meet our teacher team

Our experienced and dedicated yoga family is excited to share thoughtful classes and workshops with the Bluebird Sky Yoga community. Scroll over each photo to learn about each teacher's background, teaching style, and what brought them to yoga. 

Jennie Light

Jennie (RYT) is the founder and owner of Bluebird Sky Yoga. 

Jennie started practicing yoga nearly a decade ago while living in Colorado and was immediately hooked on the fluid movements that reminded her of her days dancing growing up. Yoga has remained an integral part of her life because it allows her to disconnect from the stress of daily life, connect with an incredible global community of compassionate people, and see the world more clearly.

Across Jennie’s years studying yoga, she has fallen in love with many different lineages, in large part because of the diverse and inspiring teachers who have passed through her life. Through her classes, Jennie seeks to encourage students to grow as her teachers have done for her. As a former radio show host, music is a central component of each of her classes. Jennie completed her 200-hour Vinyasa and Power Yoga training with Mimi Rieger, 50-hour Progressive Ashtanga Vinyasa (Rocket) training with David Kyle, and 60-hour Primal Yoga® Flow training with Liz Arch.

Expect thoughtfully sequenced classes influenced by the Ashtanga tradition and infused with playful sequencing, funky variations on traditional poses, pranayama, and on some occasions martial arts (from her Primal Yoga® Flow background).

Jennie Light

Vinyasa, Rocket, Primal

Janet Walkoe

Janet (RYT) took her first Ashtanga class in 2004, while living in Chicago, and has had a regular practice ever since. As a former Ironman triathlete, she was searching for a vigorous style of yoga. However, as her practice became deeper she realized that the benefits of the practice extended well beyond the physical level. Through her daily practice, she has cultivated an inner peace that helps her stay centered amidst the intensity of modern urban life.
When Janet was pregnant with her daughter, she completed the 200 hr. training at Moksha Yoga Center, guided by Daren Friesen, as a way to deepen her overall practice. She modified and practiced Intermediate Series with her teachers Kino Macgregor, Todd Boman and Bridgett Piacenti, until the day her daughter was born. She found the practice to be healing, centering, and immensely helpful during her pregnancy and delivery.
In 2012, Janet and her family moved to Washington, D.C., where she felt immediately embraced by the growing Ashtanga community. Janet is honored and excited to direct the Mysore program at Bluebird Sky Yoga. She will welcome you to the Mysore room, whatever your level of practice, and guide you through your own personal growth process. This will include learning the Ashtanga sequences, through individualized instruction. To learn more about “Traditional Method,” read this, published by her teacher Day Christensen.
Off the mat, Janet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Maryland, and the mother of a 6-year- old budding yogi.
For more information about Janet, please visit her website: www.yoga.walkoe.com

Janet Walkoe

Mysore, Ashtanga

Hari-kirtana das

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 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 annual spiritual pilgrimages to India. You can learn more about Hari-kirtana by visiting his website: hari-kirtana.com.

Hari Kirtana-Das

Cosmic Flow, Vinyasa

Becky Paris

Becky is a music-loving, profanity-speaking, southern lady with very little drawl but a lot of hospitality. Her love for yoga has changed the way she approaches herself, her loved ones and the world she lives in, and she thinks it's for the better. Her classes are heavily influenced by her personal practice of Ashtanga yoga, where the asana is athletic and the movement is methodical and mindful. 
Becky's classes are taught from the heart, honoring the teachings that have and are still being passed down to her by her teachers, but she likes to keep it light, too. Learning to observe our own patterns and responses is immensely deep work, so being able to do it with a sense of levity makes the process feel more balanced. Equal parts grace and grit, warm and wry; sthira and suhka (effort and ease).

Becky Paris

Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin

Mimi Rieger, E-RYT Mimi has been practicing yoga since 1998 and has been teaching for over fifteen years. Her physical journey began with ballet at the age of four through her teens and progressed to martial arts and yoga in her twenties to the present day. Mimi is passionate about her wellness exploration and her teaching encourages others to seek their most powerful and evolved selves. Through the practice of yoga and the evolution of the mind/body connection, students will find a greater sense of self and confidence on the mat by taking their physical practice to the next level.   Mimi is registered through Yoga Alliance and received her yoga certification in 2003 at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Washington, DC. In 2005, she became the first certified Budokon® teacher in the area and is the Regional Director of Budokon® Yoga for Budokon® International. In 2009, she received her Progressive Ashtanga Yoga certification and in 2010 received her Rocket Vinyasa Yoga certification both under David Kyle.   Mimi teaches with a strong yet practical manner encouraging students to push forward, explore and progress past existing practices and barriers in their physical paths. Mimi teaches a variety of classes; all are based on powerful, dynamic movement with creativity and compassion at the helm. Students can expect a full body practice incorporating Sun Salutations, a strong standing series, balances, twists, core work, a seated series and inversions. Full body connectivity is paramount in Mimi’s teaching as she invites students to find balance and build strength as they flow through thoughtful, graceful transitions. Classes are based on the Ashtanga Yoga series with a strong alignment foundation and offer students more advanced variations and postures as they progress through their practice. All students are welcome and each practioner will work at their own level.

