Meet Faith Hunter, DC/NYC based Yoga instructor, global traveler, & Lifestylist, sprinkled with a dash of Louisiana charm. Faith began her life long love affair with yoga in the early 90s as a way to cope as her beloved brother Michael was dying from a complication related to AIDS. Through meditation and mindfulness Faith was able to release her fears and experience an awakening from within. From that day forward, she committed herself to sharing these practices with the world. Always eager to learn, explore, and share, Faith is an inspiring and generous mentor to yoga practitioners of all skill levels.
Marni Sclaroff is a celebrated Yoga teacher with over twenty years of experience in the healing arts. She leads workshops, retreats, mentoring programs, and teacher trainings throughout the US and abroad. She is also a writer and speaker on the transformative power of living Yoga and the healing work of anchoring the heart in the soul.
She came to Yoga after searching for a way to heal from her many years of suffering from depression and disordered eating. After attending her first Yoga class in 1996, she knew that she had come home. (more…)
Jean – Jacques Gabriel
Jean-Jacques is a Haitian-born artist, father, and teacher living in Philadelphia. He started painting in his father’s studio, before he could walk, and later studied at the University of the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He found yoga while at art school in 2001, and has delighted in consistent practice and study since. In both art making and asana, he honors the power and potential of rituals and inspired creativity. Jean-Jacques studied Ashtangta in Southern India, receiving his first yoga teacher certification in 2007, and became a certified AcroYoga teacher in 2008. He completed an Anusara teacher training in 2011, and completed YogaHour Teacher Training with Darren Rhodes in 2013. (more…)
Becky Eschenroeder— a 500 hour RYT, 200 hour E-RYT, RCYT —is an accomplished Yogi who was voted as one of the top three yoga instructors by Richmond Magazine in 2015
Becky received her 200 hour RYT under Arlene Bjork and Grace Yoga Training Systems in late 2009. Becky then obtained her 500 hour RYT through Om On Yoga under the guidance and wisdom of Jennifer Elliott. Becky made the conscious decision to dedicate her life to bringing her love of yoga, movement, and learning to all walks of life. Her ability to meaningfully connect with those she serves so selflessly arises out of her personal commitment and disciplined approach to deepening her own learning and practice of yoga, philosophy, and meditation. (more…)
HawaH is an artist, author, educator, and community organizer. In the year 2000, he co-founded One Common Unity, a non-profit organization that inspires a culture of non-violence through arts and and music. He has released four books, two musical CD’s, and produced three documentary films. His fourth book, The Poetry Of Yoga, is a 2 volume anthology set featuring the writing of 300+ yogi poets from 19 different countries. Hawah is a certified yoga instructor who has been teaching for 16 years. (more…)
Anjali Sunita is the Founder and Director of Baltimore Yoga Village and the Jivan Yoga Teacher training held there. She has been studying yoga philosophy, North Indian classical chanting, pranayama, yoga asanas, and meditation ceaselessly for the past 17 years and has taught yoga in India, Peru, Canada, and the United States in diverse settings and programs since 2005. She is an ayurvedic consultant certified by her teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad, and the Ayurvedic Institute. She recognizes the immensity and simplicity of these ancient sciences, and though she teaches yoga and ayurveda, will remain a humble student for the rest of her life.
John L. Thurman, E-RYT 200, is a Washington, DC based yoga instructor who teaches vinyasa flow power yoga classes. He teaches in a style that focuses on providing a challenging and fun environment for all levels. He has been personally practicing yoga since 2001, and his training includes exposure to Rocket, Iyengar, restorative, and vinyasa style asanas, as well as pranayama and mediation. His physical background includes football, triathlons, weight lifting, high-intensity training, and running. John completed Mimi Rieger’s 200-hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Washington, DC, as well as a 50-hour Rocket Yoga training at Asta Yoga Studio, San Francisco, CA.
Dana is a certified yoga teacher and trainer, Master Life Coach and Holistic Health Practitioner. Considered a “Jane of all Holistic Trades” she specializes in Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki and is a gifted Intuitive Counselor. She has practiced yoga for over a decade and is registered with the National Yoga Alliance.
To keep classes creative and fun, she continues to seek inspiration through workshops and advanced studies. Dana believes that yoga is a powerful tool on the path of total wellness. Her style of teaching draws from Ashtanga, Iyengar and Vinyasa roots. (more…)
Jonathan Miles, E-RYT 200, is a passionate yogi, and inspirational instructor. Combining over 15 years’ experience practicing kung fu, capoeira and studying the path of Yoga, Jonathan (Yogi J) Miles has been teaching yoga, and leading workshops and trainings since 2003, is the lead ERYT for the Om On Yoga teacher training program, and staffs the 300 hour advanced TT. In 2010 Jonathan co-founded Project Yoga Richmond (PYR), whose mission is to help spread the joy and benefits of yoga to those with the least access, and to create a stronger, unified yoga community. “I believe that life can be lived playfully and skillfully, with joy and passion.”
