Community-oriented yoga studio in Washington, D.C.

3221 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, DC 20010


Past Tense is a vinyasa-based studio. While vinysasa is translated as “place in a special way,” it has become an umbrella term for flow-style classes. At Past Tense, how vinyasa is interpreted is 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.

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Beginner Yoga

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

Great for beginners, those returning to yoga after a break, students with injuries, and seasoned practitioners 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. These classes help students build the strength and confidence needed to establish a regular practice and provide an opportunity for more experienced practitioners to fine-tune their practice so they can take it to the next level.

Vinyasa Flow

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

Building on the foundation of Beginner classes, this class offers a flowing, dynamic form of yoga that connects the breath, or pranayama, to the movement. These classes typically emphasize building strength and endurance in postures, refining alignment and working with more challenging variations.

Students should expect a more vigorous pace, dynamic sequences with a wider range of poses and modifications so students can elect to make the posture more or less strenuous and an introduction to other yoga practices such as pranayama, meditation, and philosophy.

Mind/Body Bootcamp

  • Open to all levels

This dynamic and fun full-body workout blends a variety of movement approaches including strength training, cardio, dance, Pilates, yoga, and mindfulness. We’ll move and play together to release stress, build strength, and stretch body and mind so we feel balanced, resilient, and empowered.

Slow Down


  • Open to all levels

Breathwork, or pranayama, involves consciously controlling our breathing patterns to address physical, mental, and emotional needs. In this monthly class, we’ll explore one to three breathing techniques, both ancient and contemporary, that will aim to elicit a particular outcome, such as greater energy, deeper focus, or better relaxation.

Vinyasa Flow + Restore

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

This class combines the movement and flow of vinyasa with the deep relaxation of restorative yoga. We’ll begin with a dynamic flow, connecting breath with movement to warm up our muscles, move tension through the body, and prepare body and mind for rest. Then, we’ll slow down and relax in deep, therapeutic stretches that rejuvenate the body, restore our nervous system, and allow us to reconnect with ourselves.

Roll + Restore

  • Recommended for all levels, but an introduction to postures is recommended

In this class, we combine self-myofascial release techniques and asana to enhance your practice and relieve tight areas in your body. Using foam rollers, therapy balls and yoga postures we work with fascia, the connective tissue of the body, to increase flexibility, ease pain and calm the nervous system. Students can expect part gentle flow, self-massage and a lot of rolling around on the ground.


  • Open to all levels, including beginners and those recovering from injuries

Restorative poses are an important part of any yoga practice: they recharge our energy reserves, heal the effects of stress, and bring our nervous system into a more balanced state.  Restorative Yoga at Past Tense includes guided meditation, gentle movements, and long holds in restorative postures with the support of yoga props. This class will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and renewed.

Slow Flow + Meditation

  • Recommended for all levels, but an introduction to postures is recommended

This gentle flow class links physical asana, breathwork, and a seated meditation for a full spectrum practice that grounds you in the present moment. Students can expect a slower paced flow, restorative pranayama and a guided meditation. While Slow Flow is a mixed-levels practice, an understanding of the fundamentals and knowledge about the pose names is helpful.

Sound Bath Meditation

  • Open to all levels

In our monthly sound bath meditation students will enjoy the vibration and tones from Tibetan singing bowls and an ocean drum (similar to a rain stick) to relax and come into a deeper state of consciousness and awareness. There is no movement involved in this class and students are welcome in street clothes.

Specialty Classes

Kids Yoga

  • Open to all levels

Studies show yoga helps children build confidence, concentration and self-esteem as well as improves flexibility and balance. We currently offer two monthly Kids Yoga specials for kids 5 and up: YogArt and PJ Party. YogArt blends movement and creativity in an hour-long class. For PJ Party, we invite you to drop off your little one at the studio with their dinner. We’ll move, play, eat, and watch a movie.

Pre/Post Natal

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

Pre and post natal yoga supports the pregnant person through all three trimesters plus the postpartum fourth trimester. Students can expect to start class by building community through introductions and group sharing, then finding movement with yoga postures that are both safe and adaptable for a pregnant body, and ending with rest or guided relaxation.

We ask that you please check with your OB or midwife that prenatal yoga is safe during your pregnancy.

Senior Yoga

  • Open to all levels

In this class we focus on postures to increase flexibility, mobility, balance, and overall strength, with a focus on improving bone density. While this class is aimed at Seniors, we encourage people of all ages living with disabilities or dealing with injuries, chronic illness, and other conditions to join this accessible and welcoming group. All yoga postures are offered with a ton of modifications, props, and variations to support your unique body and 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.