Meet the Team

Founder/Owner + Yoga Instructor
Tara Casagrande, Owner + Fitness Instructor

TARA CASAGRANDE - Owner + Yoga Instructor

Founder/owner of Ease Yoga & Cafe, Tara is a graduate of the renowned Nosara Yoga Institute, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Read more about Tara and the story of Ease.

Yoga Instructor

Ellen Kangas, Yoga Instructor

ELLEN KANGAS - Yoga Instructor

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.

Yoga Instructor
Liat Pisco, Yoga Instructor

LIAT PISCO - Yoga Instructor

Liat 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.

Yoga Instructor
Delia Sullivan, Yoga Instructor

DELIA SULLIVAN - Yoga Instructor

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.

Yoga Instructor
Ashley Alker, Yoga Instructor

ASHLEY ALKER - Yoga Instructor

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.”

Yoga Instructor
COLLEEN O'MALLEY, Yoga Instructor

COLLEEN O'MALLEY - Yoga Instructor

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.

Yoga Instructor
Miriam Radakovich, Yoga Instructor


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.

Studio Manager + Yoga Instructor
Becky Sutton, Yoga Instructor

BECKY SUTTON - Studio Manager + Yoga Instructor

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.

Yoga Instructor
Shelley Arthur, Yoga Instructor

SHELLEY ARTHUR - Yoga Instructor

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.

Yoga Instructor

Charles Oteyza, Yoga Instructor

CHARLES OTEYZA, Yoga Instructor

Charles, 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_Ease_Yoga.jpgERIN SONN
Yoga Instructor

ERIN SONN, M.ED., RYT-200 - Yoga Instructor

Erin 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.

Studio Coordinator + Yoga Instructor
Beth Wolfe, Studio Coordinator + Yoga Instructor

Beth Wolfe - Studio Coordinator + Yoga Instructor

Beth, 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.

Yoga Instructor

Kat Buechel, Yoga Instructor

KAT BUECHEL - Yoga Instructor

I 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.

Yoga Instructor
Jeneen Piccuirro, Yoga Instructor

Jeneen Piccuirro - Yoga Instructor

Jeneen 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:

Yoga Instructor
Delia Sullivan, Yoga Instructor

AMAIA STECKER - Yoga Instructor

Amaia 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.