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Our Studio
 

We offer hot yoga and non-heated yoga classes that produce extraordinary results for all ages and all levels of fitness. Through accessible class offerings ranging from beginners to advanced level, alignment focused to creative flow, workshops & private instruction options, our mission is to introduce everyone to the adventurous journey of yoga and all the magic that follows. We recognize yoga as an ancient tradition, capable of enriching all aspects of modern life and encourage each individual's personal growth while fostering a sense of community and friendship.

Our expertise is founded on the excellence of exceptional teachers, who will guide you through each yoga session.   We are trained and certified by some of the best scholars in the world: Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, YogaWorks, Chuck Miller, Rod Stryker, Max Strom, OmYoga, Laughing Lotus, Kripalu, John Friend, Pattabhi Jois and many others. Our gifted team is working to collaborate and deliver life affirming miracles with every class, workshop or product that we offer.

We take pride in our exceptionally warm and welcoming teachers and faculty. Our staff is sincerely committed to serving you in a loving and supportive atmosphere. Lastly, we make yoga accessible to Washingtonians by keeping our prices as affordable as possible while drawing on the best teachers locally and internationally. Choosing from over 80 yoga classes each week really does offer something for everybody!

 
 
 
 
 
Meet the Teachers
 

Ryan Arnoldy's interest in yoga as a means of understanding body dynamics has been a lifelong pursuit which began when, as a teenager he became an avid runner and practitioner of high impact sports until his knees finally succumb. No longer being able to enjoy the athletic activities that had at one time brought a great sense of joy and freedom, he was blessed when the gift of yoga and the healing arts found him.

He has taught over 3,000 classes and lead yoga teacher trainings over the years. As an avid student of both Eastern and Western philosophy, his ability to integrate and juxtapose multiple viewpoints of religion and spiritual philosophy without losing the beauty, uniqueness, and depth of each has lead to a powerful and transformative yoga practice that gives students a sense of fulfillment on all levels.

His teaching style combines his love for ashtanga vinyasa yoga, his deep interest in Shamanism and somatic healing, the awareness work of Eckart Tolle, and a sense of his own limitations.

By incorporating the element of awareness of the mechanisms of the psyche that drive us to make our decisions and determine our patterns, Ryan teaches yoga from an intuitive and highly developed understanding of the human body and psyche that creates an opportunity for students to redefine how they choose to show up in this world, and creates an environment that makes his classes joyful, challenging, inspiring and approachable.

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Katja Brandis has been studying the healing arts for 25 years and teaching yoga & somatic movement for 16 years. In her previous career in the public sector, she worked for the World Bank and the US Senate and has been a presenter at the Green Festival and a keynote speaker at the Truman Foundation. After years of extensive traveling to over forty

countries and studying with most of the senior yoga masters, she is delighted to bring many of her international teachers directly to her students in DC. Today in her 40s, she is the owner of The Studio DC, Studio Serenity and Omm Baby, a maternity center located in Washington DC. Katja feels deeply inspired by her student's journey and joyfully serves all practitioners, students and staff in creating a nurturing and loving space for their fulfillment

One of Katja's greatest passions is supporting women as a natural birth advocate, prenatal educator and birth coach. With the mission to give new families the best possible start in life, Katja founded Omm Baby in 2000, -Washington DC's first "one-stop" parent center for all things baby. Over the past decade she guided Washingtonian couples through their perinatal period and her acclaimed birthing classes were featured on Fox TV, Washington Post and Washington Times. Katja graduated magna cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and danced with Hawaii's celebrated dance company Iona Contemporary Dance Theater. She offers private healing sessions specialized in somatic experiencing and voice dialog.

 

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Ashley Braun found yoga in 2009 as a former dancer. She enjoyed the physical practice similar to dance, but discovered something deeper. Transitioning to Washington, DC in 2013, Ashley found The Studio DC as her safe haven when entering the busy city. She made friends and found a community that supported her in a positive way. Ashley fell in love with the practice and knew she wanted to share it with others, so she completed the 200 hour teacher training at The Studio DC.

 

Studying with master teachers Bryan Kest and Govind Das, Ashley has learned to honor the body and cultivate consciousness through tools like breath work helping her gain self-awareness. To Ashley, yoga is a source of joy that spreads throughout all aspects of her life from physical health, to personal relationships, and her working career. Ashley strives to continue learning and challenging herself through physical asanas in addition looking inward to share the practice with others.

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Julie Breedlove brings her enthusiasm, encouragement, and mindfulness to Studio DC and its students. Her activity list is extensive… dancing, running, surfing, tennis, playing with dogs, as well as teaching yoga! Stumbling across yoga, as she cross-trained for the LA marathon in 2007 ended up being a bolster for improving her runs, and eventually her life.

Julie is a marketing manager by day and enjoys balancing the stresses of work with a regular yoga practice. She completed her 200 hour with Katja and Ryan at The Studio DC. Julie aims to provide a playful, positive, and safe learning environment to help others explore and enjoy the versatile benefits of yoga both on and off the mat. As students discover their abilities in the classroom, she provides useful tools that help them cultivate harmony, security, focused attention, and heightened awareness to their daily internal and external experiences.

