Joanna was first introduced to yoga as a young teen, and continued to connect to yoga over the years because she loved its unique blend of movement, breathing, and mindfulness. Joanna’s classes emphasize self-inquiry, energy, and alignment, and move at a moderate pace. She encourages students to get in touch with their inner teacher for a safe, sustainable practice. Joanna completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Pure Prana Yoga, is an RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance, and holds a certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from Duke Integrative Medicine. She also received certificates from Jen O’Sullivan of Sati Yoga to teach Yin Yoga, and from Michaelle Edwards of YogAlign to teach YogAlign. Joanna also studies with Mehtab Benton and is a certified Gong Practitioner.
E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Allison Davis has been teaching at Radiance Yoga since the doors opened in 2008. A long distance runner for over 10 years, she first came to yoga to help reduce muscle tightness and prevent injuries. She quickly discovered the powerful medicinal qualities of expressive movement and stillness. Allison believes that yoga is a pathway to inner harmony with oneself and the world. She honors yogic teachings that emphasize a unifying and celebratory awareness of divinity in all aspects of life.
Allison has over 2,000 hours of training with national and international teachers of yoga, anatomy, therapy and personal growth. She choreographs her sequencing to reflect anatomical and personal themes, balancing vitality and rest while choosing music that enlivens the flow of the class. Using the breath, Allison invites her students to unwind, explore the joy of intentional movement, and connect to their highest self. Allison is humbled by and grateful for every wise teachers and students she has met along the way.
Angelina began practicing yoga in 2005 to supplement other exercise. Over time, the desire to learn more about the philosophy of yoga took hold and began her path as a teacher completing her 200 Hour training in 2010. An avid learner, Angelina’s classes are influenced by vinyasa, Ashtanga, power, Forrest, bhakti, Dharma, and restorative styles of yoga.
Angelina’s creatively sequenced classes integrate breath, strength, balance, alignment, meditation, and philosophy allowing students to grow in their practice and play with their edge. Angelina’s compassionate teaching offers students the opportunity to draw in and shine out.
Learn more about Angelina at yogawithangelina.com.
Aviva grew up in South Africa and was introduced to yoga as a child in the mid 70’s when most people thought it was weird. She went to classes with her mom during school holidays, but it wasn’t until a back injury in the late 80’s that she found Iyengar yoga and learned that yoga not only helps to heal physically but also mentally and spiritually. Once Aviva tried Vinyasa yoga in 2000, she was hooked and completed her 200 RYT in December 2011.
Aviva enjoys helping her students learn and discover more about themselves while focusing on the breath and mindfulness to balance the mind and body while cultivating strength, vitality and harmony.
Brigitte O’Ryan Pollio
Brigitte O’Ryan Pollio
Brigitte was introduced to yoga at an early age by her father who used to do headstands and sun salutations in the backyard. Her own yoga practice slowly emerged in her early twenties when she experimented with different styles of yoga. From that time on, yoga took a more prominent role in her life as she discovered how it brought strength, balance, and an overall sense of well-being into her life.
In 2006, Brigitte completed her 200 yoga teacher training and has been teaching and practicing yoga to both adults and children ever since. Brigitte’s classes are vinyasa-based and encourage students to build both inner calm and physical strength through awareness of breath and body. In addition to teaching yoga, Brigitte also holds a master’s degree in Museum Education and enjoys practicing yoga with her husband and 2 children.
Brittanie De Chino
Brittanie De Chino
Brittanie DeChino is a kind, experienced, and dynamic yoga teacher. She is a disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra and has been practicing yoga for nearly 20 years. She began teaching in 2005 and, since then, she’s earned a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology (GWU), taken multiple 200-hour teacher trainings, and completed her 500- and 800-hour programs with master yogi, Sri Dharma Mittra, who is a disciple of Swami Kailashananda. Brittanie is living a life of service and is thankful for the opportunity to live out her dharma in this way. Her “full-time” job in residential Real Estate sales with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty (right here in Old Town, Alexandria!) keeps her busy enough…but she always makes time to continue to serve as Faculty on a variety of local teacher training programs (including ours at Radiance Yoga) and her teacher’s Life of a Yoga program in NYC. Additionally, she continues to lead Stress Management 3-credit courses to undergraduate students at GWU each semester. Brittanie’s teaching style is calm and steady. Her classes will leave you feeling balanced and at ease.
Trained as a classical dancer, Caroline first came to yoga as part of the curriculum in her performing arts school and fell in love with the tranquility and space that yoga and meditation afforded her. She continued with her dance career and didn’t come back to yoga until some years later, seeking something that she could embrace that didn’t involve pounding her joints! Caroline well remembers buying her very first DVD to start her yoga practice at home and realizing that it was not going to be easy but she got up every morning and followed the sequences and little by little, started to re-gain some ground in re-training her body and mind in this ancient tradition.
After about five years of taking classes locally and all over the world, whenever she traveled, she was an unabashed yogini ready to take her practice to the next level. That level turned out to be a yoga certification. Caroline realized that she had something to share, something to give, something was compelling her to awaken.
