Malachi (Level 1 Jiivana L.I.F.E. Yoga® Teacher)
Malachi has been practicing yoga for 7 years. He began studying African dance and music at the age of 16 and it was through his intensive dance training at the Dance Institute of Washington that Malachi was first introduced to yoga in 2013. After only a few classes, Malachi immediately fell in love with yoga and through his journey he has found a renewed sense of peace, spirituality and purpose. Malachi completed the Level 1 Jiivana (L.I.F.E.) Yoga® teacher training at Spiritual Essence Yoga in 2019 and plans to continue with Level 2 in 2020. Malachi is also an artist and filmmaker. In Malachi’s classes he loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice.
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!
Richelle started practicing yoga (many) years ago while healing from an injury. She continued to practice sporadically over the years, mainly just for injury recovery or stretching purposes. A few years ago, Richelle felt a calling to come back to her mat and practice with more intentionality and dedication. She eventually found her way to Love Yoga Studio in 2019, and completed her 200 hour YTT there in July of 2020. She feels that yoga is the best way to heal not only the body, but more importantly, the soul. Richelle loves a good Vinyasa practice, but also likes to wind down with a long and slow Hatha flow as well.
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.
Tanisha (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Tanisha's calm tone is instantly relaxing, perfect for yoga, yoga nidra, and guided mediation. She is also a Reiki Master Practitioner who utilizes this technique to promote relaxation and a positive mental state through gentle touch. Tanisha received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teaching certification through the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine. The certified yogi also co- hosts workshops and retreats. Her yoga teaching style is soft, gentle and present - creating a peaceful, inviting environment for all.
Amina began her yoga journey five years ago here at Love Yoga Studio. In 2019 Amina committed to learning more about the healing benefits of a regular yoga practice in the hopes of sharing with her special education students. She enrolled in Love Yoga Studios YTT 2019-2020. Since then yoga “ has made me stronger in body, mind, and spirit. It has helped to provide a strong sense of balance in my life. Yoga has helped me to break through psychological and emotional barriers within myself. I want to share the gift of yoga with people who aren’t your typical yogis, people with bigger bodies, social needs and other populations that aren’t exposed to the unique benefits of yoga.”
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! Asia has taught over 1000 hours of yoga classes, workshops and retreats.
Angelena (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 HR)
Growing up in Hawaii, Angelena spent her days outside hiking in the mountains and on her board at the beach. Her love for this mindful practice began in 2007 when she went with her first yoga class. "I saw yoga as a way to stretch my body and support my other activities. I liked the challenging movements, the heated vinyasa classes, and the feel of ease I hadn't found anywhere else." Over the years, yoga became a mindfulness practice for Angelena. She was able to find balance in her active life with the gentler practices of yin, restorative, and slow flow. "Yoga has taught me to hold space for myself, listen to the needs of my body, and stay present throughout constant change." Her mission is to inspire others to improve wellness and cultivate ease. Through teaching and share the journey of yoga through mind, body, and spirit. Angie's classes focus heavily on alignment, breath technique and self-awareness. Expect to sweat, move through dynamic postures, and find grounding in your body. Classes usually end with a short meditation and singing bowls.
Ashley Nicole began her journey with yoga in 2014 at the Univeristy of Tennessee in Knoxville. After graduating, she continued attending classes and grew consistent in her practice over the years. Yoga was a practice of centering, focusing, and learning of self when she moved away from family to Indiana for employment. While she was there, her dedication for yoga grew as she taught corporate workshops at univeristy departments, instructed private sessions, and practiced the styles of hatha, vinyasa, restorative, yin, and acroyoga. Most of all, she enjoys sharing that euphoric feeling she has during her personal sessions with you.
Tonya (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Tonya has an insightful and impactful way of connecting with her students. She gives a unique experience that stretches the mind and body. She has a gentle and calming presence. When she is not on the mat she is out traveling the world and spending time with family and friends.
Erica Jones (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Erica began her yoga journey several years ago with a home practice. 2019, Erica committed to learning more about yoga and it's benefits. Summer 2020, Erica completed a 200-hour level YTT at Love Yoga Studios. The experiences and learnings about the various yogic limbs helped her work through both physical and mental tribulations, helping her become more aware of herself. Erica enjoys living, loving, laughing, and being a yogi.
