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Neva Ingalls
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Neva Ingalls has been on the journey of Yoga since her teenage years when she was initiated into Raj Yoga by her first and most important teacher Prem Rawat (Maharaji). Immersed in a lifelong study of classical ballet, Martha Graham technique and various forms of Jazz and international dance, Neva came to the Vinyasa practice later, in the late 1980’s, when introduced to simple breath guided sequences supported by bandhas, by a teacher who studied in India with Sri Krishnamacharya, the father of most of the asana practice lineages we know in the west. Not realizing the power and significance of these techniques before they were generally known, Neva nonetheless practiced them diligently and experienced spontaneous flow sequences that arose from her personal practice. Neva studied daily with yogis, such as Micheline Berry, Mark Stephens, Lauren Peterson, Max Strom and later, Shiva Rae and Annie Carpenter. She also practiced Ashtanga Yoga with Lauren Peterson and Chuck Miller, and completed Ashtanga teacher training with David Swenson in 2001. Neva is E-RYT500 and certified Yoga Therapist with IYAT, and developed the Yoga Alliance registered, Inner Domain 5 Element 200/300/500 Yoga Teacher Training School in 2006. She has been leading trainings and retreats in the USA and abroad since, and many gifted graduates are now successfully teaching in the Washington DC area or wherever they have moved. In Neva’s classes you can expect the challenge to be as much about letting go, as about applying effort and the latter will be encouraged with total balanced awareness arising from breath awareness. Neva’s sequences are spontaneous and creative and incorporate other movement healing systems such as Feldenkrais and Qi Gong. Neva’s studies continue and now include a certification in Ayurveda through Dr Frawley’s American Vedic Institute. Find out more about Neva and her offerings at www.innerdomain.org.
 
Alice Wylie
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Alice has been teaching yoga in the DC area since 2004 and is an E-RYT500 through Yoga Alliance. She received her training through Tranquil Space and Hot Yoga. Alice received her B.S. in Ballet and French from Indiana University and continued to dance professionally in ballet, modern, and contemporary companies for over 12 years, touring, performing, and teaching internationally. Her varied experiences with dance, for which she is deeply grateful, have helped inform and influence all of her teaching.
 
Dhyana Delatour
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Dhyana has been teaching vinyasa flow since 2007. Whether she is teaching in English, French or Spanish, Dhyana always guides her students in a safe sequence using props and modifications, as needed.

In May, 2017, Dhyana completed the 800 Hour Certificate with Integrative Yoga Therapy with Joseph and Lillian Le Page. She is a Certified-International Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT.

Dhyana's yoga therapy sessions encompass a wide range of physical and psycho-emotional challenges. Her main motive is to improve the health and well being of her clients by incorporating yoga philosophy and yoga therapeutic techniques to both relax and strengthen their body, mind and spirit.

Some of these techniques include body scans, pranayama, asana, restorative yoga, somatics, Joint Freeing Series, yoga nidra, mudras, visualization, guided imagery, meditation and affirmations.

Denese Cavanaugh
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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. She is able 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).
 
Ronnie Jersky
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Ronnie has enjoyed a 30 year career as a traditional teacher, teacher mentor, and curriculum specialist. Concurrently, she was and remains a personal fitness trainer and group exercise teacher. In 2002, while visiting family in Philadelphia, Ronnie attended a yoga class led by internationally acclaimed yoga master Baron Baptiste and her whole perspective of mental and physical body transformation immediately changed. Having pursued myriad teacher trainings with the yoga world community’s highly reputed yoga teachers over the years, Baron remains her most inspiring influence. Ronnie incorporates her dedication to breath work, alignment precision, playfulness, and creativity in her challenging and accessible vinyasa flow sequences. She encourages hard work and lightheartedness throughout one’s yoga practice, the “sthira and sukha” of all poses and one’s life. Ronnie’s forte is her attention to every client’s amplification and modification needs within an all level’s class. She creates classes from an intuitive and organic perspective. Spiritual connectivity and laughter can be found in every practice. Yoga practice is a true celebration of who we are and the more we practice, the more we learn to live abundantly and courageously. Ronnie believes that there is a trustworthy road through whatever life brings. Loving yourself will help you find it. Yoga will help you find the love.
 
