Gopi Kinnicutt (ERYT 500) is a dynamic, Bhakti-infused yoga teacher who has developed her own unique teaching style. She organically creates and designs dynamic fluid yoga sequences, infused with deep spirituality. In her classes she incorporates mantras, breath work and Kriyas to release untouched energy and Prana. She bridges the philosophy of Yoga and the authentic traditions coming from India, making them accessible to the modern 21st century Yogi. Gopi leads National and International yoga retreats. She has been the head of RYT 200 hour and 300 hour teacher trainings for 7 years, and is the owner of Bhakti Yoga DC and founder of Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs, New York. Gopi has trained extensively with Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest and Gary Kraftsow, and is certified and trained in trauma-sensitive yoga. Gopi also lived in a Bhakti Yoga ashram for 10 years, where she studied and taught Indian philosophy and mantra meditation. Gopi is certified in Thai Yoga Body Work and Ayurvedic Body Work, offering a vigorous herbal oil body massage (Vishesh) and a deep relaxation head treatment called Shirodhara.
Braja is an accomplished Asana and Pranayama teacher (RYT-500) who infuses her classes with positive and tranquil energy. Having lived and studied in India (Rishikesh, Vrindavan and Mysore), she upholds tradition through well-balanced practice with a lot of personal assistance, breath work, mantra and philosophy. Since her youth, she has immersed herself into the finer mysteries of yoga in its many forms and happily shares her deep love and passion for spirituality with all. Braja is also a Certified Medical Massage (PIMT) and Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) who blends her therapeutic knowledge with breathing methods to create a personalized treatment for everyone. Read more here.
Cynthia Lorena is known for her creative and dynamic sequences, focus on alignment, her honesty, and her sense of humor. She currently lives and teaches vinyasa yoga group classes and workshops in the DC metro area and leads international retreats, as well as corporate classes and corporate retreats. She also offers private instruction, energy work (Reiki), and breath work. Her extensive clientele list ranges from teens to senior citizens with a variety of specific needs such as back injuries, cancer, depression and anxiety. Currently, Cynthia assists teacher trainings in DC. and offers mentorships for new teachers.
Cynthia was born and raised in New York. During her time working in the fashion industry, she felt that something was missing. Following her intuition, she left behind her hectic NYC life and immersed herself in studying yoga in the mountains of Massachusetts to make her health, happiness, and personal growth a priority. In July 2011 she graduated from Kripalu’s School of Yoga with a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate. Shortly after, she returned to New York City to teach yoga full time. In 2014, Cynthia completed her advanced 500 hour teacher training certification at Yogamaya in New York City. She is also a certified Level 2 Reiki (energy) healer.
Ryan is a skilled practitioner in the art of yoga and therapeutic massage. He is also an accomplished qigong healer, continuing his education in qigong movement/meditation and its clinical applications. Ryan came to yoga in the late 90's in search of self-healing. He immersed himself in Kundalini Yoga with Guru Mukh, surfed Prana Flow Energetic Vinyasa with Shiva Rea, and bathed in the body wisdom of the teacher’s teacher Annie Carpenter, while living in Los Angeles for over 13 years. Also inspired by Jo Tastula, Matt Pesendian, Micheline Berry, and many other world-class teachers throughout his years on the mat, he has come to find his own unique voice as a yoga guide. Ryan’s yoga is rooted in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya, offering a potent alignment-oriented practice that emphasizes the forms and actions within yoga asana. Classes progressively and safely sequence toward more complex peak poses, and spend time breaking down techniques creating awareness on and off the mat. His practice draws upon a wide range of postures and modifications that build strength, flexibility and refine awareness in body and mind. For more info on Ryan go to www.Selflesslotus.com
With Jen’s classes, your breath will weave together the wisdom of your body, the compassion of your heart and the focus of your mind. This will help you release trapped patterns and come into greater joy through your own creative expression. Jen incorporates kriyas, pranayama, deep core work, holding of poses and meditation into a creative and playful Vinyasa Flow asana practice. Music is an essential part of Jen’s classes, especially inspirational, devotional and healing music.
It was love that brought Jessica to D.C. in June 2015, and it is love that constantly inspires her. Its teachings are at the heart of each of her classes. Jessica’s been spreading her flavor of love since completing her first teacher training in Brooklyn in 2011 with her teachers Leigh Evans and Summer Quashie. Her creative sequences, coupled with fun, eclectic soundtracks, have become Jessica’s hallmark, helping to bring a sense of joy and playfulness to her well-rounded classes. With a focus on proper alignment, Jessica's clear verbal cues and enthusiasm will allow you to feel safe and strong in each pose. Having taught in Toronto, Mexico, and throughout New York, no matter her location she creates a supportive environment, enabling you to become more fully present. Through meditation, chants, and dharma talks, Jessica’s message is that in order to love others, we need to learn first how to love and take care of ourselves. She challenges you: Love yourself. Jessica brings the knowledge she’s gained from over 500 hours in training, including an 85-hour prenatal training for all the beautiful mamas-to-be; she is also a Reiki Master, certified in the Akashic Records, and is a breathwork facilitator.