Connecting to nature, animals, and the universe around helps Julie find center and gain fresh perspectives. Striving to keep each class relevant and valuable, Julie inspires students to shift their focus from limitations to possibilities… and eventually achievements! Students return to Julie’s class to receive patience, creativity, synergy, and skill development. Her wish is to help each student navigate their personal life journey in a more effective and comfortable way.

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Sarah Brooks started practicing yoga more than ten years ago, but initially in an ad hoc fashion. During her undergraduate program at Vanderbilt, she spent most weekends rock climbing or hiking in the woods; yoga was just her recovery. She later lived in Ann Arbor where she received an MA and MPP from the University of Michigan, and spent significant time living, researching, eating, and traveling in China.

 

Only after moving to Washington, DC in 2011 did she find the stability and community of a regular practice at a studio. This became especially important as a counterbalance to her day job. Sarah currently works at the U.S. State Department, focusing on using foreign policy tools to advance human rights, in particular labor rights, in Asia.

To Sarah, the practice of yoga is a practice of embodiment, both in the physical and metaphysical sense. It is the means by which we become more fully our selves, integrated, and it is the practice of extending our awareness or mindfulness outward, to form the basis of intelligent, empathetic, and empowering action in the world beyond our mats.

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Chanda Creasy has been studying yoga for 16 years and has been teaching for a decade. She has studied with numerous master teachers and is certified at the 500 hour level with both Shiva Rea and Shri Kali Tantra Ashram. Chanda's long-standing friendship with The Studio, DC began in 2005 when she studied with The Studio, DC and realized she had found a yoga home. Chanda is deeply grateful for her many yoga and life teachers. Chanda has been drawn to fluid movement since she was born, beginning to study dance at the age of 4, and embraces yoga as a pathway to realize our fullest potential and inherent creativity and freedom.

Chanda was introduced to yoga while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia in 1997. Since that time her love of yoga and her love of Africa have been intertwined, with Chanda having led several yoga retreats to the coast of Kenya. Chanda is grateful to have seen many examples of human resilience, flexibility, power, and compassion as a yogini, an anthropologist, and through her work in geopolitics and encourages her students to view yoga as a full spectrum life practice of cultivating the ability to move through life with greater awareness, confidence, creativity, strength, and intelligence. Chanda's classes are breath centered and fluid and invite students to find spaciousness and peace whether engaged in a fiery flow full of arm balances and inversions or a lunar flow of hamstring and hip openers.

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Jane Daly

Having grown up along the ocean, Jane is fascinated by the constant ebb and flow of nature and its significance in her life. A vinyasa yoga experience with Jane, a graduate of The Studio DC's 200 hour teacher training, emphasizes intelligent alignment and rhythmic breathing. Jane’s classes are intended to allow students to reflect and recharge, and to keep life "off the mat" in perspective. She believes firmly that there is a yoga for everyone, guiding her students to find their unique places of ease on the mat, to follow their tidal breath, and to be present.

An avid athlete and surfer, Jane playfully experiments with stand-up paddle yoga and embraces the style wherever there is enough water to float. Jane’s passion for happiness and well-being through yoga finds her always playing at the edges of stillness and flow.

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Courtney DeRuiter came to yoga in her own life in an effort to continue her quest of developing mindfulness. She continues to be drawn to yoga for its benefits in enhancing physical, emotional, and spiritual growth. Recognizing yoga as a self-empowering practice, Courtney encourages students to explore their own practice on and off the mat. Courtney creates challenging yet playful Vinyasa sequences, emphasizing breath work in order to deepen the physical and mindfulness practice.

Moving from Seattle in 2011, Courtney became immersed in the Studio DC community where she completed her 200-hour teacher training. She has deepened her knowledge-base and skills through training with Master Teachers including Bryan Kest and Eion Finn.

Courtney hopes to contribute to the Studio DC community by spreading good vibrations through teaching!

"I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one."

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Aimee D'Angelo took her first yoga class in 2004 and immediately fell in love. She has since been on a journey with yoga; practicing many styles of yoga, with many teachers, in many different parts of the world. Witnessing the many positive benefits and changes it brought to her and those around her, her desire was to share that gift with others.
 
She completed her 200-hour training at the Studio DC complemented with the teachings of master teachers such as Jason Crandell and Mark Stephens.
Off the mat,
 

Aimee works in Marketing, where she has seen the direct linkage of her yoga practice to the success in her career. Aimee hopes to bring the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga to every student, creating a space for growth and exploration. She is grateful for the practice of yoga, for the opportunity to share it with others and for the Studio DC community!


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Anna Franklin finally gave in to taking a yoga class at the recommendation of a personal trainer, who suggested it as a break from strength training, running, and other cardio routines. Yoga became a welcome place to slow down (but still sweat!) and an opportunity to learn something challenging and new. Anna started embracing the practice as a return to the one constant we have--the breath--and a chance to see people, work, life, in a new light of the present moment.

