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Getting Grounded: Yoga in Washington
Comments () | Published June 1, 2009

Bikram Yoga Dupont, 1635 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-332-8680; bikramyogadc.com. A 90-minute sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises held in a heated room with an aggressive teaching style. Bring plenty of water.

Boundless Yoga, 1522 U St., NW; 202-234-9642; boundlessyoga.com. Integrates a variety of hatha yoga styles; offers a popular Yoga for Athletes program and a free community class each Sunday afternoon.

Capitol Hill Yoga, 641 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 202-448-9680; capitolhillyoga.com. Anusara yoga plus prenatal and baby yoga in an expanded location near Eastern Market.

Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St., NW; 202-686-1104; circleyoga.com. Welcoming studio with several styles of yoga and meditation; offerings include yoga for runners and cyclists plus a Budding Yogis program for kids and teens.

Down Dog Yoga, 1046 Potomac St., NW, 202-965-9642; 4733 Elm St., Fourth Floor, Bethesda, 301-654-9644; 12973 Woodlands Crossing Dr., Herndon, 703-437-9042; downdogyoga.com. Large classes fill up fast for “yoga with attitude”—one of the area’s only studios that teach Baron Baptiste Power Vinyasa, practiced in a heated room. Offers lunchtime power hours, Friday-night intermediate “party” classes (Georgetown only), and intensive workshops.

Flow Yoga Center, 1450 P St., NW; 202-462-3569; flowyogacenter.com. Features flowing yoga styles such as ashtanga, jivamukti, vinyasa, and Prana Flow as well as trendy offerings: Afro-Brazilian dance, AcroYoga, and midnight yoga.

Health Advantage Yoga Center, 1041 Sterling Rd., Suite 202, Herndon; 703-435-1571; healthadvantageyoga.com. Anusara and Iyengar yoga offered in four sessions each year; students enroll for 8-to-12-week courses (8-to-10-week for teens and kids). Drop-ins accepted when space is available.

Hot Yoga, 3408 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 205, , 202-468-9642; Try Yoga, 4609 Willow La., Chevy Chase, 240-888-9642; hotyogausa.com. Vinyasa yoga in a room heated to nearly 100 degrees; prenatal class in a cool room.

Inspired Yoga, 1115 U St., NW; 202-462-1800; inspiredyoga.com. High-energy Vinyasa Flow classes in an airy space; offers breathing- and meditation-focused candlelight yoga.

Quiet Mind Yoga, 3423 14th St., NW; 202-299-0111; quietminddc.com. New Columbia Heights studio fuses styles including Iyengar, ashtanga, vinyasa, and anusara; also offers restorative yoga.

Shakti MindBody Studio, 1015½ Seventh St., NW; 202-783-6463; shaktimindbodystudio.com. Cozy studio in Shaw with tea and cookies after class; offers massage therapy and restorative classes with an emphasis on meditation.

Spiral Flight Yoga, 1826 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-965-1645; spiralflightyoga.com. Since 1997 has provided Georgetown with diverse offerings, from traditional hatha, vinyasa, and restorative yoga to kundalini yoga.

Studio Serenity, 2469 18th St., NW; 202-518-9642; studioserenity.com. Vigorous vinyasa classes in the heart of Adams Morgan; also offers power yoga, ashtanga/Iyengar, and jivamukti.

Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, 3811 Lee Hwy., Arlington; 9998 Main St., Fairfax, 703-525-9642; sunandmoonstudio.com. Meditative hatha yoga with a variety of props, from a ropes course to a ceiling sling; popular therapeutic workshops and top-tier teacher-training courses.

Thrive Yoga, 1321-B Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-294-9642; thriveyoga.com. An Eastern oasis (waterfalls, artifacts from Bali and Thailand) in a Rockville strip mall; offers multi-week vinyasa sessions and a kids’ yoga-and-crafts program.

Tranquil Space, 1632 17th St., NW, 202-328-9642; 7475 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 8, Bethesda, 301-654-9642; 3260 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-348-7993; tranquilspace.com. Named one of the world’s top 25 yoga studios by Travel & Leisure; known for girl-power vibe, nurturing vinyasa classes, and attention to detail (lavender eye pillows, post-class tea and cookies, eco-friendly apparel).

Unity Woods Yoga Center, DC (Woodley Park), Tenleytown, Bethesda, Ballston; 301-656-8992; unitywoods.com. For 30 years, the nation’s largest center for Iyengar.

Willow Street Yoga Center, 6930 Carroll Ave., Suite 100, Takoma Park; 8561 Fenton St., Second Floor, Silver Spring, 301-270-8038; willowstreetyoga.com. Opened in 1994, now the largest center in the country for anusara. Several free weekly classes plus yoga designed for people with special conditions, injuries, and chronic back pain.

YogaChai, 1744 Columbia Rd., NW; 202-746-9642; yogachai.com. New Adams Morgan studio offers childcare during some morning classes plus a variety of nurturing classes for adults, babies, and kids.

Yoga District, 1635 Connecticut Ave., NW; 1910 14th St., NW; 1830 First St., NW; 202-265-9642; yogadistrict.com. Laid-back yoga that melds a variety of styles; affordable prices ($10 per class) in a bare-bones but comfortable setting.

What’s Hot

Though most studios are committed to honoring thousands of years of yoga tradition, many also experiment with variations. Here are some popular new offerings:

AcroYoga

This blends the spirituality of yoga with Thai massage and acrobatics. Postures require partners—one acts as a base supporting the other in the air. Try it at Flow Yoga Center, where it’s not recommended for beginners. Other studios offer occasional “jam sessions” that include some AcroYoga poses.

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