Instructors

Alison Losey
Alison dabbled with several different forms of yoga in many different locales, but nothing really stuck until Kundalini. Perhaps it was her affinity for chanting coupled with an aversion to downward facing dog, or maybe it was that practicing Kundalini enabled her to translate her intellectual understanding of Buddhist philosophy and thought into an experiential knowledge. Regardless, at some point she was hooked. Practically speaking, her favorite part of Kundalini Yoga is the trippy thoughts and ideas she gets during savasana, but she also has a deep appreciation for the practice’s relevance to her daily life. As far as yoga is concerned, Alison maintains that Kundalini is one of the more accessible forms of meditation for people with minds that refuse to turn off and that closing your eyes while doing yoga should qualify for best idea ever. In addition to yoga, she loves her friends, kids (particularly those who are too smart for their own good and/or who have, at some point, been labeled miscreants), and her dog, but not necessarily in that order. Find Classes taught by Alison Losey.
Andrea Messina
Andrea Messina, yoga teacher and life coach, teaches an uplifting style of yoga that emphasizes strength-building sequences, deep stretches and a connection to breath. Her teaching is informed by alignment based yoga, vinyasa flow, philosophy and life coaching. She believes that the yoga mat is a place to cultivate awareness and create a juicy metaphor for how you want to live most fully… in addition to getting sweaty and laughing a little. She completed her 200-hour Power Yoga Training at Go Yoga, her 100-hour Anusara Yoga Immersion at Capitol Hill Yoga and is a graduate of the Accomplishment Coaching Coaches Training Program. She completed Lighthouse Yoga Center’s 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller. Find Classes taught by Andrea Messina.
Annie Carlin Olle
Annie Carlin has been practicing yoga for over 12 years, studying many different styles from vigorous vinyasa to technical alignment-based hatha, prenatal and therapeutic yoga. She completed her 200-hour training with Tias Little (Prajna Yoga) in 2011 and has been teaching ever since. In December 2014, Annie completed her 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher training certification with Integral Yoga. Her goal is to create a safe space for all to enjoy the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of yoga. She emphasizes self-acceptance and specializes in customizing poses to suit each person’s practice. Through thoughtful sequencing and creative modifications, Annie hopes to show her students that everyone can do amazing things on the mat. Annie offers profound gratitude to all of her teachers and students and is thrilled to be sharing this incredible practice. For more yoga with Annie, check out her website, Supportive Yoga. Find Classes taught by Annie Carlin Olle.
Audrey Hill
Audrey has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. She first took a kundalini course in college in southern California, but didn’t start regularly practicing yoga until several later when she developed a vinyasa practice. She completed a 200-hour interdisciplinary yoga training at Nosara Yoga Institute in 2007 and taught vinyasa for several years at Petworth’s Yoga House Studio, where she delved more deeply into kundalini classes. Audrey completed her 220-hour KRI Level I kundalini teacher training at Lighthouse Yoga Studio in 2017. She particularly enjoys the practice’s emphasis on pranayama, meditation, and cultivation of inner strength, as well as strength and spine-opening. She also enjoys dabbling in yin, restorative, and hatha. Outside of yoga, Audrey is in the communications field and dotes on her dog. Find Classes taught by Audrey Hill.
Brian Carr
Brian discovered Kundalini Yoga on accident, walking into a studio in 2012 and taking the first available class that evening, which happened to be an awesomely strange mix of meditation, postures, chants and movement. He found it utterly magical---wait, so you make these hand movements, breathe in a certain way, close your eyes like so, and say these words, and you can feel like this, all the time?---and became hooked. He's been taking Kundalini classes ever since, building it into his daily life, and is currently completing his 220-hour KRI Level I Teacher Training at Lighthouse. He has a love for heart-based kriyas and meditations ("These should be taught all over DC, everywhere!") and might have been a dog in a former life, as he loves nothing more than walking through Rock Creek Park every day and chasing a soccer ball. Find Classes taught by Brian Carr.