When she suddenly became a part-time caretaker to a parent and then a sibling, Anna not only found the strength and courage in yoga to be a little kinder and a bit more patient, but also found herself increasingly attracted to the idea of sharing this healing practice with others. It wasn’t long before Anna enrolled in the 200-hour teacher-training program where she gladly became a student of the Studio DC’s awesome teachers, fabulous fellow trainees, and master teachers like Jason Crandall, Mark Stephens, and Eoin Finn.

Off the mat, Anna is a Special Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she works on organizational development and employee engagement to create better work environments for employees—in many ways an extension and continuation of her previous work as a human rights activist and a community organizer, first in the Peace Corps and then for the Obama for America presidential campaigns.

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Charlotte Healy is not one to sit still. Growing up, she was happiest when she was outside running, climbing or dancing with her big sister. In middle school, to help channel her energy, her dad encouraged her to try distance running. His advice would change the course of her life. As a runner, Charlotte found an outlet for the energy that often made it hard for her to focus. In college, after a year on a
competitive cross-country and track team, she turned her attention to completing her first marathon.

 

Since then, she has finished several marathons, including Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. To improve as a marathon runner, she sought to integrate forms of mental and spiritual training. Yoga, which connected her love of movement with a meditative and spiritual practice, seemed like a perfect fit. However, it didn’t take long for her to realize that yoga had become an essential feature of her life.

After moving to DC for a consulting job in 2012, she discovered Studio DC. Since then, her growing connection to the studio’s community has helped her to feel more at home in the city. As a teacher, she hopes to share her love and passion for yoga with others. Charlotte completed 200-hour training in Vinyasa Yoga at Studio DC in 2013.

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Ruth Ann Hudson is a public sector management consultant with IBM and is currently pursuing her MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Ruth Ann iscertified by the Studio DC Yoga School and brings kindness, humor, patience and inspiration to her classes, with a strong focus on breathwork and pranayama. She is excited to share yoga with others and hopes to spread the joy she has found in her own practice with her students.

 

Ruth Ann first discovered yoga while on a work assignment as a means to stay active after weeks of living in hotels. She was quickly amazed at the impact a regular yoga practice had on her life. By cultivating a regular practice, Ruth Ann began to build not only physical strength but mental and emotional strength. For Ruth Ann, yoga is not only a physical practice – it is the anchor that grounds her in an often stressful, hectic world.

 

Since 2005, Ruth Ann has trained with Shiva Rae, Natasha Rizopoulos, Donna Farhi, Edely L. Wallace, and Ana Forrest, among others.

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Georgia Ivsin came to yoga via a personal quest to learn more about what constitutes better health. The journey began with improving nutrition and exercise, but it quickly developed into a desire to become a better all-around person after a friend introduced her to yoga. The calm, clarity, and connectedness that she obtained from yoga allowed her to find ease within herself and approach others with a sense of kindness that she never had before. Georgia decided to become a yoga teacher to spread the knowledge and benefits she gained from yoga to others.

 

Georgia finds excitement in inspiring others to recognize that they can be the best version of themselves and do things they could not do before. She cares about encouraging others to learn more about themselves and to use this knowledge as a means to recognize and overcome fears. She believes that strength of body leads to strength of mind and strength of spirit, and she aims to cultivate all these strengths in her teaching while keeping things fun.

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Christine Kontra's vinyasa flow classes offer plenty of challenges, groovy music, and a space to have fun and add a healthy balance to our busy lives. She completed her 200-hour certification at The Studio DC, and has complimented her training by studying with master teachers including Bryan Kest, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Eoin Finn.

First discovering yoga in 2008, Christine grew to appreciate her practice for its physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Looking for a way to prevent running injuries through greater flexibility, she found her yoga practice made her body stronger and more resilient than ever. In addition, yoga offered a way to peel away distractions and let the things that truly matter rise to the surface. Building on her former experience as a fitness instructor, she wanted to share this practice with others seeking greater health, wellness, and clarity.

 

When not on the mat, Christine loves to run, hike, write, and cook, and enjoys her work in government affairs for a public research university.

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Johanna Kracke is a certified personal trainer with a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, and completed her 200 hour teacher training at The Studio DC in 2012. As a lifelong runner, Johanna started taking yoga in college and her hamstrings and stress level have thanked her ever since.

After personally experiencing the transformational effects yoga can have and realizing how the fitness world still vastly ignores the mind/body connection, Johanna hopes to bring the two worlds closer together. Johanna is the owner of Vigor Fitness and Wellness, LLC, and is incredibly grateful that yoga clothes are her standard work attire.

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Josh Kaplan is a former lawyer turned law school tutor and his interest in yoga led him to Key West, where he completed his 200 Hours certification. Since returning from Florida, he has enjoyed sharing his practice with students at the Studio DC, in classes ranging from Vinyasa and Gentle Flow to Restorative Yoga. Josh's yoga path began in 2004 when he graduated from law school and subconsciously realized that he could benefit immensely from a regular yoga practice to balance an otherwise hectic lifestyle. Josh's classes are all about mindfulness, whether it be mindfulness of the heart, the mind, or the body.

Accordingly, his classes are focused on creating a space where his students can feel comfortable being themselves and practicing on whatever level they feel is appropriate for them. Josh hopes to create a place in which his students can discover themselves on their own terms, using their practice as a tool of self-exploration, challenge, and acceptance.

