Who We Are
Circle Yoga is a local cooperative that offers yoga, meditation, and other practices to help students feel better inside and out. We are a neighborhood hub and a welcoming community that invites students to connect, find greater ease, and cultivate self-awareness. With mindfulness at the root of all we do, we take our practices off the mat, into our daily lives, and into the broader community.
Our Guiding Principles
- At Circle Yoga, we believe that no one can own a community of practice. We are an autonomous community, not controlled or influenced by interests outside of our core mission.
- We work as a team – management, teachers, staff, students, our elected co-op board. We love feedback and we use it when making policy and operational decisions for the studio.
- Our goal is to be a sustainable enterprise that provides excellent classes to students and fair wages and a supportive environment to teachers and staff; it’s not about earning money for an individual owner.
- We believe that by offering the highest quality yoga, Pilates, and mindfulness in a community-owned studio, we attract and support wonderful students, teachers and staff.
In March 2003, when Circle Yoga founder Annie Mahon set out to open a yoga studio in Chevy Chase DC, her aim was simple: to bring the joy of mindful yoga and all its benefits, including stress-reduction, greater flexibility, and a sense of inner peace, to children, adults, and families of Washington, DC.
As a student of renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and longtime practitioner of both yoga and mindfulness meditation, Annie believed in the power of yoga, meditation, and mindful living to create mental and physical well-being and ultimately transform our lives.
Today, Circle Yoga is a warm, welcoming community of students and teachers who come together to practice yoga, mindfulness, Pilates, and other wellness modalities. The studio offers a range of classes to suit all ages and fitness levels. Students enjoy three light-filled yoga studios, along with a welcoming reception area, retail space to browse in, and a contemplative Zen garden outside.
In 2012, Circle Yoga became Circle Yoga Cooperative (CYC), the first yoga cooperative in the DC area. CYC is governed by an elected board of directors. Learn more about the co-op.