Breathe in. Breathe out.
With all the hustle and bustle of the city life, channeling your inner yogi can be the perfect way to start or end your day, or both! Between Baptiste, Bikram, yogalates, yoga-barre fusions, and more, we’ve got your go-to studios for when you just need to breathe, stretch, namaste, and let. it. go.
We won’t judge you if you only go for the savasana.
The Yoga Shala
Found in the heart of the historic Shaw neighborhood, Yoga Shala has one mission: to offer laid-back, teacher-driven, old-school yoga classes from classical Hatha roots. The studio aims to create a space where students can approach yoga on their own terms at an affordable price. Whether you’re a total newbie or regular yogi, this studio encourages all students to ask questions, laugh, and let go of their fear to try something new. Sweatpants, shorts, running clothes, or even last night’s pajamas are all welcome. Just come in, grab a mat, and get flowing. No judgments here.
As the sister studio of The Yoga Shala and Dupont Circle Yoga, the focus remains the same — community, teaching, family, friends, and healthy, balanced living. With the ability for new students to use all three “first time” specials, Georgetown Yoga wants to make sure it’s not only a good fit for your heart and soul but also for your wallet. So, swing by 2805 M St. NW to keep things light, laid-back, and (most importantly) fun.
Down Dog Yoga rolled out its first mat in 2003 in an old Georgetown garage. Now, they need a little more space. Washingtonians flock to any of four locations throughout the DC area. Though, we recommend getting your sweat on at the three locations closest to and inside of DC proper: Clarendon, Bethesda, and Georgetown. DDY practices power yoga in a 95-degree room, so check out their free week offer for newbies and don’t forget your water bottle. Their community is supporting and practice defined by one of their mantras, “Dig deep, get sweaty, and learn to live & love without limits!” Challenge accepted.
With one of their primary goals being affordability, Yoga NoMa on First St. NE offers $100 per month unlimited memberships. This includes the chance to join several weekly workshops, including one of our personal faves, a Yoga Foundations class specifically for beginners and re-beginners. Particularly unique to Yoga Noma is their weekly yoga class offered in American Sign Language. (How awesome is that?!) It’s all part of Yoga Noma’s mission to serve their community well.
Embracing epic adventures on and off the mat is at the core of Epic Yoga’s story. Founder Emma Saal has a background in yoga, martial arts, and dance, so you might say she knows how to get your body movin’. Right in the heart of DuPont on Connecticut Ave., you’ll get barre, power hour, candlelight flow, yoga sculpt, and, our personal fave, EPIClates — a combination of Pilates, dance, cardio-barre, AND yoga all in one. Epic Yoga also offers a weekly cOMmUNITY (yogis get it) class which is donation-based.
Bluebird Sky Yoga
Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded in order to bring art, mindfulness, and community to the neighborhood of Brookland. Their list of events and classes is enough to keep you guessing — featuring yoga ‘n’ wine, live DJs, and even a superhero class (we didn’t ask). Name a style of yoga you prefer — we’re sure you can find a class that suits you. If you want meditation, martial arts, Vinyasa, or something else entirely, you’ll find a class to love.
Flow Yoga Center
Serve. Nourish. Inspire. Gather. Flow Yoga communicates the heart of their mission well and manifests it in their teachings and atmosphere at their two Logan Circle locations: P Street and 14th Street. Married owners Ian and Debra Mishalove are also founders of DC Yoga Week and Yoga on the Mall. Their passion for community is grounded in the practice of Satsang, based upon the idea of being in the company of truth and good. One of our favorite aspects of Flow is their built-in time and space before and after class to mingle and make connections. Because just like they say, we really do need each other.
Unity Woods Yoga Center DC
Touted as timeless rather than trendy, Unity Woods Yoga Center DC stands firm in their authentic, uncompromising, and expert yoga instruction. Founded in 1979 by John Schumacher, Unity Woods is now the largest Iyengar Yoga center in the US. John studied under the founder of Iyengar yoga, B.K.S Iyengar, in India for 33 years — so you know it’s the real deal. Plus, he was named as one of 12 Lifetime Contributors to help authenticate yoga in America by Yoga Journal in 2015 (no big deal). This place knows yoga, but don’t be intimidated if you’re a beginner — they are excited to welcome newcomers into their beloved practice with their variety of classes! Check them out in Bethesda, Arlington, or DuPont Circle.
The Studio DC
Here’s something you’ll never find in DC: FREE YOGA. Once a month, The Studio DC offers Namaste Day — aka your chance to flow for free. On a regular day, you’ll find warm and welcoming hot yoga (as well as less warm non-heated classes), beginner-level to advanced. Promoting inclusivity and support, the teachers at The Studio provide personal attention to their yogis to ensure the best practice possible. At their two locations in DuPont and Adams Morgan, you’ll find an array of class options including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and if you’re looking to melt away the tension, their restorative class is just for you.