Celeste began practicing yoga in 1999 and started teaching yoga after having earned her 200-hour Holistic Yoga Teaching Certificate from Pure Prana Yoga Studio in 2011. She became a certified Viniyoga™ teacher in 2015 after completing the American Viniyoga Institute’s 500-hour Viniyoga™ Foundations Program for Teaching and Yoga Therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition with a Concentration in Food Science and a Master of Science degree in Food Science.
Celeste considers B.K.S. Iyengar, Gary Kraftsow, and Maria Hamburger to be her most influential yoga teachers. Her teaching style integrates structural alignment in service to each practitioner’s condition with breath-centered movement and mental focus, delivered with clear instruction and an encouraging approach. She offers her students the tools and techniques of yoga so they may actualize their full potential through their individual yoga practices.
Celeste teaches group classes, private lessons, and workshops.
“Chakras” image used with permission by the artist, Celeste Johnston (yes, we share the same name), based in Alberta, Canada.
Chandra (Monique) Derfuss
Chandra (Monique) Derfuss
After several years of experiencing the profound benefits of Kundalini Yoga, Chandra (Monique Derfuss) was keen to deepen her knowledge of this sacred technology. So she became a 200-hour, KRI-Certified Instructor. She also has a Level 2 Reiki Certification and incorporates this technology into her practice. Chandra has a particular passion for the gong and has studied with Mehtab Benton. She offers individual and group gong sessions that provide deep relaxation and cleanse the subconscious mind. Her heart-centered style is grounded in the meaning of her name, “the one who glows with the moon’s reflection of God’s love and beauty”. Focusing on the needs of her students and clients, she provides an inviting and supportive atmosphere to her classes and private sessions.
Having no idea what to expect from yoga, Chrissy showed up to her first class in 2003 wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Sun salutations were uncomfortable in jeans, but the sense of calm she experienced in savansa was enough to convince her to keep coming back to the mat – wearing more forgiving clothing this time.
In 2011, Chrissy began attending classes as a student at Radiance Yoga, and later became part of the front desk staff team. Curious about the spiritual and philosophic aspects of yoga, Chrissy embarked on a most excellent RYT-200 Flow Yoga Teacher Training adventure at Radiance. She learned to cultivate a practice of self-compassion, mindfulness and patience, which she infuses into her yoga classes. Chrissy has since completed additional restorative and gentle yoga teacher trainings, and also participated in numerous workshops.
Christy Wade Sisson
Christy Wade Sisson
Christy began her yoga journey 15 years ago after wandering in to her first class. After moving around and experiencing many styles of yoga she decided to become a teacher and trained at the Southern Institute for Yoga Instructors in Nashville. The teacher training was Iyengar based and, while well-rounded, paid particular attention to alignment. While she would call her teaching style “eclectic,” her flowing classes still retain emphasis on the importance of alignment, allowing students to go more fully and safely into each pose.
Over the years she has studied with many notable yogis, including Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, Beryl Binder Birch, David Swenson, Deb Neubauer, Desiree Rumbagh and Sadie Nardini.
Christy’s classes are appropriate for all levels, as she encourages each student to respect his or her boundaries and to explore all areas of their yoga practice.
Originally from Mexico, Claudia was a stay at home mom for more than 10 years before she sought out yoga for spiritual guidance and to address some health issues. She has experienced an incredible transformation, not only physical but mentally, and she is eager to share it with her students. She firmly believes that the power of yoga, the softness of a hug and a good laugh could bring much happiness and peace to our lives. Claudia also believes that the most challenging thing this times is to stop and breathe, so her classes focuses on using the breath as a compass for our lives.
Claudia received her RYT-200 hour certification in Power Vinyasa in 2014, and she is also certified in Restorative, Yin, and Piyo, as well as a PYT. Claudia’s classes will leave you empowered, relaxed and happy. But more than that, with a yoga attitude, because, yoga is a life style!
Ani Binkley is a trauma-informed yoga teacher who approaches the instruction of yoga with compassion and lovingkindness, fostering a nurturing, non-judgmental environment of openness acceptance for each of her classes. Experienced in the teaching of meditation, vinyasa (flow) yoga, gentle yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, and open-to-all yoga, she most enjoys teaching gentle, calming styles yoga for healing and stress-relief with special emphasis on the breath, mudra, and diverse meditative practices. In addition to completing her RYT200 holistic yoga teacher training at Pure Prana Yoga Studio in Alexandria, VA, in 2009, she has completed specialized yoga teacher training with Anodea Judith, PhD, at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health on utilizing the chakra system to attain radiant health and wellness, higher consciousness, and connection to our greatest good; restorative yoga teacher training with Judith Hanson Lasater; has studied yin yoga under Biff Mithoefer; and has completed a number of trauma-focused teacher trainings, including “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” with Bessel van der Kolk and “Surviving Trauma: Yoga Therapy for Early Complementary Intervention Following Assault or Trauma” with Diana Tokaji.