Hari-kirtana is registered as an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, holds an 800-Hour teaching certification from the Jivamukti Yoga School, and is the author of the upcoming book In Search of the Highest Truth: Adventures in Yoga Philosophy. Having a life-long interest in yoga, meditation, and eastern spiritual philosophy, Hari-kirtana das lived full-time in devotional yoga ashrams and intentional spiritual communities from 1977 to 1981. (more…)
Kelley Carboni-Woods is a mother, wife, business owner and wellness advocate. She decided to become a yoga teacher to make sure more people of color were introduced to the living practice of yoga. Her own practice has aided her in navigating marriage, the births of her two sons and most recently the death of a close family member. She is committed to making the healing power of this living practice accessible to all. Her style of teaching is focused on exposing each student to the aspects of yoga that go beyond the physical postures. Besides her weekly community class offerings, Kelley offers monthly workshops, private and corporate yoga sessions and seasonal retreats. (more…)
Suzanne McCahill Perrine
Suzanne McCahill Perrine, BA, E-RYT 200, began teaching Yoga in 2005 over 12 years ago. Inspired to connect to others in her community and spread the joy and healing potential of yoga, she opened The Center Yoga, the first dedicated yoga studio in Harrisonburg, VA and is the director and teacher at The Center School of Yoga, a fully registered 200-hour YTT Program. After two years of study in the Anusara Yoga tradition with teachers, John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Christina Sell, Elena Browner, Suzie Hurley, Amy Ippoliti, and Douglas Brooks, Suzanne felt a strong desire to encourage her students to have fun, relax, and enjoy the splendid journey that yoga offers them both on their mats and in their lives. (more…)
Shannon Harrison is a yoga instructing, community event hosting, hairstylist mom from Richmond, Virginia who has a passion for all things movement! Her first yoga class was at age 15 but it was ten years later when she really dove into exploring what the world of yoga has to offer. She completed her 200 hour teacher training through YogaWorks, lead by Anne Van Vaulkenburg, in February 2015 in Richmond, Virginia and her 50 hour Rocket Yoga certification, lead by Steve Pyka, in May 2016 in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. (more…)
Michelle Lee Landon
Michelle Lee Landon is a yoga instructor living in Richmond, VA. She grew up in Clifton, VA, a beautiful small town hidden in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from Virginia Commonwealth University and completed the Career Switchers program through EducateVA to become a high school teacher in December 2016. Michelle plans to start her newest adventure, teaching high school full time, (in addition to yoga) starting in Fall 2017.
Her style of teaching, and practice continues to evolve as she continues her own journey on the path of yoga. (more…)
Lydia Nitya Griffith has spent 12 years on a spiritual journey inspired by the teachings of her guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda. Over the years Nitya has become a master in teaching children’s yoga throughout the Richmond community, by using her gifted voice and creative sense of story telling to create a truly unique classroom format based in traditional hatha yoga. She also has co-created and is director of The Yoga with Nitya Kids Yoga Camp since 2006 for kids and teens. Nitya has launched her national brand of “Yoga with Nitya” with the release of her kid’s yoga DVD, book “A Child’s Journey into Yoga”, and new book “Yoga with Nitya Cookbook; Eating Local, Seasonal, and Vegetarian for a Healthy Life”. (more…)
Adrianne is a social change agent focusing on using yoga and conscious movement as a means to promote peace and overall well being. She sees self-care as an integral method to help people truly re-imagine, and re-create the type of world we want to live in. After spending more than 7 years as a communication strategist for progressive nonprofits, and running her own consulting firm for three years, Adrianne shifted her focus to life coaching and full time healing advocacy as a means to be of better service to her colleagues–especially in our changing political climate. (more…)
Dan Carter, known to his students as Danimal, is an RYT 200 in Washington D.C. where he teaches Rocket, Vinyasa and Foam Rolling. He began practicing yoga in 2007 when attending a summer camp for nerds. Danimal’s practice is inspired by nature and the creatures that inhabit it, which includes poses, breath work and philosophical talks revolving around an animal of his choice. Though his practices are often challenging and firey, he is also dedicated to the healing qualities of yoga and its sibling practice of myofascial release. Danimal completed Yoga District’s 200-hour Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Washington, DC, as well as a 50-hour Rocket Yoga training with his teacher David Kyle. (more…)
Rebecca, 200 eRYT, 500 eRYT, loves to incorporate a wide variety of yoga lineages into a smorgasbord of fun in her classes! Her practice has deepened following an accident and opening a studio (www.pranapiloga.com) was the next step in her journey. Rebecca has started to shift from teaching a Mandala Vinyasa yoga (yang) to Wellness yoga (yin) which focuses on stress management skills.
