As the holiday season approaches, full of indulgences and temptations, get into healthy routines this month with mental health lectures, fitness classes, yoga and more.
It’s not a secret that health is an important part of life. Whether you want to learn better habits, or are just looking for a fun new workout group in the community, events across the region will help you feel healthier, stronger and happier throughout the month of November.
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Energized Fitness for Parkinson’s
Friday, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Tailored for those with Parkinson’s, this program provides a high-energy fitness class for improving mobility and strength, while also serving as a support group for participants to speak with others about their experiences facing Parkinson’s. // The Kensington Falls Church: 700 W. Broad St., Falls Church; free
DPI Adaptive Fitness Foam Roll & Stretching
Friday, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Learn the benefits of foam rolling and stretching at DPI Adaptive Fitness. The small class is limited to five participants per adaptive trainer, ensuring everyone gets hands-on assistance. The class will guide participants through rolling and stretching exercises meant to improve tight muscle tissues and range of motion. // DPI Adaptive Fitness: 3545 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 101, Fairfax; free
A Natural Approach to Anxiety
Sunday, Nov. 3, 3-4:30 p.m.
What’s the real cause behind anxiety and how can you take a natural approach to addressing symptoms? Elsa Lam, pharmacist and functional diagnostic nutritionist, will teach you how nutritional therapy and holistic healing can help address mental health issues in children and adults. // Golden Health Holistics: 46950 Community Plaza, Suite 112, Sterling; free
DMV Dance Fitness (Twerk Cardio)
Monday, Nov. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Boss Chick Dance Workout is an ACE-certified, women-only, high-intensity hip-hop course, focused on afrobeats and dance hall moves. The class includes 40 minutes of dance cardio, five minutes of high-intensity interval abs and strength training, 10 minutes of choreography and five minutes for a cool down. // Saffron Dance at Clarendon: 3260 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; $8
Writing to Wellness
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7-9 p.m.
This workshop designed for writers will focus on using poetry as a tool for healing while navigating trauma. The class will be lead by C. Thomas, who was named a Pioneer of Poetry at the National Underground Spoken Word Poetry Awards in 2015 and was also a 2019 finalist for Poet Laureate of Alexandria. // Old Town Books: 104 S. Union St., Alexandria; $15
Thursday, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 6 a.m.
Hosted by lululemon, Run RTC is a run around Reston Town Center every Thursday morning, lasting anywhere between 25 to 45 minutes. The group meets outside of Reston Town Center’s lululemon location. // lululemon Reston Town Center: 11957 Market St., Reston; free
Yin Yoga Rejuvenating
Thursday, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 8:30 a.m.
Every Thursday morning, Yoga Toka hosts a yin yoga class to help balance and calm the body and mind. Yoga poses are held for three to five minutes at a time, designed as a meditative practice. Props are used so that the body can release into the posture, instead of flexing or engaging the muscles. // Yoga Toka: 3260 Duke St., Third Floor, Alexandria; $20
StrongFirst Kettlebell Course
Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get an in-depth and thorough training on how to use kettlebells in your fitness routine at this course, ideal for newcomers to the type of weight. The eight-hour workshop will be taught by Next Level Fitness & Performance instructors. // Next Level Fitness & Performance: 6620 James Madison Highway, Haymarket; $299
Gainesville Holistic Health Center Open House
Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Integrating holistic, complementary, alternative, functional and quantum medicine into its practice, Gainesville Holistic Health will be hosting an open house for interested patients to come meet practitioners, ask questions about holistic health and win prizes in raffles. // Gainesville Holistic Health Center: 7528 Old Linton Hall Road, Gainesville; free
Day of The Dead (Lift)
Saturday, Nov. 9, noon-5 p.m.
Beyond The Barbell will be hosting its very first Day of The Dead (Lift) competition, welcoming beginner to advanced lifters to compete in a friendly dead lift competition. The event will be followed by a cookout. // Beyond The Barbell: 14080 Sullyfield Circle, Suites E and F, Chantilly; $30
Stress, Anxiety and Heart Health
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6-8:30 p.m.
Board-certified cardiologist and internal medicine doctor, Dr. Raya of the Vitology Institute, will discuss holistic approaches to conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hormonal imbalances and more. The lecture will mostly focus on stress, anxiety and heart health. // Seasons 52, Napa Room: 7863 Tysons Corner Center, McLean; free
Sunday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-noon
Have a fun and energetic Sunday morning at this Zumba class taught by Zumbanova’s Cathy Caminero. Follow the class with a brew of your choosing from Solace Brewing Company. Ticket price includes the hour-long Zumba class and one beer. // Solace Brewing Company: 42615 Trade W. Drive, Suite 100, Dulles; $15
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7-10 p.m.
Not yet ready to bend and twist on a yoga mat? That’s OK, because chair yoga exists and is just as beneficial, especially for older adults with orthopedic issues. This mindful yoga class will provide gentle stretches for relaxation and flexibility. // George Mason Branch Library: 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale; free
Integral Hatha Yoga
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7-8 p.m.
Pack a yoga mat and a light blanket and head to Crossroads United Methodist Church for an integral yoga hatha class, taught by Jami Obermayer, Ph.D. The class will focus on breathing and poses to bring awareness to the mind-body connection. It is a guided practice using yoga nidra techniques, designed for inner peace, calmness and stress reduction. // Crossroad United Methodist Church: 43454 Crossroads Drive, Ashburn; free