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Anielka began her yoga journey in 2012 and received her teaching certification in 2016. Her teaching approach is a combination of the various styles and philosophies that she has practiced over the years. Her style integrates the high-intensity flows of Baptiste Power Vinyasa, the playfulness of Rocket yoga, and the discipline taught by Ashtanga (Mysore) to create a mind-body experience that is as fun as it is spiritual.
en español – Anielka comenzó a practicar yoga en 2012 y recibió su certificación de profesora en el 2016. En sus clases podrás notar la combinación de los varios estilos y filosofías que ha practicado a través de los años. Su práctica integra la intensidad de los flows de Baptiste Power Vinyasa, la dinámica de Rocket yoga, y la disciplina adquirida en Ashtanga (Mysore) para crear una experiencia de mente y cuerpo que es tan divertida como espiritual.
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I've been practicing yoga since 2011. I generated such a passion for it that I wanted others to experience this awakening. I started teaching in Fall 2014 and it was the love from the first sight. I get motivated by seeing students work hard and commit to the practice. I encourage students to listen to their bodies, connect movements to breathing and do what feels right in the moment.
200 hrs of yoga teacher training program at Dancing Mind Yoga Studio in Falls Church, VA.
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Yoga has been a part of my life for more than 10 years. I came to yoga exploring workout options. A friend introduced me to Baptiste power vinyasa at a tough time in my life. I loved it. I loved the rigorous, ass kicking quality of the practice. I loved that the teachers encouraged me to breathe through it and stay or go farther. I loved seeing others in the class doing more advanced poses and seeing something to reach toward. I loved that every time I showed up on my mat I was able to do a little more. I could see the progress in what I was able to do. I felt like a badass for that moment. And who doesn’t love feeling like a badass? Yoga challenges my beliefs of what I’m capable of and inspires me to explore possibility. I want to share that and inspire that feeling in others.
200 hour Teacher Training at Dancing Mind, Down Dog in 2019; Baptiste Art of the Assist at Fly Dog in Charlottesville, VA
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Olivia began her yoga practice in 2012 in the hot yoga Bikram style in Charlottesville, Virginia. Over the years since, Olivia has practiced yoga in every city and country she has traveled to – and eventually found her yoga home in Falls Church, Virginia.With a focus in mind practice, Olivia has sat two 10-day Vipassana meditation retreats in the Goenka style. Olivia acknowledges that mindfulness practice can take us into the deep complexity of our minds, and focuses on nurturing and guiding students on their journeys inwards – which can be just as challenging, if not more so than the physical asanas.
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For me, yoga didn't always come naturally. I took my first class in 2012 and left feeling achy and not "zen" as others claimed. It wasn't until 2015 when I discovered my love for power yoga that I got hooked. The use of breath to calm the fluctuations of my mind as I move through an invigorating flow help guide me home. Home is the safe space where I feel authenticity, courage, and gratitude. It is this transformative power that I want others to witness for themselves. It's my goal as a teacher to create a safe and empowering environment for my students to explore. Whether you're a beginner or experienced yogi, I'm committed to meeting you where you are.
200-hour yoga teacher training through Spark Yoga.
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I began practicing a combination of ashtanga, vinyasa and rocket yoga in 2002 while playing various contact sports. Yoga was a method to cross-train and build strength through flexibility. However, after moving from Texas to DC and on to California and Virginia, I grew more comfortable with different styles and definitions of yoga other than my own. My hope is to showcase a playful practice with inversions and twists to delight the senses. I welcome all students regardless of their experience or perceived abilities to join me and let loose on the mat.
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Yoga began as an option to running in the snow for Nikki. It has since become a lifeline, a life guide, a stress reliever, an opportunity to create space and a space created to go inward. Nikki is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and is dedicated to continuing her mind/body education, and is currently pursuing her certificate in Yoga Therapy. Her favorite part of the practice is that it is ever changing.
She completed a 200-hour teacher training certification at Tranquil Space, DC in 2005. Since then she has also completed Baby and Me teacher training, Pilates certification from the Pilates Institute of MD, Laughing Lotus Super Sequencing 25-hour training, Venice Beach, CA in 2015 and Laughing Lotus Bhakti 50-hour training, Rishikesh, India in 2020.
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As a lifelong athlete I ran half marathons as an adult and 10 years ago after suffering from tight hamstrings I went to a hot yoga class to loosen up before a race. That was all it took, I was hooked. I never looked back and I've been practicing in a hot room ever since. I knew Yoga Teacher Training was on my list of things to do and four years ago after traveling to Bail for a business trip, learning about their culture and speaking with the people, I came home and signed up. Yoga keeps me honest and I love the way it offers you the ability to be where you are, with no judgement, yet the integrity to change at any moment. It’s a practice of patience and self-reflection every day. You can’t control the journey - you just enjoy the ride. It has changed my life. In every one of my classes you'll hear me talk about the books I read and always about self love. I believe that all love begins with self love, and when we learn to love ourselves, we love everything more abundantly. I hope to see you on the mat, very soon.
Heather completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training from Spark Yoga.