Nitika (ERYT 500) started the journey as a student of Yoga when she was a young child & began leading classes in 2000 after finding her teachers Sri Swami Satchidananda & Satya Greenstone, through the practice of Integral Yoga at Yogaville, USA. A Lifestyle Coach & Professional Organizer by day, Nitika pulls out a conscientious playfulness every time she unrolls a yoga mat. She brings variety to each class synthesized by an adoration of the natural world and a deep desire to break down the facade and learn to love what remains. Nitika’s students trust her to skillfully guide them through reflective yet exploratory movements that help build courage while finding balance between strength and flexibility.
Chitra Kate McDevitt is an RYT 500 and Yoga Therapist C-IAYT. She teaches Yoga of Recovery and offers Yoga Therapy in Charlottesville Va. Her style of yoga therapy evolved out of her clients having traumatic releases during Thai Yoga Body work and later training with Phoenix Rising. Her classes combine yoga philosophy, 12-step principles, hatha yoga, thai yoga partnering, japa meditation, dance and prayer. Chitra taught yoga for 7 years before finding her ownrecovery from addiction 6 years ago, the process that followed created the foundation for her work in which she is eternally grateful. Her peaceful nature along with her wisdom and playfulness create a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for growth.
Rachel Voss is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) who shares her love of Yoga throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She completed her 200-hour Yoga teacher training through Spiritual Essence Yoga (Upper Marlboro, MD) in 2013 and began immediately teaching classes at Spiritual Essence upon receiving her certification. In February 2015, Rachel decided to take a leap of faith and left her corporate work in the housing finance industry to pursue Yoga teaching full-time. (more…)
Justin is a certified Acro Revolution teacher. First tried Acro Yoga in 2011 taking a class that would forever change his life in the best possible way. Since moving to Richmond, VA and finding a great and supportive community he’s been able to reach new heights and has dedicated himself to the practice, teaching and performing of this amazing practice called Acro Yoga. Although not yoga in the traditional sense, when the practice approached with mindfulness, playfulness and attention to breath one can really find an amazing connection but on not just physical movement but on trust, respect and love.
Sumati was born with an intense spiritual desire to realize her true nature. Growing up in Satchidananda Ashram ~ Yogaville allowed her to naturally develop this tendency. She solidified her path by receiving mantra initiation in 1979, by the grace of her guru H.H. Sri Swami Satchidananda. She also enjoys sharing her innate love of Yoga and Meditation by speaking publicly when asked. With a full heart, Sumati gives back to her community by serving on several boards to promote peace and wellness. Sumati, her beloved husband, children and grandchildren call Yogaville home.
Jacob Felder, E-RYT 500 has been teaching Yoga and Meditation since 1985. He began practicing Yoga in 1969. At age 12 Jacob suffered a near death experience that left him greatly weakened. Committed to regaining his strength he turned to yoga. In the early 80’s his passion took him to Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, VA where he lived, studied and trained for 4 transformative years. While there he received his mantra initiation and trained intensely in Integral Yoga directly under the world renowned Sri Swami Satchidananda. Known there as one of the originals, Jacob recently returned to Satchidananda Ashram to teach workshops and continues to collaborate with them and other Yoga institutes.
Jen’s mission is to help people shift their anxious mindset to a more peaceful, grounded state of being. Her journey though movement, mindfulness, and spiritual practices has helped her cultivate a variety of tools that have brought her a more peaceful way of moving through the human realm which she enjoys sharing with her students and clients.
Jen grew up in NYC and began to dance at the young age of three. She saw “42nd St” on Broadway twelve times. As an adult, she fell in love with the choreography of yoga. She discovered that movement is infused with a power that transports us to the realm of joy.
Amah Devi Mitchell is a Bhakti Yogi who teaches in the Tantric tradition of Maha Shakti Mandir– from a place of Pure Love and devotion to the principles of yogic philosophy. Recognizing the physical body as a vehicle for divine expression, Amah leads a practice that carries students deep into an exploration of their own radiance. Originally trained in the physical tradition of yoga in the lineage of master Bishnu Gosh, Amah experienced a transformational spiritual awakening in 2010. This led her to the teachings of Sri Guru Shankaracharya, a Western born preceptor of yoga and an ordained monk in the Tantric Order of Dakshina Marg. As an asana teacher, Amah has spent many years studying and integrating a wide variety of styles.
Beverly Ingram is the founder of Go Into Nature, www.gointonature.com. Beverly creates experiences for individuals and groups designed to amplify our deep connection with the earth for healing, growth, and joy of life. She believes that falling in love with the earth is the key to taking care of our planet, just as the earth takes care of us, and that doing this in community is powerful.
Bringing somatic practices into nature, Beverly’s offerings include movement, mindfulness, creative exploration and expression, play, sharing & reflection. The experiences are sensory, expanding, personal, group connected, peaceful, restorative, and often playful. Her offerings do not emphasize a destination, hike, or environmental education; but the moment to moment experience with the earth and plants and creatures, and our own bodies and souls interacting with them. (more…)