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Hot Yoga Hits Ivy City

Oct 01, 2015 11:46AM
Traditional Chinese Medicine has an extra season – late summer – which is central to the 5-season cycle of the year. Late summer is a time for followers to slow down and balance Earth, the element of this season. Ivy City residents won’t have to travel far to seek this balance now with the opening of Bikram Hot Yoga Ivy City (BHYIC) at 1510 Okie Street NE.

Recently BHYIC, tucked back on the rapidly developing Okie Street, near CrossFit Hierarchy, MOM’s Organic Market and Planet Fitness, opened its doors to the public. In honor of its grand opening, BHYIC held a free traditional Bikram yoga class September 12 for the public led by studio co-owner, Kendra Blackett-Dibinga, who also owns Bikram Hot Yoga Riverdale Park, Prince George’s County first hot yoga studio. Blackett-Dibinga led the class of 25 as they sweated out Bikram poses and breathing for 90-minutes to christen the studio’s 1,700 square foot hot room heated to 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity.

“I'm happy to be a part of the Ivy City redevelopment. This area of Washington, D.C. has long been neglected and to see the changes come about is amazing,” said Blackett-Dibinga.

The addition of the studio is rapidly making this the fittest building on the block, but true to yoga, the studio also aims to create a place of community and connection. “I think we will build a strong yoga community here. With each new business that pops up, there is interest in yoga. People need a place in this area to come in and forget what's going on in the world for 90 minutes and get back in touch with themselves.  That's what we want to do here,” explained other studio co-owner, Omekongo Dibinga. If the opening weekend is any indication, it is safe to say, they are on their way.

The studio is currently offering traditional Bikram yoga, but plans to expand its offerings to include hot Vinyasa.

For more information about new member specials and rates/packages, and the studio schedule, call 202-288-5745 or visit


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