Rebecca Kanin
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Becca completed her 200-hour RYT training at Hot Yoga, in Washington D.C. After rowing in college and long distance running for years, Becca found yoga as a great balance to the competitive strain on her body. Becca focuses her classes on breath and alignment. Come to her class ready to work hard or to take a break from your day. Becca grew up in the DC area and lived in New England for ten years before moving back to D.C. to escape the long winters.
Sara Curtin
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Sara Curtin began practicing yoga in order to explore the ever-changing relationship between mind and body, and deepen the bond with her breath. As a professional singer and musician she searched for ways to strengthen (and relax) a body often challenged by physical fatigue. She quickly discovered the healing properties of the breath that yoga facilitates through movement and strength. Sara is dedicated to sharing the power of the breath to build an open body and focused mind. In Sara's class, you will increase strength, flexibility, and have fun! Sara has her 200hr teaching certification
 
Caroline Joss
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Caroline is a member of our front desk staff.
Alston Taggart (sub)
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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.

 

Eileen Schwartz Reyna
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Eileen Reyna is an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E- RYT) through Yoga Alliance. She began studying yoga in 1997 and became certified in 2008 with Hot Yoga USA. Eileen has studied under many teachers in several traditions, including Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Anusara and Baptiste Yoga. From countless practice hours on her mat, Eileen brings a creative passion for the practice to each of her classes. Eileen teaches in a Vinyasa style, fluidly moving from posture to posture, creating a supportive environment that is adaptable to the beginner, as well as to the advanced student. Her practice is breath centered, with a strong focus on alignment and development of core strength. Eileen holds a B.S. in Dance from Skidmore College and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore school of Law and has worked as an attorney, a professional contemporary dancer and arts fundraiser. She is a native Washingtonian and lives in Bethesda with her husband and two beautiful children. Follow Eileen on her website http://www.eileenreynayoga.com/.
 
Nancy Fleitell
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Nancy is a member of our front desk staff.
Lisa Marie Riggins
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Susan Hanan
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Susan Hanan (E-RYT, 500) received her ISHTA training in 2001 in New York City under Alan Finger. She is known for teaching well-sequenced, creative classes that focus on strength, flexibility, balance and alignment. Her teaching style is strongly influenced by her personal Iyengar practice of many years. Susan believes that alignment is the key to a sustainable and life-long practice and works closely with her students to help each and every one find success on their mat. In 2007 and 2008 she had the privilege of teaching weekly yoga classes at the White House to First Lady Laura Bush. Susan enjoys her personal practice and learning from others, as much as she enjoys assisting her students.
 
Sara Lubeck
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Sara Lubeck has enjoyed a yoga practice in varying forms for the last two decades. She has been influenced by many teachers and students along the way, but cites Max Strom as being the most influential. She strives to teach students to breathe deeply, find healthy alignment, fluid movement, awareness of self, and fun in her classes and hopes students will continue their practice when they leave the studio. She believes that our yoga practice can enliven us and awaken a connection to ourselves and everything around us. Sara's class is intended to be safe and healing for the body, mind, and spirit. Her classes are taught without music, focus on breath and alignment, and incorporate long holds and vinyasa style movement.
 
Audrey Roxas
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Audrey has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and initially sought it as a way to take a break from the daily work pressures. As her practice matured, she has also realized the spiritual and quieting benefits of yoga – the ability to stop the chatter and just be still. Certified at the 500 hour level, her classes are fun, dynamic, and challenging. They are focused on building strength and stability (aiming for form versus depth) but offers plenty of room for students to work on expanding their own practice. With her continued desire to share her practice, she is also certified in the healing art of Thai Yoga (assisted yoga) and Restorative Yoga (through Judith Hanson Lasater). She attributes her love for yoga, her center, and grounding from all the wonderful teachers she has and had.
 