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Kiley Naylor completed her 200 hour training through the Studio DC. Soon after starting yoga, she began to notice the many benefits beyond just the visible, physical results of her practice. She found the connection between mind and body, the power of breath and the ability to find balance in all aspects of her life.

Her practice is fun, powerful and authentic, and her classes are playful yet challenging. She hopes to create an environment that encourages each student to push themselves to their edge and get out of their comfort zone, all while taking responsibility for themselves on their own mat. There are no rules, expectations or competition. Her goal is to guide students in developing their own practice.

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Lauri Ng

 

When you step onto a yoga mat, it should feel like home. At least that is how Lauri felt when she first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2005, and that is how Lauri wants her students to feel in every single class she teaches. Lauri believes yoga is a vehicle for positive change and that each experience on the mat is a microcosm of the thoughts, words, actions, and patterns that fill daily life. Every time we place our bodies on the mat, we have an opportunity to look within ourselves for fullness. Lauri hopes that through her teaching, she can help her students find harmony and happiness in their lives.

Lauri received her 200-hour certification through YogaWorks at the New York City Teacher Training Center under the primary guidance of Jodie Rufty and Sarah Bell and studied yoga anatomy under Paula Lynch. Her classes are a blends of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar styles, with an emphasis on alignment, breath, and smiling! Her intention is to create a fun and safe environment for her students to explore and deepen their practices. Off the mat, Lauri is a student at American University, Washington College of Law.

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Nya Alemayhu first discovered yoga while studying at Simmons College in 2004. Her knowledge of yoga was quite limited at the time, but nevertheless, a meditative practice seemed like the perfect remedy for a stressed college student. Slowly, Nya began a regular practice and with it noticed changes not only in her physical body, but also in her mental and emotional body. After completing her degree in Political Science and Philosophy, Nya spent some time traveling the world in search of her life purpose. In 2011, Nya moved to Washington, D.C. and began practicing at The Studio DC. She was inspired so much by her teachers that she enrolled in the Teacher Training.

 

Nya completed her 200 hours and is certified by the Yoga Alliance. Initially, the training was meant to deepen her own practice, but as yoga became more of a positive influence on her attitude toward the world, she began to focus her energy on teaching. Nya is deeply committed to sharing the gift of yoga with the world. She feels this is her life purpose.

Nya has studied with Tiffany Cruikshank, Donna Farhi, Sara Ivanhoe, Chris Tompkins, and Mark Whitwell. The inspiration and guidance from all of her teachers is woven into every class. Nya teaches a Vinyasa flow that will challenge, energize, and safely lead you to your edge. She feels a tremendous sense of gratitude for the privilege to create a safe, nurturing, and sacred space for her students to connect with their breath, mind and body.

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Paula Pavlova was inspired to practice yoga by her love for classical and lyrical dance. In 2005, when dancing was no longer an option, Paula embarked on her journey of becoming a curious Yogini.
 
Yoga quickly became a personal journey, full of lessons in life and nature. The lightness, joy, and jocular spirit that yoga creates, is what kept bringing Paula back to her mat, and eventually to her path as a dedicated student and instructor. Much of her love for yoga can be credited to internationally recognized teachers such as Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea, and Kathryn Budig, among many other personally inspiring people.
 
As a yoga instructor, Paula safely and carefully creates sequences that are both challenging and playful. She deeply cares about offering a space where the physical asanas become an expression of each individual’s passionate soul with a musical selection that is focused on relaxing the mind, motivating the body, and balancing the spirit.
 

In addition to teaching yoga, Paula works as a freelance artist & graphic designer. She is also the co-founder of GAIA Collective, a spiritual art & jewelry collective, which creates unique crystal wire wraps and custom works.

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Brenna Ranzen believes yoga can be a tool to find wholeness and reconnect with our authentic selves. She believes a steady practice can help individuals find more clarity and peace of mind, tap into intuition and creativity and can open hearts in order to give and receive more love. She views yoga as powerful healer of the mind, body and soul.

A Wisconsin native, Brenna felt at home as soon as she took her first
yoga class. Although the practice was initially frustrating for her (and still is at times!), she knew she had to keep coming back to it because she always left class feeling better.


Brenna is inspired by teachers such as Elena Brower, Seane Corn and Eoin Finn, who have helped her remember that yoga really is about the journey, not the destination.
She completed her 200 hour teacher training with the Studio DC and works on international environmental projects by day.

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Liat Rosen began practicing yoga in 2006 and at the time, was focused only on the physical benefits yoga could provide. Four years later, a yoga retreat in Thailand opened her eyes to meditation, the power of breath and the spiritual aspects of yoga which resonated with her deeply. She was immediately drawn to the supportive, loving, and joyful environment yoga communities bring.


She received her teacher assistant training/mentorship and 200 RYT from Dancing Mind Yoga, a Baptiste Affiliate Power Vinyasa Yoga Studio and completed Level 1 Teacher Training with Mr. Baron Baptiste in Phoenicia, NY.

