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Staff List

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Pleasance Silicki

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

Sydnea Lewis
Sydnea Lewis is an international graphic designer, registered yoga teacher and entrepreneur from New Orleans, Louisiana. With a professional background in fine arts, Sydnea has been able to use her innate creative abilities to hone in on the movement and stillness of the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga has been a part of her life for almost a decade, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat.

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.

Suzanne Muro
Suzanne Muro has been teaching private and group classes in the area since 2011 and has pursued advanced studies and mentorship in private teaching, anatomy and sequencing. She has led three teacher trainings. In her group classes, she emphasizes physical challenge, curiosity and accessibility. Expect a challenging class that cultivates strength and mobility that will bring tangible benefits to the student's everyday life.
Rajiv Dhar
Rajiv Dhar received his yoga teaching certification from Laughing Lotus in New York in 2011. He first began practicing to connect with his spiritual and cultural roots and reverse the effects of sitting at a desk and the other sedentary influences of modern life. Rajiv challenges his students to ground themselves in the present moment while working to mindfully create space and open the physical body for experiencing improved energy flow in daily life. He also maintains a regular meditation practice and has studied extensively at the Kadampa Meditation Center in NY and the Amitayus Buddhist Center in Philadelphia.
Jennifer O'Sullivan
After years of primarily practicing dynamic forms of yoga, Jennifer’s interest in and appreciation for Yin Yoga blossomed after the birth of her daughter. At a time when everything in her life was changing, the emphasis on receptivity and stillness in Yin Yoga offered a much-needed balance. Jennifer deeply believes in these methods, and in this program, she shares the tools that she uses every day to maintain steadiness and equilibrium in all aspects of her life.

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.

Vicki Goodman
Vicki is a licensed clinical social worker with 35 years experience as a psychotherapist and 25 years experience on the cushion, studying Insight Meditation. Vicki is a member of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) Teacher’s Council since 2008. She completed the Community Dharma Leaders Program in 2008 and the Dedicated Practitioners Program in 2013, both out of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in CA. She regularly practices yoga and sits meditation retreats.
Rexx Samuell
Rexx Anthony Samuell is a yoga teacher and trainer. He is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT-200-hour level and is a certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sport Medicine. Introduced to yoga while studying theatre and dance at university, Rexx started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2002, completing Primary Series in 2003 and Intermediate Series in 2006. Since 2008, Rexx's current practice includes Advanced A and Baddha Krama. He is one of only 10 teachers in America authorized to teach the Moon Sequence (Chandra Krama). Rexx has attended workshops with Matthew Sweeney, Richard Freeman, David Wililams, Godfrey Devereux, and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He studies regularly with his main teacher, Matthew Sweeney, in Bali.
Rexx is known for his clarity of instruction, his attention to an individual’s needs, and his emphasis on freedom through disciplined practice. His classes are sequenced based upon the needs of the students and draw heavily from an understanding of the principles of movement and progression. Through concentration on alignment within the postures, free breathing and directed gaze, the practices of yoga can be gateways to greater awareness which then seeps into other areas of one’s life.
Nolan Rodman
Born and raised in Cabin John, MD Nolan Rodman found the mat at the age of 17 after a soccer injury that required extensive therapy. After graduating from Salisbury University in 2011 he decided to do his first teacher training with Yandara Yoga in Bali studying under internationally recognized teacher Dylan Werner (worth checking out) and Shane-Christopher Perkins. By 24 he had over 500 hours of training and was teaching in DC/MD. In each class Nolan tries to get students to realize that true yoga doesn't happen on the mat, instead the lessons we learn should be taken off the mat and that is truly where the "practice" is.
Elise Foster

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.

Sarah Potthoff
Dr. Sarah Potthoff, DC
Women’s Health Chiropractor

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

Mary Hein
Mary received her RYT-200 Hatha Flow certification in 2015 through YogaYoga in Austin, Texas. Since completing her initial training, Mary has taught in Austin; Portland, Oregon; Washington, DC; and various settings around the world including rock gyms, breweries, hostels, beaches, and parks. Mary found her way to yoga after many years of dancing, and was naturally drawn towards vinyasa flow. Her flow based classes are designed to be welcoming and fun for all levels and will encourage you to challenge yourself, both mentally and physically, while maintaining a conscious and steady breath. Although most of her experience is in both teaching and practicing vinyasa, she recently completed a 50 hour continuing education course in yin yoga and is excited to incorporate this newfound knowledge into her classes.
Abby Dobbs
Abby was dragged along to her first yoga class at the age of 15 by her mother. Little did she know then, but yoga would change her life completely. Abby completed her first 200-Hour Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in 2008 – with no intention to teach. The Forrest Yoga Foundation Training changed Abby’s life course away from the pursuit of a PhD; she couldn’t leave the connection to spirit and community that yoga awakened within her. Inspired deeply by the practice of yoga, Abby has continued chasing her passion through many additional yoga trainings, including another 200-Hour Training with Natasha Rizopoulos of YogaWorks, and Advanced Teacher Trainings in Rocket Yoga, Forrest Yoga, and Yin Yoga. Abby attended Massage School in 2010 and is a practicing massage therapist and energyworker. She has continued to grow her fascination of the body through multiple bodywork trainings.

In Abby's classes you'll find intelligent sequencing and lots of individual attention and hands-on assists. Abby encourages her students to make deliberate and mindful choices in each moment - to listen & connect to their own inner wisdom through continuous, moment-to-moment self-inquiry. A Teacher's Teacher, Abby wrote, created, and taught her own 200-Hour Teacher Training, and runs Advanced Teacher Trainings in topics like Hands-On Assisting, Functional Anatomy, and Safe Sequencing.

Abby believes that yoga is not only deeply personal practice, but also a community - and that we can help to heal ourselves and others through the practice of yoga. Off the mat, Abby loves to read, cook, and bake, and is mom to three fabulous cats - Kitty Boo, Billy, & Pashmak.
Sumi Choi
Sumi is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She found yoga in 2007 in her hometown of Los Angeles, initially as a physical outlet from her stressful life in the finance world. Before long, she came to value the spiritual aspects of her practice. Almost a decade later, she decided to obtain her yoga certification.

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.

Sophia Spencer
Sophia Spencer received her teaching certificate in 2005. She went on to take more training and attended workshops with different master teachers. Sophia has been teaching Vinyasa Flow in DC and MD ever since. She taught at SEC, NASA and other government agencies, and she also taught three teacher trainings. Her classes are challenging yet accessible. She encourages students to explore their ability under her safe instruction and yet find their edge physically and mentally. Her focus is to help students build a stronger yoga practice and get all the benefits associated with a serious yoga practice.
Emily Miranda-Thompson
Comprehensive Pilates training - PhysicalMind Institute
E-RYT 200 - Yoga Sutra for Life
Yoga Therapy for Kids - Zenergy Yoga

Founder and owner of M Pilates and Yoga, LLC

Hal Ponder
Hal Ponder, an attorney and former diplomat, is a yoga teacher certified by the Yoga Alliance. He practices Sivananda yoga, which derives from Hatha yoga.

In addition to traditional yoga, Mr. Ponder also conducts classes in chair yoga and yoga for cancer patients.

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