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, even 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.

 

More Details about Specific Classes

  • moms and babies in yoga classBaby Yoga & Play classes do use yoga mats, but most venues have enough to lend if you’d rather not carry one.
  • Please bring a baby blanket to cover our mats/blankets and a small toy to use during class.
  • Expect your baby to be a baby and know that their voice is welcome. Crying, eating, diaper changes, and sleeping is all perfectly fine during class.
  • Baby & Me Yoga at Hill CenterPlease bring only water or milk/formula in closed top containers into the yoga classroom. Feeding your baby – breast or bottle – is always welcome.
  • Please wear comfortable, stretchy clothes. While this is a movement class, it is not what most would describe as a workout, so full yoga/exercise attire is not necessary. Wear clothing that will allow you to sit on the floor and move around easily (jeans are typically not ideal).

 

  • tot yoga playing with parachuteParents fully participate so should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move.
  • No yoga experience required for either parent or child.
  • Yoga mats are not used in this class except during the last few minutes for relaxation. Feel free to bring your own or borrow one of ours.
  • 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.
  • 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, up to two adults are welcome on weekly basis, and the same adult need not be present every time.
  • 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.

Learn more about Early Childhood Yoga

  • Infant Massage classes involve a full-body massage with oil for baby. We provide sunflower or safflower oil and a bottle for you to use at home. Please contact us if you have allergy concerns and need an alternative oil.
  • Please bring a baby blanket or towel to cover our mats/blankets and a small toy to use during class.
  • Expect your baby to be a baby and know that their voice is welcome. Crying, eating, diaper changes, and sleeping is all perfectly fine during class.
  • Please bring only water or milk/formula in closed top containers into the yoga classroom. Feeding your baby – breast or bottle – is always welcome.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to sit on the floor and move around easily (jeans are typically not ideal).

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Capitol Hill Presbyterian ChurchCamp Location - CHPCExterior of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church at 201 4th Street SE (map), hosts camps as well as occasional workshops. 

  • Breathing Space classes and camps are held in the Annex.
  • Enter via the 4th Street courtyard, past the steps down to the Washington Seminar Center. 
  • Street parking only. The church lot is reserved for staff and WSC guests.  There are meters along Pennsylvania Avenue and a pay parking lot between 2nd & 3rd Street off Penn.
  • Bikes and strollers may be parked in the courtyard.
  • Shoes can be left in the hallway before you enter the class.
  • Bathrooms are down the hallway to the right of the courtyard door. This door is locked during class but your instructor has the key.
  • The door to the Annex may be locked once class starts. If you arrive late, call the phone number posted on the door or rap loudly on the window to get the instructor’s attention. 
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Wildflower Yoga LogoBreathing Space is pleased to offer early childhood and family yoga classes in Cheverly through a partnership with Wildflower Yoga, Cheverly United Methodist Church is  is located at 2801 Cheverly Avenue (map). Yoga is offered on the 4th floor of the church.

Cheverly United Methodist Church

Location Notes

  • The church is located where Cheverly Avenue meets Forest Road. A dedicated parking lot is located directly behind the church, and CUMC prefers that you park there.** Once parked, follow the sidewalk to the driveway at the opposite side of the church (just past the smaller, stone church sign) and walk up the short flight of steps to the double doors. Go through the double doors, then up the stairs to the left. The yoga room will be in front of you.
  • If you have a stroller, you may leave it tucked in the breezeway to the right at the foot of the outside stairs if you prefer not to carry it up. The instructor can provide you with a stroller lock if you wish to secure it, but please bring all valuables indoors. If your stroller is small and light, you may also bring it upstairs with you. There is a large space outside the classroom doorway where it can be left. No strollers are allowed in the main yoga space.
  • Upon arrival, please remove shoes and leave them in the carpeted space outside the yoga room to preserve the lovely floors!

**There is some street parking available near the church. If you cannot manage the walk from the parking lot, you may park on the street. However, those spaces are used by people who live in the houses nearby and they–and the church–prefer we not use them unless it is necessary. Thanks for helping us be good neighbors!