Mimi Rieger, E-RYT

Mimi has been practicing yoga since 1998 and has been teaching for over fifteen years. Her physical journey began with ballet at the age of four through her teens and progressed to martial arts and yoga in her twenties to the present day. Mimi is passionate about her wellness exploration and her teaching encourages others to seek their most powerful and evolved selves. Through the practice of yoga and the evolution of the mind/body connection, students will find a greater sense of self and confidence on the mat by taking their physical practice to the next level.

 

Mimi is registered through Yoga Alliance and received her yoga certification in 2003 at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Washington, DC. In 2005, she became the first certified Budokon® teacher in the area and is the Regional Director of Budokon® Yoga for Budokon® International. In 2009, she received her Progressive Ashtanga Yoga certification and in 2010 received her Rocket Vinyasa Yoga certification both under David Kyle.

 

Mimi teaches with a strong yet practical manner encouraging students to push forward, explore and progress past existing practices and barriers in their physical paths. Mimi teaches a variety of classes; all are based on powerful, dynamic movement with creativity and compassion at the helm. Students can expect a full body practice incorporating Sun Salutations, a strong standing series, balances, twists, core work, a seated series and inversions. Full body connectivity is paramount in Mimi’s teaching as she invites students to find balance and build strength as they flow through thoughtful, graceful transitions. Classes are based on the Ashtanga Yoga series with a strong alignment foundation and offer students more advanced variations and postures as they progress through their practice. All students are welcome and each practioner will work at their own level.

Anna Clemente

Anna's yoga practice began in the womb. Daughter of an experienced yogini who was passionate about her children's early exposure to a yoga practice, Anna’s roots in asana/yogic movement run deep. After practicing Anusara with her mother for four years, she fell in love with the Gosh/Bikram method in 2006. She traveled to Los Angeles to become certified to teach the hot/Bikram method in Spring 2013. Post certification, she spent 6 months teaching and studying in Pune, India before returning to Washington, D.C. Anna completed a Power Yoga 200 training in 2015 and is a 200 RYT (through Yoga Alliance.) 
Anna is passionate about understanding asana and alignment as well as discovering new ways to move the body. Her classes are composed of both creative and traditional sequencing inspired by Dharma, Ashtanga, Prana Flow, and Bikram yogas. Anna's classes focus on building strength and flexibility while honoring your body's condition on an day-to-day, hour-to-hour, moment-to-moment basis. She encourages her students to approach their practice with an open mind; to explore instead of expect, to notice instead of judge. With a focus on breath, alignment, and fluid movement, you can expect to sweat and to smile in this class.

Anna Clemente

Vinyasa, Yin

Mimi Rieger

Power, Vinyasa

Whitney Paterson Whitney has been a student and teacher of yoga for the last 10 years. She has studied many different styles and with many teachers. However, the traditions that have called to her most have been Ashtanga and Iyengar. Whitney is drawn to the extensive lineages that both of these traditions maintain, and also their emphasis on the teacher-student relationship. It has been Whitney's experience that having a one-on-one relationship to a teacher is essential for progress in yoga. This is what led her to focus her energy and efforts to working with one-on-one with students. Whitney finds that students are able to work on a deeper level and make greater strides in the context of private sessions. Whitney is honored to assist and bear witness to each student's hard work and transformation though yoga. Whitney has taken 2 extended trips to India in the past few years to further her studies; one to study at KPJAYI with Sharath Jois (Mysore, India), and one to study her other passion,  Ayurveda, with Dr. Vasant Lad (Pune, India). She plans to return to India yearly to continue her studies in both subjects.

Whitney Paterson

Whitney has been a student and teacher of yoga for the last 10 years. She has studied many different styles and with many teachers. However, the traditions that have called to her most have been Ashtanga and Iyengar. Whitney is drawn to the extensive lineages that both of these traditions maintain, and also their emphasis on the teacher-student relationship. It has been Whitney's experience that having a one-on-one relationship to a teacher is essential for progress in yoga. This is what led her to focus her energy and efforts to working with one-on-one with students. Whitney finds that students are able to work on a deeper level and make greater strides in the context of private sessions. Whitney is honored to assist and bear witness to each student's hard work and transformation though yoga.