Liat brings humor, ease, breath, and flow to her powerful classes. She offers a flowing style of yoga with both amplifications and modifications for all poses. Liat is very grateful to have the opportunity to teach at The Studio DC and share her love of yoga with others!

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Eric Schwarz

An advanced practice means walking away feeling more mindful, subtle, and aware, and that one should not feel worse because one is unable to “do” a pose. Eric uses this philosophy to provide for his students a positive yoga practice, celebrating body shape, size, gender, age, or any other characteristics that one might narrate as either a limitation or a facilitator to a robust practice. He believes that yoga is an experience enhanced through diversity; there is room on the mat for individuals from all walks of life.

In early 2013, after a two-year journey, Eric lost his father to cancer.  Grief – beautiful teacher that it is – illuminated Eric’s dharma and he quit his job with the federal government o teach yoga full time.  Through a combination of strict breath counts, strength, alignment, gratitude, and compassion, Eric’s classes invite yogis to root down to Mother Earth, move past the ego, and walk away blissed-out, grounded, and full of love.

Eric is currently pursuing his 300-hr certification and expresses gratitude to his teacher, Natasha Rizopolous. 

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Emily Seldin first came to yoga in high school as a balance to running, field hockey and lacrosse. Developing a strong, power vinyasa practice, Emily fell in love with the Studio DC upon moving to DC in 2011. Never one to sit still, Emily comes to yoga not only for the physical benefits of asana, but also the spiritual and mental clarity her practice brings her off the mat. Emily is an arm balance junkie and can often be found inverted.

A St. Louis native, Emily has been practicing yoga for 8 years. When off the mat, Emily works at a digital agency, is politically active, enjoys traveling and experiencing cuisines of all types! As a teacher, she hopes to share her compassion, love and benefits of yoga with her fellow yogis and yoginis. Emily is a graduate of The Studio DC’s 200-hour registered yoga teacher training.

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Maggie Smith has a deep reverence and love for vast, wild places due to her upbringing along the coast of Maine and the mountains of Vermont. Nature's rhythms ground her, and she lives for moments of feeling very, very small yet incredibly alive and connected.

Maggie discovered yoga while traveling before college, but considers herself hooked since the beginning of 2013. She was inspired by her own teachers to become an instructor herself, so that she too could empower her students to cultivate strength, mind-body wisdom, a more open heart and peace of mind. She hopes to share with her students what she's discovered through yoga: that with enough awareness, you can feel just as alive, joyful and present on your mat, and in your daily life, as you might on top of a mountain.

Maggie works professionally as a graphics editor, translating complex data and science into meaningful visual stories, as maps and infographics. She studied geography, environmental studies and Spanish in college, and enjoys a mix of analysis and creativity. Her work as a visual journalist, targeting a global audience, is well-balanced with teaching yoga to intimate groups of familiar faces.

When not on the mat, Maggie is otherwise often found cruising on two wheels, behind a camera lens, out on the trails in the blue ridge mountains, swimming, climbing or cooking up a big meal with friends.

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Corey Cohn joined the Studio DC community several years ago and completed the 200 hour teacher training program. Ultimately, Corey hopes to help students on their journey whether it is purely physical or if it relates to reducing stress and anxiety, expanding awareness, gaining more self-gratitude, finding more ease when responding to challenges, or even more fully experiencing the wonder of living and developing a deeper feeling of connection with all that exists in their environment. By offering classes that incorporate both high intensity and deep relaxation, with compatible musical selections, Corey provides the means to safely explore physical boundaries and mental processes.

As an instructor and continual learner, he strives to lead safe practices that draw upon his education and current knowledge in medicine and psychology while maintaining a free-spirited practice.

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Leora Ward started practicing yoga to stay healthy and strong in a gentler way after an early life dedicated to competitive gymnastics and pole vaulting. She began her yoga journey in 2006 during a vulnerable time in the middle of nowhere Darfur without access to chocolate. Ever since then, she has used yoga to stay grounded while making chaos in other areas of her life.

Her yoga style mixes asana and pranayama for overall wellness. Leora is continuing to learn how to care for herself as well as others, and believes that we are better caretakers, activists, and change makers when we are good to ourselves. As such, her classes focus on self-care - in recognition that many in Washington, DC are part of larger movements to make a positive difference in the world. Despite her family and friends believing she has too many certificates, Leora completed her teacher training anyway with the Studio DC.

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Regina Wilson feels yoga found her when she was a teenager, and kept coming back to find her until she made it a central part of her life. She has experienced yoga as a powerful and healing practice that can be shared by anyone, no matter where they are on their own journey. She seeks to create a space where students learn from the body, rock the soul, and have fun!

 

Regina completed her 200-hour teacher training at The Studio DC and has studied with master teachers including Bryan Kest, Eoin Finn, and Tiffany Cruikshank. When she’s not on the mat, Regina is an international development professional specializing in conflict transformation and governance in sub-Saharan Africa. She also plays guitar and writes creatively.

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Visiting Faculty
 

Donna Farhi

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practising for 30 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally. Donna is best known for her unique ability to help students and teachers embody their spiritual practice. Her work focuses on the refinement of natural and universal movement principles that underlie all yoga practice. This concentration on fundamental principles allows students of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic yoga practice.


