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A personalized approach to your practice at Flow Yoga Center

The zen oasis of Flow Yoga Center (1450 P St. NW) feels less like a fitness studio, and more like a home. In fact, before founder and creative director Debra Perlson-Mishalove opened her DC studio, she hosted classes in the living room of her DC apartment. While the business has expanded beyond the walls of her own home, the tight-knit community she built has remained. 

Photo courtesy of Flow Yoga Center.

“I put a sign on the metro saying yoga at Debra’s,” she recalls. “People would come in the morning at 6 a.m. for an hour class.” Perlson-Mishalove found these classes to be a great way to practice her technique as a new instructor, but many of those same clients who came into home nearly two decades ago still attend classes today.

Before Perlson-Mishalove came to the District, she was working a high stress job and discovered yoga as an outlet for fitness and peace of mind. When she arrived in DC, she found yoga once again, this time it served as a way to meet new people and explore teaching. 

Unlike big box gyms, the center has taken a personalized approach to connecting and coaching. Before a client’s first class, Debra and Flow’s “Happiness Team” of instructors and staff work with clients individually to connect them with classes that best fit their goals. 

The personalized experience and connection continues long past the more than 50 classes offered each week. In addition to studio space, clients and instructors gather together in the on site lounge for tea and conversation after class. “We try to meet everyone that comes in the door, greet them and just get to know them, their pets, their kids and their jobs,” Perlson-Mishalove said. 

This connection is especially important in a city like DC with so many high stress jobs and transience. “I know it can feel really lonely moving into a new city, and I wanted to make sure that anyone who came to our space felt like they belonged,” Perlson-Mishalove said. 

Flow Yoga Center is open Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit flowyogacenter.com to learn more and book a class.

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