Jun 30 2015

July Class Spotlight: Spin & Sculpt

The first half of Spin & Sculpt is spent in the cycle studio getting an intense cardio workout!

The first half of Spin & Sculpt is spent in the cycle studio getting an intense cardio workout!

Sometimes choosing which group fitness class to take on your lunch break or after work can be quite the difficult decision – especially at VIDA where we have literally dozens to choose from. Are you feeling some fast paced circuits that day, or perhaps some solid weight-training or steady-state cardio? The options can be overwhelming. Luckily, we have a class perfect for those who can’t make up their mind, and that class is Spin & Sculpt!

Spin & Sculpt is exactly as the name describes – half an hour of spinning, half an hour of sculpting. It’s the best of both worlds: an endurance-building workout that also focuses on toning and tightening your major muscle groups.

You’ll spend the first 30 minutes of class in the cycle studio getting a quick but intense cardiovascular workout. Since you’re only spinning for 30 minutes you’ll have the energy to give it all you’ve got and power through some challenging sprints and climbs that will get your heart rate up quickly. If you’re new to spinning this is a great way to get a feel for the bike, hand positions, and proper form for sprints and climbs before committing to a full hour-long class. Once the 30 minutes is up you’ll catch your breath, wipe down your bike and head to the group fitness studio.

Now it’s time to Sculpt! Part two of Spin & Sculpt is all about strength training with a focus on your core and upper body (your legs will welcome the break after the first half of class on the bike!)  You’ll grab some dumbbells and/or a barbell and your instructor will lead you through a series of compound movements designed to strengthen and tone your muscles.

Unlike HIIT or VIDA Circuit classes, Sculpt is less about speeding through the reps and more about slowing it down and controlling your movements. Extra focus is given to your form and being able to complete each rep successfully. You can expect some bicep curls, overhead presses, rows, push-ups and more to tire out your arms and chest, plus some challenging core work (think planks and Russian twists) to give you a full body workout!

SculptJust as the Spin portion is great for beginning spinners, the Sculpt half is beneficial for those just getting into weight-training. Those who are new to weights will learn the proper form for common exercises and be able to learn new moves to incorporate into their own workouts. They’ll also have the opportunity to experiment with different weights to see what works best for them.

Since this class is split into two halves it goes by so much faster than the typical hour-long class does. It also gives you the unique option that not many classes do of being able to choose which part to take! Only have 30 minutes to spare? No one will notice if you slip out after Spin. Just want to get some strength-training in? Join in for the Sculpt half and that’s totally fine.

Having the class split in two eliminates the awkward feeling of having to come in late or leave the class early. You can choose whatever workout you need that day, or stay for the whole time and get it all done at once! The combination of strength and cardio allows your muscles to get stronger while also building endurance so you get the best of both worlds.

Spin & Sculpt is offered at all of our VIDA locations, so check the schedule to see when you can try out this awesome class next!

Jun 27 2015

VIDA Instructor of the Month: Alex Wilson

Alex WilsonMeet our July VIDA instructor of the month, Alex Wilson! Alex teaches Spin & Sculpt, TRX and Cycle at both City Vista and U Street and does personal training part-time at City Vista. He does this all while balancing his full time job working in IT at ICF International, so it’s safe to say he stays pretty busy!

Growing up outside of Richmond, Va., Alex was a competitive swimmer all through high school. He continued swimming competitively in college at UVA while he pursued his degree in business. Although he loved the sport, he started having issues with his shoulders that limited his swimming ability. In search for a new way to get his cardio in without bothering his shoulder, he decided to give spinning a try.

“My mom was actually the one who got me into it. She was trying to get in shape and lose weight and had started doing spin classes so I started going with her. It was a fun thing for us to do together,” says Alex.

It turned out to be more than just mother-son bonding time for Alex, who quickly fell in love with the classes. He enjoyed them so much that he made the decision to get certified in 2012 and started teaching his first classes at the UVA gym that year.

Alex says that while teaching was scary at first he was excited to be able to share his passion for cycle with others.

“I try to make my classes all about the participants. I want them to have fun and want to come back, but also make sure they have a good workout and learn something,” he says.

