FREE Summer Yoga with GatherDC!


  • Stressed out?
  • Struggling to get out of bed?
  • Feels like Friday but its only Tuesday?

Yup. Yup. Yup.

We understand.

That’s why we’re inviting you to OM-it-out with us on Thursday evenings so you can head into your summer weekends with invigorated energy! Our in-house yoga teacher Allison Friedman (bio below) will be hosting 60-minute power yoga classes on Thursdays from May 30th – August 22nd. 

After class, you’re welcome to hang out and schmooze with your new “omies” over tea and healthy snacks.

Classes are free to attend and all levels are welcome. Please come in yoga clothes and BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat).*


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  • When: Thursdays from May 30th – August 22nd at 6:00pm
  • What: 60-minute Jew-ish power yoga at beginner to intermediate level
  • Where: Gather’s townhouse at 1817 M St NW
  • Who: Jewish and “Jew-curious” 20s/30s in the DC-area


  • Class is FREE to attend, but we suggest a $12 donation to GatherDC for each class.





About Allison: In addition to working for Gather as Communications Director, Allison Friedman recently graduated from a 200-hour yoga teacher training with CorePower Yoga. Allison teaches beginner and advanced vinyasa yoga at CorePower. Yoga and Jewish spirituality are two of her favorite things, and she can’t wait to share the healing practice of Jewish-infused yoga with you. She sees yoga as an invigorating physical and mental practice that can inspire internal serenity, strength, and compassion.

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Meet Steph: Jewish Fitness Buff of the Week!


Allie: How did you wind up living in DC?

Steph: I’m from Montgomery County – born and raised. I went to New Orleans for college, then lived in San Francisco for a job, and then decided it was time to come back to my roots. I’ve been in DC for three years now.

Allie: I hear you just started a cool new job – tell me about it!

Steph: I’m the U.S. Marketing and Communications Manager for Leon, which is a mediterranean-inspired place that serves naturally fast food.

Allie: Hmm..why have I never heard of this place?

Steph: It’s not open yet! Leon is opening in early September.

Allie: Once it opens, how do I get there and what should I order?

Steph: It’s on 1724 L Street in Farragut North, and any of our sandwiches are delicious – they’re served on challah buns. We also have really good falafel and lamb kofta. (NOTE: Follow Leon on Facebook and Instagram for updates)

Allie: Can you offer a deal to GatherDC-ers?

Steph: On September 5th and 6th, you can come in for free food if you give us feedback on it. RSVP to Also, if you sign up for our Leon club you can get 40% off after 5:00pm once it opens.

Allie: At the end of a long work day, what’s your favorite way to relax?

Steph: Yoga. But definitely not hot yoga. I really like The Yoga Shala in Shaw.

Allie: Besides The Yoga Shala, what are your top 3 favorite workout classes or studios in DC?

Steph: Oh there’s too many to pick just three! I’d say Off Road for boxing, FlyBarre for barre, and Reformation Fitness for HIIT/TRX.

Allie: What’s your resolution for this coming year?

Steph: Keeping a good work-life balance. I want to find time to work out as much as I’d like while crushing my new job.

Allie: How do you motivate yourself to workout so often?

Steph: The prospect of one day obtaining a 6-pack keeps me going.

Allie: When and/or where are you the happiest?

Steph: When I’m snuggling my Australian lab Sophie, while outside of course.steph and dog

Allie: Who is your Jewish role model?

Steph: My grandpa. He’s a Holocaust Survivor. He lost half his family and came here when he was 16 knowing no English. He had to make a life for himself and his family. Today, he volunteers for The United States Holocaust Museum once a week.

Allie: If you could have 3 celebs in your entourage, who would you choose and why?

Steph: Anna Kendrick, everyone tells me I look like her and she is awesome. Gal Gadot, because woman power. Channing Tatum, because he’s always been my man crush.

Allie: What is your favorite Jewish food?

Steph: My grandpa’s potato kugel and my mom’s noodle kugel – really all types of kugel.

Allie: What’s your favorite way to celebrate the Jewish New Year?

Steph: Being with my family. Eating lots of apples and honey.

Allie: Complete the sentence: When Jews of DC Gather…

Steph: They make and eat good food while kvelling or kvetching.

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Featured Event: Om Shalom Yoga

GTJ had a chance to speak with Zack Lodmer, founder of Om Shalom Yoga, which is currently being featured in DC.

What is Om Shalom Yoga?
Om Shalom Yoga is an experience which celebrates Jewish prayer through the moving meditation of a Vinyasa flow yoga class. This type of moving prayer gives participants an exalting, physical, mental, and spiritual way to deepen their experience. Working traditional versions of Jewish prayers into modern, electronica arrangements composed and recorded for this flow, Om Shalom Yoga creates the moving, rhythmic space and a unique spiritual opportunity to share life as G-d intended….in the present moment.

In addition to the electronica versions of the prayers, classes feature music from both emerging and established Jewish and Israeli artists, as well as inspiring, powerful, and uplifting songs from the popular and world music cannons. And musically, Om Shalom Yoga is anchored by my clarinet. I play songs, prayers, and other Jewish musical meditations throughout.
No seats, no books, no stress. Move. Pray. Yoga. Welcome, Namaste, and Shal-om!

Why did you decide to bring this program to DC?
A few months ago I was invited to participate in “The Conversaton: Jewish in America,” which is a program “intended to provide a safe and creative place for people from a wide span of religious, political and generational perspectives – but who share a love for the Jewish people and care about its history, survival and advancement – to meet, talk, and imagine together.”  More info is here.

When I accepted the invitation to participate, knowing that The Conversation would take place in Baltimore, I saw this as an opportunity to bring Om Shalom Yoga to the east coast.  Already having a lot of momentum and positive reception on the West Coast, I felt like the timing and opportunity were perfect.  So I started reaching out to different organizations in DC and Sixth & I was eager to put on the program.
When you’re not doing yoga, where will we find you? I’m a lawyer by day, so you can find me in my office or in court…..And if I’m not lawyering or practicing yoga, you can find me at homewith my wife and son, at the farmer’s market, at the beach, or making and recording music.

If we’ve never done yoga before, what is a good kind to start with?
I’m biased, but I think any and all yoga is beneficial.  From the yoga offered at your local gym, to Bikram yoga, and everything in between. Anything that you can do to quiet the mind, relax, and keep your body, mind, and soul engaged can only do good for you, for those around you, and for the world.

What does the future of Om Shalom Yoga hold?
In the next year, in addition to the East Coast jaunt (DC, Philly, and New York), Om Shalom Yoga will be conducting workshops in  San Francisco, Seattle, and some other cities TBA.  Also, I hope to release the full-length album of Om Shalom Yoga’s music.  Above and beyond that, I would love to see Om Shalom Yoga grow into its fullest potential….what exactly that means though, even I’m not sure because the project is still so new.

My biggest hope is that Om Shalom Yoga makes an impact in the Jewish community and beyond.  If I can turn a few people on to yoga that might not have come across it otherwise, then I feel like Om Shalom Yoga is a success.