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Best Places To Find Yoga And Pilates Gear In DC

August 28, 2012 6:00 AM

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The latest craze around the city has been the paradigm shift toward bikram yoga, which has gained a huge following locally over recent months. Fear not, as there are still several members of the yoga community that prefer traditional style yoga to its new successor. While coupon sites bring great deals for new studio memberships, there really is not much available in terms of where to find the best gear. Luckily, you won’t have to hit up that new yoga class with the mat your dog has been chewing on, and you definitely don’t have to walk into your Pilates session in ratty sweatpants. Here are some city gems are that offer great yoga and Pilates merchandise and clothing.

City Sports
1111 19th St.
Washington DC 20036
(202) 467-4100
www.citysports.com

This shop is easily accessible via Farragut North METRO and known as the most reliable sporting goods store around the Washington, D.C. area. City Sports has everything you’ll need to look a pro at your next class. Find the staples, including tops, bottoms and shorts for to don at your next class. Accessories include non-slip yoga socks, water bottles, blocks, mats, straps and bags. You’ll look the part before you can even say “om.”

Patagonia
1048 Wisconsin Ave.
Washington DC 20007
(202) 333-1776
www.patagonia.com

This storefront primarily focuses around extreme sports, but not count it out right away. If you are looking for some lasting gear that will keep up with your performance and sweat index during bikram, yoga or Pilates, try out one of Patagonia’s body fit tops. They’re durable and will let your skin breathe during your workout. The shop may even bring out the hunger in you to go extreme and build on new adventures.

Tranquil Space – Boutique
1632 17th St.
Washington DC 20009
(202) 328-9642
www.tranquilspace.com

The experience at Tranquil Space is known as one of the most exhilarating around for yoga, but the studio also has a personalized boutique that assists members with purchases to meet individual needs along the yoga journey. Tranquil Space sells yoga gear by Foat Design, a line dedicated to creating comfy, durable and eco-friendly yoga tops, bottoms, one-pieces and accessories including leg warmers, wristlets and headbands. Customer service is the top priority and staff is very pleasant with knowledgeable insight on what will best suit your workout needs.

Related: Best Yoga Studios in DC

Lululemon Bethesda Row
1461 P St.
Washington DC 20005
(301) 652-0574
www.lululemon.com

Essentials are probably the best word to describe the many offerings that abound at Lululemon. The store focuses on what consumers need in terms of comfort and performance as the baseline for its inventory. Here you can definitely find great body fit clothing and accessories that suit the needs of any yogi or Pilates lover. Stay in shape between classes by participating with other locals in the Bethesda Row store’s run club. It meets at the store every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a run on the Crescent Trail.

Related: Best Zumba Studios in D.C.

Bikram Yoga Dupont
1635 Connecticut Ave.
Washington DC 20009
(202) 332-8680
www.bikramyogadc.com

This studio would be what some call the current standard for bikram in the Washington, D.C. area of local places for yoga. Many love this place simply because of the convenience and pricing. BYDupont sells men and women’s Onzie and Karma yoga clothing, brands that excel in producing quality clothing for hot yoga. If you’re really into this studio and want the world to know it, you can pick up BYDupont water bottles and t-shirts, too. Bikram even offers significant student discounts and host classes in the park.

Lorenzo Holmes is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
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