Dena Kahn
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Dena is trained in Kripalu Yoga, completing her 200 hour and a portion of her 500 hour trainings at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health under the guidance of Priti Robyn Ross, Devarshi Steven Hartman, Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, and other expert Kripalu teachers. In addition, Dena is certified in Curvy Yoga through Anna Guest Jelley. Although currently focused on adults, Dena spent several years teaching teens and elementary school children yoga and meditation. She continues to learn through extended workshops and trainings from her Kripalu teachers and others. Dena has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for 6 years. She teaches slower paced classes that focus on breath awareness, building strength, and increasing stability and mobility. Her teaching is guided by the beliefs that yoga connects you with your own innate wisdom, provides exceptional practices for living a full and happy life, and is accessible for every kind of body. Dena's classes are both inviting for new students and satisfying for experienced practitioners. Dena lives a short-walk from the studio with her husband, twin daughters, dog, and cats.
 
Jen Dryer
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Jen is a native New Yorker who moved to DC in 2009, after 14 years of living and practicing yoga in NYC. She began her journey into yoga in 1996 to help combat the stress of life as a NYC public school teacher, and since then has made yoga an integral part of her world. She completed a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training in 2006, where she was trained to teach in both Prana Flow yoga and power yoga styles. Now a mother of 2, she has become well-trained on how to modify for pregnancy and post-partum yoginis. She has taught yoga to children, teens, expectant mamas and adults and loves sharing what yoga has given her. Her teachings embrace creative flow sequences and mindful movement, while retaining attention to alignment and breathing practices that you can easily bring with you off the mat. Her classes allow her students the chance to strengthen, lengthen, relax and let go of daily stresses. Her yoga teaching influences include Shiva Rea, Lauren Hanna, Jonathan Fields, Twee Merrigan, David Regelin, Jessica Lazar and Rob Hess.
 
Sandy Kavalier
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Sandy began practicing yoga in 2001 as part of physical therapy after a bicycle accident. She has studied both Iyengar and vinyasa styles of yoga and has found a comfortable blend of the two in her teaching. Sandy has completed two 200 hour teacher trainings; her first with Hot Yoga USA in 2005 her most recent with Max Strom in 2015 and is ERYT certified. She has studied with Annie Carpenter, Erich Schiffman, Jamie Elmer, David Keil, Leslie Kaminoff, and Doug Keller. Sandy has 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. She lives in Chevy Chase with her supportive, loving, and understanding husband of 44 years who makes her laugh at least once a day. Visit Sandy's website at www.sandykavalieryoga.com. Sandy’s level 2/3 class is designed for students who have a consistent practice. The class is a breath-initiated, alignment based, slow flow sprinkled with opportunities to learn and practice arm balances and increase core strength. Sandy offers both modifications and challenges throughout class. With a strong understanding of anatomy and kinesiology, Sandy breaks down the poses into understandable, attainable actions. Understanding the actions of the poses makes the practice interesting, fun, and safe. Sandy emphasizes a sense of adventure and encourages her students to respect their limits and be patient as they grow their practice with care, over time. Each class includes time at the wall dedicated to explore arm balances or take a rest. The class ends with floor-time to stretch it all out. Students will leave class feeling both energized and calm.
 
Rhiannon Landesberg
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Rhiannon is a Washington DC based yoga teacher, where she shares her deep passion for the practices of yoga and mindfulness full-time to children and adults in schools, studios and community settings. She completed her yoga teacher training with Faith Hunter, whose spiritually fly teachings have inspired her to lead her life from a place of authenticity and love. Regardless of age or experience level, Rhiannon's classes cultivate a sense of play, freedom, compassion, creativity and connection to the self and the world around us. Join her for a moderately challenging, yet restorative, music inspired vinyasa flow class. Rhiannon is a certified instructor by the Yoga Alliance.
 
