Crash Course: Local trainer and wellness coach Johanna Kracke teaches yoga classes at various venues around the city. On Mondays, you can find her leading 60 minutes of power yoga at Jaime Andrews Fitness Training studio in Logan Circle. Expect a class that is accessible, creative, and personal. For more information about Johanna’s fitness and yoga schedule, click here.
[left]where: Logan Circle, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan
perks: individualized attention, small class
sweat score: 4.5 out of 10[/left][right]wear: comfortable yoga clothes
cost: drop in cost ranges from $10 – $17 depending on location*[/right][line]
If you are looking for a welcoming, non judgmental place to expand your yoga practice or to try out a few moves for the first time, this is the spot to go. Johanna’s Monday night yoga class is teeny tiny and the atmosphere is fun, relaxed, and perfect for all experience levels. According to her website:
Come to Vigor for yoga — they say “exercise is medicine,” and there’s nothing better than yoga for building a healing mind-body connection. Develop strength, balance, and flexibility; and really, truly, learn how to breathe.
The Monday evening class is taught in the Jaime Andrews Fitness Training studio, which is tucked into an apartment building in Logan Circle. Look for the blue awning at 1440 N Street and head through the lobby to the door on the right.
There are no formal changing rooms, but the lobby bathroom works out just fine if you need to quick change out of work clothes and into spandex. Behold the glamour of fit crashing, up close and personal.
The studio itself is a tiny office space outfitted with every kind of workout toy you can imagine. The expert use of space was a sight to behold, and made me rethink what I’ve got going on in my own apartment. Looking at all of the TRX straps, equalizers, kettle bells, and ugi balls, I’m excited to get in touch with Jaime and try out one of her bootcamps!
The class was a power vinyasa class, which means the sequences were done a little bit faster than usual to get the blood pumping and the body warmed up. The moves themselves are focused on building strength, stretching key areas, and breaking a sweat. We even took a few moments to play around with a new move: eka pada koundinyasana (aka: one legged arm balance). It was so much fun to pause from the flow of class to experiment and laugh our way through this challenge. Johanna makes it look so easy! The rest of us were somewhere between falling on our faces and straining mightily to stay afloat. Let’s just say there was a lot of humility and laughter.
The hour flew by. Between the subtle background music (I was digging the Dave Matthews throwback), the glow of the Christmas lights strung around the room, and the friendly atmosphere Johanna creates during class, I considered that tiny room a little slice of yoga heaven. It was just fun for once. Not that all other classes are a chore, but it can sometimes be easy to feel overwhelmed and mentally check out in larger groups. Especially after a busy day at work. With only five other people in the room, there was no pressure to be serious, or to look a certain way, or to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. We just stretched, sweated, laughed, and had a genuinely good time. I’ll definitely be back!
Tiny yoga class: up your alley or too close for comfort?[line]
* Thank you to Johanna for waiving my drop-in fee. All opinions are my own.