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 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.
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.
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
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/.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, and 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 through yoga, play, meditation, journaling, reflection, laughter, and honest conversations.
You can learn more about Pleasance at www.lilomm.com.
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 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.
A dedicated teacher of Classical Pilates and Yoga, teaching the foundational tools of agility, strength and power. With 12 years of experiencing designing programs for a diverse set of clients: from performance athletes to executives, and seniors to soon-to-be mothers, and an instinct for teaching large groups.
Specializing in alignment and functional movement, Kerry’s teaching is centered on the principles of Joseph Pilates, Vinyasa and Anusara yoga. Teaching is one of the great joys in her life; and part of her foundation for living in a busy world. She is excited to teach and humbled by the dedication of her students.
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.
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.
With our exceptional teachers, a class at Washington Yoga Center, will leave you calm and looking forward to your next practice. Through a variety of yoga styles, large offering of classes throughout the day, and many level options, you are sure to find what your body and mind seek, right here at Washington Yoga Center.
Unity Woods DC studio is now co-located with us on the 4th floor. Both studios are working together with our respective students for the benefit of the Washington DC yoga community.