If you missed D.C. Yoga Week, with its discounted classes and free outdoor practice, then good news: Virginia Yoga Week is now underway with more gratis lessons and other activities. Participating studios include Vienna’s East Meets West, which offers a two-hour donation-based class with live music on Friday night, and Little River Yoga in Alexandria, with free Mysore classes Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The full schedule of special deals is available on the Virginia Yoga Week Web site.
Yoga Week culminates with two free events Sunday. In Alexandria, the closing event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. with a raffle, kid’s yoga, belly-dancing and a food drive. Meanwhile, Be Yoga in Sterling will host a vegetarian- and vegan-friendly potluck from 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by music and chanting. Luckily, even after Yoga Week has come and gone, the opportunities for free, outdoor yoga remain.
In addition to the well-established series in Meridian Hill Park on Sundays and Dupont Circle Wednesday evenings, there are free al fresco classes in the suburbs. One of the few options for early risers is the free hour-long class in the Crystal City Water Park at 7 a.m. on Mondays. For those that treasure their morning Zs, another option is Yoga on the Piers at National Harbor, which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7 p.m. and includes live musical accompaniment.
Another new entry on the list of exercise under the sun is POP: Pilates on the Patio on Saturday mornings at Poste, of all places. The $19 fee promises visitors a 45-minute lesson, followed by — you’ve earned it — a glass of champagne.
And one more piece of yoga news: After the New York Times article about yoga dance parties, it looks like D.C. is getting in on the trend. On Thursday night at 8:30 p.m., California-based MC Yogi and Flow Yoga host a dance party at All Souls Church in Columbia Heights, following a 6 p.m. workshop in which the musician teams up with his yoga instructor wife, Amanda Giacomini.