Anna believes that if how you show up in life is how you show up on the mat, then why not do both happy. Yoga mediates polarities - dark and light, serious and fun - putting you at the center of your own experience. There is a joyful lightness to yoga that can often be forgotten, and using it can help you live gracefully and radiantly in your body. A Maryland native, she recently moved back from NYC where she completed her 200 hr teacher training at Sky Ting Yoga, dubbed the “go to yoga for hip New Yorkers”…she was not one of them. But she did fall in love with a style of teaching that incorporated multiple influences and traditions, constantly changing with the world around it. It’s your practice, your body, she is just there to set up the conditions for you to bring your own magic to both. Relax, it’s just yoga.
Michelle Brady is a mother of three who has been serving the growing families of the DC area for 8 years. Michelle is passionate about educating and empowering mothers. She has been a prenatal yoga teacher for over 5 years, a birth doula for 4 years and a childbirth educator for over 6 years. Michelle is also an Itsy Bitsy Baby Yoga facilitator as well as a Baby Signs Instructor.
Megan has been practicing yoga since 2003, beginning in New York City, moving to Southern California, and finally landing in the DC-metro area. She completed her 200 hour training at Mind the Mat in Alexandria, Virginia. Megan's style focuses on body and breath awareness; linking the external with the internal to help guide a positive experience for all practitioners. She believes that yoga and meditation can bring us all towards health and happiness and uses her background as a research biologist to weave modern scientific findings in with ancient traditions for a greater understanding of and connection with ourselves, our histories, and the world we live in. Megan can also be found teaching yoga (and snuggling kitties) at DC's first and only cat cafe and editing books about microbiology.
Stanley first started practicing yoga in Kazakhstan in 2003, and has been blessed to study with teachers in different parts of the world including the US, Japan and India. He has trained in hatha and vinyasa style yoga, and most recently received his 300 hour certification in the Jivamukti Yoga method and 200 hour certification from Buddha B Yoga. Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Stanley taught yoga in Portland, Oregon and Almaty, Kazakhstan. He continues to study and explore the many paths of yoga, and strives to root his practice and teaching first and foremost in kindness and compassion. Stanley holds master’s degrees in education and peace studies, and works for an international non-profit organization in downtown Washington, D.C.
Denese Cavanaugh, Mind Body Leader.Voted "Best teacher of the year 2014 & 2015" by Washington City Paper!Discovering the teachings of Beryl Bender Birch, famous author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga, Denese was awestruck. Denese has been an avid cyclist and NYC marathon runner for many years. Finding yoga as she puts it was the most profound gift she has ever received, and because of that she enjoys teaching and sharing the joys of yoga with her students / friends. She has practiced traditional yoga methods from Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Guruji Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It’s Denese’s beloved relationship with her Ashtanga practice that gives her the innate power to create yoga communities wherever she teaches. Students are drawn to her innate ability to simplify the roots of the yoga practice.Denese has led workshops and retreats in NYC, Italy, and Goa, India. She engages in philanthropic causes such as SaluteTheChildren.org, using the power of yoga to inspire fundraising efforts for vulnerable children with her annual 108 Sun Salute Challenge. She was a Yoga Alliance Delegate for the Washington, DC area 2011-2012. Her yoga styles include Mysore Ashtanga, Ashtanga Primary Series, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Prenatal, Restorative, Seniors and Kids Yoga.Her foundational yoga education includes: Vinyasa Yoga Certified and Registered with Yoga Alliance E-RYT500, Yoga Kids Training, Yoga Anatomy Training with Leslie Kaminoff and Prenatal Yoga Training.In addition to being a Yoga Therapist, she is the creator and founder of Mala Flow®, and creator and founder of iPATH® (Integral Postural Alignment Therapy).
Rachel Gooze began practicing yoga in 1998 when she tried a yoga class in college. Consciously connecting breath with movement has brought her peace ever since, during times of both ease and difficulty. She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Rexx Samuell, Valerie Grange, and Hari-kirtana Das in 2013. During pregnancy, Rachel continued her regular yoga and mindfulness practice and, after her daughter was born in February 2016, moving and breathing with the baby became a daily source of joy and discovery. This, in combination with her work as a public health researcher studying the well-being of early childhood educators, led her to feel called to bring yoga and meditation to caregivers (parents and teachers), babies, and children.
