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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.
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.
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.