Whitney has taken 2 extended trips to India in the past few years to further her studies; one to study at KPJAYI with Sharath Jois (Mysore, India), and one to study her other passion,  Ayurveda, with Dr. Vasant Lad (Pune, India). She plans to return to India yearly to continue her studies in both subjects.

Whitney Paterson

Mysore, Fundamentals

Mariah McPherson Mariah grew up in Takoma Park, MD, right outside the city. She started practicing yoga as a teenager, and has continued to deepen her practice as way to gain physical strength, reduce stress, and gain a deeper understanding of the innate wisdom and light that lies within everyone. Mariah sees yoga as a great tool to create a ripple effect of health and positivity throughout your life. Mariah’s classes feature lots of core work to build a strong foundation for all poses, and plenty of deep, delicious stretches to keep the body feeling fluid and free. Expect creative sequencing and fun music to keep things fresh. Find out more and connect at mariahmcpherson.com.

Mariah McPherson

Mariah grew up in Takoma Park, MD, right outside the city. She started practicing yoga as a teenager, and has continued to deepen her practice as way to gain physical strength, reduce stress, and gain a deeper understanding of the innate wisdom and light that lies within everyone. Mariah sees yoga as a great tool to create a ripple effect of health and positivity throughout your life.
Mariah’s classes feature lots of core work to build a strong foundation for all poses, and plenty of deep, delicious stretches to keep the body feeling fluid and free. Expect creative sequencing and fun music to keep things fresh. Find out more and connect at mariahmcpherson.com.

Mariah McPhearson

Core/Restore, Vinyasa

Jenny Thibodeau

Jenny is a Boston native who has been living in DC for almost a decade. After living and studying the sutras in India she returned to DC and found an asana practice. Initially a student of hot hatha and power vinyasa she received her RYT-200 in Baptiste Yoga followed by teacher training in Restorative Yoga based on the Iyengar lineage of the practice. Her classes are a mixture of music, joy, and laughs infused with the deep held belief that we practice alignment focused asana to turn inward and enhance the true purpose of yoga; the way we live our lives off the mat. She feels lucky to be a divine being having a human experience and loves reminding students that they too are divine! Om Shanti!

Jenny Thibodeau

Restorative, Alignment-based

Lindsey Uhrig Lindsey was introduced to yoga in 2006 as a form of emotional healing. She distinctly remembers weeping and sweating at the same time and being all together confused and entranced. Lindsey uses her classes as a platform for deeper meditation, both seated and moving, and sees public yoga classes as an engaging and safe way to explore different aspects of the overall practice. For Lindsey, yoga is a conduit for divine energy and connection with all beings but students are encouraged to find their own definitions of practice and to constantly inquire into their experiences. Lindsey teaches a vinyasa and pranayam class on Sundays that incorporates different breath techniques and a brief seated meditation.

Lindsey Uhrig

Lindsey was introduced to yoga in 2006 as a form of emotional healing. She distinctly remembers weeping and sweating at the same time and being all together confused and entranced. Lindsey uses her classes as a platform for deeper meditation, both seated and moving, and sees public yoga classes as an engaging and safe way to explore different aspects of the overall practice. For Lindsey, yoga is a conduit for divine energy and connection with all beings but students are encouraged to find their own definitions of practice and to constantly inquire into their experiences. Lindsey teaches a vinyasa and pranayam class on Sundays that incorporates different breath techniques and a brief seated meditation.

Lindsey Uhrig

Vinyasa, Meditation

Juliana Bonilla

A competitive diver for 13 years, Juliana was initially drawn to yoga as a way to continue to move her body after her diving career ended in 2004. Juliana soon discovered that she always felt happy and empowered after each yoga class that she took. It was this feeling that kept her coming back to class day after day. In her mid 20’s, Juliana’s adventurous spirit took her traveling to Australia, Maui, California, and Seattle where she enjoyed experiencing each new city through yoga. Juliana completed her 200 teacher training with Mimi Rieger in 2014 and also completed her Budokon teacher training in 2007. Juliana draws upon her movement background blending aspects of seamless transitions from her Budokon practice with creative and powerful flow sequences from her mentor, Mimi Rieger. By day Juliana is a pediatric occupational therapist and loves bringing yoga to the children she works with. In her free time Juliana enjoys camping and hiking with her husband and dog, Kula (who she met at an adoption event one Saturday afternoon while walking to yoga!). 