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In a quest to experience the world, Jennifer discovered the exhilaration and power of soulful living through her yoga practice. The simple tools of moving your body, getting out of your head, and breathing empowered her to face life's challenges head on and come out stronger and happier than ever. She began teaching power yoga in 2007. Her creative flow classes lovingly guide you on an intense journey designed to wake you up and take you to your edge. When she's not in the studio, Jennifer is savoring the simple pleasures of life: hiking with her rambunctious pup Luna, gardening with her zen master cat Star, and enjoying time with her pilot husband Eric.
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Joe has practiced yoga since 2013, and taught since 2016. He arrived at the asana practice from rehabilitating sports and fighter pilot injuries. He teaches from a position of compassion with emphasis on spinal alignment, joint protection, and strength building. He currently also works during the day at the Department of Veterans Affairs and attends George Mason University law school by night.
200 Hour Yoga Alliance Training with Mimi Rieger
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Amy teaches fun, challenging and thought provoking classes. She asks you to start right where you are, use honest self-inquiry and listen to your own inner guidance to determine your next best step. Her goal is to help you learn how to better understand and effectively use your mind and body to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Amy has practiced various yoga styles since 1992. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher Amy’s yoga trainings include Level 1 and Level 2 Yoga Bootcamps under Baron Baptiste, Yoga Anatomy trainings from multiple teachers including Tiffany Cruckshank, Leslie Kaminoff and Ray Long Amy also has extensive training in the muscular system and biomechanics from Greg Roskopf, Gary Gray, Dr. David Tiberio, and Tom Purvis. When Amy is not teaching yoga locally, she travels around the US to teach anatomy to yoga teachers in training.
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I discovered yoga as a college kid looking to manage stress and balance out my bookish lifestyle. Since then, it has seen me through all the joys and challenges of early adulthood: grad school, marriage, becoming a mother of twins. I teach a powerful, sweaty, vinyasa flow, linking breath with movement, body with mind. My goal is to both challenge and support every student, to make room for growth.
Teacher Training with Down Dog yoga in Clarendon, May 2019
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April Njari was drawn to the practice of yoga after her first Bikram style class in her hometown of Joplin, MO almost 20 years ago. She deeply connected with the opportunity to engage her body in order to slow down and focus the mind. She enjoys incorporating elements of yoga nidra (deep focused relaxation), guided meditation, chanting and pranayama (breath work) into her classes. Her aim is to support her students in finding stillness and slowing down the pace of life for a while.
1300 hour yoga teacher training program at Ashtanka Yoga Mandir while living in Colombo, Sri Lanka (July 2019).
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Jill's goal is to offer a light-hearted, challenging, and empowering practice that creates space: for breath, for playfulness, and for possibility. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow with you!
Jill completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2014 and Assistant training the same year. She assisted yoga classes until she began teaching in 2016 and is now an E-RYT 200.
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Marie Belle PR
Marie Belle Pérez Rivera, PhD, is an educator, artist, community leader, and practitioner of yoga and mindfulness. She currently resides in Washington, DC and travels and teaches yoga, mindfulness, and critical thinking throughout the United States, Caribbean, Latin America, Spain, and Bali. Marie Belle has focused much of her professional and academic career on the roles that psychology, culture, and empowerment play in health, resilience, quality of life, and emotional well-being. She considers herself an anthropologist of movement: delving deeply into the heart and roots of classical yoga and meditation practice while also keeping a panoramic perspective that includes academic research in science, astrology, nutrition, and personal experience.
Ph.D. in Developmental and Biological Psychology (focus on emotions and culture) from Virginia Tech University; 500- hour certified in Rocket Yoga and Dharma Yoga; 200-hour certified in Ashtanga Yoga, Rocket Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, and completed 220 hour teacher training in Anusara Yoga; 50- hour certified in Yoga Nidra & Embodied Yin
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As a therapist and student of Buddhist Psychology, I try to incorporate mindfulness and meditation into a high energy but calming practice. My hope is that my students will take the deeply powerful messages of yoga off the mat and into their lives to become the best version of themselves. My professional background includes more than three decades of work with First Responders. I will be bringing a specialized Yoga For First Responders curriculum to Northern Virginia in the very near future. Stay tuned!
Leslie completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017
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Yoga began as a way to detox from her weekend choices, and to heal an injury for Kathleen. Yet over the last few years, yoga and meditation have changed the course of Kathleen's life, and probably saved it a few times too. She teaches corporate yoga and privates, and is a management consultant supporting organizational transformations during the week.
Kathleen is currently pursuing her 500 hour teacher training certificate through Janet Stone's Yoga School. Kathleen is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 hours with Yoga Alliance (January 2018). She has received training through Laughing Lotus Advanced Bhakti Teacher Training 50 hour program in Rishikesh, India (February 2020) and Trauma Recovery Yoga (T.R.Y.) 20 hour program (June 2019).
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Sandy started her yoga journey 7 years ago after injuries sustained after 16 years of ballet and a bad fall while rock climbing. While her flows can be athletic she has a strong respect for modification and reminds her students to respect their bodies and their practice while they weave breath to movement.
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Sabrina is a Vinyasa and Barre instructor. She is passionate about making wellness accessible to all - enabling healthy bodies, minds, and emotions. In her classes you can expect an uplifting energy focused on love and gratitude.
Sabrina is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.
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