With seven local studios, it’s safe to say Yoga District is taking this city by storm. YD’s mission is to make yoga accessible to all with their wide array of classes and to make yoga work for the greater good. We are a huge fan of their non-profit, Yoga Activist, partnering yoga teachers with diverse communities and social service organizations. YD also offers a work/study program, gifting free, unlimited yoga in exchange for 6 hours per week of volunteer work in the studio. So, if you’re looking to learn, volunteer, and practice, this is a pretty sweet (and generous!) gig.
Be Here Now Yoga, Healing and Wellness
On the hunt for your personal truth? Be Here Now Yoga wants to help you find it. Each of their classes is for all levels, as their instructors have been trained to meet every student’s needs. They even offer several donation-based classes (their Community Classes) to reach students of all income levels. BHNY believes in the restorative, healing power of yoga and they do a great job of creating an oasis for their students. If you’re into sunrises and hot tea, start off your day at their newly reconstructed spot in Barracks Row (open as of September 2018) with Sunrise Vinyasa Flow and carry that OM straight into tea time at the studio.
We just love the fact that Yoga Heights in Petworth uses the word “jubilance” to describe their community — it’s so fitting. The two founders have 14 years of dance under their belt, plus a healthy living blog, a nutrition coach certification, and thousands of hours of yoga practice and development. Beyond their qualifications, they are passionate about making yoga and a healthy lifestyle work for you, even on a tight budget. Yoga Heights ensures each individual can practice through their work-study program. Added bonus: during the warmer months, they offer outdoor, rooftop yoga at 6:15am Tuesdays and 6:15pm Fridays nearby at The Swift Petworth apartments.
Breathing Space DC
Got a newborn? No problem. Toddler? Bring ’em on in! Breathing Space DC is all about that family life. Their reason for existing is to provide a space for the whole family to experience yoga’s awesomeness. Examples include Baby & Me Yoga, gentle enough for newborn babies and postnatal mommies, as well as prenatal partner yoga — spouses, rejoice! Breathing Space, whose breathing space is on Capitol Hill, also prioritizes family wellness education, offering an array of classes to support the family during pregnancy, birth, and childhood.
Shaw Yoga DC
Shaw Yoga’s home is a space called the White Room, a multi-purpose studio filled with bright, natural light. The Shaw neighborhood studio offers, on average, three classes per day, including a special Yoga for Runners class every Tuesday. You can also find them at various pop-up yoga classes around the area. Shaw Yoga promoted positive karma and quality yoga in everything they do, from special charitable campaigns to thoughtful everyday classes.
Hot Yoga Capitol Hill
26 + 2, Bikram yoga is calling to you! If you’re itching to flow (and seriously sweat) through the 26 Hatha yoga postures coupled with two breathing techniques, this is the hot spot you need. HYCH has extensive time offerings for a hot yoga class on a daily basis, with the majority being 90-minute sessions (in keeping with the classic Bikram practice). And for those looking to learn more, HYCH also offers a work-study program.
Yoga Del Sol
Setting up right on Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown, Yoga Del Sol is one of the most beautiful yoga spaces in all of DC. With exposed brick walls and all the charm Georgetown has to offer, you will have no problems finding your inner zen at this studio. And since launching the studio in 2013, teacher Diego Del Sol has acquired quite a following — consistently being voted one of the top yoga studios in the city. His teaching philosophy stems from the belief that yoga is for everyone. Classes are not centered around levels or competition, so whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced yogi, you can feel comfortable participating in a class.
Dupont Circle Yoga
It’s the best tagline for any DC yoga studio, ever: Turning type-A Washingtonians into blissed-out hippies since 2012. Dupont Circle Yoga, you so get us. Your first two weeks are only $28 unlimited (so, you know, less than the cost of bottomless brunch) — you gotta try it out. Welcoming yogis just west of Dupont Circle (that’s toward Georgetown, guys — remember the quadrant), this gorgeous studio might be the one to get you to finally pause and breathe in the universe.
As every yogi knows, yoga is as much about the lifestyle as it is the practice. Embrace Yoga has dedicated itself to the lifestyle through weekly workshops and classes. Instructors and teachers are eager to share their individual areas of expertise—from meditation, karma, and even prenatal workshops—through mini-seminars. Want to try ’em out? They offer free community classes each Saturday at 9:15am, and Embrace newbies get a month of unlimited yoga for just $49.
Rapidly expanding across the United States, YogaWorks has made its mark on DC, offering its modern take on ancient tradition in six DC area studios. With lively instructors and thoughtful teaching in tons of different class types—from Vinyasa to Core Flow to meditation—you’re never without a time or space to practice.
From the Dutch word meaning “to sweat or perspire”, Zweet Sport definitely lives up to its name. Owners Kimberly Sickmen and Marja Toan have transformed their passions for healthy living into this all-encompassing, transformative hot yoga and total fitness studio. The two Alexandria locations offer a wide array of heated yoga classes including Power Flow, Deep Stretch & Tone, and Vinyasa, but unlike other District studios, it doesn’t end there. One-on-one personal training, small group fitness, and nutrition consultation packages are also available. With this perfect blend of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, Zweet Sport will leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready for a shower.
**Updated by Hannah Durbin, August 2018