Dr. Ariele Foster (PT, DPT, E-RYT 500) is a doctor of physical therapy, a yoga teacher, founder of YogaAnatomyAcademy.com, and anatomy faculty for yoga trainings and 90Monkeys.com online continuing education. She has a passion for creative, intelligent yoga instruction and for making yoga anatomy accessible. Ariele grew up practicing with her grandmother, started studying optimal health as a teenager, and began teaching yoga in 2001. Her interdisciplinary classes (trained in Kripalu, Anusara, Vinyasa, YogaWorks and Therapeutics) are enriched by biomechanical smarts, therapeutic know-how, great playlists and humor. Dr. Foster specializes in manual and orthopedic physical therapy, including myofascial release, and incorporates yoga into physical therapy rehabilitation plans with an eye on functional movement and whole body medicine. She lives and treats patients in Washington, DC as well as leads yoga and yoga anatomy retreats around the world. Read Dr. Foster's blogs at http://sacredsourceyoga.com/ and http://yogaanatomyacademy.com ; stay connected at http://facebook.com/SacredSourceYoga ; facebook.com/YogaAnatomyAcademy and instagram.com/ariele_superstar
Angela believes that yoga can improve all aspects of one’s life and should, therefore, be lighthearted, fun, and accessible to all. She began practicing yoga in 2007 to relieve the stress of a new job and become more physically active but found so many more benefits. Angela completed her 200-hour teacher training at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC and has completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Corina Brenner in Philadelphia. In addition to her yoga practice, Angela is a marathoner and trail runner. She recently completed her first ultra-marathon and credits her yoga practice with helping to keep her strong, flexible, and injury free.
Sarah Hull stepped into her first asana class back in 2007 and has maintained a practice since. From the teachings of her senior CIYTs and svadhyaya, Sarah offers classes focused on balance, strength, and alignment to explore the yogic principles of sithra and sukha – strength and ease. In her classes, Sarah looks to honor and share the teachings of her teachers, their teachers, and inspire others.
Dhyana Delatour’s practice is based on a holistic and integrative approach to healing the body, mind and spirit. In 1995, Dhyana became a Reiki practitioner, and acquired the knowledge of the ancient therapeutic art of ‘hands on healing’. Dhyana has completed various certifications in yoga. In 2006, she became a Registered Yoga Teacher. She is also certified in Children’s Yoga and has completed an extensive workshop with Sonia Sumar, Yoga for the Special Child, Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Teacher with Genevieve Yellin and Silver Age Yoga for seniors. She recently completed the 500 Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT) with Integrated Yoga Therapy, Joseph and Lillian Le Page. Dhyana’s continued yoga studies supports her belief that yoga is for everyone bringing a sense of harmony, peace and compassion to one’s life journey. Born in Bogota’, Colombia, her native country, Dhyana spent most of her youth in the Washington, DC area before moving to Africa where she raised her family and earned a B.Sc. in sociology. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Creole and is a creative reflection of all three cultures. .