Catherine Marquette
Catherine first came to yoga through injury – two foot surgeries had ended the former collegiate runner’s life as she knew it, and her doctor prescribed yoga as a way to find movement in the bones and strength in the muscles. What she didn’t realize was that yoga would also be the way to calm her Type A wandering mind and integrate her body, mind and breath. Catherine is a RYT-500 teacher, having received her 200hr certification under Kim Weeks at Boundless Yoga (DC) and her 500hr certification at YogaWorks (NYC) under senior teacher Chrissy Carter. Catherine dove into anatomy and safe alignment principles through an additional 108hr training via Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers with Jason Brown. She teaches an alignment-based, challenging, movement-oriented class that provides a well-rounded journey of standing poses, inversions/arm balances, back bends and forward folds. Catherine just returned to the DC community after 8 years away, mostly in New York City, and is excited to return to the city where she first started her career and yoga practice. Learn more about Catherine at her website. Find Classes taught by Catherine Marquette.
Cathrine Nelson
Cathrine took her first yoga class in 2007, at a time in her life when working long hours in a demanding job had led to a number of physical and emotional stresses. Soon the benefits of yoga became apparent and she knew she'd found her lifelong passion. Her RYT®200 training was at Lighthouse Yoga Center with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller, the teacher who has inspired her throughout her journey. Cathrine loves teaching alignment focused Hatha yoga in sequences that leave students feeling more at ease in their bodies, alive in their hearts, and at peace with themselves and their world. She remains a lifelong learner exploring the infinite possibilities of yoga for healing, and demonstrating how it can bring ease and joy to people in all ages and stages of life. Find Classes taught by Cathrine Nelson.
Cathy Berry
Cathy discovered her love for yoga during pregnancy and had dabbled in all types (Hatha, Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga, Flow, Power Yoga) before finding her way to Kundalini Yoga in 2012. While she was open to a new yoga experience, she was not expecting all the benefits that Kundalini Yoga brought to her life during a challenging time of turmoil and change. Practicing Kundalini Yoga has helped Cathy become stronger – both mentally and physically, more confident, and happier. Cathy completed the KRI Level I teacher training at Lighthouse Yoga Center in November 2015 and looks forward to sharing elevation with others. Find Classes taught by Cathy Berry.
Emily Bond
When Emily speaks of Kundalini Yoga, she often says: “it shows up when I need it." She first heard about the practice from a turbaned woman named Hari who offered her two sensible bits of advice. On food: if it had a mother, don't eat it. On yoga: “try incorporating it into your daily life.” The turbaned teacher was talking about more than just a physical practice, it turned out. Some time later, Emily was living in Andalusia and met the lone Kundalini Yoga teacher in town who had just started giving classes to a small group of women in her husband's flamenco studio. In those early morning gatherings, Emily got a glimpse of what Hari was talking about. Kundalini was an entirely different kind of yoga and she liked it, a lot. But when she moved back to the D.C. area and fell into a familiar grind, she forgot all about how much the practice had enhanced her life. That was until she googled 'Kundalini Yoga DC' and came across Lighthouse Yoga Studio in Petworth. There it was again: Kundalini showing up exactly when and where she needed it. She dived even deeper into the practice and is now completing her KRI Level 1 teacher training here at the studio. Find Classes taught by Emily Bond.
Emily Moore
With the simple of intention of getting a little strength building workout on a Sunday morning, Emily accepted the invitation of a friend to join her for a yoga class in 2008. Emily continued attending yoga classes regularly because, as most yoga students discover right away, it felt so good. Somewhere along the way Emily quit doing yoga and yoga started doing her. The age old practice began transforming her body, mind, and soul in ways that she didn't even known to ask for but is immensely grateful for. Emily received her RYT-200 certification in Integral Yoga at Satchidanda Ashram-Yogaville. Emily's hatha classes emphasize balance and peace and draw students inward through yoga postures that combine strength with steadiness and ease and through the incorporation of the more subtle yoga techniques such as breathing, meditation, and relaxation. She looks forward to sharing the practice of yoga and learning from her students. Find Classes taught by Emily Moore.
