The first master yogis bent themselves like twist-ties around their enemies, smothering them with relaxing vibes. Now that all of your human and animal enemies are dead or in exile, today's Groupon offers a similar chance to defeat work-related stress with eight yoga classes at the nonprofit, socially conscious Yoga District for $45 (a $75 value). This deal includes a five-class pass that must be used within a month of purchase and three single-class passes that have no expiration date.
After a long day of negotiating bilateral trade agreements, you can head to one of Yoga District's three equally homey and convenient studios for one of a dozen specialized classes, like Restorative, perfect for recharging after the whipping of work week; Heated, to build strength; and Power, for a fast, sweat-soaked workout. Classes start as early as seven in the morning and as late as eight at night, if you like doing yoga with jittery, caffeinated owls. Yoga veterans malleable as warm wax and neophytes unable to touch their toes are equally welcome.
Yoga District's impassioned and eclectic instructors remix pliable poses from well-known traditions like Bikram and Vinyasa with samples from lesser-known paths to lithe enlightenment like Sivananda, or "way of the thousand-footed snake." Different poses unblock dammed channels of energy, and deep breathing suffuses the fatigued spirit with renewed vigor, just like blowing into a Nintendo cartridge. Finally become flexible enough to eat your food with your feet and touch your earlobes together.
The locally managed and community-minded Yoga District has achieved such tranquil equanimity that it offers all its classes on sliding pay scales and dedicates its proceeds to bringing free yoga instruction to trauma victims, the homeless, and teenagers behind bars. Yoga District also uses nontoxic, eco-friendly mats (rent for $1), and its studios were recently refurbished with environmentally sustainable paints and floor varnish made of zero percent sea snail.
Washington City Paper lists Yoga District as one of the top yoga studios in the metropolitan area. One Google Maps reviewer and Yelpers in Dupont Circle and U Street Corridor give Yoga District a perfect five stars:
- Their mission is to offer the most affordable and environmentally friendly classes available, and I believe without a doubt they've achieved it! – fierceonsilk, Google Maps
- We love all 3 studios...each has its own unique feel, with a common welcoming spirit. The teachers are all great, the price is right and Yoga District's commitment to the community only adds to the feel-good vibe. – Richard M., Yelp
- The mission is affordable, eco-friendly yoga. The space is beautiful. The classes are challenging. Basically, it is a little garden of yoga Eden. – Reggie G., Yelp