Daniel Hickman is a mind-body educator with over 30 years experience. He teaches meditation and adaptive yoga at the Military Advanced Training Center of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. He is the lead of the Silk Road Sangha and the creator of the Multidisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training. His hobbies include travel and traditional rock climbing.
Delia has been teaching for yoga for 10 years and practing yoga for 15+ years. After practicing and teaching a Vinyasa style class for many years her passion for gentle and restorative yoga is now her main offering. When she experienced the physical and emotional challenges of breast cancer in 2013 she relied on her home practice, Gentle and Restorative classes during her recovery process. YOGA became an important part of her healing and strength recovery. Having a steady yoga practice before cancer, she feels she was better prepared to meet the challenges ahead. She is passionate about sharing yoga as a tool to expand ones life and encourage health, wellness, and creativity one pose at a time! She creates a light-hearted environment in which students explore a mindful practice, physical challenges, and compassion through self-acceptance.
Her 200hr training in 2010 included influences from the Iyengar, Ashtanga and Viniyoga traditions. Delia is a native Alexandrian and loves praciting yoga outside surrounded by nature or on her Standup paddleboard any chance she gets. In addition to teaching yoga Delia is a photographer specializing in children & family portraits, art and travel photography.
Emily began teaching in 2006 and received her 200 hour teacher training from Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat. Drawn to the athleticism of vinyasa yoga, she believes in balancing any vigorous practice with patience and rest. Emily’s enthusiasm and personality allow a lightness in the classroom that invites laughter and self-study. Her goal is to provide inclusive and non-competitive classes that are challenging, welcoming, and fun.
E-RYT 200, YACEP
Francisca is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, member of The Yoga Alliance, and certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Integral yoga. Her yoga classes are a fusion of Hatha, chants, pranayama, and meditation for all. Francisca’s wellness background contributes to her focus on safety and body awareness while enjoying mindful movements. She works with the inner awareness and the breath, fostering an individual experience, that takes each student to his or her own limits, yielding maximum benefit and preventing injury, therefore, welcoming all levels.
Francisca has consistently been practicing yoga on her own and following her mentor teachers. She had taught yoga to middle school students at The Lab School of Washington, to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder at private settings, Power yoga, Yoga, Yin yoga, and Vinyasa flow at different venues.
The experience as school teacher, having a masters in education, and her love of life brand Francisca’s yoga classes with presence, positive energy, and a ‘take home’ sense of wellbeing.
Genevieve’s deep dive on the yogic path started whilst living out of her car in the high deserts of the west. All funds went to gas, food and one yoga studio…simply to have a place to shower and rest her head. The practice quickly became her home on the road. After two years, the road led Genevieve to a Kundalini Yoga & Meditation class that seemed to coincide with the wild curiosity of her life. Five classes in she registered for the Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at Radiance and has been teaching ever since graduating in 2018.
Genevieve also serves as a 200hr vinyasa teacher with certifications in buti yoga, hot yoga, and H.I.I.T. Her classes are sure to ignite inner light through breathwork, exercise, meditation and creativity in a safe space.
Discover more at www.genevievejin.com
Gretchen’s journey into yoga began 15 years ago, as a purely physical practice. The multitude of benefits was not solidified until 7 years ago when she was dealing with the imminent death of her mother and a husband away at war. Yoga brought solace on every level and it reaffirmed stability and peace in her life. This personal healing is what led her to obtain her 200-hour RYT with Pure Prana in 2009. Within this experience, on the brink of beginning a Masters in Clinical Counseling, Gretchen switched gears and instead received her M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology, with a focus on conflict resolution, to better enable her to help others on a deeper level.
Her mission statement on and off the mat is to be an excavator of peace in those who have lost it, acting as a champion for hope and compassion, while easing inner pain.
Gretchen teaches vinyasa (flow), attempting to allow the energy and motion of a class to release all of the stuck emotion we carry within.
Gurudass Kaur has been a Kundalini Yoga student, and teacher since 1972 and co-founded the first Kundalini Yoga center in Barcelona, Spain in 1978. She had the privilege of studying directly with the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan from 1972 until his passing in 2004. She lived in Barcelona for 25 years where she taught Kundalini Yoga and held teacher training courses. After moving back to the United States she now travels internationally offering Level I and Level II Kundalini Teacher Training programs.
Heather traces her interest in yoga to childhood, when a PBS television show brought yoga into her living room. She rediscovered yoga as an adult at a time when the stresses of work were at an all-time high, experiencing yoga as more than just exercise, but as a practice for every moment in life. The physical and mental well-being that Heather gained through yoga inspired her to study meditation and to take teacher training as a way of deepening her personal practice, not knowing that this would lead to teaching. She is committed to bringing the benefits she has experienced to others through classes that build strength and flexibility of both body and mind. She draws on exploration of many styles of yoga to create classes with a sense of fun and challenge that is adaptable to both beginners and experienced practitioners.
