Meet the Team
KAT BUECHEL Yoga Instructor
KAT BUECHEL - Yoga InstructorI returned to my mat after working on Capitol Hill and finding a need to reduce stress. I have studied numerous disciplines and styles and find joy in movement through dharma-inspired classes. My inspiration is seeing my students grow, learn, and practice with joy. My specialty is working with athletes and I'm known for detailed alignment, playful sequencing, and a sweaty practice that will leave you with a smile. I've seen how athletes of every type can grow and become stronger both mentally and physically for their lives off the mat. Yoga is not just a way to relax or get fit; I see it as a way to help balance a healthy life. Kat holds an E-RYT200/RYT 500 through Yoga Alliance and trained at Tranquil Space.
CHARLES OTEYZA Yoga Instructor
CHARLES OTEYZA, Yoga InstructorCharles, RYT-200 and ACE Certified Personal Trainer, believes that patience, consistency, and a sense of humor are essential to any practice, and approaches fitness with a calm demeanor and light heart. He strives to empower each individual to live a happier and healthier life with the tools and strengths they already have. Charles specializes in yoga for fitness and meditation.
ERIN SONN Yoga Instructor
ERIN SONN, M.ED., RYT-200 - Yoga InstructorErin is a lifelong educator with a passion for helping others cultivate habits of mindfulness. Erin focuses on breath and movement sequences that connect you to present moment awareness and help you relieve stress. Erin loves to work with yogis of any age and families who are interested in awakening their senses, building gratitude and resilience.
BETH WOLFE Studio Coordinator + Yoga Instructor
Beth Wolfe - Studio Coordinator + Yoga InstructorBeth, E-RYT 200, specializes in working with private clients and small groups, and holds a certification in trauma informed yoga, a technique that assists is alleviating the symptoms of PTSD. Her group classes incorporate mindfulness, breath work, and thoughtful yoga sequences, and she takes care to meet each student at their own level. Beth also hosts a variety of unique yoga experiences in the DC metro area, including goat, kitten, and puppy yoga.
ASHLEY ALKER Yoga Instructor
ASHLEY ALKER - Yoga InstructorAshley 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.”
ELLEN KANGAS Yoga Instructor
ELLEN KANGAS - Yoga InstructorEllen 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.
JENEEN PICCUIRRO Yoga Instructor
Jeneen Piccuirro - Yoga InstructorJeneen 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
AMAIA STECKER Yoga Instructor
AMAIA STECKER - Yoga InstructorAmaia completed her teacher training at Ease Yoga in the spring of 2018. Her high-energy, breath-based classes are designed for all levels. Amaia uses yoga as a tool to create balance in her own life, and hopes to share this with her students. A former politics junkie, Amaia has her MBA, and owns the consulting firm Pilar & Co.
SHELLEY ARTHUR Yoga Instructor
SHELLEY ARTHUR - Yoga InstructorShelley 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.
KATIE KERSTETTER Yoga Instructor
KATIE KERSTETTER, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 - Yoga InstructorKatie teaches yoga and meditation in classes, workshops, and teacher trainings. In her practice and in her teaching, she is drawn to yoga as a path of integration and to practices that cultivate greater health, awareness, and connection. She received her 500-hour certification from the Insight Yoga Institute, founded by Sarah and Ty Powers, which integrates the practices of yin and yang yoga, meditation, and psychospiritual inquiry.
LIAT PISCO Yoga Instructor
LIAT PISCO - Yoga InstructorLiat Pisco, RYT-200, completed her yoga training at the Prancing Peacock in Yardley, PA. Her yoga journey began when her daughter suggested they take a class together, and she quickly began looking for ways to spend more time on her mat. Liat teaches several styles of yoga, but she is partial to energetic vinyasa set to fun playlists. She is also a Reiki master and teaches yoga to children with special needs.
DELIA SULLIVAN Yoga Instructor
DELIA SULLIVAN - Yoga InstructorDelia 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.
CAROL BECK Yoga Instructor
CAROL BECK - Yoga InstructorCarol teaches Ayurveda-inspired Vinyasa flow yoga, and brings playfulness to every class. She loves to provide opportunities to deepen the connection to self through exploration of breath and movement in challenging and fun ways, helping students to find the joy within. Carol has been practicing yoga since 2010 and is a 500-hour Ayurveda Yoga Teacher. She studied advanced asana, pranayama, and Ayurveda at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Carol also holds a 100-hour aromatherapy certification from the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. She loves combining her love of yoga with aromatherapy for a holistic approach to wellness.
COLLEEN O'MALLEY Yoga Instructor
COLLEEN O'MALLEY - Yoga InstructorColleen 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.
MIRIAM RADAKOVICH Yoga Instructor
MIRIAM RADAKOVICH - Yoga InstructorA 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.
BECKY SUTTON Studio Manager + Yoga Instructor