Annapolis business woman who has seen the benefits yoga has brought to the lives of her loved ones. When presented with the opportunity to open a studio in DC, she couldn’t resist the chance to keep yoga in the community.
Ora Star Boncore
Vinyasa l Yoga Sculpt l Meditation l Yin
Ora Star Boncore grew up in Northern Virginia with a dance and meditation background, took her first yoga class back in 2013 and has practiced ever since. She attended a yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico in 2016 which made her realize the true magic of yoga and encouraged her to become a yoga instructor herself. She completed her 200-hour power vinyasa yoga teacher training in 2017 and then completed her 300 hours through Uplifted Yoga in 2021. Since becoming an instructor, Ora has completed multiple continuing education certifications and has taught thousands of classes across multiple countries in various movement and healing arts, ranging from vinyasa yoga to dance to Thai massage and other movement arts. Ora brings energy healing and breathwork into her classes, but above all else, encourages her students to bring their own authenticity to their practice in order to find an accessible and honest practice.
Vinyasa | Yin | Meditation | Yoga Sculpt
Trish Tillman began to practice yoga asana in 2008, in order to balance out the stresses of grad school and martial arts training. She took her first yoga teacher training at Pure Prana Yoga in Alexandria in 2013, completed an advanced yoga teacher training with Hari-kirtana das and Ashley Litecky Elenbaas at Sky House Yoga in Silver Spring in the spring of 2019, and has also helped to train and mentor several cohorts of newer yoga teachers herself. In her non-yoga pursuits, Trish also completed her PhD in History in 2018 and is received her black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in 2022. Trish's approach to teaching yoga is both iconoclastic and informed by tradition, and has also been inspired by conversations with internationally-known teacher Alexandria Crow. The teachings of bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion, are the core of Trish's philosophical approach to yoga, and you might experience some of these teachings in her classes without even realizing it!
Vinyasa | Yin
For as long as Ivet can remember mindfulness has been a purposeful goal in her life. This is mainly because coming to this country at a young age she had to be very attentive and always a student. Mindfulness empowers her to stop for the one person or situation that presents itself.
Ivet has been practicing yoga for about 8 years now. She had practiced yoga on and off for a bit until she found a deep appreciation for her practice. Ivet walked into a Bikram studio in Virginia and felt for the first time the healing properties of yoga for her body as well as the necessity of listening to her body. Then she discovered the benefits of Yoga for my mind at a FireFly studio in Alabama. Later Ivet discovered Ashtanga yoga, her personal practice that ties in all of these experiences. And the journey continues not only with yoga but with health in general. When asked recently about her passion, Ivet realized healthy lifestyles are her passion, including physical and mental health.
Ivet went through an incredible training school at 3B Yoga in Albuquerque, NM with Wendy Kiess and some other incredible women. Ivet loves God and yoga and believes yoga serves all people.
Dorie first came to yoga in 2014 after an addiction to exercise left her body and spirit broken. She found that yoga helped her cope with all of life’s anxiety, and helped her appreciate the connection between body, mind, and spirit.
Through yoga, she came to accept where she was in that moment and not to “sweat the small stuff, “ ( like falling out of balancing poses :)). She completed her YTT in the fall of 2019 and hopes to inspire her students through her energy, lightheartedness, and love of arm balances and inversions. Namaste.
Power Vinyasa | Vinyasa | Yin | Slow Flow Vinyasa
Carley began practicing yoga in 2009 and was inspired to start teaching in 2013. She is a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and teaches a wide variety of classes, including power vinyasa, vinyasa, yin, and slow flow. She encourages all students to authentically listen to their bodies and breath while going with the flow.
Vinyasa | Slow Flow Vinyasa | Yang/Yin Flow and Restore
As a practitioner, Simone loves powerful flow yoga that ends in a deep and relaxing meditation. The best way to handle what is going on in her head is by first exhausting her body.