Donna has been the asana columnist for both Yoga Journal and Yoga International Magazine (U.S.A), and has been profiled in four separate publications on exceptional contemporary teachers of our time. Donna is the author of the contemporary classics; The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness and Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living. Her fourth book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship was released in November by Rodmell Press. American born, Donna now resides in Christchurch, New Zealand where she pursues her passionate love of horses.

 
 

Ana Forrest

Ana Forrest is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in yoga and emotional healing. Born crippled, her own life trauma and experiences, including physical abuse, drug addiction, epilepsy, and bulimia, compelled her to create Forrest Yoga and the Forrest Yoga Educational Library.

Ana took her first yoga class on a dare at age 14 and became a certified yoga instructor at age 18. In her search to become a better healer and teacher, she studied Native American medicine and ceremony, Homeopathy, Hands- On Healing, Martial Arts, Psychotherapy, and Regression Therapy.

Her philosophy and approach are unique and powerful, drawing on her vast life experiences. She is a living example of a spirit who has freed herself from the bondage of trauma, and chosen a warrior's path of compassion. Having studied a multitude of yoga styles and healing modalities, Ana's focus is on guiding the student to use Forrest Yoga in a meaningful way for the sacred exploration of truth, wholeness, and health.

Ana is a well-known contributing expert to Yoga Journal and other national wellness publications. She has journeyed to India, Nepal, Costa Rica, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and throughout Europe and the United States and currently teaches internationally at yoga conferences, workshops, and teacher trainings. Ana is on the board of Advisors for the Foundation for Athletic Research & Education (F.A.R.E. Play) and is an instructor for continuing education at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic.

 
 

Bryan Kest

Bryan Kest has been practicing yoga for over 30 years and has been teaching for over 26 years. He developed his unique, distinctive style of yoga, Original Power Yoga, in 1979. Over the years, this style, an amazing workout for the body, mind and spirit, has made him a well-known, popular teacher across the country and around the world.

His mainstream popularity is matched by an authentic foundation in the ancient practice of yoga and a long path of development as a yogi (a practitioner of yoga). At age 15, Bryan uprooted from his native Detroit home to make a life change in Hawaii. He moved to live with his father, a doctor, who understood the benefits of yoga. Like many of us, Bryan originally thought yoga was nothing more than strange contortions, but that changed when his father introduced him to a physical style of yoga called Ashtanga. This appealed to him immediately, and he soon observed great changes in himself, both physically and mentally. Yoga quickly became his passion, one that would take him to India for a year to study with the great yoga masters of the world, Pattabhi Jois. He has been continuing on his yoga path ever since.

Bryan founded three studios in Southern California (Santa Monica and Calabasas). He also teaches at workshops and retreats around the world; provides an intensive teachers training program; and is featured in his own Warner Brothers video series from 1995, as well as a newer video series and audio CD series. For articles by Bryan and more information about Power Yoga, visit www.PowerYoga.com.

Eoin Finn

 

Eoin Finn, (BA, EYRT 500 hrs) is a yogi, surfer and blissologist, who teaches his unique, transformative, alignment-based Blissology Yoga all over the world. He shares his passion that the nurturing mindset required to practice yoga with sukkha as well as an intimate connection with nature is at the foundation to allow us to live our most meaningful life possible.

Fusing his passion for athletics and yoga, Eoin has prepared over 100 Olympians as well as pro-athletes from around the world for high-level competition. Eoin’s teaching offers a heart-opening, invigorating and experiential practice, grounded with humor, dynamism and a focus on both physical and energetic alignment, not to mention some great yoga grooves inspired by his love for surfing and the ocean. Yoga, when practiced with this holistic awareness becomes fluid therapy, movement guided by the innate knowledge of our anatomy and evolution.

Eoin is one of Canada’s most renowned teachers, was one of lululemon’s first ambassadors, has a line of platinum selling yoga DVDs, teaches sold out workshops and YES (Yoga Ecology Surf) Retreats around the world and has been featured in InStyle Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Huffington Post, Elle, Flare, Yoga Journal, Vogue Australia, the Globe and Mail and Oprah Magazine.

Eoin has studied Eastern and Western philosophy in Canada and France and been a student of yoga, meditation since 1988. He counts among his teachers Ravi Ravindra, Nadia Toraman, David Swenson, David Williams, Pattabhi Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Donna Holleman, Orit Sen Gupta and Gioia Irwin, Myofascial Alignment teacher Tom Myers and Body Mind Psychotherapist Susan Aposhyan. He also studied Karate in Osaka, Japan for many years; disciplines that are infused into the holistic mind body heart experience of Blissology Yoga.

 

 

Mark Whitwell

 

Mark Whitwell has enjoyed a life long relationship with the teachings of Professor T. Krishnamacharya "the teacher of the teachers," notably BKS Iyengar, K Pattabhi Jois, Srivatsa Ramaswami, Indra Devi and TKV Desikachar. Having studied since 1973 in the home of Krishnamacharya with his son Desikachar, Mark is committed to communicating the timeless yoga principals with compassion and clarity.