Jen’s journey towards becoming a devoted yogi and eventually, a yoga teacher began with a proposal of marriage…. Keen to look her best on her wedding day, vanity was the primary motivator. The physical effects were quickly realized, and she not only experienced a complete transformation in her body, but also her mind. After practicing daily for nearly two years Jen decided to embark on teacher training, initially just to deepen her own personal practice, but as she moved through her training she was encouraged to aim for balance, not perfection.
It was then Jen decided she wanted to share yoga with others, remind them about the balance of mind and body that often gets forgotten somewhere along the way, and that they aren’t on a casting call for a Yoga Journal photo shoot when they practice. Teaching mindfully with a sense of humor and a great playlist Jen believes that regular yoga practice can increase strength, muscle tone, balance and flexibility, and even when approached from a purely physical standpoint, has the wonderful side effect of making you a more fully present, genuine, empowered and compassionate person.
Jess is an E-RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour teacher training from Pure Prana in 2010.
Jess started studying yoga after a laughing pranayama class in 1999. She was transformed during the class and walked away feeling light, happy, and different – in a really good way. She started taking Iyengar classes and was amazed how quickly her mind and body reaped the benefits. It wasn’t until 2008, that she started taking vinyasa style classes and once again fell in love with the fluidity of how the class moved and how yoga made her body feel.
Jess’ practice transformed when she started focusing on the deep core muscles. Her intention is to teach those to move from their center, creating a more balanced and stable foundation for all things life has to offer. In her journey to discover how to teach from the core, Jess became a certified Balanced Body Pilates Mat Instructor.
Jess feels that when she practices regularly she has total clarity – her mind and body feel strong and she feels spiritually connected to the Divine. Jessica likes to incorporate the different styles of yoga that inspire her, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kundalini, and Restorative into her classes.
Jodi first discovered yoga in college in the late 1990s, but it was not until recovering from an injury almost two decades later while training for a triathlon did she come to truly appreciate the infinite gifts of the practice. She was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, but was soon captivated by the energetic blissful body ~ the yummy mysterious richness way beyond our epidermal coating. Jodi has found that her practice melts away the stresses of daily life in the nation’s capital and deeply nurtures the spiritual soul.
Jodi encourages students to hit the pause button of the mind to luxuriously discover playfulness in their practice while connecting to the inner child within ~ permitting one to take life and self a little less seriously. She infuses creativity into her classes, guides students on a fluid energetic voyage and gives students permission to fully surrender to the unknown. Her musical choices in class reflect an upbeat speckled mix of kirtan, instrumental drums, blues, rock and world.
Off the mat, Jodi is a board certified licensed Acupuncturist and Eastern Medicine practitioner and has a private practice (Bula Wellness) in Del Ray Alexandria. Yoga gave her the wacky courage to leave her steady and wonderful career in marketing and public relations in pursuit of teaching and completing her graduate degree in Acupuncture in NYC.
Jodi received her 200-hr Vinyasa Flow training at Tranquil Space in 2008 and her 500-hr Prana Flow training with Shiva Rea in 2012. Jodi has been a teaching mentor and teacher training facilitator. She is grateful to her many teachers and students who have heartened and inspired her life journey. Om Shanti!
As a child, Julie dreamed of being an astronaut….defying gravity and collecting moon rocks. In high school, Julie happened into a yoga class, a different kind of space exploration where she gravity surfed, found a source of internal strength, and developed a lifelong passion. She has practiced and studied a wide variety of disciplines but considers the Ashtanga and Anusara traditions her greatest influences. In 2006, she completed her 200-hr certification at Tranquil Space in Washington, DC. ￼Julie’s teaching style is grounded in tradition with the playfulness of vinyasa creating smart and ￼intuitive sequences meant not only to challenge, but to be accessible to students of all levels. ￼Julie brings her contagious sense of humor and deep love of music to every class along with her ￼light-heartedness and gentle warmth. A scientist at heart, Julie has pursued her passion for the science of healing as a massage therapist and yoga guide for trauma, anxiety, self-regulation, and PTSD. Julie’s long-standing interests in human health combined with her academic studies in biochemistry drive her professional pursuits in global access to health care, reproductive health, and the empowerment of women and girls across cultures. ￼Unfurl your mat and explore time and space…and maybe even catch a wave for a little gravity ￼
Kartar’s passion is to create experiences by which people can learn. He loves to make doing yoga an experience of living, a moment in time. He’s a trained and certified KY teacher and KY teacher trainer who has been practicing and studying KY since the early 70’s. He loves it because it’s a path of physical yoga, and much more—it’s really a path for those who want to get growing.
Friends will tell you that he’s in love with everything spiritual— everything that has to do with letting out the Spirit, the smile, the joy, the heart and soul of the person. He’s used all kinds of spiritual teachers and teachings to learn. He would say that “if you cannot be a teacher to yourself, then you have nothing to share with others. ”
Kartar is by nature a quiet person, a meditator and a mediator, one in whose presence those who can’t find a way to cooperate with difference could do that.
