Yoga Heights DC: Rooting itself in community

Tadasana-at-Georgia-Ave-MetroYoga Heights recently opened their doors at the intersection of Petworth, Colombia Heights, and Parkview on Georgia Avenue, a fairly rough but rapidly changing street in Washington, DC. When I visited and took a class at the new studio I was impressed by the attention to detail given by the co-owners, Amy and Jess. Every inch of the 2,388 square foot studio reflects their deep rooted intention to serve the community.

“I wanted Yoga Heights to be a place that serves every body, every level and every budget,” said owner Jess Pierno, “We offer deals like first class for free and $30 for 3 weeks of unlimited classes so that anyone can try yoga to see if they like it.  Then if our prices don’t fit in their budget, we find a way to make sure they can keep coming in.”

Every day the wall-sized chalkboard changes to remind students of the daily class schedule and announce new and upcoming events. The studio has a full schedule with local DC teachers teaching a variety of styles and levels from Restorative Yin to Cosmic Flow to Family Time Yoga, totaling over 15 styles including pilates.

The waiting area also hosts a small shop for yogis looking to update their gear, support good causes, and eat locally. Yoga Heights partners with Glyder for apparel and From the Farmer to support local food and healthy living. They also host events and celebrations in their large studio space to encourage students and teachers to meet off the mat. Another way Yoga Heights serves the community is by using donations from the weekly community class to create “Karma Passes” – class vouchers for members of the Yoga Heights community who cannot otherwise afford yoga.

To accommodate over 40 classes on the weekly schedule, there are two separate classrooms, one of which can be used for hot yoga. Upon entering either classroom, one feels instantly calm because of the neutral, calming colors and tasteful design. My personal favorite touches include the eye pillows wrapped in African fabric and the artfully placed mirrors of varying sizes in the back studio. If you’re looking for a unique community yoga experience in DC, check out Yoga Heights!