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Well Ray Returns!

Mind the Mat hosts free Pilates classes on Mount Vernon Avenue. (Photos by Will Niccolls)

Alexandria, VA – Known for its top-rated fitness studios, holistic health professionals, and the neighborhood’s healthy vibe, Del Ray earned the nickname “Well Ray,” and that’s the inspiration behind the community’s annual health and wellness festival. After a two-year hiatus, Well Ray returns on Saturday, June 11, with the theme Igniting Wellness Through Movement.

The 7th Annual Well Ray Festival will take place on Mount Vernon Avenue in the heart of Del Ray. This free, family- and pet-friendly event features over 75 health and lifestyle-inspired vendors offering free fitness classes, demonstrations, and sample treatments such as health screenings, massages, acupuncture, physical therapy, nutritional assessments, and reiki energy treatments.

Here are The Zebra’s can’t miss festival picks:

Discover Your New Favorite Workout

Alexandria’s top fitness professionals will offer a variety of free 45-minute classes, including yoga, Pilates Boot Camp, HIIT Classes, boxing, Barre, cycling, dance classes, meditation, even a hula hoop class and 90s dance party. Visit for the complete schedule and free advance registration (but hurry – note that some classes have limited availability!).

Get the Whole Family Moving!

Well Ray features plenty of family-friendly activities to get the kids moving while having fun, including field day-style games and soccer challenges. Don’t miss the Crossfit Kids’ classes and family boxing lessons with Foundation Fitness!

Reach New Heights

After a sweat session during a free fitness class, reward yourself with a view from the top of a rock-climbing wall, fitness challenges, a dance party, or a fun photo zone.

Be A Ninja

PK Move brings obstacle courses to Well Ray.

Parkour — the sport of moving rapidly through urban environments, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing — was brought to Alexandria by the team at PK Move. The program creates a workout from any environment and has been proven to help reduce falls for seniors. Test your agility at their Well Ray course!

Connect Mind, Body, and Spirit

The wellness community in Del Ray firmly believes that wellness is more than just physical fitness. For a beginner mindfulness meditation, visit Mindful Modern Living, an online and in-person community hosting classes, workshops, retreats, and casual socializing events specializing in interpersonal relationship skills and mindfulness practices. Or let the vibrations of gongs, crystal bowls, and chimes wash over you during a Gong Sound Bath with Sound Wellness.

Bring Your Best Friend!

Learn more about canine fitness and conditioning with Wholistic Hound Academy. Alexandria’s first and only training and learning center for people and their dogs will demonstrate how dogs learn body awareness, increase balance, flexibility, muscle tone, strength, and build confidence. And wellness is not just for humans – bring your furry friend to K9ZENTIME for a mini-massage session. Learn how pups can release stress, tension, and tightness through dog massage.

Give Back

Celebrate health and wellness by helping save a life. The Inova Bloodmobile will be at the intersection of Mt. Vernon and Raymond Avenues, featuring a special giveaway. Visit for more information on donation requirements and to make your appointment.


Well Ray registration is free and available at All registrants will be entered into the Well Ray raffle to win great prizes, including gift certificates for athletic wear, MedSpa, Reiki, yoga, and more.

Well Ray takes place on Saturday, June 11, from 9 am to 2 pm on Mount Vernon Avenue between Hume and Raymond Avenues. It is free and open to all ages. Advance registration is available at Participants are encouraged to bring their mats and water bottles. The event is hosted by The Wellness District of the Del Ray Business Association and presented by The Jen Walker Team. For more information on available classes and more, visit

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