Yoga is a practice where one is able to be present in the moment allowing for balance both in the mind and body. Lisa's intuitive style of teaching incorporates energetic asana, pranayama, sprinkled with fun and laughter. She believes wholeheartedly that yoga can be benefitted by all. Lisa's classes are balanced with healthy alignment, dynamic sequencing and compassionate hands on assist. She gives her students the opportunity to express themselves freely with an open mind and loving heart.
You can find Lisa in her kitchen cooking up delicious meals and baked goodies. A foodie at heart Lisa enjoys trying new cuisines. She finds it incredible fulfilling in sharing the lessons learned on and off the mat.
Alex Duchscher, ERYT 200, has been practicing yoga since 1999, and teaching yoga since 2002, when she got her initial 200 hour teacher training certificate from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Since then she has incorporated more Vinyasa flow to complement Kripalu's Hatha style of yoga, attending trainings with Vinyasa teachers and mentors Shiva Rea, Shannon Paige, Laura Wade Jaster and Jess Lazar. Also, studying and practicing Buddhist philosophy and meditation has added a joyful peace and freedom to her approach to yoga practice. Her practices are fluid with elements of strength and grace.
Alex also enjoys the depth, commitment and connection that come from teaching prenatal yoga.
Alex lived and taught yoga and practiced massage in Vail, Colorado for the better part of 10 years and has recently relocated to the Northern VA/D.C. Metro area. She is transitioning into new massage and yoga experiences and will update schedule with any new classes and massage information as it becomes available on her website: www.renewaltide.com.
Kirsten started practicing yoga in 1997, following a rich path of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Power, and Vinyasa Flow practices. Once serving as a retreat during difficult periods, yoga is now an integral part of Kirsten’s life. She focuses on challenging Prana Vinyasa sequences built around an intention or dedication that you can carry with you off the mat. She centers on proper alignment, core strengthening, and the breath to guide the ebb and flow of each movement and to build a stronger practice. A marathon runner, Kirsten teaches yoga and meditation to athletes to help them avoid injury, improve form, and boost concentration. Kirsten is a Prana Vinyasa certified yoga instructor and RYT-500. She is also trained in trauma sensitive yoga. Kirsten welcomes you to share the space, discover new depths, and become your own teacher!
Amy was initially drawn to the physical aspects of yoga as a former gymnast and competitive athlete. She became a dedicated practitioner after seeking out yoga as a means of healing and rebuilding her body after a severe injury. In her recovery, she soon found that the spiritual aspects of yoga, when joined with the physical aspects, helped ground her and helped her realign her priorities to find more joy in life. She is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher who enjoys teaching Vinyasa and Yin Yoga classes. She is grateful to all of her teachers for passing on their knowledge and providing support and is thankful for all that she continues to learn from her students and teachers. Amy is also a dedicated vegan.
Sheetal learned her first sun salutation when she was only twelve years old while visiting her grandfather’s ashram in India. Since then, a quiet interest in yoga rested within her, only to re-awaken when she was attending medical school. It was then that Sheetal discovered yoga classes at her local gym. Initially attending classes out of curiosity and as a means to balance her running routine, she ended up finding incredible peace and stillness through the yoga practices. She was hooked! She had tapped into something special, something so deep and powerful that she just had to share it with others. In 2010, she went on to complete her 200-hour yoga instructor training at Atma Bodha Yoga School in Virginia Beach. She subsequently completed the 300-hour yoga instructor training with Hari Om Yoga School in Costa Rica, the Laugh-a Yoga Leader training at Yogaville, and the Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant Certificate Program at David Frawley’s American Institute of Vedic Studies. Sheetal is continually amazed by the wisdom of yoga’s ancient teachings and finds joy in sharing these powerful tools through her teaching.
When not teaching yoga, Sheetal has the pleasure to serve as a pediatrician in Northern Virginia, providing care for her sweet little patients while offering guidance to their parents as they navigate through the wondrous journey of raising healthy, brightly inspired children. Sheetal also makes sure to engage in other activities that light up her soul - listening to live music, exploring the outdoors, spending precious time with family and friends, being an aunty to her friends’ awesome kids, and cooking up new and exciting vegan dishes. She looks forward to connecting with you on this incredible journey of yoga, self-discovery, and infinite love!
For more information on Sheetal, please visit www. shaktividyayoga.com