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10 free and healthy things to do this weekend in NoVA

From free yoga classes to getting information on essential oils, here’s how to have a happy, healthy weekend.

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This week we wave goodbye to the first month of the year (already!) and say hello to our second fresh start. 

Whether you’re looking to maintain those great 2020 habits you’ve created, or another chance to get into a healthier routine, here are 10 free ways to get moving this weekend. 

Community Yoga
Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Hit the refresh button on your week with this local and free yoga class. All you need is your own yoga mat, a water bottle and a towel (based on your preference). Dawn Fabritz will guide the class through an all-levels flow and help you relax through the rest of your weekend. // Assembly Alexandria: 205 Century Place, Alexandria; free

Adult Krav Maga Orientation Class
Saturday, Feb. 1, 9-10 a.m.
If you’ve been meaning to learn self-defense techniques and try to whip yourself into shape, Krav Maga is worth a try. The military self-defense method takes inspiration from boxing, wrestling, judo and more, and can not only challenge you mentally and physically, but can also equip you with quick and simple moves to protect yourself in the future. // Premier Martial Arts: 9231 Sudley Road, Manassas; free 

Iwama-Style Aikido
Saturday, Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
If you’re looking for a workout that is new and exciting, but not necessarily the newest workout to the cardio scene, try your hand at Aikido, a non-competitive Japanese martial art that allows you to blend with your opponent non-aggressively, while still challenging the mind and body. // Aikido of Arlington: 1305 N. Jackson St., Arlington; free

60-Day Challenge
Saturday, 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Being healthy is a lifestyle, one that your entire family would benefit from subscribing to. At this local class, join Life Champ Martial Arts of Dale City and take the 60-day challenge by enjoying free family workout classes through March. You will all be stronger before you know it. // Life Champ Martial Arts of Dale City: 5516 Staples Mill Plaza, Woodbridge; free

Essential Oils 101
Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-noon
Touting natural remedies for stress, anxiety, fatigue, allergies, immune system support and more, you might still be wondering what all of the chatter is surrounding essential oils. Get to know what you might be looking for at this local workshop with the added bonus of free giveaways and snacks. // 1897 Oracle Way, Reston; free

‘Beyond Breath’ – A Free Introduction to The Happiness Program in Ashburn
Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
How often do you notice your breath? In this 90-minute free workshop, you can learn about Sudarshan KriyaTM, a breathing technique that is taught to help you awaken and relax your mind, as well as offer all of the benefits of a peaceful and calm meditative practice. // Gum Spring Library: 24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge; free

Learn to Meditate
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2-3 p.m.
You may have dropped your resolutions a few weeks ago, but if you’re truly willing to relax, calm down, relieve stress, improve relationships and more, head to this free meditation workshop in Tysons. This could be just the place where those basics you’ve wanted to learn (and the habits you’ve been wanting to form) fall right into place. // The Meditation Museum II: 1984 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons

Kickstart Your Sweatlife 2020
Sunday, Feb. 2, 8-10 a.m.
Open your mind to new possibilities and goals at lululemon, where you’ll be taken through a one-hour yoga flow with local ambassador, Alison. Following the practice, the team will lead attendees through a workshop for visualization and goal setting in fitness and beyond. // lululemon: 11957 Market St., Reston; free

Pacers Fairfax x YogaSix
Sunday, Feb. 2, 10:15 a.m.-noon
Meet the team at YogaSix and enjoy a one-hour restorative yoga class at Pacers Fairfax, followed by a private shopping event for local walkers, runners and more. Each attendee will receive a coupon for $20 off a $100 purchase and be able to shop prior to the store’s noon opening to the public. // Pacers Running: 10420 N. St., Fairfax; free

Intro to Reiki
Sunday, Feb. 2, 4-5 p.m.
Positive energy is around you all the time. Find out how to cultivate it and welcome it into yourself, as well as others, at this free intro reiki course. There will be a 30-minute discussion on how the practice works, as well as a 60-minute group exercise so you can feel the healing effects for yourself and continue to bring them into your daily life. // Stafford House of Yoga: 971 Garrisonville Road, Stafford Courthouse; free 

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