Juliana Bonilla

Budokon, Vinyasa

Kim Atkinson

As a fitness enthusiast, Kim has done all kinds of workouts. In the midst of some of her hardcore workouts, Kim experimented with yoga - and it changed her life. The stretching and strengthening that comes with yoga can help improve the effectiveness and efficiency in your other workouts and make you more agile and limber. Plus, it just makes you feel good! And it helped Kim tremendously both before and after the birth of her twins! After seeing what yoga did for her, Kim became a certified yoga instructor, so she could share her love of yoga with others, so they could experience the benefits as well. She creates fun, energetic classes that are good for beginners as well as advanced practitioners. She gives multiple options so you can find what feels good in your body. She also encourages you to play with your edge and push yourself beyond what you thought you could do. For those who say "yoga isn't a good workout," come try one of Kim's classes. And for those who say "I'm not flexible enough to do yoga," come to class and you'll find yourself stretching and bending in ways you never dreamed of before. In addition to teaching yoga, Kim is an NCAA women's collegiate basketball coach at Trinity University, as well as a certified Health Coach.

Kim Atkinson

Vinyasa

Meredith Walsh Meredith's journey into the yoga and metaphysical world began after a transformational event in a psychology college class called, "Hanging Loose in an Uptight World." She learned key tools from a successful psychotherapist and professor, Dr. Martin Farkash, on how to live happy and relaxed using visualization and meditation techniques. After experiencing altered states of consciousness during his classes, she quickly realized how powerful relaxing the mind is for visualizing your best life into creation. After completing a degree in Psychology, she took these happiness tools and traveled across the world to better understand what happiness & mental health meant from another culture's perspective.  Sydney, Australia was her first stop, a city with a population that thrives on their deep connection to nature and relaxed lifestyle. Four years later, after receiving a M.A in World Politics & International Communications, she traveled to Central and South America and shared/ practiced mindfulness techniques along her journey. She found people who incorporated mindfulness into their daily routine and ate fresh and simple, were happy. In 2014 she landed in East Africa to complete her 200hr hour Power Yoga certification with the Africa Yoga Project in Kenya. She practiced with teachers and students who climbed their way out of the slums using yoga as their tool for prosperity. Even in the most extreme cases of poverty, people found happiness and hope with yoga and meditation.  Meredith's influences stem from different styles of yoga learned & practiced across the globe including Baptiste, Ashtanga, Bikram, Yin, Restorative and Jivamukti. During class she builds awareness to our oneness with nature and encourages spiritual growth through pranayama breathing, meditation, visualization and flowing asana (posture) sequences. She encourages students to tune into their breath and listen to their own body's needs in order to go deeper into their practice. She also utilizes Reiki Jin Kei Do in her classes to inspire students to tune in beyond their physical body.  Meredith is the founder of WineDown Yoga, a pop up yoga and events company in the DMV region, and the creator of FlowJam music and yoga festival in Bluemont, VA. She also co-hosts "Naturally Human with Sev and Mer," a weekly podcast on spiritual expansion while being human. Download "Naturally Human with Sev & Mer" free on Itunes or Soundcloud.  Connect with her @winedownyoga and @winedownyogi Visit winedownwithyoga.com to learn more about yoga events around the city. 

Meredith Walsh

Meredith's journey into the yoga and metaphysical world began after a transformational event in a psychology college class called, "Hanging Loose in an Uptight World." She learned key tools from a successful psychotherapist and professor, Dr. Martin Farkash, on how to live happy and relaxed using visualization and meditation techniques. After experiencing altered states of consciousness during his classes, she quickly realized how powerful relaxing the mind is for visualizing your best life into creation. After completing a degree in Psychology, she took these happiness tools and traveled across the world to better understand what happiness & mental health meant from another culture's perspective. 

Sydney, Australia was her first stop, a city with a population that thrives on their deep connection to nature and relaxed lifestyle. Four years later, after receiving a M.A in World Politics & International Communications, she traveled to Central and South America and shared/ practiced mindfulness techniques along her journey. She found people who incorporated mindfulness into their daily routine and ate fresh and simple, were happy. In 2014 she landed in East Africa to complete her 200hr hour Power Yoga certification with the Africa Yoga Project in Kenya. She practiced with teachers and students who climbed their way out of the slums using yoga as their tool for prosperity. Even in the most extreme cases of poverty, people found happiness and hope with yoga and meditation. 

