Welcome to your Monday night urban retreat. Led by a rotating group of professional instructors, classes are offered on a give-what-you-can donation basis to benefit a local advocacy group or cause.
We are currently donating all funds raised to City Year DC, a nationwide educational non-profit working with 18 DC public schools that is working to bridge the gap between what students need and what schools can provide. City Year focuses on improving students' chances for success in 3 key areas: attendance, behavior, and course performance. Our donations will help students across DC reach their full potential.
Please bring your own mat. We have a limited number of mats to lend out. Classes are popular and often fill to capacity. Students are encouraged to arrive at 7:15 to claim a space. Class begins at 7:30 and latecomers cannot always be accommodated.
Suzanne (Suzie) Wnek started practicing yoga in 1997 in Los Angeles when a California doctor "prescribed" it as therapy for series of sports-related injuries. In addition to the physical benefits of building strength and flexibility, she found that over time, yoga built confidence, a calmer mind, connection to a greater spirit, and a sense of awe at the possibilities, all through commitment to practice. She hopes to inspire and encourage a similar sense in others through her teaching. In addition to teaching and coordinating BicycleSPACE Karma/Community yoga, she teaches Vinyasa flow regularly at TranquilSpace.com. When not doing yoga, she can be found cycling around the city or taking photographs (though she tries not to do these at the same time).
Lori began practicing yoga in 1999 to improve flexibility and posture – and still loves feeling taller after a class. She is a 200-hour certified teacher through YogaWorks, which is inspired by both ashtanga and iyengar styles. She enjoys the combination of strength and surrender in yoga, as well as the mental awareness, presence and calm that the practice teaches. She hopes to share those lessons with her students in challenging, safe Vinyasa flow classes with an emphasis on alignment, anatomy and the breath. Off the mat, Lori enjoys good books, great wine and hanging out with her dog.
Sita was first introduced to yoga by her grandmother more than 30 years ago. After that, she practiced on and off for many years, mostly as a way to improve her flexibility for running. In 2011, she began practicing vinyasa yoga regularly and came to appreciate yoga for its own sake. She did her 200-hour teacher training in 2013 at Tranquil Space, where she is currently enrolled in the advanced teacher training program. Off the mat, Sita teaches economics and public policy, and she enjoys hanging out with her husband and cat.
Mafe first discovered yoga when in grad school at UW Madison. However, it was not until she moved to DC that she realized her transition to the “new city” became “easier” the more she embraced her yoga practice. After experiencing the benefits of yoga, Mafe was inspired to share them with other people and completed her 200-hour teacher training at Studio DC. As a yoga teacher, Mafe seeks to bring something for everyone encouraging students to link their on-mat experiences with what they experience off of it. “Yoga is what helps enhance and sharpen one’s capabilities. Yoga is not limited to doing Yogasanas and Pranayamas. Yoga means to unite totally with what you are doing; to become one with the Divine.” -- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Emily started practicing yoga in 2005 but really kicked into a regular practice a few years later as a way to get exercise and stay grounded through grad school and job changes. It's been a fun journey with an evolving practice that is sometimes gentle and restorative and other times bold in going after new challenging poses. Finding a quiet mind on the mat and learning to confidently be herself and listen to her body through yoga are skills she works to cultivate in her life off the mat, too. As a teacher, Emily's goal is to create a welcoming learning environment for yogis of all types to start to strengthen their minds and bodies through yoga - and have some fun while we're at it! A long time DC resident, Emily enjoy DC's parks and museums and biking around the city to check out the latest street art murals and coffee shops.
Karin was introduced to yoga by her mother in 1998 after being a runner and mountain biker (who never made time for stretching) for over 10 years. She initially found it challenging to let go and be present - both mentally and physically. She soon came to love it and knew she wanted to teach it. She graduated from her first teacher training at Health Advantage Yoga Center in Herndon, VA in 1999. Karin now holds four different yoga certifications.
Karin founded a business in 2000 designing and teaching yoga and stress management courses in the private and public sectors in Washington, DC. She works full time as a career/transition coach and trainer, designing and teaching courses in leadership, conflict resolution and cross cultural communication.
Whether teaching communication skills to local embassy guards in Tajikistan or coaching lawyers how to lead more balanced lives in Washington, DC, Karin is passionate about coaching and teaching individuals that mindfulness leads to more success in our professional and personal lives.
In her spare time Karin hikes, bikes and frequents cafes and beer gardens in Adams Morgan and beyond, with friends. Her favorite vacation ever was a week long mountain bike trip in Slovenia two years ago.
Sara discovered yoga at her local gym when she was in high school. What started as a fun fitness class quickly evolved into a therapeutic practice that guides her daily life. Her favorite styles to practice include Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin Yoga. Yoga brought Sara a huge sense of both physical and mental relief. As a result, she decided to become a yoga teacher in order to guide students towards inner peace. She received her 200 HR teaching certification from Green Tree Yoga & Meditation in Los Angeles and ran donation based classes for USC students to raise funds for charities. Sara also enjoys practicing AcroYoga, going to concerts, finding delicious new recipes to try, and spending time with the people she loves.