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Christ Church – Washington Parish, which hosts many of our day off camps, is located at 620 G Street SE (map).Map illustration of Christ Church garden entranceChrist Church - Washington Parish - Capitol Hill DC

Classes are in the parish hall, most easily reached by the rear entrance. The parking lot/garden entrance off F Street Terrace SE between E & G and 6th& 7th Streets SE.

Christ Church is an easy walk from Eastern Market metro and bus stops. Car parking is very limited, but bike/stroller parking is plentiful. Street parking can also be found on G and E.

Strollers can be locked to the bike rack in the courtyard – contact us about the combination – or tucked into the hallways off the parish hall. 

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Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE (map) hosts classes weekly early childhood yoga classes and occasional workshops.

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Capitol Hill, Washington DC
Location Notes

  • Classes are most likely in the Art Room on the 1st floor. Check the info board by the reception office at the 9th Street entrance (ground floor.)
  • All strollers should be parked on the ground floor, near the kitchen. There is also a bicycle rack at the top of the 9th Street driveway.
  • Please plan to leave all non-valuable personal items outside or store them on the shelves in the classroom to keep the floors clear.  There will be a coat rack in the hallway outside the classroom for your coats and larger bags.
  • Hill Center is an easy walk from Eastern Market metro and bus stops.
  • Street parking can be found on Pennsylvania Avenue or E Street. Please do not park in the very small Hill Center lot. That is reserved for loading and staff use.
  • Parents and children should still wait on the ground floor for classes to start, if the room isn’t open yet. There is usually seating near the kitchen and always seating in reception.

Upcoming Classes at Hill Center

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Realignment Studio (lower level) at 641 Pennsylvania Ave SE (map) hosts our weekly prenatal yoga class as well as workshops. The studio is easily reached by the Eastern Market metro stop and several buses along Pennsylvania Avenue or 8th Street.St.

  • All of our classes on the lower level, down a flight of stairs. 
  • Both children and adults are kindly asked to remove shoes before entering the classroom space.
  • Most belongings can be left in reception area cubbies, but feel free to bring valuables into the room. Please pack dirty diapers away with you. 
  • Small folding strollers are welcome inside but please leave jogging-style or bulky strollers locked to the bike rack or otherwise secured outside. For safety reasons, strollers cannot be left in the stairway or on landings.Marks Church
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Shenanigans Art Space (lower level) at 316 F Street NE, lower level, hosts early childhood and family classes as well as workshops. The studio is convenient to Union Station and bus routes along Massachusetts Avenue or H Street.

The studio is down an external flight of stairs (on the right side of the building) and there is no lobby space to store strollers.

There is a bicycle rack outside for looking up bikes or strollers and we have a long cable lock students are welcome to use. Contact us about the combination. Small strollers that can be folded are welcome to be tucked out of the way downstairs.

photo of shenanigans, emptyshenanigans entry side

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St Marks Episcopal Church is located at at 301 A St SE (map), just a block off Pennsylvania Ave SE and a few blocks walk from Union Station.  

Exterior of St Marks ChurchThe most prominent part of the building is the Nave, or sanctuary. To access the dance studio (or undercroft for camp), enter through the A-Street courtyard. Use the door by the bike racks and take the stairs or elevator to the left of the entry way.

  • Tuesday early childhood and baby yoga classes are held in the dance studio on the second floor.
  • Strollers can be left in the lobby downstairs or brought up and stored outside of the studio door.
  • Please remove shoes before entering the dance studio.
  • Bathrooms are on the lobby level.
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StudioOne Dance is located at 511 11th St SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Location Notes:
The space is located at ground level and strollers may be stored in the lobby.

Please remove your shoes before entering the dance studio, and stow your gear in the lobby benches. Feeding babies–breast or bottle–is always welcome, but please only bring formula or water in covered bottles into the studio space!

Feeding babies–breast or bottle–is always welcome, but please only bring formula or water in covered bottles into the studio space!

If the door is locked when you arrive, please knock loudly–we’ll be able to hear you from the studio!

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Class are held in the 1st floor community room of The Townhomes On Capitol Hill, 750 6th St SE, Washington, DC 20003. 

This is just a few blocks south of Eastern Market just north of the SE Freeway. 

There is limited room for strollers in th lobby. Strollers and bikes can also be locked outside. Please remove shoes before entering the community room

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