Yoga is the means by which ordinary people absorb the nurturing and healing force of Life. It is made clear in TKV Desikachar's book The Heart of Yoga. Developing a Personal Practice to which Mark contributed and edited. He also contributed to Desikachar's Health Healing and Beyond.

Mark's books include:
- The Promise
- Practical Secrets for Your Life
- Love, Sex and Intimacy
- Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection

Mark established The Heart of Yoga Association a non-profit foundation that provides yoga education around the world with a multi cultural training program in the Middle East. The Peace Project. Visit www.heartofyoga.com

 
 

Natasha Rizopoulos

As a former ballet dancer, Natasha knew she had come home when she discovered Yoga in her 20s. That moment of recognition and delight continues to inspire her teaching to this day. Now a Senior Teacher at YogaWorks, and a writer, teacher, and DVD instructor with Yoga Journal, Natasha is known world-wide for her ability to communicate the essence of sophisticated postures and ideas in ways that have a transformative effect upon one's understanding of Yoga.

A dedicated Ashtanga practitioner for many years, she is equally captivated by the precision of the Iyengar system. These two traditions inform her teaching, creating a dynamic and rigorous blend of intelligently sequenced and aligned Vinyasa Flow. In addition to her classes in Boston, Natasha travels extensively, teaching at conferences and leading workshops and teacher trainings around the world. For more about Natasha (and to see clips of her DVDs) visit her website at www.natasharizopoulos.com.

 
 

Cameron Shayne

Cameron Shayne created Budokon International in 2000 as a functional integration system designed to approach human potential from the ancient perspective of Zen Mind. His integration of Yoga, Martial Arts, optimal nutrition and Zen meditation has established him as a true pioneer in the fields of health and wellness. Master Shayne has trained for more than 25 years in Japanese Budo and for nearly a decade in Hatha Yoga.

His keen understanding of mind/body dynamics, coupled with an eye for the complex qualities of movement has made him one of the most sought after mind-body-spirit innovators in the world. He travels throughout Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States teaching and certifying Budokon teachers.

 
 

Jason Crandell

Jason Crandell was recently named "one of the next generation of teachers shaping yoga's future" by Yoga Journal for his skillful, unique approach to vinyasa yoga. Jason is the creator of Yoga Journal's newest dvds: Yoga for Wellbeing; Yoga for Morning, Noon, and Night; and, The Complete Beginner's Guide to Yoga. He is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal and has authored over 17 articles for the magazine.

Jason teaches extensively at conferences in the United States and abroad and is part of numerous teacher-training faculties.

 
 

Tiffany Cruikshank

For more than 15 years, Tiffany Cruikshank has taught yoga throughout North America,empowering her students to transform their lives through mindfulness and dedication. Her classes and workshops are full of humor, heart and hard work.

In addition to teaching yoga classes, retreats and workshops internationally, Tiffany is the Acupuncturist for Nike World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon, and runs 200hr and 500hr yoga teacher trainings. She has been featured in various video and print ads for Nike and Lululemon, founded sports medicine clinics and treats many professional athletes and celebrities in Portland & NYC.

For more information about Tiffany visit: www.tiffanyyoga.com

 
 

Janet Stone

Janet Stone’s personal yoga journey began in 1996 when she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, where she met an inspired yogi and became dedicated to a conscious evolution through yoga. She blends a wealth of knowledge and experience to create a unique, vigorous-yet-sumptuous approach to Vinyasa yoga that melds awareness with movement, breath, heart, and humor. She teaches workshops, retreats, and teacher training around the world. Janet is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, having completed the 200-hour & 500-hour E-RYT program. (E-RYTs are qualified to train teachers and to conduct continuing education trainings). She leads a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified vinyasa yoga teacher training program structured around the 5 elements, as well as a 500-hour advanced training.

 
Find her DVDs, upcoming events and iTunes app at www.janetstoneyoga.com
 
 

Dave Stringer

The Los Angeles Times has declared the experience of chanting with Dave Stringer to be  “a departure from ancient kirtan. Stringer’s performance shaped the experience into a far more compelling musical encounter.” Kirtan (pronounced keer-tahn) originated in India, and is currently experiencing a worldwide renaissance as a participatory live music experience. Stringer has been widely profiled as one of the most innovative artists of the new American kirtan movement in publications as diverse as Time, Billboard, Yoga Journal and In Style.

Stringer’s sound marries the transcendent mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant, groove-oriented sensibility of American gospel, and he is regarded as one of the most gifted singers in the genre. Stringer, who is also an accomplished composer and multi-instrumentalist, has a special ability to bring people together and inspire them to sing. His work intends to create a modern and participatory theatrical experience out of the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all.

Gaura Vani

At the age of six Gaura Vani left the US to study sacred music in a gurukula or temple school in the timeless town of Vrindavan, India. He learned ancient prayers in Sanskrit and Bengali and to sing and play ethnic instruments like the harmonium and mrdanga. 25 years later he continues to share the magic he received and performs extensively with his kirtan ensemble, As Kindred Spirits, throughout the world from Europe, Africa and Asia, to the Americas.

