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13 healthy things to do this weekend around NoVA

From yoga practices to lectures, these wellness-focused events will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the workweek ahead.

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Whether you’re looking for a new fitness regimen to try out or are hoping to strengthen your bond with your partner in honor of Valentine’s Day, these health-related events will help you make the most of the weekend.

Holistic Chamber of Commerce Open Meeting
Friday, Feb. 14, 10-11:30 a.m.
The Manassas Chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly meeting this Friday, which happens to be Valentine’s Day. With the theme of love as a guide, Colleen McCartney of Herndon-based Totally Essential will discuss the experiences of local wellness-focused businesses, as well as strategies for the future. Consumers are also welcome to attend and share their opinions. // Jirani COffeehouse: 9425 W. St., Manassas; $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers

Open Hearts Community Yoga
Saturday, Feb. 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Start your Saturday with a yoga practice surrounding the heart. Throughout the one-hour session, you’ll be led through a series of poses that help open the chest muscles and alleviate tightness due to a lack of motion. Each participant must bring their own yoga mat, towel and water. // Assembly Alexandria: 205 Century Place, Alexandria; free

Feminine Sensuality and Juicy Connections
Saturday, Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Learn something new this Saturday with Sue Mersch, CNM, as she leads the group in an exploration of sensuality, body image and vitality. Mersch has a strong belief that our physical and emotional health and the quality of life we experience are intertwined, which is something she will focus on during the event. By the time you leave, you’ll have a new perspective on your relationship with your body. // Rowan Tree: 280 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon; $30-$50

Femto Med Solutions: Food as Medicine
Saturday, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-noon
We all know what we eat has a direct affect on how we feel, but sometimes truly understanding what ingredients are in the items on our local grocery store shelf can be challenging. This Saturday, Dr. Shan Lakshaman will walk you through how to understand what is on food labels, elaborating on nutrition theories that can help you integrate better eating habits into your daily routine. // Siddha Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies: 12501 Braddock Road, Fairfax; free

‘Beyond Breath’ – A Free Introduction to The Happiness Program
Saturday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
This weekend, you’ll have the chance to participate in a 90-minute yoga and meditation workshop at absolutely no charge. Within the designated time frame, you’ll dive deep into the power of your breath and its ability to influence your mind, leading to feelings of peace and tranquility. When the session is over, you’ll leave with knowledge on various techniques to implement into your own practice or meditation ritual. // Gum Spring Library: 24600 Millstream Drive, Stone Ridge; free

Women’s Health Management
Saturday, Feb. 15, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Calling all ladies: Spend the afternoon diving deep into women’s health management at the Siddha Betha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies. Throughout the special event, you’ll hear from several representatives on medical topics that have a strong impact on women, such as anxiety, menopause, migraines and more. Plus, you’ll discover ancient techniques to help mitigate the issues. // Siddha Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies: 12501 Braddock Road, Fairfax; $75

Tantra Yoga for Couples at Samskara Yoga & Healing
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2-6 p.m.
While Valentine’s Day may be over, the celebration does not have to end just yet. Come Saturday, you and your partner are welcome to discover Tantra Yoga, the yoga of intimacy and connection. Within the afternoon workshop, led by Francia and Terry Groman, you’ll be introduced to basic tantric principles, breathing techniques and partner poses that strengthen the deeper connection between you and your loved one. // Samskara Yoga & Healing: 22000 Dulles Retail Plaza, Unit 102, Sterling; $129

Bend & Brew
Sunday, Feb. 16, 10-11 a.m.
Inca Social is opening its doors for a special yoga practice you won’t want to miss. Led by Fitness 2 Go, this class will take you through a series of poses that help better your balance, technique and strength. The twist? You’ll have a beer placed in front of your mat throughout the entire session and when you master each pose, you’ll be challenged with taking a sip from the brew in front of you, while in the designated position. // Inca Social: 2670 Avenir Place, Vienna; $30

Aromatouch Technique Demonstration
Sunday, Feb. 16, 10-11 a.m.
Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of essential oils? This Sunday, you can do just that with the staff of Totally Essential in Herndon. In this one-hour class, you’ll learn what aromatouch technique is, see how to utilize it and eventually take some oils home with you too. // Totally Essential: 505 Merlins Lane, Herndon; free

Men’s Health Management
Sunday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
This Sunday, men of Northern Virginia have the opportunity to discover ancient perspectives and techniques surrounding men’s health from a variety of experts in the field. From tools for sustaining harmony in a relationship to a deep dive surrounding emotional intelligence and its influence on fatherhood, this two and a half hour session will cover it all. // Siddha Vetha Center for Transdisciplinary Studies: 12501 Braddock Road, Fairfax; $75

Wine + Wellness: Essential Oils Workshop
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
Staying positive and healthy throughout the winter can be a challenge, yet it doesn’t have to be. Nicole Moore of doTerra Essential Oils is welcoming local residents of NoVA to experience a winter-themed wellness course focused on methods for managing stress, building immunity and reducing toxins with the help of essential oils. While you practice techniques with a variety of oils, you’ll sip on a glass of wine too. // 752 Sugarland Run Drive, Sterling; free

Acro Yoga & Thai Massage Workshop
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2-4 p.m.
Certified yoga instructors of The St. James, Ginny Loving and Christie Thomas, are coming together to guide couples in a special practice surrounding acro yoga and Thai massage this Sunday. For two hours, you’ll try out unique poses that connect both the mind and the body. Following the workout, all participants will indulge in treats from the site’s restaurant, Vim & Victor. // The St. James: 6805 Industrial Road, Springfield; $25-$32

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