As a teacher, Simone loves working with beginners who are just finding their way. She tries to keep the mood light because, after all, a pose is just a pose. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Be Here Now Yoga. One class became two, which then became three. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Vinyasa | Bodyweight Sculpt | Hot Power Vinyasa
Lindsay grew up in Niantic, Connecticut as a multi-sport athlete and discovered hot yoga in 2009. She completed her Vinyasa RYT-200 teacher training in Los Angeles, California and began teaching yoga in 2018. Lindsay holds a Master of Science degree from American University in Health Promotion Management and is a Professor of Health Education at Bard Early College DC. She combines her passion for athletics and health in her Yoga classes and nurtures the mind/body connection. Lindsay’s classes will leave you feeling sweaty, energized and strong!
Anne has been teaching yoga for approximately 15 years with 700+ hours of Yoga Alliance registered training and her personal practice spans 30 years. Anne’s teaching experience includes studio classes, private clients, kids’ yoga, lead teacher trainer for aspiring yoga instructors and a current adjunct professor of meditation and yoga at George Washington University.
Anne is passionately committed to creating a safe practice for everyone where the student can work according to his/her physical and mental capacity in any given moment. Her classes combine some slow flow with a lot of holding and aligning in poses to build strength, balance and one pointed mind focus. She encourages students to use props as they make many poses available to those who might need extra support in any given pose at any given time. FYI, she is known as the Prop Queen. If you attend her class, don’t be surprised if she cues into a cozy, restorative pose on blankets!
Vinyasa | Meditation | Yin | Reiki | Sound Healing
Jack Marsh found Yoga as a senior in high school, looking for a way to exercise and find mental calm during the college application process. He continued a daily Yoga and Mantra practice while pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at James Madison University. Jack works full-time for Yoga Alliance, and is a Yoga Alliance credentialed E-RYT 200 and YACEP. He has taught Vinyasa, Slow Flow and Meditation for three years. Yin Yoga is his newest project. He partners with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue to provide a monthly PuppyYoga charity event at Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Arlington. Together they have raised over $10,000 in eighteen months for animal rescue efforts.
Bodyweight Sculpt | Vinyasa
Christi started doing yoga as a form of accessible movement while coping with injury and chronic pain. Yoga helped her find functional mobility and healing in her body and she was amazed at how it also brought positive changes to her mind.
Christi wanted to share what she had learned and experienced so she completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 at Yoga District. She followed it with Mat Pilates (2019), Pre/Postnatal (2020) and Group Fitness (2020) plus trainings on yoga for autism, TBI & trauma.
Elle Sullivan (she/her) RYT-200 started her yoga journey as a young person but committed to it as an adult as healing practice for her mind and body. She teaches a variety of formats for students of all levels with the intention to honor every individual on their unique journey. With an emphasis on accessibility, practice on the mat is about chasing sensation rather than specific aesthetics. Elle believes the adventure of exploring strength and balance in our bodies and minds is rehearsal for our continued growth off of the yoga mat.
Yin | Vinyasa
Charles is a wellness facilitator based in Washington DC since 2018. He has been practicing yoga since 2012 and has been teaching it since 2016. As a lifelong athlete who has experienced anxiety, PTSD, and addiction, Charles has been on a journey of movement, self study, and healing for over ten years, developing skills to apply to conditions in life. He completed his 200hr YTT at corepower yoga in 2018, and his 300hr YTT at corepower yoga in 2021. His teaching is inspired by vinyasa, hatha, yin, and yoga history. Charles has also completed 175+ hours of continuing professional education in meditation, yoga philosophy, breathwork science, anatomy, yoga for children, stress and anxiety management, and peer mediation. Charles’ goal is for you to connect to your preconditioned self, moving from mechanical behavior patterns to a more realized way of living!
