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/caregivers fully participate so should wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to move. The more yoga you do, the more your child will do (even if not until you get home).
  • 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.
  • No food in the studio. Please bring only water or milk/formula in closed top containers into the yoga classroom, but consider leaving them tucked away in your bag. Interest in water bottles is contagious and few children truly need a water break during a 45 min class. 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 the shelves if necessary, but toys of any kind just cause conflict in class.

Learn more about Early Childhood Yoga

Tips for In Person Classes

  • 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).

Taking this Class as a Self-Paced Course or Live Zoom Class

  • You will need oil. We recommend cold pressed, organic safflower or sunflower oil, but many families prefer others. Choose a high-quality food-grade oil so you do not need to worry if baby mouths a recently massaged body part. Some families like coconut oil for topical application. Olive oil can be a bit more irritating over time than some other options, but is still a good choice if that’s what you have on hand.
  • 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. Crying, eating, diaper changes, and sleeping is all perfectly fine during a live class. If you are using our self-paced modules, feel free to take breaks as needed or do just part of the routine.
  • The first three videos on our Setup for Baby Yoga & Play page apply to infant massage as well.

 

 

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 Drummond Hall on the first 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.

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Breathing Space Family Yoga’s studio is located at 641 Pennsylvania Ave SE (map), Lower Level.  (Some families may remember this as the old Realignment Studio space.)  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.
  • Cubbies are available in the classroom space for storing personal belongings.
  • 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.
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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 Church

The most prominent part of the building is the Nave, or sanctuary. For BSFY events, 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.  Classes are most typically in the dance studio on the second floor.  Camps are held on the basement level.

  • 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 and basement level.
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Open Barre is located at 7338 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 200, in College Park, Maryland in the College Park Shopping Center. The studio is right above Cava and Starbucks.

You can find Open Barre by going all the way up the stairs next to Starbucks (if you park in the main front lot), or you can come in through the office building behind the main shopping center (if you park in the back lot).

The parking lot is on Knox Road, across the street from South Campus Commons and adjacent to Knox Towers. Parking is free on Sundays, when early childhood classes are held at this location.

Accessing this space does require stairs. There are fewer if you enter from the back lot. Strollers that are small or can be folded may be left in the hallway outside of the studio or secured to the fence in the rear parking lot. Please do not bring strollers into the studio, and do not block stairs, doorways, or walking paths with strollers.

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The building is located at the corner of Sherman Ave and Columbia Rd NW.

The Brazilian American Cultural Center is located at 3001 Sherman Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. This location hosts weekly early childhood classes. We are pleased to offer early childhood, family and baby yoga there starting in January 2023.

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Yoga Heights Takoma Park is located at 255 Carroll Street NW, Washington, DC 20012. This location hosts baby yoga, infant massage, tot yoga, and preschooler yoga. Classes are available on weekdays and Sunday mornings.

Street parking is generally available nearby, and it is walking distance from the Takoma Park metro and bus stops.

The studio has a ground level entrance with no steps required. There is plenty of space in the lobby for stroller parking.

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