Meredith's influences stem from different styles of yoga learned & practiced across the globe including Baptiste, Ashtanga, Bikram, Yin, Restorative and Jivamukti. During class she builds awareness to our oneness with nature and encourages spiritual growth through pranayama breathing, meditation, visualization and flowing asana (posture) sequences. She encourages students to tune into their breath and listen to their own body's needs in order to go deeper into their practice. She also utilizes Reiki Jin Kei Do in her classes to inspire students to tune in beyond their physical body. 

Meredith is the founder of WineDown Yoga, a pop up yoga and events company in the DMV region, and the creator of FlowJam music and yoga festival in Bluemont, VA. She also co-hosts "Naturally Human with Sev and Mer," a weekly podcast on spiritual expansion while being human. Download "Naturally Human with Sev & Mer" free on Itunes or Soundcloud

Connect with her @winedownyoga and @winedownyogi
Visit winedownwithyoga.com to learn more about yoga events around the city. 

Meredith Wyman

Fundamentals, Meditation

Colleen McClintock

After swimming competitively for most of her life, Colleen found herself in a yoga class while looking for a form of exercise that was challenging, cathartic, and didn't require shoes. She immediately felt the magic that occurs when you unite the body and breath, and fell in love. Colleen completed her 200 hour teacher training under Angela Meyer and Jess Pierno and continues to study and immerse herself in the wide world of yoga, most recently by enrolling in the DC Budokon Academy. With intuitive sequences, loving assists, and a playlist for every occasion, she creates a lighthearted environment for her students to explore both physically and emotionally. Colleen's classes are grounding and playful - expect to sweat and smile as you find your edge in a thoughtful, compassionate way. 

Colleen McClintock

Fundamentals, Meditation

Laura Lightbody

Laura has been practicing Vinyasa yoga for nearly 10 years. She found yoga after a knee injury prevented her from long-distance running. After years of developing her own practice and style, she started teaching. Laura’s classes provide an escape from the hustle of D.C. where students can find balance and strength through yoga. She believes that by instilling confidence in her students, practitioners will be able to deepen their practice. Laura is an avid foodie and Washingtonian and recently launched a Mat-to-Table experience for yogi-foodies.

Laura Lightbody

Dharma-inspired Vinyasa

Kristen Joy Wade

Kristen was introduced to yoga while living in Japan, over 15 years ago and quickly fell in love. She starting teaching while working for USAID in Kabul, Afghanistan where she taught a Vinyasa class. Teaching in a war zone where yoga was needed for mental health purposes was humbling and inspiring. She deepened her understanding of philosophy and teaching skills through an Ashtanga teacher training in 2013 in Mysore, India. There, she studied with teachers who worked with BKS Iyengar and were influenced by Patabi Jois. She really admired the purity and simplicity of the Ashtanga practice.  She received her 200YR certificate from Ashtanga Yoga Mysore and is registered through the Yoga Alliance. She completed pre and post natal courses and is working to finish her 500 hour vinyasa certification through Tranquil Space in D.C. this summer.  Kristen loves classes that challenge her physically yet also give her plenty of space for calming her mind. Having had lived abroad most of her life, she loves adventure. She has biked across the US with her husband, hiked kilimanjaro, consults with an anti sex trafficking NGO and has started an artisan craft NGO working with Ugandan women. You may see her in the Brookland neighborhood during the day running around after her twin boy girl toddlers. 

 

Kristen Joy Wade

Vinyasa, Ashtanga

Emily Adeleke Emily (RYT, RPYT) is committed to teaching dynamic, strong, yet lighthearted yoga classes to students of all levels. She has practiced yoga for over twelve years, and taught yoga for over six years. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2010, and her 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher certification in 2016 (while pregnant with her first child!). Emily sees the value in practicing many different types of yoga and enjoys helping students see that some days you may benefit from a power vinyasa class and other days a restorative class is what the body needs. 

Emily Adeleke

Emily (RYT, RPYT) is committed to teaching dynamic, strong, yet lighthearted yoga classes to students of all levels. She has practiced yoga for over twelve years, and taught yoga for over six years. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2010, and her 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher certification in 2016 (while pregnant with her first child!). Emily sees the value in practicing many different types of yoga and enjoys helping students see that some days you may benefit from a power vinyasa class and other days a restorative class is what the body needs. 