After graduating from UVA in 2013, Alex moved to DC to begin his job at ICF International. Shortly after arriving in the city he auditioned to become an instructor at VIDA (which obviously went well) and got his personal training certification around the same time. He’s been teaching & training here ever since and couldn’t be happier!

“This is definitely the best gym I’ve ever been a part of. We offer an unparalleled level of service because everyone shares the same values and mindset when it comes to health and fitness. You can tell that everyone loves what they do here,” he says.

He adds that our facilities themselves are what sets VIDA apart from other gyms he has belonged to.

“It’s like the personalized, small studio experience but with all the amenities like the spa and sauna. Plus, they clean this place like nobody’s business!” he adds.

In his personal time, Alex is an avid triathlon competitor and enjoys biking around the city. He just competed in The Tavern Triathlon in Richmond last weekend, and is always up for giving advice to those interested in competing! After years of swimming he’s kind of over the swim part of triathlons, but he’s all about the running and cycling.

Alex Wilson

Alex competing in The Tavern Triathlon in Richmond last year!

“I love to run and bike outside. I know all the biking trails in the city! I like to practice my bike to run transitions in my spare time,” he says.

Some of his other favorite ways to workout are taking yoga occasionally, popping in on other instructors’ classes and doing some weight lifting when he can.

“I do squats and deadlifts and all that. Basically if it will make my butt look good I’ll do it,” he laughs.

Alex makes a conscious effort to stay active and eat healthy while working at a desk job all day. At the top of every hour he makes sure to stand up, walk around and loosen up his muscles. He also recommends drinking a ton of water throughout the day and incorporating as many natural foods into your diet as possible.

“If more of the food you’re eating is natural vs. unnatural then you’re good. I try to balance something unhealthy with something healthy. So if I have a diet coke I’ll also have a carrot or something,” he jokes.

When asked what his favorite part about teaching group fitness is, Alex says it’s all about making people feel good about themselves and creating a positive environment for them to workout in.

“I love hearing that I pushed people harder than they would have pushed themselves, that’s the most rewarding part,” he says.

Alex keeps his spin classes exciting by creating fun themed Spotify playlists for each class! Popular themes include: 90’s, DIVAS, Disney grads (Miley & Ariana, anyone?) and summer songs, just to name a few!

“Music plays such a huge role. There’s only so much you can do to keep a spin class exciting, so my music is how I keep it interesting,” says Alex.

You can check out his favorite spinning songs on his Spotify playlist – VIDA CYCLE! Or come experience the fun in person – check the schedule to drop in on a class!


Jun 24 2015

Local Celeb Paul Wharton Gets Fit With VIDA!

By: Elise Chretien

City Vista members may have noticed a new bubbly personality around the gym lately – TV personality and fashionista Paul Wharton! Real Housewives of DC fans will recognize Paul from his appearances on the 2010 show, plus he currently hosts Paul Wharton Style – a talk show on DCW50 covering all the latest fashion, beauty, style and entertainment trends in the DC area.

As you can imagine, Paul’s got a pretty packed social calendar. We all know how tough it can be to schedule workouts around long days at work, social events, and in Paul’s case – shooting television shows. For a long time, Paul had not been following any type of exercise or healthy eating routine and was becoming increasingly unhappy with his body. He knew that in order to start feeling better he needed to make a change, which lead him to VIDA Fitness!

After meeting with our personal training department and discussing his goals in depth, Paul started a 3x a week training program with City Vista trainer Justin Bucko complimented by nutrition sessions with VIDA RD Cat Taylor at the end of last month. Paul has just entered his 4th week of training, and says that he’s already feeling more energetic and healthier!

Paul & Justin

Paul with VIDA Trainer Justin Bucko after another sweaty workout session!

“I’ve been carrying extra weight around my stomach forever and I hated wearing tight shirts. I never thought that I would be able to stick to a fitness program, and I was actually considering liposuction as my only option. That’s why I’m so happy to be seeing progress already!” he explains.

Paul’s schedule consists of strength training with Justin three times a week, and cardio as his homework for the other two days (something he’s working on getting better about.) He has already lost 3 lbs of body fat and decreased his body fat percentage by a whole percent!