His principal teacher is Yogi Bhajan and his love is to learn the depth of Kundalini Yoga. Once when he went to visit YB, he told him “you have an angel that sits on your right shoulder. You earned it. When you walked in that angel blew itself up big and told me to tell you ‘if you don’t start teaching I should stand you up on your head’”. Kartar started teaching.
Yogi Bhajan once said—“when people meet Kartar they won’t know what to make of him. And after they get to know him they will never forget him.”
E-RYT 200, RYT 500
RYT 200, EEM-CLP
Katrina began practicing meditation and hatha yoga over 25 years ago to help balance the stress in her life. She stayed with the practice because it stirred within her the awareness and connectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. In 2009, she completed the RYT200 holistic yoga teacher training at Pure Prana in Alexandria, VA. The training opened up a much deeper awareness to the mind, body, and soul connection through movement and meditation.
Her interests also led her to study Therapeutic/Restorative Yoga with Cherie Clampett, Sat Nam Rasayan with Guru Dev and Eden Energy Medicine with Donna Eden. She is currently an Eden Energy Medicine Clinical Practitioner (EEM-CLP).
Katrina led the monthly book club at Radiance for several years leading discussions on numerous books such as The Mind by Yogi Bhajan, The Four Agreements by Paul Coelho, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, The Autobiography of a Yogi, by Parahamsa Yogananda. Among countless other books inspiring living true to one’s soul. She often incorporates concepts and ideas from those books in her classes and private sessions.
Katrina’s philosophy is that “life is hard enough”. We are meant to be happy, healthy, and holy. Everything is energy and working with balancing our own energies through a holistic approach including yoga, meditation and energy medicine brings a balance in countless ways to live our fullest life.
Katrina teaches Kundalini yoga and meditation, also known as the “yoga of awareness” and conducts energy balancing sessions. Katrina’s goal as a teacher and practitioner is to create the space for people to experience their true light within themselves.
Masuda Mohamadi (Sat Meher)
Masuda Mohamadi (Sat Meher)
Masuda Mohamadi is a graduate of Anodea Judith’s Sacred Center Program and is the founder and director of Radiance Yoga studio in Alexandria, Virginia. In her classes, Masuda creates a warm and inviting space for students to relax, laugh, expand their awareness, discover their power, and connect with their creative essence. She finds yoga to be a powerful tool in experiencing peace, healing, and transformation. Masuda leads workshops and retreats around the world on Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and the Chakras.
Masuda is a Professional Level Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainer and 500-hour level RYT. She first discovered Kundalini Yoga while teaching writing and outdoor living skills at the Mountain Institute in West Virginia in 2002. She became devoted to the practice and finished her first teacher training in 2004. She also completed her prenatal teacher training at Golden Bridge yoga center in New York. Yogi Bhajan, master of Kundalini Yoga, gave her the spiritual name Sat Meher Kaur which means “True Blessing and True Compassion.”
Masuda holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, both from George Mason University. She has been published in The Washington Post Magazine and featured in National Geographic Magazine.
Meghan Lee Hargrave
Meghan Lee Hargrave
E-RYT 200, YACEP
Meghan joins Radiance Yoga as a Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and teaches flow and specialty classes and workshops including restorative yoga, yoga nidra, prenatal yoga, baby + me and yoga for athletes with a nurturing and warm touch. She encourages fellow yogis, as they come to their mats, to hit the pause button of the mind in order to discover the tranquility, space, freedom and strength in their practice. As a teacher, she weaves together creative and flowing sequences to create an authentic, centering, cleansing space for students to breath, grow, stretch, explore, play and reflect. It is with great care that she chooses the music she plays in class, which include favorites like Lindsey Stirling, Coldplay, 2 Cellos, and of course Louie Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World.’ As both a student and a teacher of yoga, she will be forever inspired by the power of music to inspire, heal, uplift & transform the soul.
Quickly after discovering yoga in 2006, Meghan realized it was much more than a ‘physical practice’ and began coming to her mat regularly; It has been an essential part of her life ever since. Today she supports Federal Occupational Health at the U.S. Senate, Department of State and other Federal Agencies as a Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and is grateful to the inspiration her teachers and fellow yogis have gifted to her own yoga journey. She looks forward to sharing the yoga journey with you and to the lessons it inspires, both on and off the mat.
A southerner at heart, Meghan is originally from Washington, D.C and earned her B.A. in Communication at Florida State University amongst the Spanish-moss covered trees in panhandle of Florida. She also has a M.A. in Psychology & Human Learning. When she is not teaching or practicing yoga, she can be found running her small consulting business or cheering on her beloved Florida State Seminoles.
Meredith Gattone (Sat Chanan)
Meredith Gattone (Sat Chanan)
Meredith has been practicing yoga since 2011, when she took her first Kundalini yoga class during the Summer Solstice. She fell in love with the practice and completed Level I of Kundalini yoga teaching training at Radiance Yoga in 2014. She is currently working on the Level II teacher training modules and enjoys teaching and keeping up with a daily practice. Her spiritual name, Sat Chanan, means “Perfect Embodiment of Truth and Divine Light.”