Emily Adeleke

Prenatal, Power

 

Kethia Clairvoyant Originally from Haiti, Kethia grew up in Boca Raton, FL and ventured to D.C. in 1996 to attend Georgetown University. She developed an appreciation for mind-body-centered fitness in 2002 when she became an Ashtanga yoga practitioner at age 23, practicing five days a week. Though she had been weight training, dancing, and engaging in different sports, she was woefully out of shape a year after she ran her first marathon. She seized an opportunity to accompany her co-worker to an Ashtanga yoga class and loved it!  Kethia soon became a regular Ashtangi and added Pilates to her regular fitness regimen in 2004, thus becoming an instructor of both disciplines in 2006. Kethia's yoga sessions are so transformative that she's still amazed at her emotional and spiritual journey. On my mat, she feels she's on a daily retreat and the rest of the world ceases to exist. Kethia had been walking through depression since childhood and the discipline of Ashtanga greatly empowered me. Her anxieties and darkness began to melt away through the mat. Kethia says, "Ashtanga and I formed the perfect union." Her passions include teaching kids yoga and training athletes. She's ambitious and focused on success, yet prioritizes the time needed to rejuvenate herself. Yoga provides a holistic approach to training mind, body, and spirit, furthering her evolution towards the healthiest version of herself.

Kethia Clairvoyant

Originally from Haiti, Kethia grew up in Boca Raton, FL and ventured to D.C. in 1996 to attend Georgetown University. She developed an appreciation for mind-body-centered fitness in 2002 when she became an Ashtanga yoga practitioner at age 23, practicing five days a week. Though she had been weight training, dancing, and engaging in different sports, she was woefully out of shape a year after she ran her first marathon. She seized an opportunity to accompany her co-worker to an Ashtanga yoga class and loved it! 

Kethia soon became a regular Ashtangi and added Pilates to her regular fitness regimen in 2004, thus becoming an instructor of both disciplines in 2006. Kethia's yoga sessions are so transformative that she's still amazed at her emotional and spiritual journey. On my mat, she feels she's on a daily retreat and the rest of the world ceases to exist. Kethia had been walking through depression since childhood and the discipline of Ashtanga greatly empowered me. Her anxieties and darkness began to melt away through the mat. Kethia says, "Ashtanga and I formed the perfect union."

Her passions include teaching kids yoga and training athletes. She's ambitious and focused on success, yet prioritizes the time needed to rejuvenate herself. Yoga provides a holistic approach to training mind, body, and spirit, furthering her evolution towards the healthiest version of herself.

Kethia Clairvoyant

Pilates, Vinyasa

Jessica Phillips-Silver

Jessica's purpose in teaching yoga is to encourage the integration of body, brain and spirit, and to embrace the highest quality of life that each of us can create for ourselves. She infuses her yoga teaching with her experience as a neuroscientist, a musician, and a mother.

From her classes you can expect a focus on physical strengthening and breath-guided flow of movement. Woven throughout are thought-provoking guided reflections on how we experience life through our minds and bodies and where we can find those points of meaningful challenge, fulfillment and contentment.

Jessica completed her 200-hour yoga teaching training in 2014 with YogaWorks. 

Jessica Phillips-Silver

Alignment-based

Elyse Elyse found her love for yoga after walking into a Rocket class post college. Movement was always a part of her life coming from a dance and athletic background. Growing up in a household with both parents Chiropractors she values a healthy body and mind for happiness in life. Originally from the Jersey Shore she spent her days playing at the beach. Her playfulness comes out in her classes where she encourages everyone to invert themselves once a day. Over years of consistent practice she believes yoga can strengthen your body and soul. Her class gives you the opportunity to develop a solid Rocket yoga practice and challenge yourself. Elyse is a dedicated Rocket student and completed her 200 hrs with Jonathan Ewing at Flow Yoga Center in D.C. You can also find her in the early morning in the Mysore room practicing Ashtanga under Michael Joel Hall. Her Rocket classes include Ashtanga inspired hands on assists and make you wanna dance playlists. 

Elyse

Elyse found her love for yoga after walking into a Rocket class post college. Movement was always a part of her life coming from a dance and athletic background. Growing up in a household with both parents Chiropractors she values a healthy body and mind for happiness in life. Originally from the Jersey Shore she spent her days playing at the beach. Her playfulness comes out in her classes where she encourages everyone to invert themselves once a day. Over years of consistent practice she believes yoga can strengthen your body and soul. Her class gives you the opportunity to develop a solid Rocket yoga practice and challenge yourself. Elyse is a dedicated Rocket student and completed her 200 hrs with Jonathan Ewing at Flow Yoga Center in D.C. You can also find her in the early morning in the Mysore room practicing Ashtanga under Michael Joel Hall. Her Rocket classes include Ashtanga inspired hands on assists and make you wanna dance playlists. 