Haridev Renee Leduc Clarke
Haridev Kaur (Renée Leduc Clarke) is a yogini, an advocate, an adventurer and an entrepreneur – embodying "Sat Nam" allowing truth to be her identity. Her first love is kundalini yoga, meditation and mantra - but she also enjoys yin yoga and exploring a diversity of meditation styles. She knows now that her love of the "naad" - sacred sound current - which she consciously found in 2010 actually began as a young child when she could not get enough disco music and dancing. An advocate and adventurer, she is passionate about climate change and sustainable development, especially how it is impacting developing countries. She started Narayan Strategy in the fall of 2013, a government and international affairs firm focused on helping organizations communicate clearly about science and technology issues. She completed her Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in January 2014 at Lighthouse Yoga Center. You can learn more about Haridev at haridevkaur.org. Find Classes taught by Haridev Renee Leduc Clarke.
Jazmin Gonzalez Moya
Jazmín migrated to yoga after more than ten years as a professional ballerina and ballet teacher. Once she discovered yoga and started feeling the benefits, both physical and spiritual, of the practice, she dove in to explore different techniques. Moved by her passion to learn and teach, she completed her teacher’s training course at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in Montreal in 2017. Her class is based on the fundamentals of the teachings from Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda, with an easy-to-learn method of all the traditional poses (with modifications from beginner to advanced) to help develop a strong, healthy body and enhance flexibility, both in mind and body. While Jazmín initially met discipline and balance early in life with her first passion, Classical Ballet, and since yoga arrived to her life, she has found another way to thrive, and to share this passion by teaching others. Find Classes taught by Jazmin Gonzalez Moya.
Julie (Jiwan Shakti Kaur) Eisenberg
Julie (Jiwan Shakti Kaur) started practicing yoga in the mid-1990s as a way to decompress from a stressful job. Over the years, as her practice deepened and evolved, Julie began to understand yoga as a tool of personal transformation and empowerment. She is certified through the Kundalini Resarch Institute (KRI) to teach Kundalini Yoga (as Taught by Yoga Bhajan). She began teaching yoga in early 2008, and by the end of that year, she was working fulltime as a yoga instructor. Until October 2011, Julie was also the Executive Director of Yoga Activist, Inc., a non-profit organization that connects volunteer yoga teachers with underserved populations. She continues to teach yoga to the homeless and low-income Spanish-speaking immigrants in Washington, DC, and thoroughly believes in the transformative power of the practice. Find Classes taught by Julie (Jiwan Shakti Kaur) Eisenberg.
Kati Gimes (Ajeetdev Kaur)
Katalin "Kati” Gimes – Ajeetdev Kaur received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2004 and she didn't stop studying the rainbow of yoga traditions, new and old, from teachers like Lauren Peterson, Annie Carpenter, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Sarah Powers, John Schumacher, Dharma Mittra, just to name a few. Kati incorporates all these styles into her teaching that also reflects her own practice. She has studied yoga therapy with Mukunda Stiles and took a course on Yoga and Ayurveda with David Frawley. Her latest love is Kundalini yoga, the king of all yogas. In 2012 Kati completed her teacher training and is a KRI certified Level 1  Kundalini teacher, completing her Level 2 studies. Her life has been completely transformed by this practice and she is very eager to share this amazing technology. Kati moved to the United States 25 years ago from Budapest, Hungary where she was a television producer. She made a new life here, raised two wonderful daughters, and now her purpose is to use her enthusiasm and energy to empower and inspire others to live a life in the present with peaceful, quiet minds and hearts filled with love. Find Classes taught by Kati Gimes (Ajeetdev Kaur).
