from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Yoga NoMa, the area’s first yoga studio, opened at 1200 First St. NE in October, as Hill Now reported.

Photos courtesy of Darcy White


Capitol Hill yogis will have a new studio to try starting this weekend.

Be Here Now Yoga is set to open Sunday, providing a calm haven above a dentist’s office and between Chipotle and Popeye’s.

The 2,000-square-foot studio at 411 8th St. SE will provide space for meditation and yoga classes. The online schedule shows a mix of flow, power and restorative yoga classes — some of which are donation-based. Prices are not yet listed.

Owner Sherri Ta picked the location for its natural light and high ceilings, she said in a statement.

“When I walked into this beautiful space on 8th Street, I knew it was the perfect space to open,” she said.

Ta, a former elementary school teacher who used yoga in the classroom, plans to begin programs for youth that teach yoga and offer tutoring, the statement said.

Nearby yoga studios include Capitol Hill Yoga (641 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) and Breathing Space (1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE).

Studio interior photo via via Instagram/BeHereNowYogaDC


Betsy Poos and Stacey DeGrasse

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Ward 6 residents Stacey DeGrasse and Betsy Poos both began taking yoga classes as a counterbalance to their busy lives.

Now in their fifth year on Pennsylvania Avenue, the co-owners of Capitol Hill Yoga said they hope to bring more serenity to the lives of locals.

“Yoga has been so helpful for me,” said DeGrasse, who also works full-time as an FDA research biologist. “With the fast-paced, high-pressure careers so many of us have here, we want to provide that.”

She and Poos, a former Hill staffer and consultant, opened the garden-level studio at 641 Pennsylvania Ave. SE after the studio where they both previously taught closed. Earlier this month, their studio was named Fitness and Exercise Service of the Year by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Yoga practitioners can spend Jan. 1 with DeGrasse, 42, and Poos, 36, in a special “New Year’s Day Awakening” class. The goal of the 2 hour 15 minute class is to “to deeply set your intention for the year,” DeGrasse said.

Here’s what Hill Now learned about them in our last Meet the Neighbors interview of the year.

Live: DeGrasse lives on the waterfront, a few blocks east of Nationals Park, with her husband, two cats and “a lot of saltwater fish and invertebrates.” Poos lives near Tyler Elementary School with her husband, 4-year-old daughter and a Boston terrier named Bodhi, which means enlightenment. “I live on a pretty special block. Up and down, I know every neighbor,” she said.

Favorite Neighborhood Hangouts: Acqua Al 2 for DeGrasse, and Zest for Poos.

Favorite Glimpses of Old D.C.: Poos, a runner, said glimpses of the Capitol Building give her additional spring in her step. “That stretches me all the way down the Mall.”

What Changes They’d Like to See on the Hill: More opportunities for small business owners, like additional storefronts and leasing opportunities, DeGrasse said. She would also like to see more community involvement in local politics.


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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