Kate Shin (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Kate Shin is a yogi entrepreneur and an E-RYT 200 and YACEP as designated by Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training with Corepower Yoga Bethesda in 2014. She is also certified to teach Yoga Sculpt, Yin & Restorative Yoga. She is a native of College Park, MD. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008. Then, earned her master’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from Florida International University in 2010. During her Saturn return, she decided to leave the hospitality industry and become a full-time yoga instructor. In 2018, she worked for Yoga Alliance as a Member Support Representative. In the same year, she started her own yoga business, Yoga by Kate Shin, focusing on providing continuing education courses to support yoga teacher in their professional development journey. Since then, she led 10 continuing education workshops and 1 yoga retreat in 2019 in New Orleans, LA.
Ashley Cray (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Richelle Barber (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Mariah (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Mariah discovered her passion for Yoga in 2012 while on a journey to find peace, self-acceptance and gratitude.She fell in love with its natural ability to ease stress and calm the mind so she decided to make the conscious effort to become an instructor in 2018 to help others replace feelings of self-doubt with self-love. She aims to promote mindfulness and balance through Vinyasa Yoga and Hip Hop Hatha incorporating Hip Hop, R&B, Neo-soul and Trap Music into her practice. Mariah intends to share her love for Yoga in hopes to grow as an instructor and to show others that you can find your zen, build strength and tap into your higher self all while having fun!
Mariah (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 HR)
Mariah graduated this year from Sattva Yoga Studio in Seminole Heights, Florida. She was first introduced to Yoga as a fun means to fill college credits. Then while battling anxiety and depression, like many, tried everything under the sun to cope. She later rediscovered Yoga as a part of her journey to heal the body, mind, and soul. Now as a Sign Language interpreter and Mental Health counseling student, her goal is to create an inclusive environment for all to enjoy Yoga’s benefits and learn some tools to take home. Through visual teaching of mindful movements, guided breath work, and self-care practice, her classes are accessible and promote healing from within. Mariah believes; No matter your background: Deaf or hearing, seasoned Yogi or brand new to yoga. Yoga is for you. You are welcome here. You belong.
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.
Ifiya started her yoga journey in 2008. In 2014 she decided to pursue her 200hr Yoga and Healing Science at Loyola Marymount University in California. Ifiya is experienced with five most popular styles of Hatha yoga currently practiced such as Asthanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Power and her favorite Vinyasa. Her classes incorporates meditation, chanting, pranayama, yoga anatomy, inversions and more. They also provide an opportunity for self care to help increase empathy, build resilience, increase self-reflection, self esteem, decrease stress and prevent 'prime' of life burnout. Ifiya believes you should always be able to dance on a sea of self-discovery!
Annelise first came to yoga when she was a child with her mother. What started as a new way to work out and hang with mom, morphed into a deep sense of purpose in sharing the health, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga and mindfulness with kids of all ages. Annelise moved to Hyattsville in 2019 and was immediately drawn to the community at Love Yoga Studio. She is specifically drawn to yin and restorative yoga, as a way to deepen relaxation and reduce anxiety and stress. Annelise loves working with kids of all abilities because they are her greatest teachers. They remind her to laugh, live in the moment, and not take herself (or her practice) too seriously.
Keva (MSPT, PMA Certified Pilates Instructor)
Keva has been a practicing physical therapist and Pilates instructor since the early 2000’s. Her physical therapist background enhances her Pilates teaching, because it has given her a keen eye for recognizing imbalances in her client's movements. She knows the importance of guided, focused body conditioning like Pilates, in keeping your body flexible, strong and capable of doing the things you love. Keva enjoys creating classes that translate into tangible improvements in her students daily lives. She believes that by practicing Pilates, we can keep ourselves moving well for years to come.
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.
After years of rigorous training in classical ballet, Dianne was drawn to yoga by the joyful movements and calming breath work. When she first stepped on the mat, she found freedom through mindful movement. After five years, she developed a strong home practice and noticed the nurturing power of yoga. With the power of conscious breath, she was able to discover a new sense of calm. Dianne’s teaching philosophy is one where all levels are welcome. She strives to create a space of encouragement and non-judgment in every class, focusing on personalizing each practice to meet her yogis where they are. Dianne completed her 200-hour yoga certification at Love Yoga Studio in Hyattsville, Maryland in 2017. Off the mat, you might find Dianne planning her next global adventure, challenging herself with a tasty new recipe, or searching for hidden gems in Washington, D.C.
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.
Kayla Harley's background as a Professional Dancer and Performance Artist first peaked her interest in self-care, injury prevention, body awareness and the science of energy. She has been teaching this specialized technique for 3 years in and throughout the U.S. and Internationally as Health Fairs, Yoga Festivals, in Wellness Centers and seeing clients One-on-One.
Kayla is a Dance Scholar, is a part of the NextGen Committee for International Association of Blacks in Dance Inc. Harley has also authored two books on dance entitled: A Broke Dancer’s Guide to Success and A Traveling Dancer.