Alexandria Hall, 200-hour RYT, is an Inspirational Yoga Teacher. She took her first Yoga class as an elective in college and found it to be grounding. She is at heart somewhat of a gypsy, flowing through lots of changes. Yoga helped ground her and gave her peace throughout her journey. After years of working in Miami, NYC and Boston in the corporate world she left everything in 2013 to follow her passion of teaching yoga in hopes to inspire her students to live courageously. With each practice, Alexandria wants her students to feel calm and grounded, to give them a practice that creates space for them to heal within, and to connect to their divine self. She uses her voice to soothe souls through centering, allowing each student to begin practice more present than when first entering. She stays true to her Vinyassa roots by creating sequences with soulful sounds that range from Otis Redding to Krishna Das, allowing each student to find moments of peace and clarity. She encourages her students to flow at their own pace, reminding them that this time is for them. Alexandria believes that the most important aspect of yoga is "The time spent on the mat is about the student, not the teacher or anyone else. It's about leaving everything outside and trusting something greater which brought them to the mat and allowing them the space to discover that. She wants to share a piece of her soul with her students, soften their hearts, to allow them to feel non-judged, being their authentic self. And inspiring them to build confidence in trusting that they have everything they need within themselves already." For more information, please follow Alexandria's IG Account @bohemianspirithero
Jarrick Browner’s yoga practice developed from the desire to find a great full-body workout so he tried yoga. Jarrick began practicing Ashtanga in traditional Mysore format. Jarrick, graduated from the 200-hour teacher training at Yoga District where he was certified in Dharma, Power, and creating sequences of his own. He now teaches a mesh of Power and Dharma with an Ashtanga feel. Because he acknowledges how the cultural impacts effects the body, Jarrick "Americanized" the practice, he chooses poses accessible to a various body types and conditions for an all-levels class. He offers workshops on alignment, chakras, inversions, Ayurvedic Theory, and more.
Sean Fraser has been practicing yoga for over a decade and started practicing while he was studying Theatre Performance and Circus Skills at the University of South Florida.
Sean became certified with Karma Kids Yoga in 2008 and received his 200-hr certification from Flow Yoga Center. He has since completed several more Karma Kids to stay up to date on the fun and creative world of Kids Yoga.
Sean incorporates circus skills and puppetry. Every one of his kids classes includes yoga, breathing and gratitude for themselves and others.
Marina began a consistent yoga practice in 2002 becoming captivated through self-practice guided by David Swenson’s Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual. Soon thereafter she studied Bikram yoga with Marlon McGann, more recently Iyengar yoga with Terence Ollivierra & John Schumacher and Ashtanga yoga with Rexx Samuell. Having the desire to deepen her practice and understand more about this thing called ‘yoga’, she completed the 200-Hr Buddha B Yoga Teacher Training Program in Washington, D.C., and is thankful to have had such wonderful instruction by Rexx Samuell, Valerie Samuell, and Hari-kirtana das. She is grateful to her other inspiring teachers: Kristen Krash, Antonella Accinelli, & Krista Block. Marina hopes to share with others the joy that yoga has brought to her life.
Beth’s piano teacher consistently repeated the mantra “practice makes better” but she never understood the profound nature of the phrase until she started practicing yoga. Like many yogis, Beth’s entry point was through a physical hatha practice. Once she committed to a home-grown asana practice and incorporated spiritual teachings, meditation and a vegetarian diet - indeed, life got better. Long-held fears and discursive patterns slowly began to fade. Thanks to her beloved teachers and satsang, she fell into the deep and nourishing well of wisdom teachings and practices. While inspired by many mystical, devotional and intellectual traditions, her primary interests are recognizing and applying the infinite manifestations of Love in the world. Beth lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and teaches Jivamukti and yin yoga.
Allison Tepper is a Registered Dietitian in the DC Metro area. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Syracuse University and completed her dietetic internship at the Pennsylvania State University. Allison also holds a Masters degree in Health Promotion Management with a concentration in Health Communication from American University in Washington, DC. Allison is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals through an overall lifestyle approach that is unique to each individual. Her focus is on creating healthy lifestyle changes through mindful eating. Taking care of yourself through exercise, a welcoming attitude towards your body, adequate sleep and healthy eating are all components of living a healthy life and her goal is to help individuals and groups find what works best for their personal lifestyles and needs..
Susan has been committed to an alignment based Hatha and Iyengar yoga practice for over a dozen years. Her practice has been an insightful and compassionate guide to cultivating balance, flexibility and strength in all aspects of her life. Susan completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Simon Says Yoga and looks forward to sharing her experience and enthusiasm for healthy movement with you.
