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.
Marjorie Dawn DePuy
After experimenting over the years with various athletic endeavors, I discovered vinyasa yoga in 2006 and have been touched by the gifts of a real yoga community ever since. Even when my career or my life leads me in other directions for a while, I can bring yoga with me wherever I go. I completed my 200 hour teacher training in December 2013 and am currently enrolled in the 500 hour teacher training at Tranquil Space. This is a lifelong journey of learning and I am inspired to share with others what has brought me so much awareness, peace, acceptance and gratitude.
I spend most days managing educational programs for a healthcare trade association and dashing from work to my mat. I love all kinds of music (singing when I think nobody can hear me), paddle boarding, hiking and adventuring with loved ones. (Next stop, New Zealand!) Look forward to seeing you on the yoga mat soon. Namaste.
Anna started practicing yoga during nursing school as a way to de-stress while also building strength and flexibility. After college she completed her 200-hour Power Yoga Teacher Training at CorePower yoga in Berkeley, California. Prior to moving to Washington, DC she taught multi-level heated yoga classes at the Mayo Clinic, started a free weekly outdoor community yoga class, and taught kid’s yoga workshops in Rochester, MN. Having recently moved to Washington, DC she is excited to explore her new city through trying out as many of the various yoga studios as she can. As a yoga teacher, Anna seeks to motivate those who have never tried yoga to explore the practice. "The yoga pose is not the goal. Becoming flexible is not the goal. Standing on your hands is not the goal. The goal is to create space where you were once stuck. To unveil the layers of protection you've built around your heart. To appreciate your body and become aware of the mind and the noise it creates. To make peace with who you are. The goal is to love, well... You. Come to your yoga mat to fell; not to accomplish. Shift your focus and your heart will grow" -- Rachel Brathen.
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.
Erin has made yoga a central part of her daily life for nearly 20 years, primarily through practice of hatha-based vinyasa asana and meditation. Erin started practicing yoga in 1999 as a college student in Tampa, Florida, and she has studied with teachers at studios across the United States, including Tranquil Space in Washington, DC, and the Synergy Yoga and Ayurveda School in Seattle, WA. Erin’s classes balance challenging and vigorous sequences with grounded yin and restorative postures. She encourages students to build internal body heat as a method to clear away mental, physical, and emotional toxins, and to prepare the body for deep relaxation. Beyond yoga, Erin’s great passions are cooking (and more importantly, eating), hiking with her dog in Rock Creek Park, running on DC’s many trails, or spending time at home with a book.
Jennifer first tried yoga in 2009 but it just didn't stick. A few years later, a close friend of hers brought her to Tranquil Space and it was love at first flow, she hasn't looked back since. She found that yoga gave her something that can be rare to find—acceptance no matter where she was mentally, physically, or emotionally on any given day—and was eager to share this gift with others. Jennifer completed her 200-hour teacher training at Tranquil Space in the Spring of 2014. She seeks to create a warm, laid-back atmosphere in her classes, providing challenging sequences and offering lots of modifications so that each student can find their own individual practice. As a former dancer, Jennifer loves crafting playlists that guide students through each moment of class from the first movements to warm up the body to the last moments of stillness in savasana. She is thankful for the Tranquil Space community and thrilled to be a part of the teacher team. A native of the DC area, Jennifer spends her time off the mat cheering on Washington sports teams, working on creative projects, trying new restaurants around the city, and catching shows at the 9:30 club.
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.