David Ingalls
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David became certified to teach Transcendental Meditation in 1972 and has been teaching ever since! He first began the practice of Ashtanga in 1994 and soon after went to Mysore, India to study with Pattabhi Jois (founder of Ashtanga). He also studied in India with the renowned Adviata sage and author Ramesh Balsekar, A.G. Mohan, and his wife Indra (students of master Krishnamacharya). He is the first person In DC to be certified in the Svastha system. Currently David likes to combine the awareness of the breath work of Svastha with the physical form of Ashtanga.
 
Geneva Moss
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At the age of twenty, Geneva's first teacher impressed upon her the long term benefits of yoga as choices to increase health and well being. Through the following years her practice has come to embrace the richness of the totality of yoga as her dharma. The wisdom and practice of yoga resonate with Geneva to the core of her being. She commits herself and her teaching to the study and exploration of the self through the practice of Tantra Hatha Yoga. Geneva began teaching yoga internationally in 2005, and is a certified ParaYoga teacher and registered 500-hour Yoga Alliance teacher. Her classes create the opportunity to explore balance and stability within the fire of effort. Geneva's students experience a personal, committed and connected practice with intelligent sequencing, curiousity and the balance of humor and depth. Geneva's goal in teaching is to help her students be empowered and connect mind, body and energy and bring awareness to their own inner teacher. She continues to study extensively with her teachers Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Geneva writes, travels, and offers the light and wisdom of yoga and meditation both in private and public classes, workshops, festivals, and retreats. Prior to teaching yoga, Geneva was a successful technology consultant and business development specialist and manager. Geneva resides in the DC Metro area with her family.
 
Sarah Hull
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Sarah, a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), stepped into her first asana class back in 2007 and started attending Iyengar yoga classes in 2009. Sarah offers classes focused on balance, strength, and alignment to explore the yogic principles of sithra and sukha – strength and ease. She maintains regular study with her mentor Doerthe Braun and further ongoing study with senior teachers including Manouso Manos, Lois Steinberg, and John Schumacher. In her classes, Sarah looks to honor and share the teachings of her teachers, their teachers, and inspire others.
 
Sun Kim
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Sun started practicing yoga regularly in 2007 in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. She was immediately drawn into it, noticing the transformations she experienced in her body, mind, and heart. She is an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and has studied with numerous master teachers such as Jason Crandell, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Natasha Rizopolous to expand her practice and teaching skills. Sun leads breath-focused, challenging vinyasa sequences while reminding students to deepen and nurture their practices with safety and alignment in mind. She invites students to gaze inward and empower their physical, mental, and emotional bodies through the connection of asanas (poses) and pranayama (breath). When off the mat, she fosters and molds the minds of local elementary school students as an ESOL teacher in MCPS.
 
Cristina Sanchez
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Mariana Matias
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Emily Star (sub)
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Emily is one of our guest teachers.
Laura Narayani
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Laura received her Sivananda Yoga teacher certification in 2006. She enjoys working with seniors, children and everyone in-between. Her classes focus on relaxation and renewal. Narayani is also a trained meditation leader, Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, certified in Energy Medicine and Touch for Health, and trained in Non-Violent Communication.
Denise Rowe
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Denise is a a certified Iyengar yoga instructor and registered with Yoga Alliance at the RYT 200 level. Denise began her yoga practice in the early 80's and soon realized the benefits of a consistent practice on the mind, body & spirit. As a practicing attorney everyday stress soon became the norm and yoga was her quiet respite from the demands of a busy career. Her practice for the past 20 years has been in the Iyengar tradition. Over the last 10 years, Denise has taught private classes and workshops and in 2013 she made the commitment to teach 3 classes per week and immediately realized the joy of the classroom. Denise has studied with many senior Iyengar teachers over the last 20 years, including studies at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India with the Iyengars. However, her primary teacher is John Schumacher to whom she remains grateful for opening her heart and mind to the importance of a strong foundation upon which to build a yoga practice. 
Pleasance Silicki
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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.