Elyse DiBartolo

Rocket, Ashtanga-based Flow

Chris Reber Chris is a passionate practitioner and teacher who began his yoga journey 5 years ago. Enticed by the strength and endurance of the practice, he committed to a daily ashtanga discipline and began teaching as a group fitness instructor at Coastal Carolina University’s’ HTC recreation center. A local of the DC and Maryland area, he completed his 200 hour Power Vinyasa training with Mimi Rieger, an expert and master teacher in the DC, MD and VA communities. His approach to teaching draws from the ashtanga method and fuses it with modern vinyasa techniques to help students challenge and empower themselves both on and off the mat. You can expect an invigorating and fun flow infused with an eclectic mix of martial art, tai chi and rocket-vinyasa style movements that will leave you feeling like a warrior inside and out!"

Chris Reber

Chris is a passionate practitioner and teacher who began his yoga journey 5 years ago. Enticed by the strength and endurance of the practice, he committed to a daily ashtanga discipline and began teaching as a group fitness instructor at Coastal Carolina University’s’ HTC recreation center. A local of the DC and Maryland area, he completed his 200 hour Power Vinyasa training with Mimi Rieger, an expert and master teacher in the DC, MD and VA communities. His approach to teaching draws from the ashtanga method and fuses it with modern vinyasa techniques to help students challenge and empower themselves both on and off the mat. You can expect an invigorating and fun flow infused with an eclectic mix of martial art, tai chi and rocket-vinyasa style movements that will leave you feeling like a warrior inside and out!"

Chris Reber

Ashtanga, Power, Vinyasa

Meet our lovely sub team

Pasquale Guiducci comes from a background in dance and performing arts, which translates into his teaching style. His classes are funky, upbeat, and draw from various styles of yoga, including but not limited to, Ashtanga, Budokon, and Rocket, and a little bit of modern dance. Sometimes you may hear Top 40’s and other days you could have complex and energizing instrumentals! Know that you will come into class with the intention to work hard, take a risk, try something different, and feel accomplished! You can find out more at: www.pasqualeguiducci.com.

Pasquale Guiducci comes from a background in dance and performing arts, which translates into his teaching style. His classes are funky, upbeat, and draw from various styles of yoga, including but not limited to, Ashtanga, Budokon, and Rocket, and a little bit of modern dance. Sometimes you may hear Top 40’s and other days you could have complex and energizing instrumentals! Know that you will come into class with the intention to work hard, take a risk, try something different, and feel accomplished! You can find out more at: www.pasqualeguiducci.com.

Pasquale Guiducci

Ari Giovagnoli

Ari believes that maintaining a healthy physical and mental lifestyle is the key to happiness. She always

kept her body moving by practicing gymnastics, running, playing soccer and volleyball but didn’t find her

true passion of yoga until 2010. Suffering from a three week migraine caused by stress and tension from

her job, Ari found herself on her very first yoga mat. Discovering yoga was life-changing. She was

amazed at how yoga opened her mind and spirit as much as it did her body. It was love at first asana.

Not knowing how she lived without yoga before, she fully immersed herself in the study and practice of

yoga.

Ari completed her RYT 200 HR yoga teacher training with Mimi Rieger in January 2014, and 50 HR Rocket

Vinyasa Training with David Kyle later that year. Her mission is to share the power yoga has to manage

stress, by utilizing the breath through powerful and dynamic sequences and focusing on maintaining

safe alignment that will provide a sustaining practice.

In Ari’s class, you can expect a soul invigorating sequence that gets you moving, sweating, twisting and

in sync to the mind-body connection. She incorporates Rocket Vinyasa and Power Yoga techniques into

her teaching style to provide a sequence of basic foundational poses, options for modifications and

variations, and offers a playful atmosphere for challenging poses and arm-balances.

Off the mat, Ari is a controls engineer, avid runner, hiker and adventurist who loves to travel, meet new

people and explore different cultures.

Ari Giovagnoli

John Horan

John Horan is a yoga teacher, coffee lover, social entrepreneur, and connoisseur of compassionate practice. His teaching unites mind, body, and breath into a journey of mindful movement. Across his 14 years of practice, he has studies many lineages, including: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Jivamulti. These styles all influence and inspire his teaching.

In a world of accelerated time and consciousness, John helps you let go, get authentic, and not take yourself too seriously. Through movement and thought-provoking narrative, each practice with John is a unique growth experience. The goal is to accept the outcome of your life situation, as represented in your practice. Your journey is your own treasure.

John Horan

Lexie Diao

Lexie began yoga as a way to compliment her Shuri-Ryu karate practice more than ten years ago. She found the physical and mental benefits of yoga translated in profound ways off the mat as well as in the dojo. In her classes expect a sweaty and strong flow with an emphasis on breathing and energy work. As a teacher, she encourages students to stay curious and to cultivate an individual practice.

