Big news about our Yoga Retreat to Cuba!

In response to requests by our students, we’ve added a Hatha Yoga (Vinyasa) component to our Cuba Retreat! LYC teacher Andrea Messina is partnering with Julie Andrea Messinato co-host Lighthouse Yoga’s People-to-People Yoga Retreat to Cuba from February 17-24, 2018.

This retreat is unusual (and awesome!) because it focuses equally on yoga and exploring the “real” Cuba. We’ll bring our yoga practice to the rooftops of Old Havana, the lawns of one of Havana’s majestic fortresses, and the homes of residents of the UNESCO World Heritage town of Viñales. Between yoga classes, we’ll visit some of Havana and Viñales top sites, meet locals, enjoy walking tours, and lace up our boots for optional hiking and horseback riding.

Julie will offer Kundalini classes and Andrea will offer hatha yoga classes. Retreaters are welcome to choose a style and stick with it the entire trip, or to switch it up as you like.

Want to learn more? Join our info meeting on Thursday September 7 at 6:00 pm at the studio.

Read more about the trip here:

Read Julie’s recent blog about the trip here:

About the instructors:

Julie Eisenberg (Jiwan Shakti Kaur) has been teaching Hatha and Kundalini Yoga in DC for over a decade and has been practice for almost 20 years.  She came to yoga 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 an ERYT-500 Kundalini Level 2 Teacher and Professional Teacher Trainer with the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI), with advanced certifications in therapeutics and other modalities. Julie 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. She is a fluent Spanish-speaker and an inexhaustible world-traveler. In addition to multiple trips to Cuba in the past years, Julie has lead yoga retreats both domestically and internationally and is often ready to hit the road for her next adventure.


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 Lighthouse Yoga Center’s 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller, a 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. Andrea lives to travel and loves to jet off at a moment’s notice. She’s thrilled to be leading this retreat with Julie!