Vinyasa | Slow Flow | Power | Yin | Meditation
Anna's yoga journey started through the practice of asana but grew into a much richer experience that ultimately led her to yoga teacher training in the Dharma tradition with Be Here Now Yoga in Washington DC (RYT-200). Anna approaches yoga holistically beyond its physical aspect and her classes always have pranayama and meditative elements. She loves practicing yoga in nature where movement and mindfulness uniquely come together, and we can feel truly connected to the universe and the Self. Favorite pose: tree! In the studio, she likes to play international music and offer props for practice that’s both energizing and relaxing (no incense). Anna enjoys teaching all-levels vinyasa classes where everyone can practice with steadiness and ease while exploring their edge. She also seeks to balance Hatha with other styles of yoga like yin. Originally from Poland, Anna is by now a Washingtonian through and through dabbling with various creative and community projects.
As a lifelong athlete and runner Jordan began practicing hot yoga in 2009 to recover from playing several competitive contact sports. Shortly thereafter, started practicing variations of vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga in the DC area with inspiring and skilled instructors. Jordan completed her 200 and 50 hour teacher trainings with Corepower yoga in 2017. She is an E RYT 200 and has been involved in continuing education facilitation. Jordan has continued her studies through additional trainings: hot power fusion, yoga sculpt, and workshops including Trauma Informed teaching from Down Under school of yoga. Her classes are inspired by many skills learned from practicing different disciplines such as Ashtanga, vinyasa, Baptiste, Kundalini, Pilates and Yin. She currently teaches, power vinyasa, yoga sculpt, slow flow and meditation. As a teacher
Jordan’s focus is to empower students to feel strong mentally, physically and inspire them to be creative on their journey.
Yoga Sculpt | Hot Power Fusion
Meredith found yoga in 2010, after years of doing and coaching gymnastics. Something was missing in her life after she left the gym. Her sister suggested she try yoga to see if maybe that would help fill the void. Meredith will never forget the class that changed her life forever. The fiery passion she felt in her soul after that practice was unlike anything she'd ever experienced before. Her journey led her to CorePower Yoga in 2012, where she obtained her Yoga Sculpt (2014), 200-hour (2015) and Hot Power Fusion (2016) Certifications. Meredith is honored to have the opportunity to share her passion for this practice with YOU!
Hot Power Vinyasa
Michaela came to yoga her freshman year of college looking for a way to chill out and be free when cardio workouts and crossfit were stressing her out rather than helping her deal with school stress. After many years, many studios, many Youtube videos, and many classes, she decided to embark on her own teaching journey. She strives to create space for anyone and everyone to be present in the moment and experience their thoughts and feelings without telling stories about them. She lives and works in DC and hopes to help people notice that things aren’t always as serious as living in a busy city makes them out to be.
Sugopi (Sarita) Telhan
Since her youth, Sarita has immersed herself into the traditional world of yoga in its many forms. She spent summers in India where she studied Bhakti and Yoga philosophy and mantra meditation. She completed her YTT at Inner Power Yoga and strives to constantly learn the infinite knowledge of yoga from her teachers and students alike.
She’s found the combination of asanas coupled with yoga philosophy has kindled an awareness to her true nature and hopes to ignite similar sparks within her students. When not on the mat, you can find her traveling, learning ayurveda, reading by a rainy window, or spending the afternoon at the dog park with her giant puppy-Bhoomi.
Ally discovered yoga in 2013 as a way to stay in shape between volleyball seasons in high school. She fell in love with the movements and the way yoga challenged her physically and mentally. Yoga has become a daily ritual & lifestyle for her over the years. After leaving her teaching career and traveling the country in a camper van, opportunities finally aligned for her to combine her passion for teaching and yoga. Ally’s classes are a safe space for all to come, experience community, release stress, and feel good.
Sara Sheikh (she/her) began her yoga and meditation journey with traditional hatha yoga and Thich Nhat Hanh’s training in Mindfulness Meditation. After years of adopting yoga as a way of life, she became certified at the 200 and 300 hour-levels with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and Bhagavata-Sevaya School of Yoga. She expanded her personal practice and teaching skills by studying bhakti, Jivamukti, yin, trauma-informed youth yoga and yoga-based psychotherapy methods. Sara integrates mantra meditation, yoga philosophy, vinyasa or yin sequencing, regulated breathing and deep relaxation into each session. She is known for her down to earth, clear and in-depth instruction. As a licensed mental health therapist with Inner Foundations Counseling PLLC, she is committed to providing a safe, compassionate space while assisting children and adults as they heal and embody a healthier-balanced outlook.
