DC Yoga Week kicks off Sunday


Bend and stretch Sunday with a free class on the Mall. (welcomeomdc.com and Carolina Franco)

Check out some highlights after the jump.

Yoga on the Mall

The big draw of Sunday’s afternoon of movement on the Mall will no doubt be a class at 3:30 led by California-based Shiva Rea, who is well-known among practitioners as the queen of the popular prana flow style of yoga. Other activities include a kid-friendly class at 1:30, plus partner classes and demonstrations of acro-yoga, which, as the name suggests, is a gravity-defying blend of yoga and acrobatics. Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sylvan Theater, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. www.dccy.org.

Hot yoga

For a dose of mid-August weather in the springtime, head to the Bikram Yoga studios around town, which are offering free and $5 classes all week. The hot yoga style promises a set routine in heated, humid rooms. In other words, things are going to get sweaty. Deodorize accordingly. Bikram Yoga Dupont, 1635 Connecticut Ave. NW, Fourth Floor. 202-332-8680. www.bikramyogadc.com. Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill, 410 H St. NE. 202-547-1208. www.bikramyogacapitolhill.com. Bikram Yoga Tenleytown, 4908 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-243-3000. www.dcbikramyoga.com.

Free and cheap classes

Flow Yoga Center is offering a grab bag of gratis and $5 classes for those who want to check out a new style. There will be opportunities to try out Iyengar, with its diligent focus on alignment, the faster-paced flowing style of Jivamukti or the Yoga Ecstasy Hour for your weekly fix of drumming and primal dance. The studio is also offering free pilates. Flow Yoga Center, 1450 P St. NW. 202-462-3569. www.flowyogacenter.com/dcyogaweek.

Classes for all levels

The Woodley Park branch of the studio founded by John Shumacher, the area’s Iyengar expert, offers classes for all degrees of experience. Along with a free all-levels class on Tuesday, there will be $5 sessions geared toward beginners, intermediate practitioners and those seeking a more restorative gentle yoga class. Unity Woods Yoga, 2639 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite C-102. 301-656-8992. www.unitywoods.com.

Classes for kids

Circle Yoga promises fun for the whole family with a slew of workshops tailor-made for the little ones. The $5 classes include “Baby and Me” for tykes as young as 6 months old, family yoga for parents with kids ages 5 to 10 and preteen yoga. And since it’s never too early to start, there are also a number of prenatal classes for moms-to-be. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. 202-686-1104. www.circleyoga.com.

Flash mob

Just as Yoga Week kicks off with an outdoor practice, the festivities come to an end with a yoga flash mob in John Marshall Park, put on by the Asian Heritage Foundation. May 21 at 10 a.m. John Marshall Park, near Pennsylvania Avenue and Fourth Street NW. asiaheritagefoundation.org/YogaFlashMob2011.aspx. Free.

This is just a sampling. For more, visit www.dccy.org.

Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies and pop culture for the Post.

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