May 30 2017

Yoga With the Nats!

By: Guest Blogger and VIDA Yoga Instructor Kelly Berry

Pre-yoga posing with the Presidents!

Take me out to the ballgame…and the yoga field.


This Memorial Day Sunday the VIDA team hosted one of the biggest yoga classes in DC for the third year in a row, “Yoga in the Outfield” at the Washington Nationals stadium.


Not even a little rain could keep the crowd of 500 people from joining us for an awesome yoga practice led by our own Chris Parkison. Fans who purchased a special ticket had the rare opportunity to practice on the stadium field, receive a special Washington Nationals yoga mat, connect with some of the city’s top instructors, and experience the shared power of the DC yoga community.


Instructors Kelly Berry & John Stephenson leading the crowd!


Chris Parkison led the crowd through his signature flow – building steadiness and grounding with the breath to support the challenge and play of balancing poses like half splits and crow. The VIDA team was on deck to demo poses for the crowd, practice together and offer assistance to students throughout the practice. The 45-minute flow ended with a guided meditation led by Chris in which students were asked to visualize the world series trophy. So if the Nats make it to playoffs this season we think the power in collective meditation might have had something to do with it!



Yoga in the outfield will be held again this year on Sunday, September 10. We hope to see you there!

Chris Parkison in action!

The whole VIDA crew!

May 16 2017

How To Brunch Guilt-Free: Tips From Our Dietitian!

Photo from B Too Facebook Page

By: VIDA Registered Dietitian & Brunch Pro Addie Merletti

Alright y’all, outdoor brunching (slash boozing) season is upon us. So is pool season. How do we enjoy our social lives without taking a big eraser to all the work we’ve done over the past 8 months (or one week) on our summer bods?  Here are some ideas for smart ordering at a few popular DC brunch spots, so you can sip & bite without worrying about that post-brunch bloat!


Breakfast feels: Omelet Fines Herbes will be flavorful without being too fatty. Leave that goat cheese alone, the eggs have enough fat in them. If your speedo is feeling extra tight, ask very nicely to have no potatoes!

Lunch feels:  Mussels La Mariniere, swap the frites for a side of avocado and romaine

All the feels: Their bubbly by the glass is by far the bougie-est and lowest calorie, but the Green Mary Verte comes in a close second with a cucumber/kale/apple puree (hi fiber) and jalapeno infused vodka!


El Centro:

Breakfast feels: Tomato and Cucumber salad + Huevos Rancheros

Lunch feels:  Chicken Tinga Tacos + Shrimp Ceviche

All the feels: Ideally mimosa sans-OJ. Bloody Maria = salt and Agua Fresca = sugar

*Warning about bottomless brunch: don’t show up absolutely famished- even a serving of fruit before can keep you from getting buzzed too quickly and going HAM on the bacon!


Le Diplomate:

Breakfast feels: Poached Eggs Basquaise- normally would steer away from “creamy” anything but the portion is juuust right.

Lunch feels: Salade Verte + Salmon Carpaccio

All the feels: When the wine list is this good, no need for a fancy cocktail. My absolute favorites are their Sancerre by the glass, or the good ole basic rosé by the glass!



Breakfast feels: Huevos Rancheros or the Energy Breakfast

Lunch feels: Blackened Chicken Sandwich or Ginger Chicken Quinoa Bowl

All the feels:  the 1443 P Street if you need a cocktail, but they have 2 of my favorites by the glass: Dibon Cava & Whispering Angel rosé


More Brunch Questions? Or looking for some general nutrition 411? Email me at or stop by my office at U Street or Metropole!

May 4 2017

VIDA Wins Best Gym in DC!

Best Gym in DCWe’ve yet again won the title of best place to get fit in the District! Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the 2017 Washington City Paper Best of DC poll. Our members are what make us the best gym in DC, and we’re honored to have your support!

Check out all the 2017 winners here!