Kat Eilers has been teaching yoga since 2014 but has been a lover of movement her whole life. She grew up dancing and playing sports and finds that yoga is a delicate balance of endurance, strength, and grace. In addition to teaching yoga, Kat is also an aerial artist, personal trainer, and new mom! You can expect Kat's classes to be challenging but fun, with a killer playlist, some corny jokes, and at least a few chair poses.
Stephanie has been teaching yoga since 2016 and seeks to teach an all-levels flow where students leave feeling empowered and grounded. She first came to yoga as a way to recover from and prevent injuries from running, cycling, and strength training, and quickly fell in love with the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of the practice. When she's not teaching or practicing, you can find Stephanie working in the climate action movement, perusing the great farmers' markets around DC, playing with her labradoodle Roe, or showing off her overflowing bookshelf.
Ciara first took up yoga in 2014 because it was the only form of “exercise” she could do while battling an intense eating disorder. Soon enough she realized that yoga was so much more than just stretching. Yoga eventually allowed Ciara to discover a profound sense of peace and self-acceptance, and ultimately led her down a path toward healing.
In 2017 Ciara completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at the Kripalu School of Yoga in Stockbridge, MA. She has over 5 years experience teaching slow flow, yang/yin and vinyasa style classes. Ciara sees Yoga as an opportunity to slow down and take care of oneself. She typically approaches her classes at a relatively slow pace, providing a greater chance to deeply connect to the body, and move in ways that feel good. Aside from the physical, she also sees yoga as an opportunity to reflect and reset mentally. Tying the physical and mental together, Ciara hopes to inspire students to take the skills they learn in yoga as a little “tool box” to move through life off-the-mat with an enhanced sense of gratitude and grace.
Elissa likes to practice and teach at all points along the Yin Yang spectrum. She is certified to teach Vinyasa flow and Yin yoga and has additional training in mindfulness.
Elissa works to connect mind, body and breathe in her practice and in her classes. Her classes typically have a focus, reinforced with music and readings. Elissa has a lot of Chi and loves to “fly”. She likes to be challenged and to have fun and invites her students to do the same.
Elissa helps students to gain a working knowledge of the Sanskrit names for asanas, connecting them with the origins of yoga and providing them with the knowledge to practice in any yoga community.
Christian was born and raised within an active family in East Tennessee where he grew into being a multisport athlete, and was exposed to yoga in his early teen years. While attending college in Knoxville, Christian was introduced to a broad diversity of yoga practices, studios and communities. He discovered a wonderful support system and encouragement from his yogic community as he developed a consistent practice; and was lead to pursue his RYT200 certification, so that he could share his passion for yoga with others.
Shortly after becoming a certified instructor, Christian relocated to the DC area following the COVID-19 pandemic. He quickly discovered his tribe within the yoga community as he began teaching at many DMV studios.
Christian currently teaches vinyasa, sculpt and restorative yin while continuing to grow as a practitioner and instructor through continued education. His favorite aspects of teaching are showing up for others and building community.
Adrianne has always loved fitness. She first started practicing yoga in her small apartment after undergraduate and loved how it made her feel! She continued to practice yoga during her Masters of Science in Exercise Science program at George Washington University and during grad school became a Certified Personal Trainer working with private clients and companies, such as Sallie Mae, to support their wellness programs. Her personal yoga practice helped her stay grounded and after several years loving practicing yoga, Adrianne decided to finally study yoga and became a 200-hr certified yoga teacher in 2015. Which led to her new life as a full time yoga professional teaching yoga classes, managing yoga studios and facilitating Yoga Teacher Training programs for private clients and for CorePower Yoga. In 2020 she became a member of their Yoga Team, supporting yoga quality and trainings for the East Coast region. Also in 2020, Adrianne began teaching virtually, as well as, leading virtual Yoga Teacher Training programs for students across the world! As a 200-hr E-RYT yoga teacher, Adrianne has taught well over 1,000 yoga classes and led countless training programs over the years. Adrianne loves teaching Power Vinyasa, Hot Power Fusion, Yoga Sculpt and truly enjoys sharing the power of breathwork! She continues her yoga studies through workshops, such as, Pranayama (breath) workshops, Meditation workshops, and Integrative Yoga (Kriya) workshops. As a yoga practitioner she is forever studying and sharing yoga! Adrianne is committed to inspiring curiosity to explore your authentic self through the practice of yoga and is excited to be a part of your yoga journey.
