Kalpana was born in India and immigrated to the United States at the age of four where she has lived since. She grew up in New York and now resides in Baltimore. Since childhood she has had frequent visits to India, initially for summer vacations as a child and later for yoga and Vedic Chant studies. She has a strong connection with India and its culture.
Kalpana is a mother of two boys, married, and a physician by training. She has studied yoga and Vedic chant since 2006 in the Krishnamacharya tradition and later became certified in yoga, yoga therapy and Vedic chant. Since that time she has been studying Vedic chant with her teacher, Mrs. Desikachar, on a regular basis. In addition to Vedic chant and yoga, she has been interested in Ayurveda after experiencing its health benefits. She has studied and taught Ayurveda since 2015 in the Maharishi Ayurveda tradition.
Kalpana considers sound – from Native American Indian Chant to Gregorian Chant to Sufi Qawwali to Vedic Chanting – as sacred: a beautiful, loving and all pervading aspect of the Divine that is accessible to anyone of any background.
Sarah Dugan, M.Ed., helps teachers learn and grow so they can connect with their passion for their work. Through professional development, instructional coaching, and her signature mastermind program, Sarah focuses on empowering educators by engaging them in interactive learning experiences, structured small-group conversations, and powerful reflection practices. As the founder of Teach Learn Thrive, Sarah is committed to supporting teachers in a way that renews their love for teaching and jumpstarts their ability to transform students’ lives. When she’s not supporting teachers, Sarah can be found on a jogging trail or her yoga mat, in her kitchen trying a new recipe, or with her kids knee-deep in a craft project. She lives with her husband and three children in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Angelique Raptakis is an E-RYT200/RYT-500 Yoga Teacher, Reiki
Master, and Community Herbalist who looks to nature for
inspiration, weaving its lessons into her classes. She believes
that through the practice of yoga, we can more easily come to the
connection between our body, our breath, our mind, and the universe
we find ourselves in.
Angelique has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Yoga has helped her recover from injuries, work through grief, and manage anxiety. 8She enjoys working with people in group classes, private sessions, and leading retreats to facilitate a state of balance and connection between mind, body, and spirit, from the physical/material body to the energetic subtle body, through the use of asana, pranayama, and meditation.
She has completed over 60 hours of training in Restorative Yoga, over 60 hours in Yin Yoga, over 30 hours of training in yoga nidra, completed the Surviving Assault (Yoga Essentials as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma) course with Diana Tokaji, and participated in numerous Ayurveda immersions. She will always be a student of yoga and is deeply grateful for the continued loving guidance and wisdom of her teachers.
Carol Mermey, E-RYT 500, MPH - Health Planning, and retired IT Project Manager has been teaching Yoga since 2004.
Carol encourages her students to “start where they are, use what they’ve got, and do what they can” while finding the right balance between ease and effort. Her healthy alignment techniques help students develop strength, flexibility, balance, and a sense of well-being and empowerment.
Carol enjoys teaching students of all ages and activity levels in a variety of settings: yoga studios, workplaces, community centers, health-clinic pain management programs, independent and assisted living facilities, and high school athletic programs.
Certifications include: ParaYoga Nidra certified instructor; Yoga for Osteoporosis (Loren Fishman); Yoga for Healthy Aging (Baxter Bell); and Brain Longevity Specialist (Alzheimer Research and Prevention Foundation). Carol has completed the iRest Yoga Nidra Level II training and is a graduate of the Duke/Kripalu Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Program. Carol trained in Anusara Yoga, and studies with Rod Stryker (ParaYoga). She is currently participating in an evidence-based study using yoga to improve core strength and balance to reduce falls in rural older adults.
Deborah has been practicing yoga since the early 1990's and teaching yoga since 2002. She completed the Body Balance Yoga Therapy Program and has received her 200 hour and 500 hour certification in an Anusara® Yoga program. She is also certified in Dr. Loren Fishman's method of Yoga for Osteoporosis. She brings her experience as an Adult Nurse Practitioner into her classes as well to create a safe therapeutic class environment to promote health and overall well being. She completed the teacher training program and the advanced teacher training program at Willow Street Yoga Center in the Anusara Tradition. Deborah has studied ParaYoga extensively with Rod Stryker. She also runs a yoga program at Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, MD and is the owner of Bluberry Gardens Healing Center in Ashton, MD.