Julia started practicing yoga in 2012 as complements to her daily workout regime. When she found herself at her first heated power yoga class, she found something that was physically and mentally challenging but also enlightening, humbling, electrifying, and energizing. She mainly practiced Baptiste and Vinyasa style classes, and dabbled in the occasional Rocket class led by Maggie Lively. She was curious about this thing called Ashtanga yoga and Mysore but never practiced it until June of 2014 when she signed up for her 200hr Teacher Training with David C. Kyle and Marie Belle Perez Rivera in Progressive Ashtanga Yoga. She completed a nine month apprentenship at Little River Yoga in June 2015 under the guidance of Stair Calhoun, and she has also completed 200 hours of Rocket Yoga training with David C. Kyle. She's been blessed to have been taught by so many amazing teachers such as David Ingalls, David C. Kyle, Marie Belle, Stair Calhoun, and Maggie Lively!
Rachel first started taking yoga classes intermittently over 10 years ago as part of her dance training. After returning more seriously to her practice a few years ago to study with Eric Schwarz, she attended two of Eric’s retreats during the summer of 2015 that brought to her awareness just how much she needed yoga in her life. As a dancer and personal trainer, Rachel’s relationship with movement and physical practices has always been at the root of her identity and yoga became the vehicle she was seeking to balance and bind her experiences together with a spiritual grounding. She found in yoga the peace she now seeks to create in herself and others. She hopes to share with her students the beautiful reward of balancing effort with acceptance, and fire with surrender, while maintaining a rigorous alignment focused practice. She believes in providing challenges that encourage stepping out of one’s comfort zone while simultaneously creating an environment of acceptance and non-judgement. She approaches all instruction with a creative spirit.
Eric recently completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Mass. He found yoga (or, rather, yoga found him) a few years ago and he has been hooked ever since. After making several visits to Stockbridge for weekend programs, Kripalu became an obvious choice when he decided to take the plunge into yoga teaching. He believes passionately in the power of Kripalu Yoga to connect mind and body, and inspire open-heartedness and self-discovery. A DC-area resident since 1994 (with a detour to Charlottesville from 2009-15), Eric lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife, two teenage sons, and dog Milo. He has found that practicing yoga off the mat has been very valuable while raising teenagers!
JColleen Dunn, RYT 200, completed her training at Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga in Alexandria, Virginia. Originally from Florida, Colleen was a professional educator in the public school system for almost ten years, where she developed a love of teaching and working with students from all backgrounds. She trained, performed, and competed in dance for over twenty years, in addition to coaching and teaching dance in public schools. Colleen loved the outlet for expression and joy that dance provided through movement of the body. However, when introduced to yoga, she was delighted to discover physical movement that guides the body in mindful ways not driven by competition and performance. Through her practice and teacher training, Colleen deepened her understanding of yoga by diving into the study of pranayama, and other aspects of yoga that do not necessarily focus only on the physical poses of asana. Colleen provides welcoming and nonjudgemental space for students in her classes. She hopes that through breath and intuitive movement, students find well-being and a place of peacefulness in their own practice. When not in a yoga class, Colleen can be found gardening, reading, enjoying the outdoors, and snuggling with any animal that will tolerate her.
Cynthia Kane teaches the skill of Intentional Communication. She is a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor and her last book How To Communicate Like a Buddhist was published by Hierophant Publishing in April 2016. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, BBC Travel, Yoga Journal, Refinery29, Woman’s Day, Pregnancy Magazine, and the Huffington Post. She lives in Washington, DC and offers workshops and private programs. Visit her at www.cynthiakane.com.
Alston is a North Carolinian expat, who has been living in DC for 22 years. With degrees in fine and graphic arts, Alston has always been a student of the amazing and beautiful world we live in and of its infinite possibility. For more than a decade, she has brought that wonder and joy to the study and teaching of yoga. She draws from a variety of schools of ancient and modern yoga to create a fusion of heart, mind, and body.
Alston finds yoga the perfect means to balance and align her current worlds of graphic design and motherhood — helping herself and others in her classes — to find stillness, strength, and calm amidst the crazy of our modern times.
With our exceptional teachers, a class at Washington Yoga Center, will leave you calm and looking forward to your next practice. Through a variety of yoga styles, large offering of classes throughout the day, and many level options, you are sure to find what your body and mind seek, right here at Washington Yoga Center.
Unity Woods DC studio is now co-located with us on the 4th floor. Both studios are working together with our respective students for the benefit of the Washington DC yoga community.