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welcome to a new kind of yoga studio

We always have chocolate.

We love working with skeptics, newbies, and experienced yogis alike. 

We work hard to make sure that every body that walks through our doors ​feels welcome and comfortable.

Forget the party tricks; we're focused on using yoga to feel your best

physically, mentally, and emotionally, and building an awesome community along the way.

This is yoga for real life. Come experience the difference for yourself. 

518 10th Street NE, DC 20002  |  |  202.600.9860

take a look inside...

  1. Sign up for class via MBO at least 30 minutes before class starts.

  2. You will be emailed a link to join class at least 10 minutes before class starts. 

  3. You'll need Zoom - you'll be prompted to download when you click the link. 

  • AUDIO SETTINGS: Once the class gets started, please make sure your audio is MUTED. When you first log in, feel free to chitchat with the teacher and other students if you’d like! Hover over the bottom left corner of your screen to Mute/Unmute. 

  • VIDEO SETTINGS: If you’re comfortable, please keep your video turned ON. Hover over the bottom left corner of your screen to turn video on/off. This is very helpful to us teachers - you’d be surprised how hard it is to teach when there are no bodies to look at! 

  • CHAT BOX: There is a chat box that you can use to communicate with the teacher during class if need be! We will do our best to keep an eye on the chat box throughout class. To access the chat, hover over the bottom of your screen and click on the word “Chat” near the middle.

  • PLAYLIST: Here’s a link to the playlist for this class! We haven’t found a good way to transmit the music via streaming, so instead, we invite you to play the playlist at home for yourself while you’re practicing. The teacher will tell you when to press play so you’re all synched up! I highly recommend that you use a second device to play your music, rather than the same one that you’re using for the videoconference. The ideal setup is if you have a Bluetooth speaker or similar at home; you can use your phone to play the music through the speaker, then use your computer to stream the class through Zoom!

  • PROPS: Need props? Alia has a list of recommendations along with purchase links on her website. In a pinch, you could use the following as substitutes:

    • Blanket: A bath towel or flat throw pillow.

    • Strap: A long belt, ideally fabric or knitted rather than leather. Robe belts work wonderfully!

    • Blocks: Thick books can work as a substitute.

  • FOR YIN CLASSES: Grab as many different-sized pillows as you can find!

  • FEEDBACK PLEASE!: We’re still new to this, and looking to improve however we can! I’d love for you to drop me a line after class if you have any feedback you’d like to share. Constructive AND positive feedback are both greatly appreciated!

  • SHARE THE LOVE!  Now that we’re online, there’s no limit to the number or location of people who can practice with us! If you have any friends or family who you think might enjoy practicing with us virtually, please share our website with them and encourage them to sign up!

welcome to my studio... 
                         i'm thrilled you're here!

Hi! I'm Alia. I'm a recovering-attorney-turned-entrepreneur, and after a long and winding journey, found my calling as a yoga teacher and studio owner. I practiced for nearly five years as a big law associate before jumping ship to build a career that actually used my superpowers and passions. Two years - and a few other careers - later, I opened my East Side Yoga in Washington, DC in early 2015.

Four years later, I moved back to my hometown of Austin, TX and got to work on opening my second studio: Oak + Lotus. 


I've been practicing yoga since 2008, and I'll be perfectly frank: my journey as a student involved sifting through a lot of hippie-dippie stuff to get down to the truly powerful benefits that yoga has to offer. It also involved ignoring all of the intimidating, unrealistic images of "yoga" flooding social media and building a practice that truly suited my needs. 

I began teaching yoga because I knew I couldn't be the only person who craved a practical, secular, alignment-focused flow practice that wasn't all about seeing how far I could push my body. My mission as a teacher is to bring yoga to people who think it isn't for them, or who've tried it but didn't like it because they were either freaked out by the religious stuff or felt intimidated, rather than welcomed, by the other folks in the studio. And to people who already love yoga, but are looking for a down-to-earth approach to it. 

The mission behind my yoga studios is to create a community around my approach to this life-changing practice. To build a tribe of like-minded folks who, like me, are looking for that "Goldilocks" yoga experience: not too corporate or aggressive, but not too woo-woo crunchy either. From the moment you walk in, you'll notice that we do things a little bit differently from other yoga studios. I hope you love it as much as I do.

518 10th St. NE | washington, dc 20002 | 202.600.9860 |

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