Community outreach

Did you know that every time you come to a Yoga District class, you are helping to share the benefits of yoga with diverse communities far beyond our Washington, D.C., studios? At Yoga District, we believe that every being deserves the holistic benefits of yoga, and that’s why proceeds from our classes go to Yoga Activist, our 501(c)(3) non-profit outreach arm.outreachkids

With each Yoga District class you attend, you are helping Yoga Activist to train volunteer teachers to bring yoga to military personnel, individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals facing addiction, trauma survivors, and various other communities across the country. With each sun salutation you practice in a Yoga District studio, you are helping Yoga Activist facilitate the sharing of yoga and yogic meditation, philosophy, and breathing exercises as practical tools for self-empowerment, self-healing, and coping. With each mindful breath you take as a member of our community, you are contributing to the growing field of yoga service and helping Yoga Activist identify and share techniques that create real, measurable change in people’s lives.

Yoga Activist hosts many by-donation yoga outreach teacher trainings, offering aspiring and experienced yoga teachers tools for sharing yoga with all people in a culturally sensitive, trauma-sensitive way. We’re not always able to reach teachers in person, and so we’ve put a great deal of effort into our web-based resources at On the site, we provide simple, accessible sequences of poses and breath work specially tailored to be accessible to different kinds of communities. And we also help teachers track and measure the results of their work with surveys both for students and for volunteers assisting in classes. Perhaps most importantly, we have a volunteer job board, allowing us to quickly and efficiently connect teachers with outreach communities seeking yoga. Our National Mat Donation Program is also an essential service to many outreach programs, as we collect donated mats and we purchase new mats to loan to yoga outreach programs in need.

All of Yoga Activist’s offerings were made possible by your Yoga District practice as well as generous grants we receive.

Yoga belongs to all of us. Your dedicated practice at Yoga District is helping to share the gift of mindfulness and to change lives for the better. We are so grateful.

The Teachers

The diverse family of DC yoga teachers at Yoga District are dedicated to making yoga accessible to everyone through a huge variety of yoga class types, from vinyasa flow to restorative and beyond. Most Yoga District teachers are graduates of Yoga District’s nationally-attended 200 hour teacher training program. All Yoga District classes focus on coordinating breath with body movement to promote flexibility, strength, and peace of mind. We strongly believe in yoga as therapy, so catch one of our classes whenever you need a healthy dose of self-care.
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The Next Step

The Yoga District 200 and 500 hour teacher training certification programs, registered by the Yoga Alliance are unique in their emphasis on diversity of teaching styles studied, personal attention, and trauma sensitive yoga. It's no coincidence that Yoga District is regularly voted the leading studio in the nation's capital, and that most of its classes are taught by graduates of its training program. As a full time yoga school, small group trainings are led up to eight times a year by a dedicated faculty including Jasmine Chehrazi, contributor to the Harvard Karma Yoga Project teacher training, teacher training faculty at George Washington University, Yoga Alliance Standards Committee Advisory Board Member, Yoga Activist Founder, and Yoga Service Council Advisory Board Member. So take your practice and community involvement to the next level by joining a training. There's a reason why our graduates call the training "transformative."
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