UPDATED JUL 14, 2020
A great yoga class is better than therapy (and way cheaper). We’ve unrolled our mats all over the DMV—in heated flows and fast-paced Vinyasa classes—and these studios had us feeling damn good.
Found in the heart of the historic Shaw neighborhood, Yoga Shala has one mission: to offer laid-back, teacher-driven, old-school yoga classes based in classical Hatha roots. Whether you’re a total newbie or a yogi with a regular practice, 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 — there's no judgment here.
As the sister studio of The Yoga Shala and Dupont Circle Yoga, the focus remains the same — community, 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 for a challenging (but most importantly, fun) experience.
Down Dog Yoga rolled out its first mat in 2003 in an old Georgetown garage. Now, Washingtonians can flock to any of four locations in the surrounding DC area to get their hot yoga fix. Specializing in fast-paced Power yoga flows, you'll get your heart rate up in a room heated to a toasty 95º — so don’t forget your water bottle. But if you need to slow things down and reset, they also offer a meditative Relax + Renew practice. Fitt Tip: keep an eye on their schedule; they regularly host Flow for $5 classes that are taught by new teachers still getting into the groove of things.
Bluebird Sky Yoga was founded to bring art, mindfulness, and community to the neighborhood of Brookland, and they've succeeded in doing just that. Their list of workshops and classes is enough to keep you guessing — featuring yoga ‘n’ wine, live DJs, and even a superhero class (we didn’t ask). Whether you prefer meditation, Vinyasa, a candlelit flow, or something else entirely, you'll find something to love here.
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 connection, creating a place that's truly rooted in community.
Here’s something you’ll never find in DC: FREE YOGA. Once a month, Studio DC offers Namaste Day — aka your chance to flow for free. On a regular day, you’ll find warm and welcoming hot yoga (and non-heated) flows for both beginner-level and advanced yogis. At their two locations in DuPont and Adams Morgan, you’ll find an array of class options, including Vinyasa and Ashtanga. And if you’re looking to melt away the tension, their restorative class is the move. Even better, the teachers here provide personal attention in each and every class to ensure you're getting the best practice possible.
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 and work for the greater good. We are a huge fan of their non-profit, Yoga Activist, which trains yoga teachers interested in hosting classes for underserved communities and social service organizations. The DC staple also offers a work/study program, gifting free, unlimited yoga in exchange for six hours per week of volunteer work in the studio. So, if you’re looking to learn, give back, and practice, this is a pretty sweet (and generous!) place to do it.
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. If you’re into sunrises and hot tea, start off your day at their spot in Barracks Row with Sunrise Vinyasa Flow and carry that OM straight into tea time at the studio.
Yoga Heights in Petworth and Takoma uses the word “jubilance” to describe their community, and it couldn't be more fitting. The two founders have nearly 15 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. That's why they make it possible for any interested individual to maintain a practice by providing work-study programs. Added bonus: during the warmer months, they offer outdoor, rooftop yoga. Bring on the sunshine and savasana!
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 a range of classes, from restorative slow flows to fast-paced Power Vinyasa; they even offer Yogalates, a yoga and Pilates fusion. You can also find them at various pop-up yoga classes around the area, so keep an eye on their schedule. The best part, though, is that they promote positive karma and quality yoga in everything they do, from special charitable campaigns to thoughtful everyday practices.
Bikram yoga is calling your name! 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. While their focus is on classic Bikram classes, you can still get down in a Yoga Sculpt, Hot Pilates, or mash-up class. And if you're sweating on a budget, check their weekly schedule. They often offer donation-based classes.
Set up right on Wisconsin Ave., 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'll have no problem finding your inner zen at this studio. And since launching in 2013, teacher Diego Del Sol has acquired quite a following — consistently being voted one of the top yoga instructors in the city. His teaching philosophy stems from the belief that yoga is for everyone, so it makes sense that classes aren't centered around levels or competition. Whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced yogi, you can feel comfortable unrolling your mat here.
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), which means you have no excuses not to try this place out. Welcoming yogis just west of Dupont Circle (that’s toward Georgetown, guys — remember the quadrant), this gorgeous studio might just 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 living and breathing yoga through weekly workshops and classes. Instructors and teachers are eager to share their individual areas of expertise—from meditation and sound healing—through mini-seminars. Want to try ’em out? They offer newbies 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—plus class types that include everything from Vinyasa to Core Flow to meditation— you’re never without a time or space to practice here.
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