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Virginia Yoga Week is underway

Virginia Yoga Week takes over Reston Town Center. (James Martin)

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.

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


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