Continuing with Donavan Wilson’s comments on yoga classes in the DC area, he recounts three recent experiences: in a well-established studio, in a small studio operating out of loaned facilities (typical of how many studios get started), and in a store.
“Support Your Center: A Workshop on Core Strength” with Sheree Mullen, March 2008
This was my first class at Willow Street Yoga Center and it lived up to its reputation. Ms. Mullen offered an unorthodox and fun workshop that focused on postures that target the core. Sheree’s approach was to try postures in a different way. A few participants fell on the floor in an effort to keep up. No one was injured. The participants ranged from beginner (one male student’s first yoga class) to advanced students. Students encouraged Mullen to offer a second workshop in the future.
Gerri Smith, Calm Unity Yoga, December 2007.
Geri Smith manages Calm Unity Yoga (no website), which offers classes a few days in the week. The “studio” is a carriage house located next to the Art Barns in the Kentlands, Gaithersburg. Calm Unity offers blankets, blocks, straps and mats for individuals. I participated in Hatha class (Saturday from 11:30 to 12:45). It was small (6 or 7 people), which provided an opportunity for the instructor to give students more one-on-one guidance. The class challenged me and it was a rewarding experience.
Lululemon Athletica in Bethesda, June 29, 2008
I went to a Sunday class at the Bethesda Lululemon Athletic, a high-end store that sells Yoga-inspired athletic apparel. It provides a free Yoga class that starts at 6. Laura Greene, who teaches at the Sacred Space Yoga in Rockville, is a wonderful instructor with a thick English accent. I enjoyed the class SO MUCH. Each week Lululemon will provide a different instructor. Lululemon’s staff wants to provide a class every day! I hope they succeed.