Lexie was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. She has been living in D.C. since 2009.

Lexie Diao

John Thurman, E-RYT John is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher -200 hours (E-RYT 200) instructing ashtanga-inspired yoga classes, and has been practicing yoga since 2001.  He teaches in a style that focuses on providing a challenging and fun environment for all levels of students to learn and practice their yoga asana. Training includes exposure to Iyengar, restorative, and vinyasa style asanas, as well as pranayama and meditation. Physical background includes football, triathlons, weight lifting, high-intensity training, and running.  He previously worked as cost analyst at the Pentagon, and completed a 20-year career with the U.S. Army.

John Thurman, E-RYT

John is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher -200 hours (E-RYT 200) instructing ashtanga-inspired yoga classes, and has been practicing yoga since 2001.  He teaches in a
style that focuses on providing a challenging and fun environment for all levels of students to learn and practice their yoga asana. Training includes exposure to Iyengar, restorative, and vinyasa style asanas, as well as pranayama and meditation. Physical background includes football, triathlons, weight lifting, high-intensity training, and running.  He previously worked as cost analyst at the Pentagon, and completed a 20-year career with the U.S. Army.

John Thurman

Lucy Lucy found yoga in 2006 as a teenager when a friend brought her to a free Saturday morning class. After a few months of going once a week, the incredibly kind studio owner sat her down to offer a work/study discount in exchange for her committing to a daily practice at the studio. Through this difficult practice of regularly showing up for herself, Lucy began to work through the many layers of human emotion that she had been holding in her body. Even after more than a decade of dedicated practice, Lucy continues to discover the transformational benefits of yoga and meditation. With the intention of sharing these gifts with others she completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training with Kori Strobl of YogaWorks in 2014, 50 hour Yin Yoga training with Yael Flusburg in 2016, and is also Reiki level 1 certified. Lucy has taught people of all levels and abilities, and creates a safe space that encourages her students to move mindfully, breathe deeply, and honor their own body and journey with courage and compassion. Lucy offers clear verbal instruction, gentle assists, modifications, and props to make the practice accessible to all.

Lucy

Lucy found yoga in 2006 as a teenager when a friend brought her to a free Saturday morning class. After a few months of going once a week, the incredibly kind studio owner sat her down to offer a work/study discount in exchange for her committing to a daily practice at the studio. Through this difficult practice of regularly showing up for herself, Lucy began to work through the many layers of human emotion that she had been holding in her body. Even after more than a decade of dedicated practice, Lucy continues to discover the transformational benefits of yoga and meditation. With the intention of sharing these gifts with others she completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training with Kori Strobl of YogaWorks in 2014, 50 hour Yin Yoga training with Yael Flusburg in 2016, and is also Reiki level 1 certified. Lucy has taught people of all levels and abilities, and creates a safe space that encourages her students to move mindfully, breathe deeply, and honor their own body and journey with courage and compassion. Lucy offers clear verbal instruction, gentle assists, modifications, and props to make the practice accessible to all.

Lucy Plaugher

Maya Vashee Though she started her fitness journey as a ballerina, Maya came to yoga in 2011 after being introduced to it by her dad and fell in love with the strength, power, flexibility, mental clarity, and greater body acceptance of the practice. Maya has practiced in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin, Houston, and DC (she may be a gypsy) and has had beloved teachers in the Iyengar, Baptiste, Rocket, and Ashtanga traditions. Other fitness modalities that have supplemented her practice include reformer Pilates and barre. Off the mat, Maya is a school psychologist at a charter school in SE DC, and enjoys photography, hiking, traveling, cooking, and teaching herself to play guitar. She values strong, sweaty flows that emphasize breath and link mind and body.

Maya Vashee

Though she started her fitness journey as a ballerina, Maya came to yoga in 2011 after being
introduced to it by her dad and fell in love with the strength, power, flexibility, mental clarity,
and greater body acceptance of the practice. Maya has practiced in Los Angeles, Philadelphia,
Austin, Houston, and DC (she may be a gypsy) and has had beloved teachers in the Iyengar,
Baptiste, Rocket, and Ashtanga traditions. Other fitness modalities that have supplemented her
practice include reformer Pilates and barre. Off the mat, Maya is a school psychologist at a
charter school in SE DC, and enjoys photography, hiking, traveling, cooking, and teaching herself
to play guitar. She values strong, sweaty flows that emphasize breath and link mind and body.

Maya Vashee