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A Beginners Guide to DC Yoga Week - 10 Tips

A Beginners Guide to DC Yoga Week - 10 Tips

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 8:38am

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DC Yoga Week is almost here! More than 40 studios across the District will be offer discounted or FREE classes to yogis throughout the week. The main highlight of the event takes place on the Mall. D.C. area teachers will lead thousands of yogis through an outdoor, all-level yoga practice--for FREE!

For those beginners out there, here are few tips to help guide you through the week:

Editor's note: this post was updated September 2017.

  1. Do a little research. Over 50 Washington DC area studios will be hosting FREE or reduced price classes. DC Community Yoga has a page with all the participating studios.

  2. Sign up in advance. When possible, register online before class. Classes can fill up. 

  3. Don't over do it. Just because a class is free or discounted, does not mean you have to sign-up for the hardest class a studio offers. Know your limits and be realistic with your abilities. Understand that hot yoga classes aren't for everyone. Know that certain poses take years to perfect. And don't be discouraged if everyone around you can bend deeper than you can. Yoga is all about finding your own inner-strength, not someone elses.    

  4. Drink water. Don't understimate the importance of hydration, before, during and after any yoga class. In fact, hydration is an essential component of yoga, according to Suzy Thompson, MD. Thompson reccomends drinking an additional 16-20 oz of non-caffeinated fluid two hours before a yoga class, 20-40 oz aftewards for each hour of exercise but adds that you'll will need to increase that to make up for fluid losses for heated yoga classes.   

  5. Plan for class. While many offer mats, towels and other rental items, it's important to plan accordingly before any  yoga class. Here are a few suggested items: Proper clothing attire; Yoga mat; Water bottle; A light snack; A towel (a  towel the size of your mat is usually necessary for heated classes); Sun block for outdoor yoga. 

  6. Be respectful. DC Yoga Week gives yogis of all levels an opportunity to go outside of their comfort zone and try new things. From different medition styles to new scenary, being willing to try new styles and methods will help you get the most of the week. But if you choose not to try new methods, that's okay, just be respectful and patient while others are practicing or meditating.    

  7. Thank an instructor. The dedicated instructors are the unsung heros of DC Yoga Week. They put just as much, if not more, effort into teaching the classes as yogis do during the toughest poses. A little thank you to the instructor will go a long way.   

  8. Make room for others. The majority of classes will attract yogis in big numbers--and that's a good thing! Be patient at the start of class and slide your yoga mat wherever need be to help make room for others who want to join. All the space you need for yoga is the size of your mat!  

  9. Take a friend. Believe it or not, every athlete in DC doesn't know about DC Yoga Week. But it's our job to help tell them. Take a friend, tell a neighbhor or drag your co-workers out of the office. The more yogis, the merrier! 

  10. Go to Yoga on the Mall.  It's awesome. 

About the Author

Jamie Corey is a RRCA certified coach and author of RunsterInc.com. Jamie has completed eight marathons, several triathlons and is currently training for her first Ironman. When she isn't trying to find the best bagel in town, she is usually tweeting at @TheRunster.