In her classes, she holds space for students to challenge themselves. Students can expect the opportunity to energize and relax, ground and elevate, and explore a connection to their highest, most creative and intuitive Self.
Meredith holds a Master’s degree in foreign affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Georgetown University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, respectively. When she’s not doing yoga, she enjoys travel and backwoods hiking, ballroom dancing, and creative writing.
Michelle was introduced to yoga as a teen at Unity Woods Yoga center in Washington DC. From then on she continued to study different traditions of yoga and movement modalities. Michelle has found yoga to provide a strong counterpoint to modern day living, and is a lifelong student and practitioner.
Michelle’s classes tap into the tempo and energy of the students, inviting them to tune in and discover their present state and all their inner resources. She provides students with a solid foundation to explore yoga as a creative practice that allows them to strengthen, unwind, and open up to their highest self.
In 2008, Michelle completed her 200-hour Interdisciplinary yoga teacher training at the Nosara Yoga Institute , under the tutelage of directors Don and Amba Stapleton. She has continued to study with Nosara Yoga Institute, and Evolve Wellness, receiving advanced trainings as a yoga guide, a pranassage practitioner, and a yin yoga teacher. Michelle has studied with a variety of master teachers from different yogic traditions such as Biff Mithoefer, Daniel Hickman, Sarah Powers, and Ann Hunt. Michelle credits the wise guides she has encountered in life to encourage her growth on and off the mat, and is inspired each day by all the wonderful people she has met through yoga.
Mina is a yogini, photographer, designer, flower junkie, budding astrologer and creatrix. What started as a simple curiosity about yoga, has turned into a way of life.
She has been teaching yoga for over 17 years and earned her 200-hour certification from Pure Prana Yoga Studio’s holistic teacher training program. Among many trainings, she has studied Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Browning-Miller and Psychology of the Chakras with Anodea Judith.
She is currently enrolled in Yogastrology® Advanced Teacher Training which combines yoga, astrology and ayurveda. Once completed, she will be one of 14 certified Yogastrologers® worldwide. She will continue her studies in 2019 with an advanced teacher training through Living Mandala Yoga that uses Goddess archetypes to garner a deeper understanding of the sacred self, the teacher, Circle-Craft and the global community.
Mina enjoys combining the philosophy, energetic and metaphysical aspects of yoga, and other disciplines, like astrology, creating classes and workshops that build upon asana by shifting and aligning energy to create greater understanding, ease and grace in our lives. She also considers herself not just a teacher of asana, but a teacher of yoga and how yoga can be practiced in everything we do, day in and day out.
When not teaching yoga, Mina creates portraits of Goddesses, Lovers and Bright Souls and you can see her work at www.minahabibi.com. She also enjoys spending time with her rock star husband and two wacky cats.
Naydja Maya Bell has been on the Kundalini Yoga path since 2006, when she taught at Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, Punjab and took her teacher training with the 11th grade to become a Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She returned stateside and fell in and out of practice until her sister introduced her the Radiance family. The energy and community of the studio was just the nudge and inspiration to reconnect her to her practice. Reinvigorated, Naydja committed to the level two trainings, completing all five modules to become a certified Kundalini Yoga Practitioner.
Naydja believes deeply in the transformative power of the sound current, chanting and mantra. In her classes, she creates a space for yogis of all shapes, sizes and skill levels to relax, connect to their expansive selves, expand their awareness and embrace their power.
Naydja holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. In addition to her Kundalini practice, Naydja enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
At first, Nicole experimented with yoga to balance running and the stress of graduate school. She became convinced of the benefits after her prenatal yoga experience. Each squat and hip circle helped her physical body prepare; and the focus, strength, and acceptance from the meditation and breath exercises ensured her mental and emotional being to be present, not only in birth, but in the ensuing challenges and joys of motherhood. The transformation, from stress to calm, from weakness to strength, from clouded to clear, whether in a single breath, or in an hour-long class, kept Nicole coming back for more. Yoga has helped her find space within herself on and off the mat. She hopes she can help students find strength, space, joy and presence as well.
Nicole received her 200- hour teaching certification in Multidisciplinary Yoga led by Daniel Hickman and Jolene Ryan at Radiance Yoga. A perpetual student, she also completed prenatal/postpartum yoga training with Leslie Lytle of Ommama, LLC; postpartum pilates training with Debbi Goodman; and kids yoga training with YoKid and Budding Yogis. Nicole’s classes are inspired by the beauty, rhythm, and cycles of nature as well as infused with the breath and a playful music selection. She believes in structure and exploration, taking it easy and working up a sweat, and keeping it real and letting it all go. When the mat is rolled up, Nicole can be found in the garden with her two children or sewing at the kitchen table.