As Kindred Spirits features the voice and harmonium of Gaura Vani, and the rhythms and melodies of multi-instrumentalist Shyam Kishore, along with a multicultural group of talented musicians, dancers and performers.

Dhanurdhara Swami

Dhanurdhara Swami has been a practitioner of bhakti yoga for 40 years. He took initiation into the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage in 1974 and accepted the sannyasa ashrama or renounced order of life and became a monk in 1982.

Dhanurdhara Swami spent the last 30 years in India where he focuses on studying, writing and taking people on pilgrimage of holy places. Half of the year he spends in the west traveling, leacturing and speaking about bhakti yoga.

He is the author of three books — Waves of Devotion: A Comprehensive Study of The Nectar of Devotion, Greetings from Vrindavana, a selected collection of his thoughts and realizations from 2000–2004, and Japa Meditations: Contemplations on Entering the Holy Name, a collection of selected personal realizations on japa meditation. He is currently working on several writing projects including a contemporary book on bhakti and a book on kirtan. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York.

Christopher Tompkins

Christopher Tompkins is director of UC Berkeley’s renowned “Meditation, Mysticism, and the Mind” class.  Christopher and his team of instructors have now initiated over 2,500 students in the practice of yoga meditation. He has 3 degrees in Religion, including a Master’s Degree from Harvard and a Master’s from Berkeley in Sanskrit. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the Tantric Origins of Hatha Yoga.

Christopher is a Yoga Philosophy teacher at Yoga Tree (SF), lectures nationally and trains Yoga teachers in the history and philosophy of Indian Yoga.  He is the co-founder and co-director of the Yoga Foundation. He has also founded Yoga Sculptures of India, which imports rare and sacred Indian art for the Yoga Community.

Wynne Paris

Wynne Paris is a world beat artist/producer and musician who has spent the last decade devoted to an emerging genre of spiritual music: Yoga music and Kirtan. Wynne’s artistic sound is derived from 20 years of musical adventures and spiritual experiences.

As a yoga musician, Wynne has performed his music on such diverse stages as those at Constitution Hall, the Smithsonian music series at the National Zoo and the Millenium celebration in Washington DC; CB’s Gallery (CBGB’s) in New York, the Health and Harmony Festival in northern California, and Karmapalooza in Florida. Wynne has also performed with the Indian Saint Ammachi, and sang at a Washingtonian event that  featured  H.H. The Dalai Lama.

Since 2004, Wynne has focused his live performances on a new, spiritual kind of venue -- the yoga studio. At his live shows he sings in English and Sanskrit, he plays guitar, Sarod and percussion with dance loops, and delivers a set that includes kirtan chanting, American music (jazz, gospel, rock), world beat rhythms and raga scales. A participation mystique is encouraged as Wynne leads the audience through singing, dancing and meditations  during his performance.

Kamaniya Devi

Kamaniya has committed her life fully to devotional chanting. Attracted by Bhakti Yoga, the path of devotion, both Kamaniya and Keshavacharya have spent many years living in ashrams, searching for the divine through devotional service and singing. Seeing the impact of chanting on people, Kamaniya & Keshavacharya Das were inspired to dedicate their lives to sharing the universal spiritual practice of kirtan with the Western world.

Known for her joyful expression, Kamaniya's love for kirtan and Sanskrit chanting is contagious. As well as leading her own kirtan for the past ten years, Kamaniya has accompanied several well-known devotional singers, including Shyamdas, Jai Uttal, Girish, and Durga Das.

Keshavacharya Das

For Keshavacharya Das, kirtan is not merely a musical style – it is a way of life. Through his daily practice, he refined his natural talent for singing more and more and began to fall in love with kirtan. Desiring to go deeper in his chanting, he journeyed to several sacred places in India , staying in ashrams there and learning at the feet of masters in the birthplace of kirtan.

A life-long learner, Keshavacharya studied under renowned world music singer Jai Uttal and others. With their loving encouragement, Keshavacharya embarked on his own kirtan project. After regular concerts in the New York City area, including Jivamukti Yoga Studio, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and the Ananda Ashram Yoga Society, he recorded his first live studio recording of traditional Indian kirtan. Released in April of 2007, “Crying of the Soul” continues to be warmly received and praised.

Keshavacharya's musical and spiritual journey led him from the pristine mountains of Switzerland , to the ancient temples and simple monasteries of India , and now to the yoga studios and ashrams tucked within America 's bustling cities. He sees kirtan as a way to connect the performer and the listeners on a spiritual and artistic level, and an opportunity to create sacred space and invite others to enter into that space through the medium of sound.

Michael Schiesser

Founder, and a member of the board of directors of the Inner Journey Seminars, LLC, based out of California.  Michael has 28 years of experience in the field of facilitation in the US, Canada, and Europe.  Specializing in individual and group dynamics, he is a facilitator for The Inner Journey (outside of DC), the Human Experience Seminar, the Inner Journey Transformational Facilitation Training, and the Essential Pilgrimage courses.  

He is also a life coach as well as a consultant for organizations.

He is a co-creator of A Journey into the Soul of Leadership, a transformational course for organizational leaders. 

 

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