Blue Heron Wellness Instructors



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Amy‘s yoga journey began in 2006, participating in Anusara Immersion in 2008. After living and working abroad in Libya and England, and becoming a mother, Amy returned to the area and completed Yoga Teacher Training at Blue Heron, receiving an RYT-200 certification. Her yogic vision is to embrace and inspire personal truth and integrity on and off the mat. Amy uses relevant themes, empowering verbal cues, and thoughtful sequencing with insights gained from the natural world, spiritual curiosities, classroom teaching, experience as an art therapist, and life in general. Amy lives in Silver Spring with her husband, two small boys, rescue dog and two cats.
See what her students are saying:
"I love rise and shine in Friday mornings with Amy. The perfect mix of challenge and harmony." Tracey G. 2/2016
Annie Carlin has been practicing yoga for over 12 years, studying many different styles from vigorous vinyasa to technical alignment-based hatha, prenatal and therapeutic yoga. She completed her 200-hour training with Tias Little (Prajna Yoga) in 2011 and has been teaching ever since. In December 2014, Annie completed her 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher training certification with Integral Yoga. Her goal is to create a safe space for all to enjoy the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. She emphasizes self-acceptance and specializes in customizing poses to suit each person’s practice. Through thoughtful sequencing and creative modifications, Annie hopes to show her students that everyone can do amazing things on the mat. Annie offers profound gratitude to all of her teachers and students and is thrilled to be sharing this incredible practice.

Annie's Clients Say: "I thoroughly enjoyed my first fundamentals of yoga class with Annie last night. She is a wonderful, down to earth, knowledgeable yoga teacher that makes yoga principles and asanas and/or their associated benefits achievable no matter your body type or fitness level. I've been seeking a way back into a daily yoga practice for quite some time and this course and teacher are just what I've needed! I highly recommended it." Saku, 10/28/15

"As a first time yoga class goer, I was impressed with the warmth and cleanliness of the facility. My instructor, Annie, was amazing. She made me feel welcome, and gave great feedback on my form and provided me with modifications since it was my first class. I would highly recommend it!" Clara M. 10/15
Catey is a Certified Personal Trainer, Correctional Exercise Specialist and Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist. She is an RYT200 with specializations in Vinyasa Flow, Hot Yoga instruction and Yoga Sculpt/Cross Training formats. Catey’s goal is to inspire her students and clients to push past any fears and weakness with their mind and body to discover the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of implementing a safe, corrective and beneficial movement routine. She believes in the importance of using a variety in movement approaches to fit the individual’s needs and goals. Catey’s Certifications are with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Cancer Exercise Institute and Yoga Alliance.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Claudia began her formal yoga training in 1984. It was there that she spent 10 years assisting and teaching along side some of the most noteworthy teachers of our time. She traveled and studied with Pattabhi Jois (creator of the Ashtanga Yoga System), she was one of the first to graduate from Rod Stryker’s ISHTHA Yoga Teachers Training, she assisted Erich Shiffman for several years, and also studied and taught at Forrest Yoga. While at USC completing a Masters degree in Social Work, she taught yoga to students and faculty alike. She integrated her skills as a therapist and yoga instructor developing corporate stress reduction programs, working with oncology patients at Children’s Hospital, and teaching yoga to artists and performers. In 2005 she received certification in Anusara Yoga. Claudia’s classes reflect her rich background of yoga experience as well as the love and dedication to her life-long practice of yoga. Look for Claudia's regular quarterly articles in Pathways Magazine.
Donna Britt first took yoga 15 years ago in Mexico and fell in love with its beauty, precision and spirituality. After studying Iyengar and vinyasa flow yoga locally for several years, she learned that her favorite yoga teacher was moving out of the state. Britt was flattered--and terrified--when the teacher asked if she'd like to take over teaching her class. After training with Yogafit, Britt taught yoga for three years at White Oak Sport & Health and a number of private clients. She is a member of the International Association of Black Yoga Instructors.
Francine’s independent and intuitive yogic studies began over thirty years ago. First practicing with Lilias Folan via the rabbit-eared black and white t.v. screen on top of a dresser in her parent’s bedroom, she’s followed her heart through various paths and lessons ever since. Her roots stand firmly in the Hatha tradition and her primary influences from the alignment based branches of yoga continue to inform and inspire her.

Francine's Clients Say:
"Very relaxing and friendly environment. The receptionist was very welcoming. I did pre-natal yoga. The teacher, Francine, was really nice to put me at ease since it was my first time. She also provided good advices during the lesson to do postures at the very best and after she recommended other courses I can attend in my conditions. I think it is a very good investment for yourself and I think I will also try the many other services they offer!" Francesca B., 10/15

"Francine is such a nurturing guide for all of the mamas in her pre and post natal class. She gently encourages women to stretch and build strength for their changing bodies while honoring the new life building within. She takes the time to get to know individual students and provides emotional as well as physical support. I recommend this class to all mamas!" Annie N. 11/2015
Hannah believes that yoga guides people home – making them more self-aware and enhancing their capacity for self-expression. Her specialty is helping individuals learn how to release tension in their bodies, center their thoughts and restore their sense of well-being. Her classes incorporate restorative yoga postures, breathing, relaxation and meditation strategies for releasing stress and promoting healing. She has been practicing yoga for over a decade. She has been teaching since she received her training in classical Hatha yoga in 2009. She completed studies in Yoga Therapy in July 2011  and studies in Ayurveda in 2013. This year she will complete her 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training.
Hannah's Clients Say:
"I enjoyed Hanna's class very much. I've not taken a meditative yoga class before. It both decreased a sense of agitation about a specific incident that occurred just prior to class, and boosted my energy level by freeing energy that had been trapped by the agitating situation." Barbara S., 10/15