Michael Peterson
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Michael first experienced meditation without knowing it while playing the drums as a teenager, completely absorbed in the moment. Years later, while living in New York City, Michael was dragged into his first yoga class against his will. His perspective shifted, though, during this first class and he realized he had found a home. It was the first time he had experienced quiet in the midst of the hectic, whirling, New York City environment. Michael believes that this sense of calm is our natural state and the practices of yoga can and do take us there.
Michael is a Professional Level 500-hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher. He received his 200-hr teaching certification from Yoga to the People in NYC and is a Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance. Michael teaches private clients, group classes, teacher trainings and workshops across the DC Metro Area. He holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Boston University and has studied dance, the Alexander Technique, and is certified in Reiki Level 1. He draws on his experience in this range of modalities, particularly the Alexander Technique, to broaden and deepen the yoga experience for his students.
Rexx Samuell
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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.
Julia Le (sub)
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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!
Megan Angelini (sub)
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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.
Chanel Duncan (sub)
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Chanel Duncan, RYT-200, received her certification from Mind the Mat Studio in Alexandria, VA. Since being introduced to practice at the age of 12, it has become a life long love that has healed her both spiritually and physically. Bikram, Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa, and Rocket yoga have become anchors in her busy life. She became an instructor because she wants others to receive the gifts and peace that yoga has provided her. Chanel’s classes integrate humor, meditation, yogic philosophy, anatomy, and strength building.
Michelle Brady
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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.
Stanley Currier
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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.
Rachel Gooze
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Rachel found yoga in 1998 and has explored the practice in many forms, finding it deeply beneficial during times of both ease and difficulty. She completed a 200-hour adult yoga teacher training in 2013 and is coached by Pleasance Silicki on the teaching of Baby & Me yoga. During pregnancy, Rachel continued her regular yoga and mindfulness practice and, and since the birth of her daughter, has discovered what joy practicing yoga with a child can bring. This, in combination with her work as a public health researcher studying the well-being of early childhood educators, led to her desire to bring yoga to caregivers (families and teachers), babies, and children.
Alexandria Hall
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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
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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.
 
Beth Watson (sub)
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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
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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..
 
Rachel Morrison
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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 Spooner (sub)
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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!
Colleen Dunn
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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
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Cynthia Kane is an author and certified meditation and mindfulness instructor. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, BBC Travel, Yoga Journal, Women’s Day, the Huffington Post, and more. Her last book, "How to Communicate like a Buddhist", was published by Hierophant Publishing in 2016, and her next book,
"Talk to Yourself like a Buddhist" will be out April 2018
.  Visit her at www.cynthiakane.com.
Alex Rosen (sub)
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Alex was introduced to Sivananda Yoga by Shri Yogi Hari at his Ashram in Florida. Combining his passion for Hatha Yoga with a lighthearted slant, Alex’s class is a stimulating and challenging experience for all levels of students that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed.
Iysha Nobes
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Kirondeep Bhandari
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Robin Glantz
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Emanuel Bohnert-Rohde (Sub)
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Hannah Purkey
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Hannah has enjoyed practicing yoga over several years as she feels it is the best way to relax after a long day and also the best way to feel energized before an important day. She currently works for American University in the Office of Development, a job she loves, and is a 2016 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She also enjoys reading mystery books, traveling and road trips when possible, and baking (sometimes) delicious goods. A new D.C. resident, (born and raised in Pittsburgh) she is looking forward to continuing to explore the city- in between yoga classes!
Rebecca Adams
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Rental 4thFloor
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Mariah Davidson
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Meagan Pa
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Siboney Winter
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Erika Grimm
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Erika is so excited to share her love of yoga with you! As a professional musician she suffered greatly from physical and mental injuries and the biggest game changer for her was developing a regular yoga practice to help connect the breath, mind, and body. Since high school in 1999 yoga has always been in her peripheral, but Erika’s interest in the field has grown exponentially in the last five years as she experienced a lower stress, stronger, and more content life. Her goal is to bring a soft-spoken voice and caring environment to all of her students with a touch of humor. Erika has a special interest in working with prenatal students, postnatal mamas, the military community, and anyone new to yoga because she loves supporting and working with people during these special times. Erika went to Charm City Yoga/YogaWorks in Baltimore for her teacher trainings (200 hour and prenatal) and has never looked back. She looks forward to working with you and finding a way to help enhance your overall wellbeing through the amazing power of yoga.
Leala D'Isidoro
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Cate Gaffney
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Cate Gaffney started practicing yoga 20 years ago, but it wasn’t until she moved to San Francisco that she found her yoga community. She studied and practiced with a variety of teachers and completed 300 hours of Bhakti Flow training with Rusty Wells. With Rusty’s guidance her yoga practice deepened becoming more consistent and spirit filled. Always the seeker, Cate found other ways to engage with the spirit, studying energy medicine, shamanism, and hypnosis. Cate infuses her teaching with lightness and the idea of finding joy in one’s practice. Cate is a Bhakti Flow certified yoga instructor, Reiki II practitioner and a hypnotherapist.
Francisca Saavedra
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Francisca is a Reiki Master and an Experienced Register Yoga Teacher, member of The Yoga Alliance, and certify in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Integral yoga. Her Yoga class is a fusion of hatha, pranayama, and meditation for all. Francisca wellness background contributes to her focus on safety and body awareness while enjoying mindful movements. She works with the inner awareness and the breath, fostering an individual experience, that takes each student to his or her own limits, yielding maximum benefit and preventing injury, therefore, welcoming all levels. The experience as school teacher, having a master in education, and her love of life brand Francisca’s yoga classes with presence, positive energy, and a ‘take home’ sense of wellbeing.
 
