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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 05/13/2010

Om free

By Stephanie Merry

Summer is just about here, which means unbearably hot weather, tourists standing on the left side of the escalators and afternoon thunderstorms snarling rush-hour traffic. Maybe now would be a good time for a dose of serenity. Luckily, the next couple of months offer plenty of options for free yoga and the chance to do a little stretching, chant a few oms and build up a reserve of calmness to deal with the inundation of out-of-towners.

First up is DC Yoga Week, which kicks off Saturday with a massive free yoga practice on the Mall open to first-timers and experienced downward doggers alike. After the class, stick around for live musical performances and demonstrations, including hooping (as in hula but with meditation), acro-yoga and budokon, a blend of yoga and martial arts.

Yoga Week continues through May 22 with complimentary and $5 classes at studios across town, and if you dig Saturday's outdoor yoga vibe, then you'll be interested to know that Quiet Mind Past Tense Yoga is offering a free class on May 22 in Mount Pleasant's Lamont Square.

More free yoga options after the jump.

But even after Yoga Week ends, the free classes continue. Yoga apparel store Lululemon offers the chance to make like a tree in Dupont Circle with Yoga in the Park on Wednesday evenings, while yogis can head to the shop's Logan Circle location for a community yoga class on Sundays. On Saturday mornings, get a dose of stretching with some Scandinavian culture when House of Sweden holds free classes on the building's rooftop. Later in the summer, Bikram Yoga Dupont gets in on the action with classes in Meridian Hill Park on Sundays, banking on the fact that those humid August days will feel a lot like a hot yoga studio.

And for those of you with a long list of reasons why you can't practice yoga, the MisFits have you beat with this rebuttal to the most common excuses. Besides, if 7-footer Shaquille O'Neal can do it, you probably can, too.

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | May 13, 2010; 10:58 AM ET
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