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 five yoga classes at the nonprofit, socially conscious Yoga District for $29 (a $50 value). This deal includes a five-class pass that must be used within a one-month timeframe after attending your first class.
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, such as Restorative, perfect for recharging after the whipping of work week, or Flow, to build strength. Classes start as early as 6:30 in the morning and as late as eight at night, if you like doing yoga with jittery, caffeinated owls. Check the schedule for availability and times. 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 readers named Yoga District the best yoga studio in 2010 for the metropolitan area, and more than 900 Facebookers are fans. Yelpers give the Dupont Circle and U Street Corridor locations a 4.5-star average, and the Bloomingdale studio a perfect five-star average.
- 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, U Street Corridor location
- 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, Dupont Circle location