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‘Hey, Baby, Yoga Means Union’

Singles can loosen up with a class before the mingling begins

Sick of dating online? Try dating in alignment instead. Kelly DiNardo, owner of Mount Pleasant’s Past Tense Studio (3253 Mount Pleasant St. NW; 202-462-9642), thinks people could meet their match on the mats. “I’ve found a yoga studio is a place that fosters community. People make friends in class. Why not take it to the next level?” she says.

Singles of all levels are invited to attend YogAmore at 8 p.m. on Friday, an hour-long class followed by a mingling session with snacks, drinks and games designed to break the ice. Both parts will be led by Jeffrey Platts, a relationship and dating coach who moonlights as a yoga instructor. He’s made a name for himself in Washington by organizing several unusual social events, including eye-gazing parties, which resemble speed dating, except you just stare into the other person’s pupils for two minutes without saying a word.

Stretching and strengthening, he says, could be just the thing to get into the mood for love. “Yoga allows you to connect with yourself. That’s the first step in any relationship,” he says. He’s planning a romantic playlist, and a practice with several heart-opening poses.

The studio hopes to keep the genders balanced, so if an attendee brings a friend of the opposite sex, they’ll both get $5 off the cost of admission (a single class is $15).

And even if participants don’t feel sparks with anyone in the room, they’ll at least have an invigorating start to the weekend. “Our hope is that people always love their experiences at the studio,” DiNardo says.

Vicky Hallett is a MisFits columnist and the Fit editor for Express.



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