"Great TGIF class with Hannah. Perfect way to end the week. Lovely studio too." Jane G

"Lovely TGIF class on Friday with Hannah. Just what I needed to end the week. Easy asananas then restore and relax." Jane G.
Holly is an enthusiastic yoga instructor and practitioner whose mission is to create a yoga environment that is inviting and accessible to all budding and experienced students. Holly has been practicing yoga since 2005. In 2007, she became certified in Yoga for the Special Needs Child with Sonia Sumar. After recognizing the benefits of yoga for individuals of all ages and abilities, Holly continued her yoga studies and practice. She completed her RYT-200 and RYT-300 at the Yoga Center of Columbia. Holly enjoys teaching Chair, Gentle, Beginner and Mixed-level community and corporate classes. Holly has taught adults, teens and children in group and 1:1 classes. In 2014 she received certification in Chair Yoga with Lakshmi Voelker. Holly has studied locally with Lucy Lomax, Kathy Donnelly, and Cheryl Catranbone. She has attended several yoga trainings on yoga philosophy, anatomy, and therapeutics. Holly has practiced yoga with infants and children as young as 6 weeks and with adults well into their 80s. She has found great joy in teaching and sharing yoga in its various forms and adaptations to meet the needs of her unique and varied students.
Janet has been practicing and teaching Pilates since 2006 and brings her experience as a personal trainer and fitness coach into her classes. She received her certification from the Pilates Institute of America and has continued her studies of Pilates by attending various trainings and workshops. It is Janet’s passion to help others achieve a strong, lean and balanced body.
Jessica Koch is a certified Five Element Medical QiGong Instructor. She began studying QiGong shortly after her introduction to the benefits of meditation over fifteen years ago. She continues to explore the healing effects of qi through QiGong, NeiGong, and other energy balancing modalities such as Zero Balancing, External Qi Healing, and Meditation. She enjoys providing the opportunity for others to experience healing through these modalities in the classroom, in workshops, and one-on-one sessions.
Jill has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years and finds joy in sharing her knowledge and experience with all ages. She particularly loves to share mindfulness-based movement with children and finds it delightful to watch them grow and learn. Jill also enjoys working with children that face neurological or emotional challenges and teaching them coping skills through yoga. Jill is particularly drawn to the challenge of working with adults that are new to yoga and finding creative ways to help them deeply benefit from all that yoga has to offer. Jill is a RYT200 and has done training in kid’s yoga. She is working towards a children’s yoga certification.
Jo Ann has kept coming back to yoga since she was taught a sun salutation series in college. In her early activist career she experienced bits and pieces of yoga in many places. After staff meetings in New Jersey, in the park in Austin, in Chicago she tried Iyengar Yoga, and in Philly hot yoga. After moving to the DC area she completed her Teacher Training at Tranquil Space. She then jumped fulltime into the yoga world and worked as Studio Manager at Tranquil Space for four years. Jo Ann loves helping people find yoga that fits with their life, body, and spirit.

She has a 4 year old son who inspired her to start teaching yoga for kids. She is a certified ChildLight Yoga instructor and finds kids challenge her to make yoga and movement fun and new. She lives in North Four Corners with her son, husband, and mom.

Kathy is a graduate of Blue Heron's 2010 Yoga Teacher Training program. Kathy enjoys sharing her love of yoga with others and inspiring others to greater well-being.
Her Clients Say:
" Kathy Page's lunchtime yoga on Wednesdays at noon is pretty special. Try it out!"  Patricia B.  11/15

"I took the noon class with Kathleen. She had a good sequence for hip openers I enjoyed the flow of the class. Kathleen also added helpful alignment tips"  Marina C.  11/15
“Kati” channels her enthusiasm to empower others to live a life with peaceful minds and hearts filled with love. She believes yoga is a powerful way to free mind and body from self-limitations and that through practice, people can access the very essence of who they are. Since earning certification in 2004, Katie continues to study the rainbow of yoga traditions and studied yoga therapy completing an in-depth course on Ayurveda in 2008.
Her unique teaching style is comprised of dynamic multi-dimensional flows, deep breath work and a focus on alignment. She addresses each individual’s needs and limitations, creating a safe environment for her students to be guided through physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions. Her latest love is Kundalini yoga, the king of all yogas. Kati completed a 200 hour Kundalini Yoga teaching program and is a KRI certified teacher. Her life has been completely transformed by this lesser known practice and she is very eager to share this amazing technology.
Kati moved to the States 23 years ago from Budapest, Hungary where she was a television producer. She currently works for a local nonprofit organization and teaches yoga every minute she can find.
Lauren Richardson, ERYT 200, Lauren discovered yoga over twenty years ago as a way to balance her athletic pursuits, passionate heart and overall curiosity of being. After practicing a variety of styles, she trained with Jonny Kest in the Ashtanga tradition. She teaches a dynamic series of sequenced postures that flow together to promote mobility and healing in the body, focus and ease in the mind and awareness and connection with the breath. She enjoys working with all ages and abilities and believes that yoga meets you where you are, as it is both therapeutic and invigorating. In addition to working in studios, Lauren has had the opportunity to share the benefits of yoga with children in camps, schools and as a training element of many athletic teams. She has directed yoga teacher training programs for the past 5 years at multiple centers and continues to learn and grow from her inspiring student trainees.
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