Peace—Body, Mind, Spirit

Since 1978, St. Mark’s Yoga Center on Capitol Hill has offered quality Yoga instruction, convenient location, and affordable prices. Classes accommodate all levels and emphasize effective breathing, mastery of asanas (comfortably held postures), relaxation, positive thinking, and meditation as elements of healthy spiritual living that promote happiness and true knowledge of self. Dedicated to sharing the benefits of Yoga with communities that have been excluded or underserved, regardless of ability or background, SMYC is part of the Accessible Yoga Network.

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Live In-Person Class

For live only in-person classes, there is a $10 drop-in charge. Payment may be made via cash, check, or the link below.

Full Schedule of Classes

All times Eastern Daylight Time

Sunday 4:30-6:00 pm—Narayani Sivananda Hatha: (Hybrid Online & In-person) Dance Studio 

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Meeting ID:898 1774 1027

Third Sunday Yoga Nidra – 6 – 7:15 pmPamela, Nov. 19

(Hybrid Online & In-person) Dance Studio 

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Meeting ID: 869 6875 9346

Yoga Nidra Anytime: Yoga Nidra for Self-Healing – Dr. Marc Halpern voiced by Pamela

Monday 6:00-7:10 pm—Pamela Sivananda Hatha: (Hybrid Online & In-person) Adams Room/Zoom

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Meeting ID: 869 6875 9346

Additional classes with Pamela: register here

Tuesday 12:15-1:15 pm—Pamela: Sivananda Hatha (In-person) Dance Studio

Tuesday 6 – 7:10 PM — Carley: Yin Yoga, In-person and Online, Adams Room/Zoom

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Meeting ID: 817 5708 9000

Wednesday 6-7:10 pm—Giris: Sivananda Hatha, In-person and Online, Adams Room/Zoom

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Meeting ID:869 2000 7149

Saturday 10am-12pm—Paul: Vinyasa (In-person) Adams Room

“The kind of yoga practiced at SMYC has not only improved how my body feels, it has also changed my perception of what’s important.” ~ Kristin H.


(Sunday) Narayani began teaching in 2006, and holds advanced Sivananda Yoga certification. She enjoys working with seniors, children and everyone in-between. Her classes focus on relaxation and renewal. Narayani is also a trained meditation leader, Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, certified in Energy Medicine and Touch for Health, and trained in Non-Violent Communication.


(Monday, Tuesday at 12:15 + Yoga Nidra) trained at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Val Morin, Quebec, in 1987 with Swami Vishnudevananda. Increasingly focused on the therapeutic aspects of Yoga, Pamela completed Yoga of the Heart: Cancer and Cardiac Certification Training; Life Force Yoga Certification: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression; Yoga of Recovery Counselors Certification: Helping to Heal Addictions; and training in Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.  She has been guiding groups and conducting workshops in Meditation and in Yoga Nidra since 1995. View her website here


Teaches Vinyasa yoga in the spirit of Dharma Mitra. Simone is the Director of SMYC, loves working with beginners who are just finding their way, as well as those there for a powerful class. Either will experience a yoga class with a light-hearted approach in a welcoming and non-judgmental space. She is working on her MSW with the goal of offering mental health and yogic services to underserved populations in DC.

(Saturday) infuses his class with deep knowledge gained through personal practice and a sense of humor and play. His Hatha classes mix background in Iyengar alignment principles with Vinyasa flow sequencing. The result is a class which is challenging yet accessible. Paul was the Yoga Center Director for ten years, and currently serves as Administrator and Board Chair. He has been teaching at St. Mark’s since 1993.


Giris Robinson is a 2023 graduate of the Teacher Training Course at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Upstate New York. He has been immersed in Yoga and Yoga practices since childhood. His entire family is steeped in Yoga and his father and uncle have been leading Sivananda teachers in the DMV, including at St. Mark’s..
Giris is a lifelong vegetarian/humanitarian. In addition to Yoga, he is an accomplished fitness advocate and dedicated athlete. His goal is to help others merge the physical and philosophical aspects of Yoga into their daily lives.


Substitute Teachers

Angela Shanti (RYT200) is a certified Integral Yoga instructor. She completed her basic teacher training at the Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, in 2015. Additional certifications include: Adaptive Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Arthritis, Teaching Adaptive Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis, Yoga for Recovery, and Yin Yoga. She is a certified SilverSneakers instructor and provides yoga classes to seniors on Medicare in the DMV. Her teaching style is gentle and encouraging, and she is inspired to convey a sense of inner peace and self-acceptance in her teachings.


Welcomes all levels and abilities to her class, which emphasizes finding Peace through asana, pranayama and meditation, helping students distinguish between effort and tension, and bringing ease to their poses. Her practice began at St. Mark’s in 1993, and she served as the Center’s Director from 2008-2021. She is a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist and holds Integral Yoga Advanced Hatha, Raja Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Stress Management, Meditation, Yoga of the Heart: Cancer & Cardiac certifications. Rev. Brahmi is ordained with Integral Yoga Ministry and is an Accessible Yoga Ambassador.

Yaneshwari has practiced Yoga since the age of 8, receiving teacher certification from the Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Val Morin, Quebec, in 1991 with Swami Vishnudevananda. Jen taught at SMYC during the 90s. She has since received her Masters in Acupuncture and is a certified Health Coach.

Jessica Woodburn, RYT 200, is passionate about sharing yoga’s Mind, Body, Spirit benefits, helping to cultivate outer and inner strength, flexibility and balance. Jessica’s classes are light-hearted, tailored to students’ needs and infused with Mindfulness. Her dynamic teaching style, sense of humor and deep sense of caring keep students coming back to the mat. Jessica passionately shares yoga, mindfulness, self-compassion and non-violent communication practices across the DC area.

Lynne learned Yoga asanas and pranyama at age 7 from her grandmother who practiced Yoga daily and lived until 97. Lynne is a certified Integral Yoga instructor and Laughter Yoga Leader. A classically trained singer and music therapist, she is the founder of SingYo®, which integrates breath and movement via Yoga and song. Her classes are gentle, yet powerful.