At four weeks in, Paul says he’s never had this much energy before and loves the changes he’s noticing in his body.

“I was in the Pride parade last weekend and was able to run and jump through the entire thing! My friends said they’ve never seen me this active before. I used to always just drive places but now I’m focusing on walking more and thinking about doing Capital Bikeshare too. It feels so freeing to walk through the city!”

Paul credits his training sessions with Justin to his progress so far, since he says he knows Justin pushes him in ways he wouldn’t be able to on his own.

“He’s always switching it up on me – just when I think something’s getting easy he changes the exercise or makes me add more weight. It really speaks to how valuable having a personal trainer is because I know if I was coming by myself I’d just do the same things over and over and be wasting my time,” he says.

Paul has also been focusing on making healthier choices in the kitchen; something that everyone with a hectic schedule knows can be difficult. But for someone who knows all about makeovers, he knew that his diet was the biggest thing that needed a transformation.

“Nutrition has been the hardest part for me.  When I get home I’m so exhausted, but I’ve been committed to making healthier choices. For instance going out to eat after Pride I ordered a salad with grilled chicken instead of a greasy sandwich,” says Paul.

Sitting down with Cat for his nutrition consult showed him exactly how many calories he needs to stay under in a day, and what portion of those can come from alcohol (300.) He says he isn’t always perfect with sticking to the calorie restrictions, but he is making a conscious effort to be mindful of what he’s putting in his body.

“The other day I wanted Chipotle so bad but I forced myself to go to Sweetgreen instead, and it was actually delicious and satisfied my craving. It’s all about the little choices that add up,” he says.

Paul says he appreciates all the support he has received from his VIDA team and that the people here have made all the difference for him thus far.

“You know I’ve been to many gyms where you’re just nameless when you walk in and they don’t make any effort to get to know you. Everyone here has been so encouraging and has helped pull me through. To be honest without my team here I probably would have quit by now,” he says with a laugh.

We are certainly glad he hasn’t quit on us yet, and we’re so excited to see his continued progress throughout the summer!

“I feel stronger and more confident every day but I know I’m a work in progress. By the end of the summer I just want to be able to take my shirt off by the pool!” he adds enthusiastically.

We have no doubt that you’ll get there Paul, keep up the awesome work!

Jun 22 2015

Six Healthy Summer Treats that Will Keep Your Sweet Tooth Satisfied


One of the best combinations in life is arguably an ice-cream cone and a hot summer day, but if we gave in to that craving everyday during the mercilessly hot summers in DC we would all need to hit up VIDA twice a day.

And I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time for that. Five sweat sessions a week is my current threshold, so that means being pretty selective about what summer treats I decide to indulge in.

To keep from caving in to typical summertime cravings like ice-cream and milkshakes, here are six healthy summer treats you can easily make at home that will keep your sweet tooth satisfied:


I can’t even begin to suggest flavor combinations for you because the options are endless. You can do fruit and juice based popsicles, popsicles with yogurt, pops with fruit and lemonade, pops with almond milk and coffee, the list goes on and on.

Only thing to keep an eye in the ingredients you use. If you’re going to incorporate juice or lemonade, go for the all-natural options that aren’t from concentrate. You don’t want to thwart your efforts of making a healthy treat by accidentally using ingredients with high levels of refined sugar.

My personal favorite combo: mixed berries such as sliced strawberries, blueberries and blackberries with coconut water for the liquid ingredient. It’s delicious and great for hydration! P.S. you can pick up a popsicle mold at any Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Kitchn sorbetSorbet

For the ice-cream lovers that just can’t resist, sorbet will become your new best friend. You can make it with just about any fruit and it’ll satisfy your hankering for a sweet in scoop form.

This go-to recipe for making sorbet with any kind of fruit has been a consistent winner in my house, and with only one cup of sugar going in to one quart of sorbet, it’s not too bad for you on the sweet scale. But, as always, consume in moderation.

Grilled Fruit

So this may not be the solution if you’re looking for something cool and refreshing, but seriously, you have to try it. Grill the right fruit and you’ll be sold on this healthy summer treat.

