M Street Yoga Instructors
Alex Rosen teaches Sivananda at M Street Yoga. Alex was introduced to Yoga by Shri Yogi Hari at his Ashram in Florida. Combining his passion for Hatha Yoga with a lighthearted slant, Alex's classes are a stimulating and challenging experience for all levels of students that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed. A perfect way to calm your mind for the day. Read more about Alex in his "Teacher of the Month" feature.
Angela Wang teaches Vinyasa Flow 1.0 at M Street Yoga. Coming from a dance background and as a runner, Angela has always enjoyed challenging her body in strength, flexibility, and balance. Yoga is a way to get in touch with the body physically but also and perhaps more importantly, incorporates breath and body awareness, mental well-being, and spiritual exploration. She completed her 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training with Flow Yoga Center and loves teaching and practicing with other yogis to constantly explore and play! Angela teaches vinyasa yoga, while also drawing on the practices of Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Dharma yoga. There are modifications and variations for all poses so that everyone can find something rewarding as well as challenging. Yoga is a personal and ever evolving practice so her offerings will meet you where you are presently and will always remind you to smile!
Beth has been teaching pilates since 2011, and a student of pilates since 2009. She fell in love with pilates at a local gym, and decided to make it a part -time job and passion. She strongly believes in a statement provided by Joseph Pilates, “In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you'll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body". She has watched clients go through dramatic changes as they grow strong and toned through pilates. Beth has her certification from Balanced Body University in Mat pilates, and has also studied Reformer, Barre, and Core Align through BBU.
After being a professional educator for over two decades Beth decided to unite her love of teaching with her passion for the ancient and life changing practice of yoga. Drawn to yoga by a debilitating and chronic back condition, she discovered first hand, the healing powers of yoga. Beth completed her teacher training through YogaWorks under the supervision of Alexandria Crow and is registered through Yoga Alliance. She is a committed practitioner and teacher, and she continues to expand and cultivate her own practice by studying with teachers around the country. Beth enjoys practicing and teaching a variety of yoga disciplines but is particularly drawn to Vinyasa, enjoying the strengthening, empowering, and centering aspects of linking breath to movement. She teaches challenging but accessible classes designed to meet the needs of all of her students, regardless of where they are on their yoga journey. Beth hopes to share the transformative power of yoga with as many people as possible, and is dedicated to helping others find the strength and light that already exists inside them.
Erica is a communications consultant by day and a yogi at all times. She came to yoga as a student in 2006 seeking stress relief from the pressures of her consulting career and found it as soon as she extended into her first warrior pose. Yoga has helped Erica not only cope with work, but with a number of health challenges associated with having polycystic ovarian syndrome, sleep apnea, and carrying an extra 100 pounds of weight on her body. With the help of yoga and the support of her doctors, she made it to the other side, but did so with the realization of the power of yoga and the role it played in her quest for a quieter mind and better health. This conclusion led Erica to earning her 500-hr teacher certification from Faith Hunter Yoga so that she could bring what she’s learned to others while helping them have a good time too. In Erica’s classes, students can expect to have fun while receiving one-on-one coaching and affirmation throughout while actively moving through dynamic and challenging asanas. Her teaching style emphasizes self-love, individual growth, and community in a safe learning environment. Erica juggles her passion for yoga with her love of doing strategic communications consulting at an international consulting firm. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
James first stepped onto his mat in 2009 as a way to help heal his shoulders after many years of competitive swimming. He was really impressed how hard asana practice was, and was instantly hooked. As religious studies major, it didn’t take long for his love of yogic philosophy to kick in. In 2010, he took his 200 hour teacher training program at Inner Power Yoga in Sterling, VA under the direction of Ursula Cox. He has been teaching ever since, and really enjoys sharing the yoga practice with his students and loves creating challenging but accessible sequences. He has a deep love for arm balances. When not on the mat, James enjoys running, swimming, reading, cooking, and being at home with his cat.
Mara Mordini, MA, RYT, was living overseas when she first began practicing yoga via VHS tape with Bryan Kest. Following twelve years of practice (and an upgrade to the DVD set of Power Yoga), she completed the Flow Yoga Center 200-hour teacher training. Mara’s love of movement began when she was 3 years old with ballet and tap, but over time shifted to soccer, basketball, and ultimately volleyball, which she played at Davidson College (Division I). Initially drawn to yoga for the physical challenge, Mara greatly appreciates the non-competitive nature of asana and the increased patience it has helped her cultivate. She also has come to enjoy the calming and grounding effects of pranayama and meditation. Rooted in the traditions of prana, jivamukti, and dharma vinyasa flow, Mara’s classes are well-rounded, challenging and paired with music that will shimmy your chakras.
Megan is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and amember 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. Aquarter 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 dog Patti, who loves raw kale and always snores during yoga nidra.
Megan fell in love with the practice of yoga in 2008 and began teaching in 2010 while working for the USO in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. After returning to Washington, DC in 2012, she completed her Yoga Alliance 200-Hour training at Flow Yoga Center and she continues to study with teachers throughout the National Capital Region including Megan Davis and Doug Keller. Through teaching, she offers variations and alignment cues to make poses both accessible and challenging for all students. Influenced by both vinyasa and Iyengar traditions, students have the opportunity to study key poses through movement, stillness and breath.
Vandana was intrigued by and introduced to yoga off the mat as a spiritual practice. Embracing the understanding and experiencing that ‘I’ am a spiritual being having a human existence, yoga became a way of life for her. She was pulled to the mat to shed off the physical stiffness and fatigue from a desk job that made her feel very human. She practices and uses meditation and hatha yoga to loosen up, have fun, and step into the lightness of being. She completed her 200-hour yoga certificate from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in the Bahamas.