Julie Eisenberg (Jiwan Shakti Kaur), ERYT-500, Owner/Director, LYC
Jiwan Shakti Kaur (Julie Eisenberg) ERYT-500 started practicing yoga in the mid-1990s as a way to decompress from a stressful job. Over the years, as her practice deepened and evolved, she began to understand yoga as a tool of personal transformation and empowerment. She is a Kundalini Level 2 Teacher and Professional Teacher Trainer with the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI), with advanced certifications in therapeutics and other modalities. Jiwan Shakti opened Lighthouse Yoga Center in 2013 in her home community of Petworth, DC as a way to share the teachings of yoga with the residents of her diverse neighborhood. Outside the studio she has taught yoga to DC’s homeless population and low-income Spanish-speaking immigrants in Washington, DC and is involved in many community and civic organizations. Her classes, retreats and trainings are energetic, spiritual and often powerfully transformational. You can read Jiwan Shakti’s blog posts online at Spirit Voyage.
Brian discovered Kundalini Yoga on accident, walking into a studio in 2012 and taking the first available class that evening, which happened to be an awesomely strange mix of meditation, postures, chants and movement. He found it utterly magical—wait, so you make these hand movements, breathe in a certain way, close your eyes like so, and say these words, and you can feel like this, all the time?—and became hooked. He’s been taking Kundalini classes ever since, building it into his daily life, and is currently completing his 220-hour KRI Level I Teacher Training at Lighthouse. He has a love for heart-based kriyas and meditations (“These should be taught all over DC, everywhere!”) and might have been a dog in a former life, as he loves nothing more than walking through Rock Creek Park every day and chasing a soccer ball.
Emily Moore, RYT-500
Looking for a strength building workout on a Sunday morning in 2008, Emily accepted the invitation of a friend to attend a yoga class. She then began taking yoga classes regularly because—as many yoga students quickly discover–it felt so good. Somewhere along the way she quit doing yoga and yoga started doing her. The age old practice began transforming her body and mind in ways that she didn’t even know to ask for but for which she is immensely grateful. Emily eventually left behind a career providing community level legal and social services so that she could dedicate her time to sharing the science of yoga. In yoga she found practices that have the potential to bring individual and social wellbeing by addressing the very root of our inner source of turmoil and suffering. Yoga provides simple, effective tools that can help break the cycles of mental, emotional, and physical distress that keep us from living happily and functionally with ourselves and others thereby improving our own lives and our communities. It is a pleasure and honor for Emily to share these timeless techniques. Emily completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Integral Yoga and her 500 hour yoga teacher training with Sri Dharma Mitra. She is also trained in restorative yoga by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal. Some of the things Emily enjoys: the great outdoors, simple living, community, and day trips to NYC to practice with yoga master Sri Dharma Mittra.
Melanie Williams, RYT-200
Melanie Williams, RYT-200, found yoga while experimenting with ways to build a relationship with a body she had largely disconnected with. After many years of dedicated personal practice, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Capitol Hill Yoga in 2016 under the tutelage of Tara Lemerise and Alyson Shade. Melanie is described by students as a welcoming, intuitive, and adaptively challenging teacher, and by peers and mentors as both knowledgeable and constantly learning. When she’s not teaching or practicing, she can be found managing a radically-inclusive holistic wellness center on Capitol Hill or advocating for diversity and accessibility in the yoga industry as a member of the Yoga & Body Image Coalition‘s leadership team. You can learn more about Melanie on her website, Found Space Yoga.
Andrea Messina, RYT-200
Andrea Messina, yoga teacher and life coach, teaches an uplifting style of yoga that emphasizes strength-building sequences, deep stretches and a connection to breath. Her teaching is informed by alignment based yoga, vinyasa flow, philosophy and life coaching. She believes that the yoga mat is a place to cultivate awareness and create a juicy metaphor for how you want to live most fully… in addition to getting sweaty and laughing a little. She completed her 200-hour Power Yoga Training at Go Yoga, her 100-hour Anusara Yoga Immersion at Capitol Hill Yoga and is a graduate of the Accomplishment Coaching Coaches Training Program. She completed Lighthouse Yoga Center’s 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller.
Tracy Buro, RYT-200
Tracy has been practicing yoga for over a decade, originally drawn to the sense of stillness she experienced when moving her body with her breath. Her favorite thing about yoga is that there is always more to learn and there are always ways to grow, both physically and mentally. Whether it’s working on handstand or finding time to rest in a restorative pose, Tracy finds that a regular yoga practice helps her take the balance she achieves on the mat and carry it through to her daily life. As a teacher, she aims to provide playful and challenging classes that allow students of all levels to have fun, challenge themselves, and leave class with a sense of ease and peace of mind. Tracy completed her 200 hour teaching training under Naomi Gottlieb-Miller and was trained in restorative yoga by Tara Lemerise.