Some of my personal favorites fruits to grill are pineapples and peaches, which are perfect with a dash of cinnamon or drizzle of honey, and you really don’t need much since the sugars from the fruit will caramelize, creating a more sweet crust.

Chia Seed Pudding Parfait

I have yet to try this particular recipe, but I have a full bag of chia seeds in my pantry currently calling my name to whip this up.

Between the health benefits that the fruit and chia seeds provide, you’ve got a pretty healthy dessert option with this vegan and gluten free Fresh Mango Coconut Chia Seed Parfait from Vegetarian Gastronomy.

Oh She Glows granitaGranita

A what? A granita is an Italian dessert that’s kind of like an Italian ice, but it’s more granular than an Italian ice or a sorbet would be. Granitas are typically made with pureed fruit, but some are coffee based (and they’re amazing), and some granita recipes incorporate wine for all you boozy dessert lovers.

However, be on the look out if you search recipes for granita flavors because some will be heavy on the sugar. But in all honesty, a quality fruit flavored granita (this is coming straight from my Italian mouth by-the-way) shouldn’t need much, if any, refined sugar.

If you get in season fruit that is juicy and fresh, that’s all the sweetness a granita needs, in my Italian loud-mouthed opinion. Here’s a great recipe from the blog Oh She Glows that knocks it out of the park without bringing any refined sugar in to the picture.

Fresh Berries

You’re thinking “duh,” I just know it, but I think so many people underestimate the deliciousness that is a simple bowl of fresh berries. However, if you really want to get fancy with it, take an extra minute to make homemade whip cream to top your berries and you’ll feel like you got >more of an indulgence.

You can even make healthy whip cream by chilling a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge overnight and then scooping out the thick coconut cream that separates from the coconut water, which will be left in the bottom of the can, into a mixing bowl and then whisking it with a touch of vanilla extract and pinch of cinnamon until you have a thickened whipped cream.

What are some of your healthy dessert go-to’s? We’re always on the look out for new recipes to try, tell us about them on Facebook or Twitter!


Jun 15 2015

Yoga Night at Nats Stadium

yoganats2“VIDA’s finest yoga instructors took it to the field on Sunday, June 7th to lead the Washington National’s first ever Yoga Night In The Outfield event after the Nationals game vs. the Cubs. The weather was perfect and the energy on the field was amazing as over 1000 yogis rolled out their brand new Nats Mats and practiced their downward dogs with us. Special thanks to Yoga instructors Mimi Rieger, Yoga Man Dan, Angela Meyer, Chris Parkison, and the Racing Presidents for leading the class!”




Jun 11 2015

Our Top 10 Goals for Summertime

summertime 1Here at VIDA we’re big fans of goal setting whether it be professional mile markers or hitting a new personal best with our fitness endeavors. Our goals are what keep us striving to get up, show up and do our best everyday, and we can bet you have a few goals of your own, too.

This summer we thought it might be nice to deviate from our typical professional or strictly fitness-based goals and use these hot summer months in the District to accomplish some smaller, but just as important personal goals.

1.) Get up earlier

Many of us already get up early, but I’m sure there’s also a big percentage of us who press the snooze button a couple (or three) times every morning.

Rather than hitting snooze, let’s plan to get up even just 10 minutes earlier so we can focus solely on sipping our coffee and eating our breakfast without multitasking, or use those minutes to stretch out and do some yoga poses before the hectic nature of the day sets in, or read a few pages of a book.

Speaking of reading…

2.) Read a book

When’s the last time you read something longer than an article online or a piece in the Express on your way to work?

If you’re already an avid reader, that’s awesome! Maybe your goal could be to read something in a new genre that you don’t typically read (for me, it’s fiction). But if you can’t remember the last time you read a book from cover to cover (and not on a mobile device), it’s time to hit up Kramerbooks. Find something that can be your go-to for a day spent at the Penthouse Pool or to read on your lunch breaks.

3.) Have a phone-less weekend

I took a trip to Canada recently and forgot that I would be charged international rates (we were only right across from the New York border at Niagara Falls), so to avoid being charged roaming fees, I turned off my phone for a full two days, and I have to say,  it was blissful.

