Liz is an E-RYT 200 and current yoga director at Blue Heron Wellness. She was brought to yoga and remains inspired by her three children and their unique relationships with the universe. Liz’s playful and spirited attitude makes yoga and its benefits fun and accessible for everyone.
Donna first took yoga 15 years ago in Mexico and fell in love with its beauty, precision and spirituality. After years of studying Iyengar and vinyasa flow yoga, Donna trained with Yogafit and taught mixed-level flow yoga for three years at White Oak Sport & Health. Because she thinks everyone should find joy in yoga, Donna infuses her classes with adventure, spirit and compassion and reaches out to students at every level. Beginners will feel challenged but most find that they advance quickly. A member of the International Association of Black Yoga Instructors, Donna is on leave from her column at TheWashington Post while she writes her memoirs.
Cheryl Catranbone, ERYT-500 and Certified Anusara Yoga® Teacher, has been studying and practicing yoga in earnest since 1993. A certified yoga teacher since 1996, Cheryl continues to evolve in her practice and teaching by spending as much time as possible practicing with other teachers. With a deep focus on the therapeutic aspects of yoga, Cheryl is deeply rooted in the benefits of The Universal Principles of Alignment. She shares her experience and deep passion for yoga with genuine warmth, humor and joyful expression. Cheryl’s intention is to ignite the spark of joy in the hearts and minds of her students and all those around her. With each class she is inspired by her students to be a better teacher – a better person. For Cheryl, yoga is living life in full celebration of its Beauty, Grace and Abundance. It is
so much more than something we do on a mat, it is living each day with dignity, joy, passion, appreciation, humility, reverence and gratitude.
Beth is an RYT 200 and Assistant Director of the Yoga Program at Blue Heron Wellness. She is inspired by her many teachers and classmates and is grateful for the support of her incredible yoga community. When she is not at the front desk at Blue Heron, she is outside playing with dogs.
Lori graduated from the Dhyana School of Yoga. She is also one semester away from graduating as a registered nurse and looks forward to merging the two fields. Through the many challenges in her life, Lorie has learned to channel negative energy into something more positive and constructive. In her classes she will share the blessings of yoga and its many lessons about balance, letting go and finding your own path.
Carrie loves to share her delight in Anusara yoga with her students. She finished her 350 hour teacher training program at Willow Street Yoga in 2006 and continues to deepen her own practice by studying yoga and therapeutics. Carrie firmly believes that yoga is for everyone; every body, every age and stage of life. There are few things she enjoys more than helping a student into a new pose for the first time. Her classes emphasize empowerment and joy and are imbued with a sense of creativity, play and freedom.
Katalin “Kati” Gimes 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 with teachers including Annie Carpenter, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Sarah Powers, John Schumacher, Dharma Mittra and studied yoga therapy with Mukunda Stiles 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.
Naomi is a Washington DC based yoga teacher known for her ability to creatively weave everything from pop culture references to comic book superheroes to Tantric philosophy into her yoga classes. She is inspired by the notion that yoga exists everywhere including the kitchen, in traffic, at a rock concert and deep in the woods– you simply have to uncover it and bring it into the light. Her classes are infused with the qualities of wonder and exuberant joy, mixed with a little sweat and a lot of laughter, that inspires radical transformation. Naomi believes that the more we empower ourselves on the mat, the more our lives off the mat will be steeped in greater consciousness, skillful attention and grace. Naomi invites each student to explore their edges on the yoga mat in order to discover an innate ability to do things they never thought possible. Naomi is inspired by the courage and humor her students bring to their mats and considers teaching yoga the best gig ever.
Julie views yoga as a self-care modality and encourages her students to use their practice as a way to express the deeper love of self. Her classes feature yoga flow combined with static postures all with an air of relaxed playfulness set to an eclectic blend of music. She reminds her students throughout the practice that they are their own teacher, and she is simply a guide.
Nancy has been a serious yoga and meditation practitioner for more than a decade and a half. Nancy received her yoga RYT 200 training at Blue Heron Wellness Center in 2011 and has been teaching there ever since. Over the past year she has been training with Martin Kirk, a renowned Yoga Anatomy and Therapy teacher and will continue her training in the summer and fall. Yoga is her passion.
Marvin has achieved the RKC, (Russian Kettelbell Challenge) Certification from Pavel Tsatsouline, (pioneer and founder of the RKC). He is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), and certified by the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF), and he’ll be teaching the amazing diversity of exercises and overall health benefits of Authentic Russian Kettlebell Training. Marvin achieved advanced rankings in martial arts and has taught those skills for many years. His class programs today combine the flexibility and breathing patterns associated with yoga and tai chi, with increased strength, body awareness, and functional movement achieved through Kettlebell lifting. His series of exercises called the “Morning Workout” restore confidence and bring energy to joints that may have lost their range of motion due to lack of exercise, age, or injury. You will learn how to be stronger, feel better, and be holistically charged from this series.