Maria Pelaez
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Abby Dobbs
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Abby attended her first yoga class at the age of 15, dragged along by her mother. Little did she know then, but yoga would change her life completely. After years of dabbling, Abby's true yoga journey began when she discovered the immense passion that was brought forth exploring Forrest Yoga during her college years. Abby completed her first 200-Hour teacher training with her mentor Ana Forrest - with no intention to teach. Yoga Teacher 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, plus attending massage school and multiple bodywork trainings. Abby is deeply inspired by Forrest, Rocket, Ashtanga, Yin, & Prana Flow. Pulling from all of her trainings, in Abby's classes you'll find intelligent sequencing, flow mixed with long holds, lots of corework, and lots of individual attention and hands-on assists. Expect Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations), inversions, arm balances, and deep, focused opening in her classes. Inspired by the intention-setting of Forrest Yoga, each class has a meditation layered on top of the physical asana - an opportunity for students to hone their ability to feel deeply, learn to focus the mind, and strengthen their will power. 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. She 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 is a bodyworker and energyworker - and mom to three fabulous cats, Kitty Boo, Billy, & Pashmak.
Jerome Paige
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Jerome Paige completed his Level 1 Integrative Restoration (iREST/Yoga Nidra) Teacher Training in August 2007 and his Level II in August 2008. Since then, he has served as a substitute Yoga Nidra teacher for several local yoga studios; for example, Simon Says Yoga, Circle Yoga, and Bikram Yoga Riverdale Park. In addition, he conducts meditation workshops that focus on the theory and practice of meditation. Jerome is also an avid practitioner of Hot Yoga.

Karen Breslin
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Melissa Klein
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Mark Sincevich
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Vicki Goodman
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Catherine Marquette
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• Catherine (RYT500) has been a yoga student for over 15 years, having arrived to her first Iyengar yoga class after injuries halted her competitive running career. She completed her 200hr teacher training with Kim Weeks at Boundless Yoga (DC) and later completed her 300hr teacher training under Chrissy Carter at YogaWorks (NYC). An Iyengar student and certified Level 1 YogaWorks teacher, Catherine has been teaching for almost a decade and brings a sense of humor to her obsession with alignment.