Tons of yoga studios in Washington offer free and pay-what-you-can classes, but only a select few donate their proceeds to local, national, and global charities and organizations. So next time you’re in the mood to do some good while getting your yoga flow on, consider one of these six classes offered throughout the week.
Monday at 7:30 PM and Saturday at 8:15 AM
Twice a week, the folks at this Shaw bike shop clear the floorspace and offer hourlong yoga classes taught by a rotating roster of instructors. The class typically fills up, so get there 10 to 15 minutes early to snag a spot. The pay-what-you-can rate benefits a local bike cause or organization.
Every Wednesday at 7 PM until September 11
Extend Yoga’s community-based classes raise funds for the Community Wellness Collective in Anacostia. Funds raised ($10 is recommended but any amount is accepted) will go toward improving community health education and literacy.
Each month, Tranquil Space donates all proceeds from its $5 Charity-on-the-Go class to organizations such as Farm Sanctuary, which rescues farm animals from factory farms and slaughterhouses and cares for them at various sanctuaries throughout the country. Classes are taught by graduates of Tranquil Space’s teacher training program.
Donation-based classes at Stroga are offered a couple of times a week and benefit Mission: Results, a nonprofit organization that supports children in Haiti. A $10 donation is recommended but not required.
Sol Yoga Studio
Friday at 7 AM, Saturday at 8:15 AM, and Sunday at 10:45 AM
This Frederick studio hosts three Good Cause Community Yoga classes to raise money for local, national, and global nonprofit organizations. Causes supported include the American Diabetes Association, Heifer International, the Mental Health Association, and more. The studio has raised more than $16,000 since 2006.
Capitol Hill Yoga
Saturday at 7:30 AM
Beginning September 7, Capitol Hill Yoga will donate 50 percent of proceeds from this Saturday class to Bhatti Mines School in New Delhi, India, to support children’s education.