Hannah received her training in Classical Hatha yoga through Kashi Atlanta urban ashram in June 2009 and has been teaching ever since. Since arriving in the metro DC area in October 2010, she has been teaching group classes and private sessions at corporate gyms, residential homes, yoga and dance studios. She is completing studies in Yoga Therapy and looking forward to incorporating more customized modifications to her classes to better meet the needs of all bodies. She found Blue Heron Wellness Center as a practitioner and looks forward to sharing the teachings she has learned with the other practitioners.
MA, E-RYT 200, CMT
Machelle is a certified and registered Yoga instructor, massage therapist, doula, and has earned a masters degree in mythology and depth psychology. Since 1991, Machelle has led therapeutic movement and hatha yoga demonstrating the complimentary intersections of asana and 5 Element Chinese Meridian Theory as a form of self-acupressure. In mentoring participants in their physical body, Machelle weaves ancient yoga and taoist teachings with modern scientific research on the health and rehabilitation of muscle, connective tissue, and joints. In tending the psyche, she infuses storytelling, poetry, and modern psychology through Yin Yoga and Vinyasa practices in a creative and grounded approach to self development.
Catey is a certified personal trainer, correctional exercise specialist, and certified cancer exercise specialist. Catey motivates and inspires her students and clients to push past any fears and weakness with their body and discover the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of implementing a proper exercise style and regimen. Catey’s Certifications are with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Catey is trained and certified to work with all populations including pre-natal strength training.
Peter Mosher has practiced and taught yoga, meditation, qigong and tai chi in the Washington area since 1972. He trained in Kundalini Yoga and meditation under Yogi Bhajan from 1972 to 1992, teaching it for 25 years. He began the practice and study of mindfulness meditation with Tara Brach in the early 90′s and has continued meditation practice and study with Tibetan and Zen teachers. He began Tai’ Chi in 1992 and studied with various teachers, notably Dr. Nianzu Li, and studied qigong intensively under Prof. Zhang, Guande and Lin Lin Choy from 2000 – 2007. He has been teaching at Blue Heron Wellness since shortly after it opened. He has taught at the World Bank, N.I.H. and other organizations in the Washington area. He also used his knowledge of these practices in his career in metal health, especially in psychiatric rehabilitation work.
His approach is to teach each practice, whether it is yoga, tai’ chi, qigong, or meditation as a mindfulness practice that can be applied to all aspects of life to improve mental and physical health, spiritual growth, and help people find a path out of suffering to happiness and enjoyment of this life.
Claudia is a certified Anusara Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, the culmination of a lifelong devotion to achieving excellence in yoga. She has over 21 years of formal yoga training, starting in Santa Monica, California, in 1984, where she became the first person to offer yoga at the YMCA. While at USC completing a masters degree in Social Work, she taught yoga to students and faculty. She integrates her knowledge of yoga with her skill as a social worker, developing corporate stress reduction programs, working with oncology patients at Children’s Hospital, and teaching yoga to artists and performers. She has trained with noteworthy teachers of Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga including Rod Stryker, and assisting Erich Shiffman. In 1993, faced with possibly losing the use of her left arm as a result of a debilitating car accident, she began studying Pilates and therapeutic yoga. This led her to John Friend, creator of Anusara Yoga, with whom she now studies.
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.
Sarah has been a student of yoga since 2000 and is an RYT 200. Based in deep appreciation for the transformative power of yoga in the midst of life’s adventure, her classes are infused with joy, sensitivity and empowerment. She is a graduate of the Willow Street Yoga Center Teacher Training Program and continues to study the art of Anusara yoga with multiple teachers. Sarah counts her two amazing kids as her greatest teachers.
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.
Lauren discovered yoga over ten years ago as a way to balance her athletic pursuits. After practicing a variety of styles, she trained with Jonny Kest and became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2005. She teaches a dynamic series of sequenced postures that flow together to promote mobility and healing in the body. 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 many athletic teams including soccer, lacrosse and hockey. She enjoys inspiring student athletes to use their breath for personal awareness and stress reduction as well as for strength and flexibility training. Lauren believes that yoga provides an opportunity to practice the delicate balance of effort and ease.
Sherry has been a practicing massage therapist for over ten years. She is a graduate of The Baltimore School of Massage. She has experience working in a variety of settings. She has worked extensively with seniors, worked with parents and caregivers teaching infant massage, in corporate offices, health fairs, and wellness retreats doing seated massage. Her toolbox includes techniques from Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial and Thai massage. Sherry believes that massage and yoga belong together, and are two of the best things you can do for yourself! She considers herself blessed to be doing what she loves!