Patricia came to a regular yoga practice a bit before the turn of the century thinking it would be good cross-training for other activities, especially skating (both inline and figure). It was, but of course it was so much more than just the joy moving one’s body through space into shapes. Since then, she has practiced or studied a variety of yoga forms including Anusara, Astanga, gentle, Iyengar, Jivamukti, restorative, slow, therapeutic, vinyasa, and yin, enjoying all that they contribute to an understanding of yoga. Wanting to both share yoga with others and to cultivate a deeper understanding of all the threads of yoga, Patricia completed a 200-hr Holistic Yoga program with Pure Prana in 2013. Currently, her asana practice and preferred teaching styles center around the physically slower, gentler forms of yoga, providing space for introspection and reflection. Patricia conducts her classes with the intention of honoring all of her teachers and allowing her students to experience their yoga with a sense of fun, joy, and gratitude.
Paul is an E-RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of yoga teacher training with an approved and active Registered Yoga School. As a cyclist and triathlete, Paul realized he needed to incorporate flexibility training to prevent existing/future injuries. Through yoga, he realized that the benefits of this millennia-old practice needed to be shared with others.
Paul received his RYT-200 hour certification in 2014 from Honest Soul Yoga in Alexandria, VA and teaches vinyasa, yin, and restorative styles of yoga. Paul has also completed Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher-in-Training, is licensed to teach Broga® Yoga, a Reiki Level II practitioner and has completed yin yoga teacher training under Biff Mithoefer, E-RYT500.
Whether new to exercise or a well-trained athlete, Paul’s powerful, athletic classes will leave students feeling strong and energized.
Paula is an E-RYT 200 and RPYT experienced yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She completed her first 200 certification in December 2008 and began teaching regularly in November 2009. She received her certification in Prenatal Yoga in 2013 through Blooma and teaches weekly classes as well as privates in the Northern Virginia area. She began her studies in Ayurveda in the spring of 2015 at the Himalayan Institute and became certified as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist in the Fall of 2015. She plans to continue her journey through the teachings of Ayurveda and strives to become a certified Ayurveda Health Counselor in the near future. Right now, she counsels clients in the teachings of Ayurveda and assists them to better understand how their bodies are connected to the world around them. She assists them in moving through each seasonal change with daily routine and lifestyle suggestions.
Paula stepped into her first yoga class over 15 years ago while living and working as a professional modern dancer in Minneapolis, MN. She enjoyed the calm and present feeling she had after her first class and began to practice on a regular basis. It wasn’t until she moved to the Northern Virginia area in 2005 that she began to feel the spiritual effects of her yoga practice and relied on the grounding effect her practice had on her. This period in her life at that time was in a state of chaos and practicing yoga was what kept her sane! Paula strives to bring that calming, grounding effect to her students through the teachings of yoga – whether on or off the mat!
E-RYT 500, RPYT
Rachel Carr is a well-versed, caring and motivational yoga teacher. She completed her first certification in 2008 and has been sharing her insight, knowledge and passion for yoga ever since. In 2011, she participated in the Off the Mat, Into the World Leadership Training and received her certification in Prenatal Yoga in 2012. She completed her 500 hour certification with Sri Dharma Mittra in 2014, an endeavor that moved her body and soul. She has co-led and taught in multiple yoga teacher trainings in the area. Rachel is currently pursuing her studies in Ayurveda at the Himalayan Institute, an area of study that has brought new depth to her own practice.
Rachel was first turned on to yoga while pursuing her degree in Theatre at JMU. Not only was yoga great for honing her performances, but it has also provided her the tools to manage her ulcerative colitis. Her classes are infused with yogic philosophy, humor, honesty and the ability to meet each student where they are in their practice. Rachel brings a calm and grounded presence to her classes, allowing students to move through their practice in a supportive environment. She chronicles her yoga journey on her blog Capricious Yogi.
Sat Kartar Singh
Sat Kartar Singh
Sat Kartar is a dynamic, patient, inspiring teacher who has been sharing the technology of Kundalini Yoga and the 3HO lifestyle for over 40 years. Born in the 50’s and influenced by the events of the 60’s and early 70’s, Sat Kartar met Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga in 1974. Immediately inspired by this funny, loving, and blunt teacher (lovingly referred to as Yogi Ji), Sat Kartar began to study with The Master. This included living in Ashrams along the east coast of the United States for over a decade and travelling to courses & workshops given by Yogi Bhajan throughout his lifetime.
Sat Kartar began teaching Kundalini Yoga in 1975 and became a KRI Certified teacher in 1997 (220 hours). He is a Lead Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy and is one of the teachers in the Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training at Radiance Yoga. Sat Kartar’s continuing education in Kundalini Yoga includes a strong daily personal practice, five Kundalini Yoga Level 2 modules (300 hours) and he is currently in the Beta group of the Level 3 module (700 hours) that is developing that course to be offered publicly in 2017.
Over the years, he has shared the teachings of Kundalini Yoga with thousands of people of all walks of life. Sat Kartar brings to his teaching all of the aspects he has lived and practiced for many years. This includes Yogic diet & lifestyle, yoga for men, yoga for women, the yoga of relationships and marriage, Naad Yoga- the yoga of mantra and sound as well as the vast teachings of Kundalini Kriyas & Meditations. He has taught in Ashrams, Health Clubs, Jails, Community Centers, Colleges, and Universities as well as Churches, High Schools, and the Federal Government.
