Jillian (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Jillian sporadically practiced yoga several years ago, thinking it was just a “stretch” and nothing beyond that: Until she developed a consistent practice a few years at Love Yoga Studio, she immediately fell in love! Coming from an extensive active lifestyle, yoga has helped compliment her life in many more ways than just being flexible: It has helped her become more aware of her surroundings, intentions, intuitions, and stress levels. Since then, she has received her 200 HR Certification with Love Yoga Studio in December! Even though she has a strong hatha practice, she also loves winding down to a Gentle or Yin class! Aside from her full time job as a Cartographer, she enjoys making crafts, going to the gym, discovering new places, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her three-legged dog Foxxy!
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.
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.
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.
Ma'Sheka (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Ma’Sheka received her 200 HR. teacher training from Love Yoga. Ma’Sheka is someone who is always smiling and loves to share her light. Her favorite quote is “a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle!” Ma’Sheka loves to read, write, paint, be with nature, and practice yoga. She believes yoga is a way of life as it has helped her with anxiety and managing stress. She is a blogger and author who encourages others to be their best self by spreading positivity with affirmations and sharing her light. Ma’Sheka is a certified Community Health Worker and a Tobacco Treatment Specialist focusing on integrative approaches to assist others to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. Her desire is to provide yoga service to disadvantaged communities to help them cope with different stressors and developing healthy practices. She loves to travel near and far including trips to India, Ecuador, Jamaica, Japan, and Thailand.
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 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. With a background in physical therapy, Ravin 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.
Monica Corry is a certified Hatha/Vinyasa, ChildLight Yoga, and Budding Yogis teacher who enjoys a good laugh and great company. She walked into her first yoga class over 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 loves to travel and is always looking for a great flight deal!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gabbi (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Gabbi's personal yoga practice began in 2012 learning from YouTube videos and online research, then expanding to local yoga classes. She credits the Quaker school that she attended for laying a foundation of values such as non-violence, non-attachment and self-study that she continues to explore through her yoga practice. Her love for the principles of yoga is evident through her teaching. Gabbi cherishes the mental and emotional healing that she has experienced through yoga and mindfulness, which is what drew her to become at teacher. She has a 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Certification as well as an Aromatherapy Yoga Certification, and has studied at Hridaya (Spiritual Heart) Yoga in Mazunte, Mexico. Gabbi brings a soulful and meditative, yet light-hearted energy to each class. Her class slows down the typical vinyasa flow, bringing attention to alignment and mental strength/flexibility, often reminding her students of B.K.S Iyengar's sentiment that "the pose begins when you want to leave it."
Scheera (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Scheera started her journey with meditation several years ago and fully committed herself to her yoga practice in August 2017. It was at Love Yoga Studio where she completed her 200Hr teacher training. This journey has changed her life dramatically. She is very spiritual and has connected to the power of crystals that also bring a certain energy into her life. Scheera revolves around the importance of self-love, self-care, and how it’s a major key to peace and happiness. She enjoys a good fast pace class but also loves a good slow flow that’s engaging with the breath. Scheera’s style of teaching is either a High-Low Hatha Flow or a Yin Flow. The energy she brings to each class is very kind, supportive, personable, passionate, and affectionate. She conducts each class with a very intimate energy.
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.