Pleasance Silicki is an entrepreneur, coach, creator, teacher, author and magic-maker. She is the founder of lil omm , a wellness and lifestyle movement that leads courses, workshops, retreats, using wisdom traditions and modern research to enhance our daily lives. Lil omm is a community of people who thrive to live well and nourish all the relationships in their lives. Pleasance’s life mission is to inspire communities and create meaningful connections for human beings through yoga, play, meditation, journaling, reflection, laughter, and honest conversations..
Pleasance has been a teacher in various forms for more than fifteen years, working in yoga studios, public and private school and University classrooms, and all size workshops and retreats. Her background includes collaborations with other social entrepreneurs and community organizations.
As co- founder of The National Kids Yoga Conference, Holistic Moms DC, and Septima Clark Public Charter School, Pleasance is an active and empowered creator who engages in meaningful projects that bring people together. She is currently on the board of Tenleytown Main Streets Program and Fitscene, a women’s fitness movement. She has taught at George Mason University and American University and published her first book in April, 2016 called Delight: Eight Principles for Living with Joy And Ease.
Pleasance currently lives, creates and loves in Washington, DC, with her partner of 21 years and two children, spreading love, magic, and glitter to those around her. You can find her online at www.lilomm.com.
200-hr Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Focusing on Diversity - Yoga District, DC
20-hr Budding Yogis Certification - Circle Yoga, DC
20-hr Teaching Yoga to Kids with Special Needs - Every Kids Yoga w/ Craig Hanauer
With the certifications Sydnea has attained so far she has been able to move, touch and inspire not only the lives of children in schools but adults as well. Currently she teaches a variety of classes throughout the DMV area to all ages and backgrounds in various styles - including Baptiste’s Power, Vinyasa and a Flow inspired by Sri Dharma Mittra. She truly believes that yoga can be for everyone and is striving to share that with the world.
Jennifer has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for more than a decade after completing her first yoga training in 2004. She is one of only 21 endorsed Insight Yoga teachers worldwide. Developed by Sarah Powers, one of the most senior Yin Yoga teachers, Insight Yoga is a heart-centered approach that interweaves the insights and practices of Yin and Yang Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology. Jennifer has also studied Yin Yoga with its founder Paul Grilley and Biff Mithoefer.
Jennifer is a dedicated Dharma student and regularly attends practice retreats at Bhante Gunaratana’s Bhavana Society. She received the Five Mindfulness Trainings and her Dharma name, Peaceful Family of the Heart, from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Elise, inspired by her yoga teaching grandmother, began practicing yoga at a young age. In 2011, Elise "flew" for the first time at Meridian Hill Park and immediately fell in love with AcroYoga and its lineage of 3 different elements - yoga, acrobatics, and the healing arts. Apart from AcroYoga, she is also certified in Tantra Hatha Vinyasa yoga, Reiki, and Thai massage. Elise aims to bring to others the joy, power and healing energy that yoga and AcroYoga brought into her life. Like nothing else she has experienced, AcroYoga has the ability to transform lives - it can free one's playful spirit, create community, and cultivate trust and communication.
Dr Potthoff has a diverse background in chiropractic, sports rehabilitation, and women’s health education. She has worked with high level athletes at the Naval Academy, active military personnel at Walter Reed, as well as with underserved populations in Africa. Having worked within a progressive integrative clinical setting for over 6 years she has not only been able to pursue her passion of providing patients with heartfelt evidence based care, she has been able to work closely with primary care physicians, nutritionists, acupuncturists, and other wellness specialists. All of these experiences are highly influential in her approach to human movement and for treating the musculoskeletal system.
Dr. Potthoff has a deep understanding of what it takes to keep people moving functionally and pain free. She is trained in several methodologies, DNS (functional movement), Webster (prenatal), and Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehabilitation, as well as graston soft tissue treatment.
As a former Division I basketball player and olympic weightlifter, she knows what can go wrong and the mechanisms and patterns that further exacerbate those problems. Dr. Potthoff’s training, clinical work, and sports background have also been highly influential in her approach to maintaining and restoring functionality in our movement throughout the various stages of our lives. Add personal mission statement
Sumi has dabbled in various styles of yoga, but has felt most at home within the Ashtanga tradition. Her alignment based flow classes are powerful and breath centered, true to her Vinyasa and Ashtanga background. She values anatomical precision and mindfulness in her sequencing. She has most recently studied with Jason Crandell.
Founder and owner of M Pilates and Yoga, LLC
In addition to traditional yoga, Mr. Ponder also conducts classes in chair yoga and yoga for cancer patients.