Audrey has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. She first took a kundalini course in college in southern California, but didn’t start regularly practicing yoga until several later when she developed a vinyasa practice. She completed a 200-hour interdisciplinary yoga training at Nosara Yoga Institute in 2007 and taught vinyasa for several years at Petworth’s Yoga House Studio, where she delved more deeply into kundalini classes. Audrey completed her 220-hour KRI Level I kundalini teacher training at Lighthouse Yoga Studio in 2017. She particularly enjoys the practice’s emphasis on pranayama, meditation, and cultivation of inner strength, as well as strength and spine-opening. She also enjoys dabbling in yin, restorative, and hatha. Outside of yoga, Audrey is in the communications field and dotes on her dog.
Suzanne considers herself a life-long student of yoga and is passionate about sharing the transformational power of the practice. As a child, she found her grandmother’s yoga books and was intrigued by the postures, but it wasn’t until she was an adult that she committed to a consistent yoga and meditation routine. She is infinitely fascinated by the yoga and has lived and studied at two of the country’s leading yoga retreat and education centers, Yogaville Satchidanda Ashram and Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health. Suzanne completed a 220-hour Kundalini Yoga certification at Lighthouse Yoga, a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga certification with Faith Hunter and studied contemplative prayer at the Shalem Institute. Yoga is Suzanne’s prayer, energy boost, stress buster, fun challenge, confidant and so much more. She believes yoga is a technology that uplifts us and help us feel at home in our bodies, so that we can live as mindfully powerful beings.
Catherine Marquette, RYT-500
Catherine first came to yoga through injury – two foot surgeries had ended the former collegiate runner’s life as she knew it, and her doctor prescribed yoga as a way to find movement in the bones and strength in the muscles. What she didn’t realize was that yoga would also be the way to calm her Type A wandering mind and integrate her body, mind and breath. Catherine is a RYT-500 teacher, having received her 200hr certification under Kim Weeks at Boundless Yoga (DC) and her 500hr certification at YogaWorks (NYC) under senior teacher Chrissy Carter. Catherine dove into anatomy and safe alignment principles through an additional 108hr training via Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers with Jason Brown. She teaches an alignment-based, challenging, movement-oriented class that provides a well-rounded journey of standing poses, inversions/arm balances, back bends and forward folds. Catherine just returned to the DC community after 8 years away, mostly in New York City, and is excited to return to the city where she first started her career and yoga practice. Learn more about Catherine at her website.
Megan is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Her study and practice of yoga are informed by her experiences with rehabilitation, theories of traditional anatomy and Anatomy Trains®, along with the application of techniques from kinesiology and movement therapy.
Megan was one of those kids who liked to figure out how things worked, who liked to investigate the insides of things. Marked for medical school at a very early age, she played with microscopes and ant farms at home and took advanced science classes at school, completing her first mammal dissection in grade 8. Megan majored in biology and philosophy at university with minors in physics and chemistry. A quarter life crisis (the details of which are not so important) changed her trajectory and she earned a degree in public health and became a women’s health educator and researcher. Another crisis (of the existential variety) lead to an advanced bioethics degree and then a PhD in disability studies. Somewhere between the existential crisis and the bioethics degree Megan was in a severe car accident that resulted in 14 spinal injuries. This is when she started practicing yoga seriously. Since then, yoga has provided her with a systemic approach for decreasing pain and increasing function.
Since becoming a yoga teacher in 2005 Megan has worked with students who have moderate to severe injuries and chronic conditions. Her teachers come from awide range of traditions and include: Doug Keller, Jenny Otto, Donna Farhi, Matt Sanford, Judith Lasater, John Friend, Rod Stryker and Shiva Rea. Megan believes that the benefits of yoga can be accessible to anyone who is willing to try. Her teaching style is precise, sometimes unconventional, and relies heavily on comic relief. In addition to teaching yoga, Megan is a professorial lecturer at the George Washington University in the religion and philosophy departments. Megan lives in Washington DC with her dogs, who love raw kale and snore during yoga nidra.
Meredith began her own yoga practice over 15 years ago – first to get a little exercise and later to try to find sanity and balance despite a stressful job as a consultant. She stuck with yoga thanks to a welcoming and vibrant yoga community. Early in her practice she was drawn to an alignment-based school of teaching, connecting to a clear and thoughtful way of articulating poses, an invitation to participate fully and creatively in everyday life, and the fact that laughter on the mat was not only tolerated, but encouraged. She has continued to grow and share her love of the practice ever since. When her first son was born in 2013, she started to take infant, then toddler classes, and her family has continued the journey together. Meredith carries a sense of playfulness into her classes for both children and grownups, and is excited to share with students of all ages the joys and challenges that yoga reveals both on and off the mat.
