Community-oriented yoga + fitness in Washington, D.C.

With two locations in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood

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Our offerings at Past Tense are intentionally broad and varied. We understand what you may need on Monday is different than what you need on Thursday or in six months from now so we hope our wide-ranging approach lets you find what you need at any given point in your week or life.

Vinysasa is a Sanskrit word that means to “place in a special way.”  It has become an umbrella term for flow-style classes. Our team of teachers each interpret this differently and you will find many approaches within the Flow category of classes. We encourage you to start with our New Student Trial, which gives you the opportunity to try as many teachers, classes, and formats as possible. If you'd like guidance on what might be appropriate for you, please drop us a line or check in with one of our friendly front desk assistants. We are here to help.

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Beginner Vinyasa Flow

Level:  Recommended for those with little yoga background and students interested in refining their alignment. No experience or flexibility required.

This class focuses on the most common postures and transitions with attention to alignment, the muscular engagement needed, and breath awareness. Students can expect detailed verbal guidance, a slower pace, and demonstration.

 

Vinyasa Flow

Level:  Recommended for those with some yoga experience and a solid understanding of the basic poses and transitional movements of a flow class.

This class offers a flowing, dynamic form of yoga that connects breath and movement. Students should expect a faster pace, more challenging poses, techniques to modify them, and an introduction to practices like pranayama, meditation, and philosophy.

Advanced Vinyasa Flow

Level: Those with an established practice. This class is recommended for students with at least 12 months of consistent practice. Students should have the self-awareness to modify as needed.

These classes explore the more subtle and complex aspects of yoga. Students can expect a faster pace, deeper variations, dynamic sequences, and the opportunity to experience the fullness of the practice through philosophy, pranayama, chanting, and more.

Beginner MindBody Fitness

Level:  Open to all levels.

This dynamic and playful full-body workout offers a slower, low-impact approach to our MindBody Fitness class. Students can expect detailed instruction on technique with the same opportunity to build inner and outer strength.

MindBody Fitness

Level:  Open to those with some fitness experience.

This dynamic and playful full-body workout blends a variety of movement approaches including strength training, cardio, dance, Pilates, yoga, and mindfulness. Students should expect to use resistance bands, core sliders, blocks, their own body weight, and other props. We’ll release stress, build strength, and stretch body and mind, leaving you feeling balanced, resilient, and empowered.

Roll + Flow

Level:  Recommended for those with some yoga experience and a basic understanding of postures.

This class blends self-massage release with massage balls and Vinyasa Flow to help you strengthen, stretch, and repair the body. In this class we focus on strengthening muscles, improving range of motion, and down-shifting the nervous system. Please bring your own massage balls (available for purchase in studio) or two tennis balls.

Yoga for Longevity

Level:  Open to all levels

This class focuses on postures that increase flexibility, mobility, balance, and overall strength. Students can expect a ton of modifications, props, and variations to support their unique needs. This class is appropriate for beginners, seniors, students looking to ease back into yoga, those recovering from an illness or injury, or students looking for a slower paced, ease-ful class.

Happy Hour

Level:  Recommended for those with some yoga experience.

Start the weekend off with a playful, dynamic vinyasa flow set to fun music. Students should expect an energetic and playful class with lots of variations so you can shake off the week. We'll end with a deeply relaxing Savasana, leaving you ready to embrace the weekend.

Flow Jams

Level:  This class is recommended for those with some yoga experience and a solid understanding of the basic poses and transitional movements.

This monthly class is designed around a themed playlist to inspire movement to music you love. Students can expect themes focused on genre of music (pop music, Hip Hop), decades ('90s, oldies), music "rivals" (Prince vs. Madonna), and seasonal (holiday tunes).


Release

Roll + Restore

Level:  Open to all levels

This class blends self-massage with gentle movement. Students can expect to use massage balls, foam rollers, and yoga postures to relieve tight muscles, increase flexibility, ease pain, and calm the nervous system. Please bring your own massage balls (available for purchase in studio) or two tennis balls.

Roll + Flow

Level:  Recommended for those with some yoga experience and a basic understanding of postures.

This class blends self-massage release with massage balls and Vinyasa Flow to help you strengthen, stretch, and repair the body. In this class we focus on strengthening muscles, improving range of motion, and down-shifting the nervous system. Please bring your own massage balls (available for purchase in studio) or two tennis balls.

Sound Bath Meditation

Level:  Open to all levels

This class uses the vibration and tones from Tibetan singing bowls and an ocean drum (similar to a rain stick) to move students into a deeper state of consciousness and awareness. Students can expect to lie down and rest in stillness. There is no movement involved in this class and students are welcome in comfortable street clothes.

Slow Flow + Meditation

Level:  Open to all levels, but a basic understanding of the poses is helpful

This class includes gentle movement, breathwork, and meditation. Students can expect a slower paced flow, guided meditation, and a relaxing Savasana to help you unwind and return to an ease-ful state.


Rest

Candlelight Chill

Level:  Open to all levels

This candle-lit class incorporates a blend of restorative and Yin postures, breathwork, and guided meditation to recharge, heal the effects of stress, and bring the nervous system into a more balanced state. Students should expect to move very slowly and rest in postures for extended periods of time with the support of props.

Roll + Restore

Level:  Open to all levels

This class blends self-massage with gentle movement. Students can expect to use massage balls, foam rollers, and yoga postures to relieve tight muscles, increase flexibility, ease pain, and calm the nervous system. Please bring your own massage balls (available for purchase in studio) or two tennis balls.

Slow Flow + Meditation

Level:  Open to all levels, but a basic understanding of the poses is helpful

This class includes gentle movement, breathwork, and meditation. Students can expect a slower paced flow, guided meditation, and a relaxing Savasana to help you unwind and return to an ease-ful state.

Sound Bath Meditation

Level:  Open to all levels

This class uses the vibration and tones from Tibetan singing bowls and an ocean drum (similar to a rain stick) to move students into a deeper state of consciousness and awareness. Students can expect to lie down and rest in stillness. There is no movement involved in this class and students are welcome in comfortable street clothes.


Ages & Stages

Pre+Postnatal Yoga

Level: Open to all levels, but an introduction to postures and doctor's approval is recommended

This class supports the pregnant person through all three trimesters and the postpartum period. Students can expect community building through group sharing, movement appropriate for a pregnant or postnatal body, and rest or guided relaxation.

YogArt

Level: Open to all levels 

In YogArt, kids 5 and up can express their creativity though art and movement. This class introduces kids to meditation, breathwork, and the physical postures through games, play, and various art projects.

PJ Party

Level: Open to all levels.

We're throwing a pajama party for your kids (5 and up). Drop them off at Past Tense at 5:00 p.m. with dinner in hand, and we'll eat, play games, watch a movie, and even do some yoga. Pick ‘em up at 8:00 – or they might turn into pumpkins.

Yoga for Longevity

Level:  Open to all levels

This class focuses on postures that increase flexibility, mobility, balance, and overall strength. Students can expect a ton of modifications, props, and variations to support their unique needs. This class is appropriate for beginners, seniors, students looking to ease back into yoga, those recovering from an illness or injury, or students looking for a slower paced, ease-ful class.

Baby + Me

Level: Open to all levels, but doctor's approval is highly recommended for postpartum students

While the structure of the class for parents and their little ones largely depends on the parents that show up (acknowledging unique birth experiences and recovery journeys), it includes some baby massage time, group sharing, and strengthening and stretching exercises. Babies are welcome as early as parents and doctors feel comfortable and take class until they are pre-crawlers.