No email checking, no social media alerts, no text messages, and guess what? The world didn’t end. I came back from my phone-free weekend feeling energized, clear-headed and much more aware of my surroundings because I didn’t have my face buried in my phone half the time. I plan on having several more phone-less weekends this summer even though I have no plans to leave the good ‘ol USA, and I hope you’ll consider it too.

4.) Have a staycation

Sometimes it’s hard not to feel a little envious of others’ summer vacations, especially if you’re not able to take one yourself, but chances are unless you grew up here in the DMV, you haven’t seen all there is to see right in your own backyard.

Between the endless museums, monuments and state parks right outside the city, there’s bound to be something you haven’t seen yet. Take a day to be a tourist in D.C., or pack up your bags and drive an hour away to camp out and escape the hustle.

5.) Pare down

No big deal if you forgot about spring cleaning because summer is the best time for purging all the crap to make your space lighter, airer and all-around less cluttered.

Donate the clothes you never wear, throw away expired or forgotten items under your bathroom counters, and get real with yourself about if you’re actually ever going to use that Snuggie your grandma gave you.

summertime 26.) Get comfy in the kitchen

While anytime is a good time to start cooking for yourself more often because it’s healthier and more cost-effective, we can’t help but think of summer as the perfect time because of all the incredible produce and goods at our local farmer’s markets.

Seriously, go have a look at the rainbow of fresh fare and tell us that doesn’t make you want to whip up something delicious. Find a local farmer’s market near you with our D.C. market guide.

7.) Grow a plant

Tending to a garden, or if you’re in a small space, even just an indoor plant, has been shown to decrease stress levels and generally improve our mood. Plus, they can really spruce up your space.

Herbs are excellent starter plants that you can use if you like the idea of being able to cook what you grow and don’t have space for a full-blown garden, or if you have a black thumb, succulents and cacti are good selections.

8.) Act like a kid

Somewhere along the way of being a professional in DC a lot of us have forgotten what it means to be carefree. Well, in case you needed permission, here it is: go act like a kid.

Jump in the pool, hang out on the mall all day picnicking and playing football with your friends, get creative and make something, whatever makes you live in the moment and forget all the responsibilities for an afternoon, go do it.

9.) Get a bathing suit that makes you feel hot

Why? Because you totally deserve it, that’s why.

10.) Set new goals

Yes, one of our goals is to set more goals, but more along the lines of long range goals. Have you always wanted to take half a year to go backpacking through Europe, buy a new car in cash, live your dream of opening up a coffee shop, or take your mom on an Alaskan cruise?

Well, that’s last one is one of my goals, and I finally realized it’s not just going to happen one day. So I sat down, did some research, put together a plan and now I’ve got my eyes set on our next adventure. Don’t let dreams live in your head. Put them on paper and work to make them a reality!



What are some of your goals this summer? Share with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Jun 9 2015

Best Father’s Day Gifts for the Fit Dad in Your Life

Father’s Day is right around the corner, so now’s the time to get shopping for a gift if you want to give something thoughtful.. because really, how many ties or grilling tools does your dad actually need?

If you’re dad is is a big fan of fitness, or he’s been looking to get more active, here are some great gifts that he’ll be sure to put to use and his health will thank you for:

1.) Timex Ironman watch

Timex has an Ironman line of watches that are an ideal gift for a dad that trains without breaking the bank (well, some are up there in price, but the majority of watched in the line are at a reasonable price.)

These watches are lightweight, water resistant, and have a ton of features including run timers, interval workout modes, workout memory, alarms and the INDIGLO® night-light just to name a few.

Vida training2.) Personal Training

Even if you’re dad is already fit, giving the gift of personal training is perfect if you’re dad has been looking to increase strength in a specific area, or if he’s training for a particular event. Having a trainer to guide him through some new workouts or techniques can be a game-changing gift.

And if you’re dad has been looking to get more active, personal training is the perfect way to get him in the groove of a workout schedule and be shown the ropes with a solid workout routine. For more information on gifting personal training and finding the perfect fit trainer, take a look here.

 3.) CamelBak Backpack

 Give the gift of hydration! If you’re active dad lives to run, bike, fish, hike, anything outdoors for a long period of time, he’ll love the convenience of having a CamelBak pack.