Jazmín González Moya
Jazmín’s classes are a combination of Sivananda flow and her own personal experiences and learnings throughout the years as a former professional ballerina. Her class starts with a series of Pranayama (Kapalabati and Anuloma Viloma breathing exercises), continued by a flow of a structured combination of asanas (postures). She offers her classes in English, Spanish and French, and will be ready to teach a multilingual class anytime it’s necessary.
Her class is based on an easy-to-learn method of all the traditional poses (with modifications from beginner to advanced) to help develop a healthy-strong body and enhance flexibility, both in mind and body. Since yoga arrived to her life, she has found another way to thrive and to share her passion of teaching others, she loves to help her students to discover they can do a lot more than they think they can with a safe method of encouragement.
Jazmín migrated to yoga after more than ten years as a professional ballerina and ballet teacher. Once she discovered yoga and started feeling the benefits, both physical and spiritual, of the practice, she dove in to explore different techniques. Moved by her passion to learn and teach, she completed her teacher’s training course at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in Montreal in 2017.
Julia took her first yoga class as a sophomore in high school because her algebra teacher promised extra credit (long story!). Over the past 10 years, she has practiced a variety of styles and traditions, but is passionate about any class centered on alignment and breath. Julia believes the practice of yoga delivers something beautiful to each and every person, and is honored to share her love of yoga with every student she has the opportunity to teach. Julia’s classes are playful and full of movement, but also include space for meditation and stillness- always a balance! Off the mat, Julia enjoys spending time in the best neighborhood in DC (Petworth of course!), reading, and cooking.
Kati Gimes (Ajeetdev Kaur), RYT-200
Katalin “Kati” Gimes channels her enthusiasm and energy 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.
Kati earned her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2004 and continues to study the rainbow of yoga traditions with a diverse group of teachers, including yoga therapy and Ayurveda. Over the years she has developed her own unique teaching style using deep breath work and great focus on alignment. In her classes she addresses each individual’s needs and limitations, creating a safe environment for her students where they can grow through physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions.
Her latest love is Kundalini yoga, the king of all yogas. Kati completed the 200-hour Kundalini Yoga teaching program in 2012 and is currently finishing her Level 2 training.
Kati moved to the States 25 years ago from Budapest, Hungary where she was a television producer.
Rebecca found her way to yoga and meditation about 15 years ago while in search of healing and a deeper sense of calm, and has been profoundly grateful for the practice ever since. Coming to her mat keeps Rebecca grounded, joyful, connected, and better able to trust her path in this beautiful, mysterious world. In Rebecca’s classes you’ll find a combination of meditation, breath-work, poetry, and movement. Her classes aim to ground, calm, and foster loving presence. Rebecca completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller at Lighthouse Yoga in 2016. Aside from yoga and mindfulness, Rebecca loves being outside in nature, breakfast-time, and statistics.
Laura Bradford, RYT-200
Laura has been in the fitness field for 40 years, working as a group exercise instructor, competitive bodybuilder, flexibility coach for the Washington Capitals, T.V. fitness pro, public speaker, personal fitness trainer and yoga teacher. She teaches everything from kickboxing to yoga and has post-rehab, cancer exercise, older adult, and general population. She was also a Certified Chiropractic Assistant. Laura’s goal is to educate and empower her students and clients to accept their bodies and enjoy fitness as a way of life. She has a 200 hour certifications in both Hatha and Kundalini yoga. She is currently teaching in the MD/DC area classes in both styles.
Laura is married for 25 years, lives in Silver Spring, has a rescue Rottweiler and has been a professional performer with the Washington Opera, Arena Stage, Choral Arts Society, The City Choir of Washington. Her hobbies include gardening, animal rights issues, attending retreats, workshops and classes for fitness, yoga and personal growth, reading murder mysteries & fantasy and attending movies and theater. She is a native of SC and enjoys her second home in Myrtle Beach.
Michael has been teaching and practicing yoga for over 12 years. His classes are infused with dynamic movement, humor, and deep connection to the body and breath. Michael believes that yoga has the power to bring balance to our lives on and off the mat. His classes blend his love of vinyasa, hatha, and QiGong. Michael led the DC LGBT Center’s community yoga program for 4 years and has taught in DC, VA and SC. Michael is also a Reiki Master Teacher and believes yoga is a powerful tool for empowering personal and community wellbeing.