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

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

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Welcome to Past Tense! We can’t wait to see you in class, online, or on demand.

Past Tense is dedicated to moving you past the tensions of everyday life. We provide a welcoming, open atmosphere without pretension, where students can find joy in and support for their yoga practice. We lead with heart, foster connection, and strive to live up to the guiding principle of ahimsa, or nonviolence. We can’t wait to meet you!

To get started and learn more about what to expect, follow these three, simple steps, and learn more here.

1. Pick up your new-student special.

Create an account and pick up our new-student, two-week trial, which offers unlimited yoga for fourteen consecutive days of in-studio, livestream, and on-demand classes for $60 + tax. Because we have a diverse and talented staff who teach a variety of styles, this provides an opportunity for you to try as many classes as possible and find the best fit for you. Please note, your trial pass starts on your first visit, not when you purchase the pass. We do ask students to cancel in-studio classes two hours before it starts if they can’t make it, to make room for any waitlisted students.

2. Send us your vaccine card.

All in-studio, adult classes are vaccinated-only and taught by vaccinated staff. Since the CDC has strengthened its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older, everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine. Please email us a photo of your vaccination card – including your booster if the second shot was more than six months prior.

3. Schedule your first class

There are three ways to practice with us: In-Studio, Livestream, and On-Demand. Whatever format you choose, we offer a variety of classes to help you restore balance, increase flexibility, build strength, decrease stress, and discover a deeper understanding of yourself and the world.

Past Tense is here to help you realize greater health and well-being. The health, wellness, and safety of our entire community remains our top priority so we are taking extra precautions as we resume in-person classes. Rest assured, we will still offer a full schedule of livestream classes and we’ll keep growing our on-demand library

We require proof of vaccination for all in-studio classes and events.

  • The CDC has strengthened its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older. Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine. If you haven’t done so, please schedule your booster before returning to the studio if your last shot was more than six months ago. For new students, please email us a photo of your vaccination card – including your booster if the second shot was more than six months prior.

Other things to know:

  • Masks are optional in all classes.
  • All classes are BYO mat and props.
  • In-person class size is limited.
  • We provide a hand-sanitizing station in the reception area with sanitizer from Republic Restoratives, which is 80% alcohol antiseptic.
  • There is a restroom where teachers and students can wash their hands with soap and water.
  • Ventilation and cleaning protocols are in place and Past Tense practices routine disinfection of all high-contact areas and hard surfaces inside the studio.

There are three ways to practice with us: In-Studio, Livestream, and On-Demand. Whatever format you choose, we offer a variety of classes to help you restore balance, increase flexibility, build strength, decrease stress, and discover a deeper understanding of yourself and the world.

We offer a variety of options to practice with us including:

Head to our online store to purchase your preferred pass or membership.

All passes are good for six months from your first visit. Please choose your pass mindfully: all sales are final and non-transferrable. If you purchase a class or workshop for a friend, you will have the opportunity at checkout to gift the pass to them. The reservation for the class or workshop needs to be under their name. If you have any questions about this after purchase, please email us.

We offer a 10% discount on passes and membership to students, teachers, seniors, military, and first responders. Please email us to receive your discount or set up your membership. In your email, please include a picture of your student or professional ID.

Your Past Tense account gives you the ability to make and cancel reservations, check schedules, add new passes, and join us for a variety of experiences.

Please note:

  • We require proof of vaccination (including a booster) for all in-studio classes and events. Please email us a photo of your vaccination card to register for class in the studio.
  • Pre-registration is encouraged for in-studio and online classes. You must register under your own name in order to reserve a space for classes or workshops.
  • Multiple reservations cannot be booked under one student’s name. If you purchase a class or workshop for a friend, you will have the opportunity at checkout to gift the pass to them.
  • If you are unable to use a class, please cancel your registration at least two hours in advance. You will be able to use the pass at a later point. If you do not cancel your registration at least two hours in advance, you will lose the class from your pass. Members will be charged a $10 no-show fee.
  • Pre-purchased drop-in classes cannot be refunded to your credit card. If you cancel your registration two hours in advance, the drop-in class will be returned to your Past Tense account for later use.
  • Pre-payment in full for workshops is required at time of registration.
  • Past Tense credit is given for workshop cancellations made up to 24 hours before the workshop. No refunds after that point.
  • If Past Tense cancels the workshop, full credit or refund will be issued.

We open our doors 15 minute before class starts. Please arrive to class at least five minutes early and check in at the reception desk. First-time visitors, please arrive at least 10 minutes before class to sign in and get oriented. For safety and security reasons, we lock the doors at the start of class and there is no late entry.

  • Be sure to bring your own yoga mat and props as these items will not be provided. Please bring as few other personal belongings as possible.
  • Please turn off your cell phones. 
  • Yoga is an excellent activity for children, however, our classes are for students 18 years of age and older. Appropriately-behaved children over 13 may attend specific classes with permission from the teacher. Permission should be requested at least 24 hours in advance. And, children must attend class with an adult. Attending adults are asked to educate the child about respectful studio manners. Please email Kelly with any questions.
  • We also offer Kids Yoga and Young Adult Yoga classes. In these classes, considerations for students’ growing bodies and age-appropriate teaching techniques are used.

Livestream classes are “open” at least 5 minutes before class time. After you register for a livestream class, you will receive an email with a link to class. You may also login to your account, navigate to the appropriate class on the schedule, and click on the green video camera icon.  

  • Livestream classes with fewer than three students pre-registered a half-hour before class begins will be canceled.
  • Everyone in your home, including fur babies and kids, are welcome to join. This means passes and memberships are per household. 
  • You don’t need to have your camera on, but teachers can offer more specific guidance if they are. Please feel free to say hello before or after class!

In addition to our regular classes, we offer a variety of specials and workshops that help you dive deeper into your practice.

  • Pre-payment in full is required at time of registration.
  • Past Tense credit is given for workshop cancellations made up to 24 hours before the workshop. No refunds after that point.
  • If Past Tense cancels the workshop, full credit or refund will be issued.
  • Retreats, while listed under the workshops tab, are separate events and subject to their own refund/cancellation policy. That policy will be listed under the description of each specific retreat event.