Diana found yoga in 2001 as a way to balance marathon running and soon discovered the impact of yoga beyond the mat. She has been teaching since 2016. She believes yoga is accessible for all and welcomes students of all abilities to her classes. She is especially inspired by her work with the blind and visually impaired community. Through this work, she has learned it is easy to get caught up in the visual world and lose sight of our inner wisdom. Diana encourages all students to explore yoga, beyond asana and use their inner wisdom as their guide. You will find her classes blend alignment in asana with breathing to building stronger bodies with personal agency.
Galen (e-RYT 200) believes in the transformative power of yoga to help us learn who we are, and relate to the world with positivity and gratitude for the gift of being alive. A graduate of Willow Street Yoga Center's teacher training program, Galen focuses on the connection of mind and body through the breath, teaching with clarity, attention to sound alignment, and a sense of humor. His intention is to help each person find the practice that best serves them, here and now.
James is passionate about the alternative healing arts. He has
been studying personal development for more than 16 years and his
practise and teaching combines elements of Yoga Asana, Yoga
Therapy, Pranayama, Meditation, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Cranial
Sacral Therapy and Shamanics. These diverse practices; although
different, have many parallels in their underlying basis of unity,
integration and wholeness.
His approach to yoga is based on the work of Vanda Scaravelli, an Italian who studied with J Krishnamurti, BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar. The approach is based on awakening the spine through an intelligent practice, which focuses on the natural forces of the breath, gravity and release.
James is an E-RYT 500. He has taught classes, retreats and workshops in 9 countries and his classes are suitable for all levels, beginner to advanced. His teaching is simple and straightforward, instructions are clear and the healing and energetic benefits are perceived quickly and easily.
Email James at email@example.com or visit his website, www.jamesfoulkes.com.
Joe Miller, E-RYT500, draws upon his 20 years of yogic exploration and study of anatomy to recognize and celebrate our endless potential to align with the intelligence of the body. With humor and lots of individualized attention, Joe uses his deep understanding of Hatha Yoga, Tantric Philosophy, and Ayurveda to give students practical tools to experience fully this gift of life. Joe co-leads Willow Street's Teacher Training program, and continues to deepen his own practice by studying with his principal teachers and his amazing family.
What began as a way to heal a running injury, became an
important (and essential) part of Lisa's life. Always in a hurry to
get somewhere or do something, she found that yoga allowed her to
slow down, breathe deeply, and move more easily throughout the
Lisa's classes include an emphasis on good alignment and breath work, and on assisting students in developing their own yoga practices. Lisa believes that yoga is accessible for everyone and loves to introduce new students to the practice.
She is thankful to have had the opportunity to study with wonderful teachers such as Lucy Lomax, Tara Lemerise, Kathy Donnelly, and many, many more. Lisa, RYT-500, received her training at the Yoga Center of Columbia and has also studied at Duke University's Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training.
Janice Levitt, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, EML, CHHC, is passionate about helping people to feel vibrant and radiant through whole foods nutrition, a clean lifestyle, and radical self-care. She offers transformational individual coaching, group coaching, and four seasonal cleanses. She loves supporting people to listen to and honor their body's messages, find balance amdist stress, increase energy, lose weight, improve digestion, cook delicious food, or manage chronic illness through making gradual nutrition and lifestyle changes. She specializes in supporting women over 40 to take charge of their health and embrace their vitality as their bodies are changing.
Janice lives in Takoma Park, MD with her husband Dan and their organic garden. Her favorite room in the house is the kitchen!
All of Johanna's yoga and energy healing work touches on the physical, vibrational and emotional aspects of yourself. All sessions with Johanna are a way to come home to yourself.
For more information visit www.lunaserenity.com or connect with Johanna on Instagram @lunaserenityyoga
Laura has been practicing yoga for over 12 years, and she enjoys the focus on body, mind, and breath found on the mat. Her favorite classes link strong, flowing postures with breath and time for sweet relaxation.
Lisa Lauxman is a graduate of the Willow Street 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. Lisa stumbled on a six-week special Beginner’s Yoga at Willow Street Yoga as she was seeking something to help with balance and flexibility. Lisa found so much more, a community, where following the breath and aligning the body create balance in one’s life. Lisa hopes to provide such balance for others through her classes and have fun.
