Ashley found yoga as a safe place for her body. As a fast-pitch softball player since the age of 10, her body craved a less physically demanding activity. She quickly fell in love with yoga. After only a few years of practicing, she decided to enter into yoga teacher training at Mind the Mat in Alexandria, VA where she received her RYT 200 and is now a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. As a teacher, she wants her students to appreciate the body they inhabit. Ashley’s practice consists of Vinyasa style yoga that focuses on the fundamentals of each pose, and she believes the breath is the foundation of every movement. She likes to give her students options during their practice to suit their needs. As she has learned from a wise teacher, “it’s yoga practice, not yoga perfect.”
Shelley didn’t start practicing yoga until her mid-50s. After practicing for only a short time, she started to feel the benefits of increased overall health, a profound sense of mental and emotional balance, a greater sense of well-being and greater patience. “They need to teach this to children in Kindergarten” was her immediate thought. In 2007, Shelley began teaching and writing imaginative yoga lesson plans for children. Her lesson plans are playful and designed to “plant seeds” for ethical ideas and to encourage children to make good choices and think in a joyful, positive manner. She completed the Radiant Child Yoga Program Levels 1, 2 and 3. In 2011, she completed the Radiant Child Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Certification Training. In 2013 she wrote 16 lesson plans for renowned yoga teacher, Shakta Kaur Khalsa to use in her Children’s Teacher Trainings around the world.
Cathy Burke, E-RYT holds a degree in Nutrition and Wellness and has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years. She teaches adult and children’s classes in homes, schools and studios throughout Northern VA. An advocate and teacher of personal health, she provides a variety of yoga classes that truly encourage the student to explore his or her own limits and work towards exceeding them both on and off the mat.
Rachel Carr is a well-versed, caring, and motivational yoga teacher. She completed her first certification in 2008 and has been sharing her insight, knowledge and passion for yoga ever since. In 2011, she participated in the Off the Mat, Into the World Leadership Training and received her certification in Prenatal Yoga in 2012. She completed her 500 hour certification with Sri Dharma Mittra in 2014, an endeavor that moved her body and soul. She has co-led and taught in multiple yoga teacher trainings in the area, including her own 85 hour Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training. Rachel also completed the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist training at the Himalayan Institute, an area of study that has brought new depth to her own practice.
Brandon follows mostly vegan diet, and is passionate about helping others build a stronger mind, body, and spirit through proper nutrition and physical exercise. He has worked with clients to achieve their fitness goals, including building strength, losing weight, gaining muscle mass, increasing muscle tone & definition, improving health vitals (cholesterol, resting heart rate, etc), and rehabbing injuries. He enjoys focusing on strength training, building muscle mass, improving functional mobility & posture, and improving athletic performance.
Kristi was introduced to yoga in 2001 as a complement to rock climbing and soccer. She is an RYT-200, completing her training at STROGA in Washington, DC. To enhance her skills in mindful meditation, pranayama, restorative and gentle yoga, she completed Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training from Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal. As a Gerontologist, Kristi encourages and supports aging well through slower alignment-based movement for all yoga practitioners.
Ellen received her training at Ishta Yoga, the Integral School of Tantric Arts, in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. Ellen’s classes are based on the chakra system, which allows her to bring a unique and specific focus to each class.
Bernie Marchand is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher committed to the transformative power of yoga. She has taught over 2,000 students at 10 different studios across the U.S. and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Yoga Therapy at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Her classes focus on safe and mindful movement, strong breath work and restorative mediation. Her instruction will leave you feeling open physically, tranquil mentally and evolved spiritually.
Colleen teaches Power and Vinyasa Yoga focusing on strength, breath awareness, and mindful movement. She also teaches Yin Yoga, a mindful practice that targets the deep connective tissue in the body.
Jeneen Piccuirro has been teaching yoga and dance for over 15 years and also teaches art and meditation through the the DC area. She has multiple trainings in Sri Yoga, prenatal yoga, children’s yoga, pranayama, tantric dance and experience in ashtanga yoga, integral yoga, jivamukti yoga, synergy yoga and synergy dance. She has been studying with a sound healer and integrating sound tools into her various classes for the last 5 years. For more information visit: studiointhewoods.co
A recent escapee from the corporate world, Miriam first came to yoga many years ago and has personally experienced the healing power of a regular practice. She believes absolutely that yoga is for everyone and that no one is too old, too out-of-shape, or too “broken” to start. In her classes, she emphasizes the practicality and fun of yoga and encourages students to explore and discover new possibilities.
Delia has been teaching for yoga for 10 years and practicing yoga for 15+ years. When she experienced the physical and emotional challenges of breast cancer in 2013 she relied on her home practice, Gentle and Restorative classes during her recovery process. She is passionate about sharing yoga as a tool to expand ones life and encourage health, wellness, and creativity one pose at a time! She creates a light-hearted environment in which students explore a mindful practice, physical challenges, and compassion through self-acceptance. In addition to teaching yoga, Delia is a photographer specializing in children & family portraits, art and travel photography.
Becky is a 2011 graduate of the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. Her yoga has been influenced by many teachers, by her travels, and by becoming a mom. Many years of studying Homeopathy and energy work have given her a deep appreciation of the mind-body connection, and she therefore finds yoga (in many varieties) to be a deeply meditative practice. Becky is also the studio manager here at Ease, and she is honored to contribute to the growth of this amazing community.
Michelle is a graduate of Nosara Yoga Institute, and teaches yin yoga, flow yoga, gentle yoga, and meditation. Michelle’s classes tap into the tempo and energy of the students, inviting them to tune in and discover their present state and all their inner resources. She provides students with a solid foundation to explore yoga as a creative practice that allows them to strengthen, unwind, and open up to their highest self.
Julie’s teaching style is grounded in the Ashtanga and Anusara traditions with the playfulness of vinyasa creating smart and intuitive sequences meant not only to challenge, but to be accessible to students of all levels. She brings her contagious sense of humor and deep love of music to every class. Inspired by her love of dance, Julie encourages each individual to dance through their postures and savor the movements and moments between the asanas.
Beth teaches active vinyasa yoga, focusing on pairing breath with movement, and integrating the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of the practice. She believes everyone open to the experience can benefit from yoga, and
Mimi received her prenatal yoga certification with senior teacher and doula, Jane Austin, through the Mama Tree teacher training program in San Francisco. She completed her RYT 200 at the Yoga Center Bodrum, in Bodrum, Turkey, under the instruction of Monika Munzinger. Mimi believes that the practice of prenatal yoga has tremendous power to help pregnant women tap into the inherent capabilities of their bodies as they undergo so many changes, both physical and emotional. Classes include asanas and sequences specifically designed to help build and maintain proper alignment in pelvis and spine, relieve many common pregnancy-related discomforts, and encourage babies into optimal positions within the womb.
Jeff has been practicing yoga since 1997. His personal practice draws primarily from hatha yoga—a flowing series of sustained asanas that form a moving meditation. Jeff devotes a portion of each session to the elements that make up a well-balanced personal yoga practice: strengthening, endurance, flexibility, balance, and self-awareness. He is ERYT-200 certified with Yoga Alliance and also holds extensive Pilates, TRX, and other certifications.