They’re relatively lightweight, and there are a ton of models to choose from based on preferred activities, but you can’t go wrong with this gift.

4.) Fuel Bar gift certificate

If your fit dad is more of a gym rat than an outdoorsmen, getting hydrated at the Fuel Bar is another perfect gift option.

Make it easy for him to pick up a post-workout shake or healthy snack on the go with a gift card to the Fuel Bar.

5.) Sweatproof Bluetooth earbuds

Chances are your dad uses the crummy headphones that came with his iPhone, but give him an upgrade in sound quality and comfort with sweat proof Bluetooth earbuds.

Not only do these earbuds give him a wireless connection to his device, but they’re also built for activity so they don’t come flying out every other minute when he’s doing intense exercise.

6.) A sports massage

Dads need pampering, too. Get your fit dad to loosen up with some time on the massage table.

Aura Spa has sports massage options designed for athletes of all levels to broaden, condition, and stretch muscles for optimal performance.

7.) The Trigger Point Starter Set 

This Trigger Point Starter Set is a amazing for anyone who suffers from post-workout discomfort or limited mobility in the feet, achilles tendon, shins and other muscles throughout the lower leg.

The set comes with a Foot Baller, Baller Block and a TP Massage Ball, which helps with plantar fasciitis, ankle stability, lower back pain, piriformis syndrome and upper back strain.

Any gifts you fit dads out there would also be happy to get?

Also, feel free to print out this post and leave it lying around the house to give your kids a helpful Father’s Day gift hint.


Jun 7 2015

Featured Instructor: Courtney Hoffman

Courtney HoffmanYoga instructor Courtney Hoffman is one of the newest additions to our group fitness team at the Yards. Courtney teaches Vinyasa, Power Yoga and Sunrise Yoga at U Street and offers a fresh perspective on not only using yoga to build strength and flexibility, but also as a creative way to have fun and get in tune with your body.

After growing up in Iowa, Courtney attended the University of San Diego for undergrad and then Gonzaga University in Washington for grad school. Like many college students, Courtney found herself stressed out with balancing a demanding double major, an active Greek life and being 3,000 miles away from home. She started taking yoga classes and says they played a huge part in helping her get through her college years in one piece!

“Yoga saved my sanity in college. It taught me how to slow down and just breathe. I was dealing with so much schoolwork in a very competitive environment and yoga taught me how to take a step back and look at things objectively and control my emotions better. Those classes really helped me get through that time,” says Courtney.

Upon moving to Washington to start her grad school program at Gonzaga, Courtney decided that she wanted to be able to share the empowerment that she gained from yoga with others. She got certified to teach in August of 2011, interned at a small yoga studio in Washington and has been teaching ever since!

While attending Gonzaga Courtney had the opportunity to do private yoga sessions with the student athletes during their pre-season camps. She explains that yoga can be extremely beneficial for athletes and loved helping the student athletes improve their performance through regular yoga sessions.

“Yoga makes you less prone to injury by teaching your body how to face challenges and react quickly. For instance the more flexible you are the further you’ll be able to jump and stretch to reach that ball flying towards you. Being able to understand the mechanics of your body allows you to be a stronger athlete individually and part of a team,” Courtney says.

Her experience at Gonzaga University lead her to accept a position with the athletic department at University of Maryland as a Tutorial Program Director – someone who helps the student athletes with learning disabilities get matched with the right tutors to fit their needs. Since her position with UMD is full time, Courtney needed to find a way to add some yoga to her life after moving to DC a year and a half ago.

Courtney Hoffman“I live right next to the Yards and started out doing a trial membership when they opened. I loved the whole VIDA philosophy right away – how they want to leave an impactful footprint on the community and are always trying to better their environment,” she says.

Courtney quickly became a regular in Chris Parkison’s classes, and he eventually encouraged her to audition as an instructor this past March.

“I was one of three out of 30 instructors who actually made it from my audition. I remember hugging Chris I was so excited! I love how VIDA empowers their instructors and how supportive everyone is here,” she says.

As someone who is used to a ton of regulation and strict policy at work, Courtney says she uses her yoga classes as her chance to be creative at the end of the day – both with her flow and her Spotify playlists!

