Pastel Drawing. Reston resident Carol Berman will help students to learn the medium and improve drawing skills on Thursday mornings, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at her Reston studio. Cost is $15 per session. Call 703-437-9068.

Art Classes. Artist Lassie Corbett is offering classes for children and adults at Herndon Old Town Gallery-A Place to Paint, 720 Lynn St., Herndon. Beginning and Advanced Watercolor classes are offered, day and evening. Oriental brush painting on Thursday afternoons in a combined class for beginners and advanced students. Special weekend workshops in mixed media and collage. Call 703-435-1888. Visit

Buddhist Meditation Classes. Participants will find "inner peace through gaining a practical understanding of the mind." Classes are conducted by Dr. Meggie Byrne, M.D. of Vajrayogini Buddhist Center and include guided meditations, Buddhist teaching, Q&A and refreshments on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Brown's Chapel, Brown's Chapel Road, Reston. A $10 donation is suggested. Call 202-294-8156 or visit

Gentle Adult Yoga Classes. Classes are held in Reston at Brown's Chapel. Beginners level. Class schedule is ongoing. Mondays, from 7-8:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 7:30-9 p.m. Simple breathing, stretching and deep relaxation techniques are taught. Cost is $60/monthly. Family yoga classes forming for the fall. Call for more information and registration at 703-476-2827.

Lamaze Childbirth Classes. Certified Lamaze instructor at the YMCA in Reston. A series of five classes are offered on Tuesday nights, from 7-9 p.m. Call 703-631-4629 for a schedule and to register.

Gentle Hatha Yoga. Classes for beginners and those who would prefer to remain at a Gentle level are offered Saturdays, 12-1:30 p.m., at Brown's Chapel. Cost is $50 for five classes; $12 for drop in. Weekday daytime and evening classes are available in private studio in Reston. Call 703-787-0268.

ESL Courses. Reston Community Center offers English as A Second Language (ESL) courses for adults with beginning to intermediate levels of proficiency in English. The courses will cover basic grammar, conversation, pronunciation and writing. Classes are targeted to people age 16 and older. Students are required to take a free Assessment Test before they can attend a class. The fee is $20 for people who live or work in Reston and $87 for all others. For information on assessment testing, class locations, dates and times, call the Reston Community Center at 703-476-4500 (TTY/V).

Meditation. Learn how to improve physical health and state of mind through easy to learn Buddhist meditation techniques. Classes taught by Dr. Meggie Byrne, MD of Vajrayogini Buddhist Center on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, from 7-8:30 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation. Brown's Chapel, near Baron Cameron Ave., Reston. Call 202-294-8156 for details or visit

Self-Defense. Classes meet every Sunday at the Reston YMCA, from 4-5:30 p.m. Other classes meet 1-2 hours twice a week: Wednesday, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturdays, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The program is recognized by the Police Martial Arts Association and the American Jujitsu Association. For information on classes, call 703-435-3824, or the YMCA program manager, Todd Morris, at 703-742-8800.

Wee Play. A weekly activity class for ages 2-3 and their parents. Sing songs, make crafts, play with balls, hoops, and paddles, shake the parachute and enjoy a snack. Classes are held at the Classical Ballet Academy in Herndon on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sessions are 10 weeks and cost $90. Call Kathy Brennan to register at 703-403-8699.