Chelsea (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR with Certification in Yin Yoga)
Chelsea is an aspiring author and climate change policy strategist. She was initially dragged to the mat kicking and screaming, but after one Vinyasa flow class was hooked. While she adopted yoga primarily as a means of managing stress, she quickly fell in love with the holistic impacts on body, mind and spirit. Her yoga practice has accompanied her through some major life changes, and she is eager to help others find joy, grounding and enlightenment. Her classes are infused with humor (please laugh at her jokes), creativity and energy.
At age 14, Brittany took her first yoga class. It was there that she seemed to really notice her breath for the first time. She was intrigued with how she felt after class and the sense of calmness that followed her both on and off the mat. Continuing her yoga journey throughout college, Brittany moved from North Carolina to D.C. in 2010 and found a consistent practice at Yoga District. Completing Yoga District’s 200 hour teacher training in winter of 2015, Brittany’s classes invite all levels of practice and typically follow an invigorating flow style while incorporating her love for Dharma Yoga, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. Her classes start out slow— reminding us to be present – build heat quickly and end with a nice, long savasana. Brittany shares her love of music in her classes, occasional short readings from her favorite teachers and burns incense to clear the room. Her classrooms are kept at room temperature.
Michael frequently cites his own experience to illustrate the transformative power of yoga – he was dragged, kicking and screaming, to his first yoga class. But the impact of the practice on his life was so tremendous that seven years later he was graduating as a certified teacher in the Anusara style of hatha yoga. His teaching is alignment-based and heart-centered, seeking to empower students with the tools and environment with which to achieve the balance, well-being and spiritual expression they seek in their daily lives. Michael’s classes are inspiring, challenging, safe, playful, adventurous, and infused with the kind of rock and roll energy you'd expect from someone who has been playing guitar in bands for their entire life! And while they are always a lot of fun, they are also serious - firmly grounded not only in a strong asana practice but in all eight limbs of Yoga, with the goal of offering students an experience that is much more than simply stretching in Sanskrit. Michael also co-leads Love Yoga's 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
Asia’s love affair with movement started in childhood, yet her journey with yoga did not begin until 2014 with a trial class at a local dance studio. From there she was introduced to the mindfulness of yoga at a small community studio. It was not until moving to Hyattsville in 2015 that Asia came across Love Yoga and immediately felt connected and has been hooked on yoga ever since. She enjoys practicing Hatha yoga and Yin yoga. Her interest in yoga goes beyond her own practice as she believes in the healing powers of yoga and desires to spread this power into various community niches.
Ravin started practicing yoga three years ago as a self-taught yogi using YouTube, books, and photographs as her guides. She started learning Ashtanga yoga, but loves teaching and practicing Vinyasa yoga as well. Over the years, Ravin has learned to hone her skills and develop her own strong private practice. She loves beginning the class slow and slowly quickens the pace to build heat for her students. Her music choices can range from soft acoustic covers to EDM upbeat songs. Ravin’s personal mantras are “Just because something is not possible one day, does not mean it is not possible someday” and “BeYOUtiful.” Ravin works as a Physical Therapy Aide, and has a passion for healing the human body and spirit with non-invasive holistic methods. She fell in love with yoga and the benefits it offers for the mind, body, and spirit. Due to Ravin’s background in physical therapy, she is knowledgeable on how to modify the practice and asana to meet each individual’s needs. Currently, Ravin is attending school at Prince George’s Community College for a minor in Business Management and gathering prerequisites to transfer into Physical Therapy School. And Ravin loves adventure! When she is not at school, work, or teaching, expect to see her on her next adventure! She completed her Yoga Teacher Training as a RYT 200 in February 2017, and is CPR/AED/First Aid certified.
Rachel (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Rachel has been practicing yoga for nine years. She first came to yoga as a compliment to running and fell in love. She enjoys challenging vinyasa flow style classes but received a solid, alignment based Hatha teacher training at Love Yoga. Rachel fosters a playful practice that invites students to play with their poses and find their edge. Rachel is also an artist and professor. She brings her creativity to her yoga teaching and her yoga into her college classroom. She believes mindfulness and body awareness can compliment all parts of life and work.
Toni received her 200 Hr. teacher training from Yoga District. Originally from Bulgaria, she has lived in the DC area for the last 24 years, so she can definitely call herself a local. Her boundless love for all things musical informs her classes--think a lush aural adventure of a playlist. Her classes explore the way sound moves the body and spirit. You can always expect lots of alignment cues. Toni loves the community and is grateful for the opportunity to serve. She likes to bring levity to her class and hopes you will walk away smiling. When she is not teaching yoga, Toni works on her Ph.D. in Anthropology (tonitileva.com), teaches GRE test prep, cooks (persimmonious.blogspot.com), DJs, and brews kombucha. She teaches Pilates too, but don't fear her core powers...too much.
Jan (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Jan began practicing yoga 10 years ago. She has dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher, and thanks Love Yoga Yoga Teacher Training for making this dream come true. She loves teaching classes that help yogis at all levels become more flexible and learn how to achieve balance between action and resistant. She is also a professor at the University of Maryland where she studies how children learn language. Jan believes that if adults could have the flexibility in mind, body, and spirit that children have, then the world would be a better place.
Monica Corry is a certified Hatha/Vinyasa, ChildLight Yoga, and Budding Yogis teacher who enjoys a good laugh and good company. She walked into her first yoga class 15 years ago for exercise. However, as her yoga practice deepened, yoga became more than exercise. It became a way of life. She loves learning new things, and is excited to share her teachings and love of yoga with adults, children and families. In her adult classes, Monica is inspired by her teacher Faith Hunter, and brings some of Faith's Spiritually Fly soulfulness to her choice of music (lots of R&B, Beyonce, and Brazilian samba) and to her point of references and stories. She is a legal professional, and will oftentimes link legalese with yoga. She cracks herself up when she does this.
Angel has an extensive background in early childhood education through the capacity of professional teaching, coaching, and training. Her journey of exposing children to the practice of mindfulness began in her teaching experiences as a kindergarten teacher in 2005. She currently works as an early childhood instructional specialist where she supports preschool teachers with using yoga and mindfulness to create calm and safe learning environments. She believes yoga is the missing link to making sure we are supporting the whole child--mind, body, and heart. In her classes, she uses adventure whether an imaginary trip to the zoo or a day at the beach, to grow children's creativity, confidence, concentration, body awareness, and compassion.
Off the mat, she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the great outdoors of the DMV area, and helping those around her connect with their inner harmony.
Anil's yoga practice combines spiritual and physical benefits that contribute to a holistic life style. Each asana provides particular significance and benefits, therefore, stretching, bending, twisting and balancing have direct effects on the human body. He has achieved Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2004. His practice deepened in the U.S., and in 2010, he completed 500 hours Teacher Training from ISTHA Yoga. He is an avid traveler and photographer. He is also deeply interested in Eastern religious study, particularly the scientific aspect. He has incorporated both Eastern and Western ways of practicing yoga. However, he is influenced by more traditional styles of teaching yoga which he learned in his home country, Nepal.