Laura Bradford
Laura has been in the fitness field for 40 years, working as a group exercise instructor, competitive bodybuilder, flexibility coach for the Washington Capitals, T.V. fitness pro, public speaker, personal fitness trainer and yoga teacher. She teaches everything from kickboxing to yoga and has post-rehab, cancer exercise, older adult, and general population. She was also a Certified Chiropractic Assistant. Laura’s goal is to educate and empower her students and clients to accept their bodies and enjoy fitness as a way of life. She has a 200 hr Yoga cert. from YogaFit and a 200 hr cert in Kundalini yoga from KRI. She is currently teaching in the MD/DC area classes in both styles. Laura is married for 25 years, lives in Silver Spring, has a rescue Rottweiler and has been a professional performer with the Washington Opera, Arena Stage, Choral Arts Society, The City Choir of Washington. Her hobbies include gardening, animal rights issues, attending retreats, workshops and classes for fitness, yoga and personal growth, reading murder mysteries & fantasy and attending movies and theater. She is a native of SC and enjoys her second home in Myrtle Beach. Find Classes taught by Laura Bradford.
Liz Butler
Liz Butler began her yoga journey over 16 years ago. She began teaching immediately and eventually went through teacher training to add knowledge and gravitas to the whispers to the student on the next mat. She is inspired by everything, particularly her three children and their unique relationships with the universe. Liz’s playful and spirited attitude makes yoga and its benefits fun and accessible for everyone. She loves the art of sequencing and designs challenging, alignment-based classes that give students the opportunity to explore their greatness. Liz is an E-RYT 200, YACEP. Find Classes taught by Liz Butler.
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Megan Davis
Megan is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and a member 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. A quarter 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 dogs, who love raw kale and snore during yoga nidra. Find Classes taught by Megan Davis.
Meredith McCullough
Meredith began her own yoga practice over 15 years ago – first to get a little exercise and later to try to find sanity and balance despite a stressful job as a consultant. She stuck with yoga thanks to a welcoming and vibrant yoga community. Early in her practice she was drawn to an alignment-based school of teaching, connecting to a clear and thoughtful way of articulating poses, an invitation to participate fully and creatively in everyday life, and the fact that laughter on the mat was not only tolerated, but encouraged. She has continued to grow and share her love of the practice ever since. When her first son was born in 2013, she started to take infant, then toddler classes, and her family has continued the journey together. Meredith carries a sense of playfulness into her classes for both children and grownups, and is excited to share with students of all ages the joys and challenges that yoga reveals both on and off the mat. Find Classes taught by Meredith McCullough.
Rebecca Winter
Rebecca found her way to yoga and meditation about 15 years ago while in search of healing and a deeper sense of calm, and has been profoundly grateful for the practice ever since. Coming to her mat keeps Rebecca grounded, joyful, connected, and better able to trust her path in this beautiful, mysterious world. In Rebecca's classes you'll find a combination of meditation, breath-work, poetry, and movement. Her classes aim to ground, calm, and foster loving presence. Rebecca completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller at Lighthouse Yoga in 2016. Aside from yoga and mindfulness, Rebecca loves being outside in nature, breakfast-time, and statistics. Find Classes taught by Rebecca Winter.
Tracy Buro
Tracy has been practicing yoga for over a decade, originally drawn to the sense of stillness she experienced when moving her body with her breath. Her favorite thing about yoga is that there is always more to learn and there are always ways to grow, both physically and mentally. Whether it’s working on handstand or finding time to rest in a restorative pose, Tracy finds that a regular yoga practice helps her take the balance she achieves on the mat and carry it through to her daily life. As a teacher, she aims to provide playful and challenging classes that allow students of all levels to have fun, challenge themselves, and leave class with a sense of ease and peace of mind. Tracy completed her 200 hour teaching training under Naomi Gottlieb-Miller and was trained in restorative yoga by Tara Lemerise. Find Classes taught by Tracy Buro.