“I definitely have a more playful teaching style. I like to joke around and be lighthearted. I believe that yoga should be fun, not militant and strict. You just have to relax and let your body show you where your limits are,” says Courtney.

So what else can you find Courtney doing, when she’s not working in College Park or guiding students through their yoga practice? Baking, she says!

“I actually quit my job at a non-profit in college to help a friend open a bakery instead. I loved getting to come home with frosting in my hair every day. I still do it as much as I can,” she says with a laugh.

Big thanks to Chris Parkison for adding Courtney to the VIDA family! Go try one of her classes if you haven’t yet!

Jun 2 2015

Featured Instructor: Layne Curry

Layne CurryLayne Curry has pretty much mastered the art of having two jobs by having both of her professions in the same building. She spends the first half of her week teaching yoga at multiple VIDA locations and then works as an LMT at Aura spa at U Street Thursday – Sunday. According to Layne, yoga and massage are the perfect compliments to each other when leading an active, healthy lifestyle.

“Massage and yoga are both ways to take care of yourself naturally and without pills or doctors. They both help bring essential awareness to your body,” she says.

Layne started practicing yoga while attending St. Mary’s College in Maryland. As an avid runner (she’s ran two half marathons and one full marathon!) Layne realized that regular yoga was a great way to train for races and actually improved her running times by incorporating yoga into her training routines.

“Yoga builds awareness of your breath, movements, heartbeat, and body responses which are all useful for running long distances,” she says.

Layne joined the VIDA family as a yoga instructor two years ago after moving to DC to begin a graduate program in Linguistics at American University.  She now teaches four different yoga classes for us including Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Restorative Flow and Yoga for Athletes. She adds that while each class is slightly different, they all offer a chance to get out of your head and into your body.

“We live in a city where we are constantly on-the-go with expectations to be busy and productive all the time. We all deserve that one hour a day for self-care with no distractions as a chance to restore and reboot ourselves,” says Layne.

After finishing a semester at AU, Layne realized that she wanted to pursue her passion for the healing arts even further and help people find natural ways to deal with bodily ailments and stress. She switched to massage school at the Potomac Massage Training Institute, received her LMT certification in July 2014, and started at Aura spa as a massage therapist shortly after!

“I love the variety of people I get to meet through both massage and yoga. It’s rewarding for me to get to help people suffering from chronic pain, stress, pregnancy, injuries, etc., and get to be a part of their healing process,” she says.

So what are Layne’s favorite yoga poses?

“I really like foundational poses. I love crow because it’s the basis for all arm balances. Also Sun Salutation A because I love helping people link their breath to their movement,” she adds.

Layne likes to keep her own fitness routine well-rounded and loves taking other instructors classes in her free time. She’s a big fan of TRX, HIIT, and works out with VIDA trainer Paul Duffy twice a week.

“Being a part of VIDA has given me the opportunity to try so many new things I wouldn’t have tried on my own, like power lifting for instance. It’s great to be exposed to so many different exercises that keep you fit and mindful of your body,” says Layne.

Whether you’re looking to relieve some stress through yoga or work out soreness with a restorative massage, we recommend paying Layne a visit on a regular basis!

Layne Curry

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Renaissance Hotel 999 9th Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 742-1940 Facebook Twitter Instagram

Renaissance Hotel

Phone: (202) 742-1940

$ 999 9th Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington D.C. 20001

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:30am – 10:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 6:00 am – 10:00pm

Vida Fitness
U Street 1612 U Street, NW Washington D.C. 20009
(202) 939-2577 Facebook Twitter Instagram

U Street

Phone: (202) 939-2577

$ 1612 U Street, NW Washington D.C. 20009

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Vida Fitness
Verizon 601 F Street, NW Washington D.C. 20004
(202) 393-8432 Facebook Twitter Instagram


Phone: (202) 393-8432

$ 601 F Street, NW Washington D.C. 20004

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Vida Fitness
The Yards 1212 4th Street, SE Washington D.C, 20003
(202) 554-0444 Facebook Twitter Instagram

The Yards

Phone: (202) 554-0444

$ 1212 4th Street, SE Washington D.C, 20003

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm