Workshop Leaders

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.
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.
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.
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.