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Stonewall Yoga offers LGBTQ people a safe, fun space to learn yoga

Stonewall Yoga's classes are "inclusive of all people and all body types"

Stonewall Yoga

“Stonewall Yoga was started by a group of gay yogis in D.C. who decided we were bored of practicing in different studios by ourselves,” says John Thurman. “We thought it would be nice to find a space for the LGBTQ community to practice together that was inclusive of all people and all body types, and have some fun as well.”

One of the group’s instructors, Thurman says yoga can have a myriad of positive health and emotional benefits. “It’s good for helping reduce muscular and lower back pain, increases flexibility, and makes you less prone to injury. Our members also report feeling calmer in general and more productive at work.”

The group currently hosts classes at Pitchers sports bar in Adams Morgan on Sundays. To entice new members, this month Stonewall Yoga will hold a 10:30 a.m. class for beginners and a noon class for intermediate-level yogis.

Those interested in exploring yoga can attend on a drop-in basis for $10 per session, or register for an 11-week session for $65.

Stonewall offers an affirming environment where beginners gradually ease themselves into shape, under the guidance of helpful and patient instructors.

“When you attend a class, you’ll find a community of people focused on improving their minds, bodies, and spirits, or just looking for a space to calm down and meditate.”

Stonewall Yoga’s beginners class is held on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at Pitchers, 2317 18th St. NW. For more information, or to register for a full season of classes, visit

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at

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