According to the Yoga Journal, yoga is the study of physical postures and poses that help boost your immunity, clear the mind and improve strength. There are many different forms of yoga, including Hatha, Bikram, Ashtanga and Anusara. Whether you’re a pro at all these different types of yoga or curious to learn more and to try it out, be sure to check out one of these best bet DC yoga studios.
Price: Ranges from $10 to $88
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With five studios spread around major DC hot spots, like Dupont Circle, Yoga District is DC’s premiere yoga studio. Yoga District’s 14th Street location provides classes for all levels of experience, a laid back community of teachers and students plus plenty of sun-filled space to relax, practice yoga and unwind before or after work. The studio offers plenty of options regarding classes and fees — with classes starting as early as 6:15 a.m. Have an unpredictable schedule? Purchase the 10 class pass and you’ve got yourself three months to take those 10 classes.
Unity Woods Yoga Center
Price: Ranges from $10 to $288
Hours: Mon – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.;Tues to Wed – 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Another top-ranked DC yoga studio, Unity Woods Yoga Center provides daily yoga classes, weekend workshops and programs covering all levels of experience and styles of yoga. What differentiates Unity Woods Yoga Center from other yoga studios is that the yoga classes are based on the study of Iyengar yoga. Unity Woods Yoga Center provides both day and evening classes. Unity Woods Yoga Center also has a studio in Bethesda as well as Ballston/Arlington.
Price: Ranges from $20 to $248
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri – 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sat – 9:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Studio DC provides a little heat to your yoga routine. This studio offers both heated and non-heated yoga as well as Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga and restorative yoga classes. The yoga studio also offers the country’s most respected and well-known yoga scholars and instructors plus a wide variety of yoga workshops and events. Learn about the importance of proper breathing and posture alignment, find new ways to handle stress and anxiety or discover new postures that help strengthen your core. At Studio DC, you can also learn to be a yoga instructor without breaking the bank. Studio DC offers flexible payment plans. New teacher perks include free yoga classes.
Flow Yoga Center
Price: Ranges from $9.50 to $1,000
Hours: Mon to Sun – 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
If you’ve always wanted to try yoga but can’t seem to find the time, check out Flow Yoga Center. The Flow Yoga Center yoga studio holds more than 80 classes a week, some starting as early as 6:45 a.m. Other aspects that make Flow Yoga Center unique include a wellness program aimed at to help manage certain health conditions and symptoms, an environmentally-friendly studio center and the belief that yoga should be spread throughout the community, no matter what your race, gender or economic standing. Not a fan of big crowd? Flow Yoga Center provides one-on-one private instruction as well as the option to learn yoga with a smaller group. You can even request a Flow Yoga Center instructor to teach a class at your office.
Capitol Hill Yoga
Price: Ranges from $18 to $300
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Recognized as the best health, wellness and beauty service provider of the year, courtesy of the Hilly Awards, Capitol Hill Yoga provides both yoga and Pilates classes right in the heart of DC. The yoga studio provides anusara-inspired yoga classes every day of the week, exciting workshops such as couples yoga for labor and delivery, mom and baby yoga, infant massage and how to incorporate yoga into your daily routine as well as the option to sign up for private lessons, where an instructor can come to your work or home if you wish. Not so sure about yoga and its benefits? Visit Capitol Hill Yoga and receive a free class pass valid for 14 days after you visit the studio.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.