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When the weather is so beautiful outside, it's hard to justify being cooped up indoors for a yoga class. We've rounded up a ton of options to take your yoga and Pilates practices outdoors this spring and summer. And what better way to kick things off then heading to the National Mall tomorrow, May 3 for a free yoga session from DC Yoga Week? It starts at 10 a.m. with kids' and beginner's yoga, and then the main event begins at 10:30 a.m. with teachers from 30 area studios along with guest celeb teacher Shiva Rea. 1600 yogis have already registered on the DC Yoga Week Facebook page.
Yoga + Brunch Options
Want to pair your workout with a beverage, and possibly a strawberry waffle? New Adams Morgan restaurant Roofers Union is jumping into the fitness game by hosting Pilates classes on its amazingly scenic roof. On May 10 and May 17 at 10 a.m., sign up for Pilates on the Roof with instructor Chauna Bryant. $24 gets you a 45 minute all-level class followed by a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, and an invitation to stick around for brunch. Bryant also teaches Pilates at Poste Modern Brassiere's lovely patio every Saturday in June at 10 a.m.
Every Saturday at 10 a.m., the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown hosts an hour-long, all-levels yoga class in the hotel's picturesque urban garden. After class, students head to the hotel's restaurant Degrees for a gourmet brunch. The yoga and brunch deal is $45, and you can call the hotel at (202) 912-4100 to reserve a space.
Free Yoga Classes
Lululemon Logan Circle is again hosting free hour-long yoga classes at Dupont Circle every Wednesday at 6 p.m. All you need to do for Yoga in the Park is show up with a yoga mat, water bottle, and comfortable clothes. Check their Facebook page for weather updates.
Every Sunday in June, July and August from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as weather permits, yoga instructors from around town will teach free classes at Meridian Hill Park. Be sure to bring a mat.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays starting May 6 through June 26, Golden Triangle DC is offering free, hour-long Pilates classes taught by registered instructors, and Protein Bar is offering light refreshments. Bring your mat, and learn more here.
UPDATE: Head to the Georgetown Waterfront Park near the intersection of Potomac Street and K Street (Water Street) for free one-hour sunset yoga and Pilates sessions, courtesy of the Georgetown BID in partnership with Georgetown studios. Sessions will begin at 6:00 p.m., check out the schedule here.
Get far, far away from the studio with Yoga Hikes, a fitness class that takes students on local trails with breaks for yoga sessions. Choose between a Nature Hike or an Urban Hike, and all classes are capped at 10 students for a small class experience. This year's season starts on May 17, and you can check out the schedule here. The 90-minute class is $25 at the drop-in rate and the two-hour class is $30 at the drop-in rate.
Every Wednesday from now until June 4, Lava Barre is hosting free barre classes in Rosslyn from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. But Washingtonians were all over it, and the classes are full, darn. Watch this space for future classes and in case an opening for a class pops up.
Got any more outdoor classes? Shoot us an email at email@example.com and we'll update this list.