Born: Leonardtown, Maryland
Guiltless Pleasures: The beach, dystopian young adult novels, yoga breaks during the work day, purring cats, hiking, Harry Potter, University of Maryland sports
Why Yoga: Yoga is the place where I can be completely present, without having to worry about what happened in the past and what may happen in the future. It allows me to study without judgment, and it keeps me feeling healthy and positive.
Certifications: JOURNEYoga 200-hour YTT
Guiltless Pleasures: Walks in nature with my husband and 2 children, learning about: spirituality, yoga philosophy, the wonders of the infinite cosmos and the human potential for discoveries and inventions.
Why Yoga: Growing up in India in the yogic culture and practicing yoga ever since I can remember, I cannot not do yoga and talk about its benefits on our mind and body.
Certifications: Yoga & Meditation TT from Indian Master Kamal Srinivas of Patanjali Yoga Institute, India, Core Power Yoga L1 200hr & Level2 TT 40hr, Duke University’s Certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program with Insight Meditation Community of Washington
Born: Fairfax, VA
Guiltless Pleasures: ice cream, naps with my 2 dogs, reading, outdoor music concerts, Homeland on Showtime, walks in nature with my hubby & exploring new music & sounds on Spotify.
Why Yoga: I practice because it helps me to stay calm, be fully present, and make decisions in my life. In 2013, my life changed as I had a VAD that caused a stroke. I enjoy sharing with others, dealing with their own life's changes, the reminder that our yoga is always changing along our journey.
Certifications: Pure Prana Holistic Yoga Teacher 200hr, Kripalu Yoga Teacher 500hr with a focus on integrating Ayurveda, YoKids YTT, Prenatal Teacher Training w/Janice Clarfield, Divine Sleep YTT
Born: Teaneck, New Jersey
Guiltless Pleasures: British murder mystery shows, reading nonfiction books, gardening, nature photography, honey roasted peanuts.
Why yoga: Yoga provides the necessary "me" time to de-stress, reconnect with my breath, and rejuvenate my whole being. Yoga also reinforces the idea of embracing the journey (instead of just wanting to be there already).
Certifications: Blue Nectar 200 hour
Guiltless Pleasures: Dark chocolate, long road trips, international travel, silent retreats, really long novels, & dancing.
Why Yoga: I believe that when breath, movement, and presence come together, we open ourselves up to radical (knock your socks off, what just happened here) transformation.
Certifications: Pure Prana Holistic Yoga 200 hour YTT, Nosara Yoga Institute Advanced Interdisciplinary Yoga 500 hour YTT, Sarah Powers Insight Yoga 500 hour, Self-Awakening Yoga, Yin Yoga and Functional Anatomy with Paul Grilley, Yin Yoga with Biff Mithoefer, Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, Blooma Prenatal Yoga Level 1 & 2, Thai Yoga Therapy, and Pranassage
Born: Clearwater, Florida
Guiltless pleasures: Savasana, warm fuzzy feelings, good books, sunsets, weekends, addicting puzzles, & guacamole.
Why yoga: When I need to breathe and connect, I practice yoga. I believe whole-heartedly that yoga enables me to pay attention, connect the dots, decide how much and what I want to change, and find the inherent, innate joy that lives in every cell of my body.
Certifications: JourneYoga 200 hr.