Born: Mt. Kisco, NY
Guiltless Pleasures: Dark chocolate, romantic comedies, reading young adult fiction, being at the beach, and walking in the woods with my family and our dog (not necessarily in that order).
Why Yoga: I am drawn to yoga because of its healing powers and its unfailing ability to reconnect me with the strength and resiliency of my body and spirit.
Certifications: Pure Prana Holistic Yoga Teacher 200 hr, The Khalsa Way Pregnancy Yoga Teacher's Training Program, Relax and Renew Trainer Level 1 with Judith Lasater, Therapeutic Yoga Training Program with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal.
RYT 200
Guiltless pleasures: Being barefoot every chance I get, theater, cinema, travel, dance and napping.
Why Yoga: Yoga brings me closer (still have a ways to go) to sanity and a stronger understanding of what's important in life, like kindness, friendship, and generosity of spirit. I must admit, too, to enjoying being in a healthy and expansive altered state when I'm finished.
Certifications: Kundalini Yoga 200hr, Kundalini Yoga - Yoga for Youth, Kripalu Yoga 200hr

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

Born: Charleston, WV
Guiltless Pleasures: Cuddles with my pups, wine tours with my husband, long summer days on the beach, long winter nights in front of the fire, long family dinners with my kids.
Why Yoga: to feel my body heal and rest, to let my mind slow down and appreciate the strength and health I have been blessed with. Yoga allows me to feel growth within the poses and ease with the breath.
Certifications: Blue Nectar 200hour
Born: Kerala, India

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

E-RYT500, KYT500, KAYT500, IPT
Born: Washington, DC 
Guiltless Pleasures: The short list; dark chocolate, gluten-free baking, the beach, children's giggles, reiki, & yoga.
Why Yoga: Yoga keeps me living and not just existing. Yoga has always helped me navigate my way through life, but after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011, I came to realize that through yoga, my full potential is unlimited.
Certifications: Pure Prana Holistic Yoga Teacher 200 hr, Kripalu Professional Yoga Teacher 500 hr, Kripalu Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher 500 hr, Kripalu Ayurvedic Health Counselor 650hr, Reiki Master, The Rocket Vinyasa System, Itsy Bitsy Babies/Tots/Tykes, Integrated Positional Therapy Levels 1-3, Opening Yoga/Adapting Yoga for Disability Levels 1 & 2, Strala Yoga Intensive, Yoga Medicine Detox 30hr, YM Athletes 40hr, YM Shoulder 85hr, YM Chinese Medicine & Myofascial Release 60hr, YM Spine 85hr, YM Cadaver Lab 30hr, 30hr Yin YTT
E-RYT500, KYT500

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

RYT 200

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

RYT200, KYT200
Born: Tripoli, Lebanon
Guiltless Pleasures: organic carrot cake, gluten free salty snacks, art exhibits, hiking with a soulmate, world music, deep tissue massage, spending transit hours in international airports, morning coffee.
Why Yoga: I tango with the sense of wholeness in life and yoga provides this experience in so many ways. It invigorates me and shields me with equanimity. Interestingly enough, yoga always makes me run into innately wise and interesting people; men and women I just love to be around.
Certifications: 200 hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training, Circle Yoga Cooperative Budding Yogis
NYI 500, IYT 500, CTMP
Born: Nuremberg, Germany

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.

Born: Lynchburg, VA
Guiltless Pleasures: Chocolate, loose leaf teatime, anything sci-fi, thai yoga massage, trips to the mountains, going anywhere on my bicycle, getting lost in the woods.
Why Yoga: I'm on a spiritual journey and yoga is my chosen path. To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson - Yoga is a journey, not a destination.
Certifications: 532Yoga 200hr, Physiology and Dance Kinesiology at GWU, ACE/IDEA and AFAA fitness instructor
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