In early April, Lighthouse is thrilled to be welcoming two new senior Hatha Yoga teachers!
Kim Weeks is a mother, yoga teacher, and businesswoman. She has practiced yoga for 22 years and taught for 15. Voted three times DC’s Best Yoga Teacher, she founded Boundless Yoga in 2001 and closed it in 2013 to raise her small children and support her husband’s international development career. Since then she has been NBC4’s yoga expert, featuring regularly on The Midday Show. Kim has been in Yoga Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and been interviewed on WAMU and NPR. In 2012, the PBS series on the rising number of Americans with no religious affiliation, “None of the Above,” highlighted Kim and her path with yoga.
Kim has taught thousands of students and trained hundreds of yoga-teacher trainees. She loves teaching and considers John Schumacher, owner of Unity Woods Yoga Center and one of the world’s 13 certified advanced Iyengar Yoga teachers, her main influence. Like her teachers, Kim believes that the purest benefits of asana come from correct alignment of the body’s bones, and, therefore, from aligned breath and steadied mind. Her classes are physically challenging and funny, and they prioritize savasana (corpse pose) and meditation.
Kim will be teaching the Monday 7:15 pm Advanced Asana class while Naomi is on maternity leave.
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.
Megan will be leading Yoga Fundamentals and the Wednesday 7:15 pm Mixed Level Hatha class while Naomi is on maternity leave.