Meet Our Teachers
Caitlin has been practicing yoga for nearly 15 years, since her sophomore year of high school. Though originally seeking out the practice for its physical benefits alone, Caitlin has since seen how powerful yoga can be in cultivating peace and groundedness in her mind and body, both on and off the mat. Over the years, Caitlin has acquired a range of teaching experience--including preschool, middle-school English, and chair yoga for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. She completed her RYT-200 hours with Yoga District. A teacher at heart, Caitlin is excited to share her yoga practice with others and aims to make her classes welcoming and accessible to all.
Empowering his family, friends, and community to take control of their personal health is the most important part of his job. He helps people develop healthy routines and fitness workouts that they can practice throughout their daily lives. In 2012, he completed the National Academy of Sports Medicine (Certified Personal Trainer) course and passed the examination. In 2014, he particpated in a 200 hr teacher training.
Somewhere around 2007, reluctant to enter a traditional gym, Elizabeth entered a yoga studio instead. Her first class made her giggle respectfully. Quickly yoga revealed itself as a medium to manage the pain and pleasure cycle in which life can spin one. The increased lightness and space she felt in her body hooked her, too. Elizabeth (some call her Liz) has practiced regularly at many studios around DC ever since, with teachers wise, giving, and diverse, to whom she gratefully dedicates her daily practice, and she ultimately studied for her 200-hour RYT through Yoga District. Expect Elizabeth's classes to be satisfying to practitioners of many levels, and sprinkled with opportunities for self-acceptance and challenge. She believes in practicing against stagnation and self-doubt, and moving with appreciative joy towards more challenging poses and higher levels of personal being. She uses a variety of music, mainstream and Kirtan, and playful, unexpected sequencing.
Gina began practicing yoga in 2008 to help with knee pain from being a runner. She found that her yoga practice not only helped her with her physical pain, but also helped her find stability mentally as well. Drawn in by the question “why does yoga work” she took the Yoga District 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2013 not knowing whether she wanted to teach or to simply deepen her practice and understanding. Once she completed the training she began volunteering at a low income senior home teaching yoga and is still there twice a week. Gina now practices Ashtanga yoga, and loves to share the beauty of the Ashtanga practice with all her students. Gina love to brings elements of her Ashtanga practice to all her classes and looks forward to continuing her education and deepening her practice as both a student and a teacher. She enjoys a high energy active class with variations for students of all levels.
Gwen believes in the power of yoga to support vibrant, healthy lives. She began practicing when she moved to DC in 2006 to pursue a career in museum education. Over time, she has grown to appreciate the benefits of yoga to help manage anxiety and deepen our life experience. Gwen completed her 200 hour teacher training at Flow Yoga Center in 2015. Expect balanced, playful classes focused on alignment, breath awareness, and deep relaxation set to eclectic and upbeat music. Gwen wants her students to feel supported wherever they are in their practice and encouraged to move with ease both on and off the mat.
Hari-kirtana das 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 lived full-time in devotional yoga ashrams and intentional spiritual communities from 1977 to 1981 and was formally initiated into the Gaudiya Vaisnava lineage of Bhakti Yoga in 1978. After years of study and practice and with the encouragement of his teachers, he began teaching contemporary yoga classes in 2009. He currently teaches classes, leads workshops, designs Yoga Teacher Training courses, and is a frequent guest-teacher for numerous regional Yoga Teacher Training programs. He also leads retreats, including an annual spiritual pilgrimage to India. You can learn more about Hari-kirtana by visiting his website: hari-kirtana.com.
Embracing yoga as a universal path – from traditional teachings to contemporary practices – Heather A. celebrates all aspects of the transformative qualities of the yogic way. She is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) with continued practice, teaching, and learning including Freedom Yoga with Erich Schiffmann, Prana Flow with Shiva Rea, and Jivamukti with Sharon Gannon. Heather’s Meditative classes incorporate more traditional yoga asanas (poses) with pranayama (breathing) techniques, meditations, and visualizations. Her Vinyasa Flow classes weave other modalities such as strength training, energy flow, dance, and pilates-inspired movement. You can expect varied musical accompaniment and sequences in each class. Yoga-ing through her own injuries, Heather is sensitive to those experiencing physical limitations and offers varied modifications and welcomes the use of props. Her approach to yoga is to allow students to observe what’s happening in the moment with their physical, spiritual, and mental selves and embrace the notion that your yoga is truly YOUR yoga. She launched Healthy. Mindful. Active. in 2013 and works with busy people to empower them in rejoicing health and vitality, mindfully navigating life’s journey, and participating in an active lifestyle!
Jade has received the gift of practicing yoga for over 15 years. The time spent on her mat has helped her through the most rewarding and challenging times in my life. She transitioned from teaching 5th graders in the Washington DC to teaching vinyasa in local gyms, corporate settings and privately. She enjoys sharing the knowledge that she has acquired and she is always eager to grow as a student. Jade is a firm believer that yoga is for all and should be taught with care, safety and respect for the practice. Introducing others to yoga is up there as one of her all time favorite things.
Jason's training is in Raja Yoga and his practice typically incorporates a slow power flow. He teaches meditation in motion, with a particular emphasis on the breath, presence, and self care. His classes are both accessible and challenging for all levels.
Always athletic but far from naturally bendy, Jenny began her yoga journey studying the ancient yoga texts and schools of philosophy before establishing a physical practice. She found her first home in the Baptiste School of heated Vinyasa where she balanced her athleticism with the discovery of an untapped well of inner fire and an immense appreciation for the physical manifestations of her true mental strength. Following her completion of teacher training, she pursued more learning opportunities to further study the Sutras and the art of meditative physical relaxation via Restorative yoga taught through the lens of the Iyengar tradition. The combination of Power yoga and Restorative yoga trainings has helped Jenny to find a healthy balance not only in her teaching, but also in her personal life. She constantly looks to find strength in the ease and power in the meditative and hopes to help her students do the same. Outside of the studio her hobbies include seeing as much live music as her bank account allows, petting strangers’ puppies on the street, being a Lord of the Rings fanatic and wandering this concrete jungle with friends.