Avonda Fogan was first introduced to yoga in 2008 with a sole emphasis on the asana (physical practice). In 2018, she began to experience the mind-body strengthening yoga can offer when she started a consistent daily practice and was introduced to pranayama (breath work). In June 2020, she completed the Whole Yogi 200 Teacher Training with Julia Romano, Chris Parkison, and Christine Kontra where she discovered her passion for teaching others body and breath awareness to help them tap into the mental and physical benefits of the practice. She has been trained to teach all levels vinyasa, power, yin, and restorative yoga. Avonda's intention for each class is to create a safe space of self-discovery and non-judgment for everyone.
Madelyne Adams had been practicing yoga off and on but never really felt like she fit the mold of a traditional yogi until she took her first power class in 2017 and realized the beauty in and the benefit of being strong. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2021 but, prior to that, she has had jobs teaching swimming lessons, horseback riding, hand lettering, rock climbing, watercolor painting, paddle boarding, and kayaking (not all at the same time). She believes passionately in the importance of having a movement practice that works for each individual body to care for their mental health and yoga and meditation have been an essential cornerstone of her own practice for several years. When she's not planning the perfect playlist to flow to, you can find her biking to her studio where she works as a graphic designer and muralist, picking up heavy weights and putting them back down again at her gym, or watching the sunset from the back of her houseboat.
Murphy (they/them) has lived many different lives and has remained a teacher in every one of them. Murphy is a two-spirited, hard-of-hearing, Indigenous-American and is proud to represent the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. They have been practicing yoga for over twenty-five years. Murphy has dedicated their life to equity-based education founded on accessibility for people with disabilities. They have a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master of Arts in Communication Management – Marketing Communications from the University of Denver University College.
Murphy is the Creative Director behind rabbit rabbit communications (@rabbitrabbitcommunications on Instagram) which provides pro-bono community outreach and education through social clubs based on Arts, Literature, and Wellness. Their personal blog can be found at https://theevery.squarespace.com.
In their free time, you can see them running around SWDC with their golden retriever, Theodore Grahams. Feel free to follow their adventures via their personal Instagram account @mrdrmurphydc.
Olivia found yoga in 2019 and fell in love with the connection of mind, body, and spirit within her practice. Through many life changes, yoga has been a consistent source of energy and connection to herself and others. She views yoga as a celebration of life and expression of gratitude for our current health and ability. She became 200 hour YT certified through Core Power in 2023. Olivia teaches both Slow-Flow and Power Vinyasa, and she hopes to bring a spirit of celebration to each class.
As a practitioner of yoga since 2010, Amanda has recognized the potential of yoga to create more harmony within our bodies and minds and to unify all beings. She is dedicated to helping others realize the benefits of yoga, exploring yoga postures safely, and living more intentional, purposeful, and connected lives. Class will take you through a series of yoga postures to build heat incorporating power poses, opportunities to build strength and flexibility, meditation, and breath work with offerings for all levels.
Amanda is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher.
Jonny began his yoga practice in New York City in 2007. In 2014 he attended Sterling Hot Yoga Works teacher training at Casa Om in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. He has since been teaching regularly throughout the DC metro area. Jonny also attended Jared McCann’s first yoga teacher training in Brooklyn, NY, and most recently became a certified Yin Yoga teacher. When not teaching yoga, Jonny is a working DC actor.