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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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. In summer of 2019, Asia became co-owner of the studio along with her mother Vicki!
Toni received her 200 hour 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.
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.
Angel teaches a series of Children’s Yoga Classes, and Adult Meditation and Flow classes. She draws on her love for the ocean, dancing, and the spiritual healing sounds of music. She believes yoga gives us a release from the labels and expectations we place on ourselves. She aims to create spaces where her students feel free to breathe with ease, move with confidence, and feel a deeper integration of mind, body, and spirit.
In practice, she enjoys fluid movements that mimic the rhythmic rise and fall of ocean waves, and using the healing power of breath and music to create yoga sequences that will help her students to release tension from their bodies and surrender to their own fluid nature.
Her classes are not focused on cueing alignment, but rather on the journey of obtaining peace in mind, body, and soul through breath work, mindful movements (a series of asanas), and meditation.