Christie Kanta Haran
Christie Kanta Haran, MA, Certified Yoga Therapist, e-RYT-200, RYT 500, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. Christie began her Yoga journey in 1994 when she attended a Yoga retreat at the Kripalu Yoga and Retreat Center, in Lenox, MA. In 2000, she earned her teaching certification through the Integral Yoga Teaching Academy, in Buckingham, VA. Christie has studied and practiced many different styles and traditions, but enjoys teaching and practicing Hatha. In addition to the physical and mental benefits of Yoga, Christie loves learning about the tradition, philosophy and science behind Yoga and includes these teachings in her classes. As a Yoga Therapist, she focuses on the therapeutic qualities of yoga and enjoys sharing the healing benefits of yoga with clients who have physical, mental, and emotional challenges. Christie has her Master's degree in Counseling and Sport Psychology and is also a Certified Stress Management Coach, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, and a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer. KANTA, her spiritual name, given to her by her Guru (teacher), Sri Swami Satchidananda, means lovely, brilliant, and lustrous.
I came to yoga as a way of life rather late in life. I began a Bikram practice nine years ago and there was something about the moving into stillness that got to me. About three and a half years ago i went to my first vinyasa class and that was it; i was in my teacher training with Rolf Gates within four months. As i retired from 16 years of training race horses, I began my journey as a yoga practitioner and teacher. I love the freedom and the empowering nature of a vinyasa practice and added with daily meditation, there has been a growing joy, peace, and understanding in my life.
Azi is the founder of Easy Day Yoga & Meditation. Azi's desire to help people heal and realize their self-worth is deeply rooted in her childhood. As a child, she dreamt of having a place of healing where she could host people and share her many blessings with them. Later in life, she discovered an ancient teaching which allowed her to connect with her childhood calling. Everything came to fruition after she completed a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation. She decided to leave her high stress career and to dedicate her life to the path of yoga and meditation. Azi's vision for Easy Day Yoga was drawn from her professional background in Psychology, French, and Persian literature.
It's her belief that one is a yogi not just on the mat, but that mindful practice of yoga must be integrated off the mat and into our daily lives.
Denyse Peterson is one of the first in the nation to receive a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health and is certified as a Yoga Therapist by The International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500 and a provider of continuing education (YACEP). Her certifications include: Relax and Renew Trainer, Reiki Master from the Usui Shiki Ryoho lineage for over 10 years, NASM Personal Trainer, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist, ACE Group Fitness Instructor with over 30 years of experience and is currently pursuing her Ayurvedic Coaching certificate. Denyse is the owner operator of Virginia Yoga Therapy, LLC and also works as an Adjunct Faculty member and Clinic Supervisor in the Yoga Therapy program at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Denyse fully believes in the healing power of yoga for physical, emotional and mental health. She has experienced relief from fibromyalgia with her practice and witnessed amazing results with her students and clients. She loves sharing her passion of yoga and a healthy lifestyle and is grateful for the opportunity to never stop learning. She enjoys walking her dogs, stand up paddle board and reading.
Leena first discovered yoga in 2009 when her college roommate, and newly-indoctrined yoga instructor, visited her and encouraged her to try yoga. After just one private lesson in her basement, Leena knew she had discovered something that was going to help her regain strength and flexibility that she had lost t0 many years of illness from rheumatoid arthritis. Little did she know then that yoga also was going to provide a pathway for a spiritual journey that continues to lead her to places of unlimited welcome and unconditional grace. After sampling many classes in varying styles of yoga, Leena found her home in the heated power vinyasa studio. It was there that she reconnected with her physical well-being and regained a sense of inner strength and peace. After 4 years of practicing heated vinyasa , Leena pursued her 200-hour teaching certification with Rolf Gates and currently is embarking on the next 300 hours of training with Rolf, together with a small community of friends and fellow yoga instructors. Leena also is going to an immersion weekend workshop for teachers in YIN yoga this winter, and is excited to bring that practice to her students and to her own mat. Leena credits and is immensely grateful to Suzy Thompson for the practicum coaching she provided during her 200 hour training with Rolf, and a handful of other instructors along the way who encouraged and supported her during her training. When she’s not on her mat, you can find Leena with her husband and twin teenage boys, and assistant coaching her son’s travel soccer team, where she also enjoys sharing her passion for yoga with young athletes.
Sheri is a Lover of Life, a Self-Love and Wellness Coach, Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, Fitness Enthusiast and Spiritual Seeker.
Sheri has enjoyed practicing yoga over the past 15 years as a relief from her love/hate relationship with running. She found yoga as a great compliment to running as it helps with flexibility, strength and aids in healing from injuries. She also found a love for Bryan Kest early on in his Power Yoga Series. I do believe it was the cut-off jeans!
Sheri is a RYT-500 and has completed a 750-hour Yoga Therapy program. She has committed just as much time to being a student as she has a teacher. Sheri has committed herself .to the path of yoga, wellness, fitness, and spiritual healing. She provides her clients with the knowledge, gifts and tools that she’s learned which can transform their lives the way they have hers.
Sheri uses these principles in her daily life and work: Movement, Breathwork, Meditation, Nutrition, and Life Style/Habits. She teaches with these principles as her foundation, creating safe classes and private lessons that flow with intention and purpose. This way, the practice becomes a moving meditation, deepening your connection to your mind, body and breath.
Sheri has a profound love for food and cooking. She enjoys spending time in the kitchen experimenting with all styles of food. She also has three adorable fur kids, aka Chihuahuas.
Kate Bharati Thuss
Kate is a Reiki Master and Integral Hatha trained RYT-200. She specializes in working with people living with depression and anxiety, though she enjoys working with anyone who is in pursuit of living a more balanced and joyful life. The gentle practices of Reiki & Yoga have been an integral part in her own well being and recovery from depression, and she’d love to share the tools and techniques she’s learned to help you manage your mood more effectively. She’s available for both Reiki and Yoga sessions privately here at Easy Day Yoga.
"Jessi found formal yoga practices at age 19, and began a life-long journey as a student and as a teacher. Her interest in healing and self-discovery led her to complete 500 hours of formal yoga study as well as an M.S. in physiology from Georgetown University and training in Thai massage therapy. She will begin a second M.S. in yoga therapy at MUIH starting fall of 2015. Her teaching arises from a combination of biomedical knowledge, committed personal practice, Ayurvedic philosophy, and an appreciation for art in all forms."
Kate came to yoga several years ago looking to learn how to better manage work stressors and ended up beginning a larger, unexpected journey that continues to transform her life both on and off the mat. She is a certified 200-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher currently working on her 500-hour Yoga Medicine advanced certification with Tiffany Cruikshank. Kate enjoys practicing and learning about all types of yoga, and is especially interested in integrating accessible anatomy information and therapeutic benefits into her teaching. Her classes are meant to offer an opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment while introducing students to a compassionate experience. Kate believes yoga provides a safe place for exploration of mind, body and whatever else might find its way into the practice that day.
Mary Edara is a Yoga teacher and a Massage Therapist. I live in Ashburn VA. Over the past 8 years I have lead a wide range of classes offering various styles of yoga such as hatha, bikram, anusara, yin, restorative and vinyasa yoga in various facilities such as yoga studios, health clubs, preschools, corporate offices and fairfax county schools. Practicing yoga has made my life easier to handle, kept me grounded in my personal life and reminded me to enjoy the moment each time I came to mat. Yoga helps to balance life so I can enjoy the busy life as it comes to me everyday. I believe that yoga practice can help anyone access their inner wisdom, authentic spirituality and clarify their highest personal expression. Please see the attachment for my Resume.
Marcia is eternally optimistic that all good things come to good people but you can’t just sit back and wait! She is a ERYT-500 Certified Yoga Instructor, runs the Your Possible Life School of Yoga, and a Holistic Wellness and Life Coach & Mentor. She has two beautiful daughters who rule her world. A husband who she’s madly in love with. And her lifelong dream of helping people is what she does–sharing the practices of Yoga and Holistic Wellness, and helping others see the infinite possibilities that this life has to offer.
Michelle Lachapelle began her journey with Yoga in 2008 when she moved from Pennsylvania to Chicago. Yoga provided her moments of peace and clarity in the midst of busy city life. After moving to Northern Virginia a few years later with her husband, she was inspired to complete her 200 Hour Teacher Training under the guidance of Maryam Ovissi and Jafar Alexander with Beloved Yoga in Reston. She had the honor to continue her studies, as well as begin teaching, as a pregnant mother, and completed her 85 Hour Prenatal Teacher Training at Beloved Yoga as well. As a new mother, Michelle is honored to hold space for pregnant moms during this precious time in their lives. Michelle’s Prenatal Yoga classes focus on the needs of mamas during their own pregnancy journeys. She recognizes that each mama, and each pregnancy, are unique, and offers customizations to meet each mama right where she is. Her classes are accessible to all practitioners during each stage of pregnancy. Focus will be on the breath, body and mind connection, giving the pregnant mama a moment to first connect with herself through her own breath, and to allow her to connect with baby.