Insipired Yoga

Some good news on the U Street yoga front: first, and most exciting to me, Kyra from Inspired Yoga is in DC this weekend. She will be teaching two classes on Sunday: one from 11-1 pm at the Lululemon Georgetown store, and one from 7-8:30 pm at the Josephine Butler Parks Center (15th and Euclid – where they held classes before they left DC). The Lululemon class is $20 pre-register, $25 at the door. The Josephine Butler class is $20, or $15 if you went to the Lululemon class too. Email Kyra at info@inspiredyoga.com for more details – or go onto PayPal and enter info@inspiredyoga.com to sign up for classes.

In other news, Inspired’s old space on U Street is finally leased out. Just took a year and three months – Buddha B Yoga Center opened in the spot last weekend. Looks like they have a pretty varied schedule.

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Insipired Yoga, closing

It is with a sad heart that I write this, as Inspired Yoga had become my yoga home in my 2+ years in the area, but Inspired Yoga announced today that it will be closing at the end of November. Owner Kyra, with Michael, will leave to travel in Vietnam, teaching yoga, and eventually relocate to LA to be closer with one of their favorite teachers, Saul David Raye.

After Inspired Yoga had moved to their current location at the Josephine Butler Center in September, they had to cut their schedule because of the location’s restrictions. While beautiful, the space isn’t quite a yoga studio, and I had hoped the location was temporary until they found something more suitable and permanent. They have existed in Adams Morgan, U street, and now Columbia Heights for 8 years. They have had over 6,000 students. It’s a sad day for yoga in DC, but I wish Kyra and Michael the best. Namaste.

And, now that it seems that I’m going to need to find a new studio, does anyone have any recommendations for the U street area? I’m looking for a practice that is challenging, yet relaxing and soothing, hotter yoga would be nice but not required. Teachers that really let you focus on your breath. Any recommendations?

As per a newsletter sent out Wednesday, Inspired Yoga is officially moving to the Josephine Butler Parks Center on 15th and Chapin on September 1st. Kyra says:

This new location will give us the room we need to accommodate our ever growing IY community. Classes will be held in the large ballroom on the second floor which has gorgeous views and overlooks the park. You will love the parquet floors, chandelier and fireplace. Although or schedule will change slightly, the most popular classes will be held as scheduled & we will also be adding some new lower priced classes. We  look forward to having this opportunity to offer you the same dynamic & inspired classes in a much larger and historic space.

If you’ve been to Inspired Yoga, or you haven’t, let’s support the studio in this time of transition. If you’ve ever been to a class, you know the studio is an open, welcoming environment and a strong community. I will be going to more classes than ever in support of Kyra and Inspired Yoga.

Insipired Yoga

Insipired Yoga

After a particularly sweaty yoga class Tuesday, Kyra let us know that there was a strong possibility Inspired Yoga might be moving from it’s current location at 12th and U to the Josephine Butler Parks Center at 15th and Chapin, across the street from Malcolm X Park. This change could happen on September 1st, as their lease at 12th and U will be expiring August 31st. It seemed that they’ve been having some trouble with their landlord, and while the move could be scary (will people make the 10 minute walk over to the new place?), I see a lot of potential. The new space would be significantly larger than their current one, which, while lovely, could easily get packed. The class sizes have just continued to grow in the past few months, and having more room will be good.

I will post more information once Kyra and Inspired Yoga get the official word.

Insipired Yoga at 12th and U

Insipired Yoga at 12th and U

Any yoga fans out there? Sometimes I really want to get to a yoga class but something comes in the way, whether it’s meeting up a with a friend or having to do extra work or not just being in the mood. Sometimes I do yoga at home, and do have yoga on DVD, but sometimes, because I have a roommate and only one TV, it’s not quite practical to use them.

Kyra, owner and teacher at Inspired Yoga, comes to the rescue, she has a 45 minute yoga practice  podcast to download on their website. She classifies it as an “intermediate” practice, so if you’re new to yoga it’s probably not for you. I’ve been going to Kyra’s classes for nearly 2 years, she has a sense of humor, knows how to challenge you, and also knows how to help you calm down. And I love the idea of just listening to your iPod and sneaking off somewhere to do some yoga. I might be tempted to find an empty conference room at work and do yoga instead of taking an hour to eat lunch…

Insipired Yoga at 12th and U

Insipired Yoga at 12th and U

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for nearly 8 years. I made yoga a regular practice more than two years ago when I was marginally employed and living in the West End area after graduating from college. It was a repetitive, calming process, going to yoga at my local WSC four times a week. It wasn’t though, particularly challenging.

Then I moved to the U street corridor, and almost immediately noticed that there was a yoga studio right near my place. How convenient. Inspired Yoga immediately renewed my interest and devotion to a regular yoga practice. While still offering a calm place to rest my often over-active mind, Inspired instructors challenged my practice to grow and expand beyond what it was. I feel stronger, more present, and happier when I go to yoga classes at Inspired. It might be cliche, but it’s true.

However, even more important than a challenging yoga practice, Inspired Yoga has offered me a sense of community. All of the teachers are friendly and eager to listen; they also have an incredible knack to say exactly what you need to hear. There is a sense of warmth and comfort when I walk into the studio, one I usually only associate with coming home. That’s something special.

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