The Retreat Yourself series offers free fitness classes
Now that winter is over and the warm weather is coming, it’s the time of year when people start thinking more about fitness and getting out of the house and participating in more activities. That’s even more true in 2022, when the pandemic seems to be over and people aren’t as worried about leaving the house.
With that in mind, Corona Beer is sponsoring a Retreat Yourself series for those in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, offering 36 dates of free fitness-related activities, such as yoga, boxing, and cross-fit.
For example, Flow Yoga Center in DC is offering a free Vinyasa Flow class from 5-5:50 p.m. on Friday, March 18 at its studio at 1508 14th Street NW with instructor Camryn Bickham.
“We look forward to welcoming people to our beautiful, plant- and light-filled studios and sharing the healing benefits of yoga,” says Debra Perlson-Mishalove, Creative Director and Founder of the studio. “We think people will love our Vinyasa Flow classes that we have curated especially for this community. At the end of the class, participants will feel stronger inside and out.
And by the time people reach their final pose, “savansa,” they’ll be ready to take it all in, relax, and let all the stress melt away, she adds.
On Sunday, March 20, VIDA Fitness Balston will host a SweatBox class at 4040 Wilson Blvd., Arlington from noon to 1 p.m., with Gwen Broerman leading a high-intensity interval training class.
Dance enthusiasts will enjoy Zumba with instructor Geneza Simoes at VIDA City Vista, 445 5th St., NW, Wednesday, March 23 from 5:45-6:45 p.m.; March 24, Balance Gym Thomas Circle at 1339 Green Court NW will offer rooftop yoga; and on Monday, March 28, Onelife Fitness Fort Totten will host a Club Strength class at 5198 South Dakota Ave. NE from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Several events have already taken place that have kickstarted the spring fitness season craze, and it’s an exciting time for those involved.
Jess Pierno, founder and director of inspiration for Yoga Heights DC, with three locations in the district (3506 Georgia Ave NW, 255 Carroll St NW, and 905 U St.), hosted a free class at each of the locations and shares the he event was a great way to jumpstart people into their fitness routines.
“As a small business, this was a great way to let DC know that we’re open and excited to welcome people back to our yoga studios,” she says. “Those who attended were treated to an excellent yoga class. For many, this was the first class they had taken in the studio in two years, so it was a great way to experience the magic of yoga in a studio.
While two of the locations offered standard yoga fare, those who took the class at the U St. location had the thrilling and fun experience of aerial yoga – a yoga class and workout unlike any other. others.
“This year, perhaps more than ever, there’s a sense of re-emergence and renewal that comes with spring,” says Pierno. “Finally getting back into a fitness and wellness routine brings people joy, stress relief and a sense of community.”
Then there’s Club Pilates Tyson’s Corner at 1521 Boyd Pointe Way in Vienna, which hosted a mat Pilates class mixed with cardio.
“I love the fact that we were able to be part of something so big, and it obviously continues, and we were happy to bring that to the community, says Clarissa Shepherd, general manager of the studio. “I adapted the class to the music and played good upbeat music and everyone had a great time.”
Having been in the fitness business for a while, Shepherd knows that in March many people have already given up on those New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, and notes that with the good weather coming and the summer time here, now is the perfect time for people to participate in any fitness class.
“I encourage people to look at the remaining classes and pursue their fitness goals,” she says.
The Retreat Yourself series sponsored by Corona and in partnership with DC Fray runs through the end of March. For a full list of events, go here.
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