Movement is medicine for Sunyatta Amen, proprietor and head instructor at MamaSita Movement & Wellness Studio. She expresses this philosophy through an eclectic menu of group classes such as Urban Fusion Belly Dance, Zumba, and Brazilian Samba Workout. During classes, students gain confidence as they shimmy hips and undulate bellies through each 60- to 90-minute workout.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has been serving families and family-free individuals for more than 150 years. Today's deal gives you one month of family membership (good for two adults and any children under the age of 21 residing in the same household, normally $130) to this venerated institution and its numerous locations, which have numerous amenities. In addition to accessing fitness equipment and indoor and outdoor pools (pool availability varies by location), you'll have a standing invitation to the family festivals and pool events happening throughout the summer. You also get the choice of two personal-training sessions ($120–$140 value) with a certified trainer to help jumpstart a stymied fitness routine or improve a preexisting one. Personal training can even incorporate popular elements such as Zumba, cycling, belly dance, kickboxing, playing catch with computer monitors, and more. If you prefer squeaky-shoe sports, you may also choose two private tennis lessons ($150 value), available at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase location, Silver Spring location, or the YMCA Arlington Tennis and Squash Center.
Three blocks away from the busy Columbia Heights Metro, Kali Yoga Studio is a place for the community to gather for a peaceful, intentional yoga practice. The certified instructors offer Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga classes. At this eco-conscious studio, students can enjoy a long embrace with a tree outside and then come in for Yin & Yang yoga sessions, which feature deep, long-held postures, or classic vinyasa classes, which feature flowing, connected yoga asanas and sun salutations. And each instructor goes out of their way to make every student, regardless of skill level, feel welcome and offer modifications to both challenge and fit their practice. The studio's shining dark wood floor and mimimalistic decor help clients keep their attention inward, while natural light streams in through numerous windows.
Wanda Bamberg Tia, the woman behind Work It! Studio, has more than 30 years of experience as a fitness expert, dancer, and choreographer. She draws from this expertise when designing her studio's fitness and dance curriculum, which includes classes ranging from Zumba to tai chi to her signature WandaWoman Dance. Along with her fellow instructors, Ms. Tia teaches classes in a studio with 20-foot ceilings and ample natural light.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.