Crash Course: Dancing Mind is a Falls Church-based studio offering yoga, cycling, and CrossFit all under one roof. Their sprawling space houses multiple yoga studios (complete with disco balls), a cycling room, and a CrossFit box. They offer 120 classes a week and their full schedule can be found here.
[left]where: 929 West Broad Street | Falls Church, VA
bring: water bottle, mat if you have one
perks: free parking, mats to rent, full locker rooms, filtered water fountains
sweat score: 6 out of 10
[/left][right]wear: depends on the class
instructor: Emily Carlson
class: Power Yoga Basics
cost: new students: $25 intro week or $50 intro month w/ unlimited classes; $20 drop in class[/right][line]
Despite this being my second consecutive yoga post, I don’t do yoga nearly as regularly as I should. I see the value in yoga and definitely appreciate the benefits when I’m consistent with my practice. Alas, I’m frequently inconsistent and quick to give up any hope of getting any closer to touching my toes. So, I am trying to focus on keeping yoga in my regular fitness rotation and a trip to Dancing Mind was the perfect way to make sure that happened.
I drove out to Falls Church on a Saturday for their “Power Yoga Basics” class with Emily. There was lots of parking available in their parking lot, and additional overflow parking offered at the neighboring Einstein Bagels. Check out the photo above so you know what to look for when turning into the parking lot!
8888 Their light-filled studio is bright and airy, with cubbies available in the front to stash your stuff. They also have full-service locker rooms available as well. There’s a cute shop area where they sell everything from yoga mats to headbands – perfect for newbies or forgetful yogis like myself. They also have mats available to rent which is always a good plan B.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that while the class was nearly full, there was still plenty of room in the studio for everyone to have their own space. I hate going to an overbooked yoga class and having to worry about down dogging into my neighbor’s face.
The instructor, Emily, introduced herself as she’s apparently new to this particular class, and asked first timers to identify themselves, which I appreciate. I learned later that Emily recently completed her teacher training at Dancing Mind which I think it always a good sign of a quality studio.
The heated studio felt especially nice on the frigid day I visited, and I liked that the class was conducted sans music. In many of the other power yoga classes I’ve done, they play music which I find a bit distracting and unnecessary given the nature of the class.
Emily guided us through the practice with clear, pleasant cues and provided demonstrations for some of the more advanced moves. She came around and made helpful adjustments, along with offering some great tips along the way. I sometimes find yoga instructors to be kind of unrelatable, but Emily was totally down to earth and even cracked a few jokes.
The class included some more advanced poses than I’ve had in other beginner level classes, but there was no pressure to do them at all, let alone well. I liked that they incorporated some tougher stuff since I’ve found that sometimes it’s too big of a leap from level 1 to level 2. That often results in permanent beginners like myself! I worked up a good sweat in the class which turned out to be the best way to kick my lingering cold. Love a double whammy.
After class, the studio director Rebecca took me on a tour of Dancing Mind’s sprawling facilities. While yoga still seems to be their main focus, Dancing Mind also offers spin and CrossFit classes which provides great cross training opportunities for everyone.Obviously, The Fit Crasher is all about mixing up your workouts so it’s awesome to be able to do that all in the same place. They also have a mini studio just for their kids yoga program called “Little Pretzels” – adorable.
If I lived just a little bit closer, I would likely be a regular at Dancing Mind. Nevertheless, I will certainly plan more weekend visits soon to try some of their other classes. With such a variety of classes available, I know I only got a teeny tiny sample of the Dancing Mind experience. I definitely recommend checking it out!