Personally and professionally Sat Kartar has excelled in many areas and continues to learn and study to grow as a well rounded Human Being. He is a devoted Husband of RaviInder since 1978 and father to two beautiful adult children Jai Jagdeesh and Avtar Singh.
Level I Kundalini Yoga
After dabbling in and out of Yoga classes for more than a decade, Sujjan Saroop decided, in December 1999, to suspend judgment for a 30-day intensive exploration… and he has maintained a regular practice since. Having travelled and lived in a variety of places, he practiced a multitude of Yoga styles. He was drawn to Kundalini Yoga through the Naad (or “cosmic sound vibration” consisting of mantra, music, gong) and adopted it because he found it to be most efficient and effective.
Consistent personal and group Kundalini Yoga practice brought profound transformations to his life in multiple dimensions – including living more directly, more confidently, more calmly, more honestly and more meaningfully. He completed his Level I Kundalini Yoga teacher training at Radiance in 2012. He is now working on the Level II Kundalini Yoga modules (a multi-year endeavor).
Sujjan Saroop witnesses in his students their transformations – of enhanced intuition, security, creativity, and connectedness to Self and community – of deep healing – of living more joyfully and lovingly.
You should expect Sujjan Saroop’s classes to energize and relax, to affirm and support, to ground and elevate, to strengthen and loosen up… and to connect you to the spaces in which there is wholeness, integration and synchronicity.
His spiritual name (Sujjan Saroop) means “Listening to, and Becoming Completely Absorbed in, the Wisdom of Your Soul.” Sujjan Saroop is honored to share the teachings of Yogi Bhajan, master of Kundalini Yoga, and the techniques of this “Yoga of Awareness” with others to enable them to become immersed in their own inner wisdom.
E-RYT 200 YACEP
Tina has been teaching yoga domestically and internationally for over 14 years. She has studied with and/or attended classes/workshops/trainings with many inspiring teachers such as Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, Kino McGregor, Ana Forrest, Seane Corn, Sri Dharma Mittra, Desiree Rumbaugh, Nevine Michaan, Cyndi Lee, Bryan Kest, Jonathan Fields, Lauren Hanna and her talented fellow colleagues at Radiance Yoga.
Kundalini I Teacher
My Spiritual Name is Harmanjeet Kaur, which means the Princess/Lioness who is the Victory of God’s heart.
I have been practicing Hatha and Vinyasa yoga on and off for about twenty years.
I fell in love with the transformational power of Kudalini, the yoga of awareness after my first class in 2011. I left that class feeling so uplifted that I decided to try another class shortly thereafter. Within a week I was hooked
Because I was so intrigued by the shift that I felt in my spirit after each class, I decided to take the Kundalini I Teacher Training. I received my certificate in 2013. Since receiving my teaching certificate, I have continued to take Level II Classes.
Recently, I finished the second of five modules (Mind and Meditation, and Authentic Relationships).
I enjoy devoting my time to teaching and sharing this technology to elevate others. My intention for each of my classes is to provide a space where students can connect with their true Selves and attain an experience of divine bliss.
Winnie aims to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students of yoga. With a soft touch, humor and gratitude, Winnie has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades and recently began teaching. Acting as a navigator and not the pilot, she leads vinyasa-style classes that encourage compassion, self-study, and effort without tension. Winnie invites students to move with purpose, to collaborate with the breath, and to balance a vigorous practice with rest.Winnie also holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree and enjoys making artwork, photographing, kayaking, hiking and spending lazy afternoons with her husband and two children.
e-RYT200, RYT500, RPYT, CF-L2
A Japanese quote “一期一会: Ichigo Ichie” means, “once in a lifetime encounter.” Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Yuki believes that this quote describes the essence of teaching yoga – cherishing the present opportunity to share and honor the individual practitioners in the space – and also appreciates her personal practice for bringing mental calmness and balance her active life style. Yuki has completed the 300YTT at Beloved Yoga, and has studied variety of aspects, including Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark, Svastha Therapy Yoga with Dr Ganesh Mohan, Anatomic Pelvis Yoga Method with Katsunori Uchida in Japan, YoKids, Prenatal, Pilates for Yogi, and Trauma Informed Yoga.
Besides yoga, she has been doing CrossFit since 2007 and completed 7 Marine Corps Marathon. With her personal experience, she strongly believes that not only is increasing one’s range of motion and flexibility vital for performance improvement, but that yoga is also the most effective tool for self-care and recovery. She offers therapeutic application of yoga as private sessions as well as her workshops; “Yoga for Runners”, “Treat your feet with Yoga” and “Yoga for Lower Back Pain”.
Yuki is always looking forward to sharing that “once in a lifetime encounter” with other practitioners in the class or in a private session. In her classes, Yuki creates unique, fun sequences based on her functional fitness experience.