Lori Wilen is life-long educator and learner, yoga lover, and mama. She is a RYT-200 yoga teacher who graduated from Willow Street and also completed a ChildLight yoga program to teach children. She began her yoga journey in an Iyengar practice about 25 years ago and became more interested in meditation almost 15 years ago. Lori is an experienced educator and facilitator. She was an elementary classroom teacher for ten years and has worked with teachers, administrators and others in education settings since. Lori aims to bring love, joy and peace into her yoga practice for herself and with others. She strives to build a warm community in her teaching and focuses on alignment, breath, and attention to the mind and spirit. Lori is also passionate about taking yoga off the mat and enjoys exploring the idea of yogic parenting with her own two little ones and with other parents.
Marvin is a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor (RKC) and is
a National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified
Professional Trainer (CPT). In 2006 Marvin achieved the RKC Level-1
and the following year in 2007 achieved the Level-2 certification
from Pavel Tsatsouline, (pioneer and founder of the RKC, Russian
Kettlebell Challenge). Marvin is the owner and Chief Instructor of
the Bowie Kettlebell Club (BKC) in Bowie, MD. He has been in the
fitness arena for many years achieving high ranking in various
martial arts and offers a course in Self Protection Training as
part of his curriculum at the BKC. Marvin has introduced
yoga students - martial artist - runners - strength enthusiast - weekend warriors - and people just looking to get a little more functional body movement out of everyday life.
His unique approach to Kettlebell exercises, proper breathing, and joint mobility has helped many students better understand how Kettlebells can be used to improve yoga strength, running and walking endurance, all purpose flexibility, and proprioception awareness in everyday events.
Marvin has been seen introducing Kettlebells on the “Absolute Body Power Series” aired on Montgomery Co. cable TV. Kettlebells have been here in the US for a little over a decade and the correct usage of the Kettlebells is still hard to come by. The magic is in the detail. That's all we do!
Philip Bender (YACEP, E-RYT 500) creates yoga and meditation
classes to facilitate greater joy, confidence and connection in the
lives of beginners and experienced practitioners alike. His clear
style, dry humor and occasional irreverence allow him to share
traditional teachings in an accessible way that inspires students
to deepen their own relationship with what lies within.
An initiate of the Himalayan tradition, Philip Bender currently follows the embodied path of Dharma Ocean. He leads workshops and retreats as well as weekly hatha yoga and meditation classes at Willow Street Yoga, the Freer Gallery of Art, and Anne Arundel Community College where he offers teacher training through Yoga4Life. Philip's asana practice is inspired primarily by Viniyoga and ParaYoga, but he draws from many sources including Buteyko breathing, his degree in philosophy, experience as a performing artist, eleven years as a dad, and long-term personal practice to impart the profound yet practical wisdom of moving inward.
Terri Shuck is a graduate of the Willow Street 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and a certified Let Your Yoga Dance instructor sponsored by the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Terri began practicing yoga 14 years ago and it changed her life by providing a path for self-care, centering, and well-being in the context of a fast-paced career in Washington, DC. Now she is dedicated to sharing the life-enhancing experience of yoga as a student-centered practice that is accessible to people of all ages. Her Let Your Yoga Dance classes are designed to enliven our bodies, brains, hearts, and souls with the joy of music, movement, and community.
Tricia is a graduate of Willow Street and Body Balance Yoga teacher training programs (RYT 500), and is a certified Yogahour teacher and certified Body Balance Yoga Therapist. Her classes focus on dissolving tension in the body, creating optimal alignment, and connecting with the breath. She clearly articulates alignment instructions based on her knowledge of anatomy and exploration in her own practice. Tricia is so grateful to share the healing power of yoga with her students so they feel more balanced and vibrant in their bodies, minds, and hearts.
Leslie Howard is an Oakland-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and has written a book about the female pelvis, Pelvic Liberation. She is a regular presenter for the Yoga Journal conferences and a regular contributor to Yoga Journal magazine.
Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3500 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers, notably Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden. She considers Ramanand Patel her most important influence and mentor. She has designed two very successful studies for UCSF on yoga to alleviate incontinence and pelvic pain. To learn more about Leslie, visit www.lesliehowardyoga.com.