Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill

Congratulations on starting your yoga practice! We are so pleased you will be joining us for classes.

  • Location: Public classes are held in a variety of venues on Capitol Hill. Please note the location in the class description when you register.
  • Please be aware of classes that may be in session. We schedule 15 minutes between most classes. If are early and there is a class immediately before yours, please be sure that it has concluded before entering.

Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail if you have any questions before the course.

Our main contact information is:

  • telephone: (202) 599-0434
  • inquiries [at] breathingspacedc [dot] com
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Find out more about each of our instructors.

We can’t wait to get started!

Tips for a Great Yoga Class

  • What to wear: Please wear comfortable, stretchy clothes that are not too loose. For prenatal and postnatal classes, it is important that you be comfortable but that your instructor be able to see the alignment of your joints while you are doing yoga poses. Please note that yoga is done in bare feet.
  • Bring: A yoga mat and water. Most venues have mats to loan but you may wish to invest in your own.  Any other necessary yoga props will be provided for your convenience, but you may, of course, bring your own if you prefer them.

Our Tot Yoga and Preschooler Family Yoga are an exception. We do not use mats except for final relaxation and occasional games. Feel free to leave your mat at home.

Baby Yoga & Play classes do use mats, but most venues have enough to lend if you’d rather not carry one. Do plan to bring a small blanket to cover our mats/blankets and a small toy to use during class.

  • Please no shoes in the studio: Too keep floors clean, our venues request that you not enter the main classroom wearing your shoes. Please take a moment to remove them before walking in and feel free to ask for help if your hands are full.
  • Avoid: Wearing strong scents such as perfumes, deodorants, essential oils, or cologne. Please ensure that your mat, clothes, and body are odor-free to help maintain the purity of the practice space and enjoyment for everyone.
  • Get there early: Please arrive 10-15 minutes early on your first day to address any administrative questions and settle in. Children especially.
  • Please turn your cell phone off. Even a vibrate setting can be disruptive during quiet moments in class.
  • Communicate: If you have any injuries or limitations, please notify your instructor before class begins so they can help you stay safe.

For families with children:

  • Let Go of Expectations: We don’t expect full participation by children, and sometimes hardly any on the first day. Some children will be most comfortable observing and some might even wander the room and appear not to be participating. This is all developmentally appropriate and totally fine. Yes, try to engage your child in class, but feel free to simply relax and enjoy your child however they choose to participate.
  • Parent Participation: Parents should plan to fully participate in family and early childhood classes. The more yoga you do, the more your child will do (even if not until you get home). One adult must be present for Family Yoga and any class for children younger than 3 years. Up to two adults are welcome to participate these classes on weekly basis and the same adult need not be present every time. Kids and Tween Yoga classes not described as family classes are for the children only. Due to limited studio space, family members and friends are asked not to observe these classes.
  • Stroller Parking: Most of our venues have limited indoor space. We have a cable lock for securing strollers to the fence or bicycle rack poll out front. Contact us for the lock code. Please do not leave strollers in entryways or stairwells.
  • Eating/Drinking: Please bring only water or milk/formula in closed top containers into the yoga classroom.  Breastfeeding is always welcome.
  • Please no photos during class. Not all parents are equally comfortable with having their children photographed and phones are potentially distracting to toddlers who are pretty savvy about what they do. If you would like photos of your little one doing yoga, please take them before or after class or during the last two weeks of the class when the instructor suggests group photos. If one of our instructors takes photos at any time, feel free to request a copy of your child or watch for logo-ed version to turn up on our social media sites so you can re-share.
  • Things to leave at home: Toys, stuffed friends, and even lovies (if at all possible). Very special friends can watch class from the windowsill if necessary, but toys of any kind just cause conflict in class.

Questions about make-ups, drop-ins, refunds, or other policies? See our class policies page, or contact us with any questions.

 

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Upcoming Events

Sep
24
Sun
2:30 pm Kids Yoga & Mindfulness @ Shenanigans Art Space
Kids Yoga & Mindfulness @ Shenanigans Art Space
Sep 24 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Kids Yoga & Mindfulness @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Yoga helps children learn techniques for concentrating, reducing stress, and connecting to their bodies in a loving way while having fun. A kids yoga class encourages children to move creatively in a non-competitive environment while… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill
Sep
25
Mon
10:30 am Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Sep 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Postnatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is designed for postpartum moms to gently and safely regain strength, tone, and endurance after pregnancy and birth with an emphasis on core strength and posture. Pre-crawling babies (and their voices) are welcome,… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill
Sep
26
Tue
9:45 am Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
Sep 26 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Babywearing Dance & Yoga @ Realignment Studio
This class is a blend of zumba-esque dancing to contemporary pop music, yoga conditioning, and relaxation. You will get a workout and have fun with your baby. Most appropriate from about 6 weeks (or when… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill
11:00 am Toddler Family Yoga Dance @ Realignment Studio
Toddler Family Yoga Dance @ Realignment Studio
Sep 26 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Toddler Family Yoga Dance @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This is a yoga and dance fitness class for families with toddlers and preschoolers. Class will be a blend of creative movement, dance routines, yoga postures and relaxation.Appropriate from steady walking through 4 years. Parents… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill
7:30 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill
Sep
27
Wed
10:00 am Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Preschooler Family Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class is for families 21-month to 4-year old preschoolers, with younger siblings welcome. Class incorporates age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories, and games as children learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play. No yoga… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill
11:00 am Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space
Sep 27 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Tot Yoga @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This is a supportive, fun-loving, and active yoga class for crawling babies to 24 month old toddlers and their parent/caregiver. This class is all about your new mover. Crawlers and walkers learn poses, songs, and… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill
12:00 pm Baby Yoga & Play @ Shenanigans Art Space
Baby Yoga & Play @ Shenanigans Art Space
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Baby Yoga & Play @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play features fun yoga-inspired postures and movements as well as calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep. Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill
6:00 pm Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Prenatal Yoga @ Realignment Studio @ Realignment Studio | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
In this all-level prenatal yoga class, expecting moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration, and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill
6:00 pm Teen Yoga & Mindfulness @ Shenanigans Art Space
Teen Yoga & Mindfulness @ Shenanigans Art Space
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Teen Yoga & Mindfulness @ Shenanigans Art Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
This class provides older children (12-16 yrs) with a safe space to explore more complex yoga poses and sequences than in classes for younger children as well breathing exercises, movement games, and much-needed relaxation techniques.… Continue Reading Tips for New Students – Yoga Classes on Capitol Hill

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