One way to raise the roof? Add yoga. The Liaison Capitol Hill (15 New Jersey Ave. NW; 202-638-1616) is offering complimentary classes every morning at 7:30 for hotel guests on its 10th-floor pool deck. “The sun is still low, the breeze comes across your face, and the noise of the city is just this buzz,” says Faith Hunter, one of three rotating instructors — and the May cover model for Yoga Journal. “This is how yoga should be done.”
Knowing that locals might get jealous, this Sunday, the hotel is launching a weekly promotion called “Tone, Taste, Tan.” For $50, you can attend the hour-long morning yoga class (taught by Hunter’s disciple M.C. Wolfe), head downstairs to Art & Soul for breakfast (your restaurant credit covers any main dish on the menu, including tax and tip) and then spend the rest of the day back upstairs on the roof splashing around or lounging poolside.
The vinyasa flow classes are open to anyone of any fitness level, so the groups are capped at 15 students in order to allow the instructors to modify appropriately. That size means there’s enough room for students not to smack each other, and it also ensures the hotel can provide mats, towels and, most importantly, water.
This time of year in D.C., even such an early workout in the elements can get pretty steamy, but Hunter says that boosts the practice. “The advantage of the outside is the heat helps you naturally warm up your body,” she adds. “It happens with ease.” You’ll still start with a few rounds of sun salutations while basking in the solar glow, which is sure to make your temperature rise further. So, expect some deep hip openers that take advantage of the Bikram-esque conditions.
When you’re feeling too warm, Hunter reminds, “Child’s pose is the best place to cool off.” You may be tempted to leap into the shimmering swimming pool just a few feet in front of you, but that will have to wait until after breakfast.
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