Teachers

Sharon Neubauer, E-RYT 500, is a Certified Yoga instructor who has been practicing Yoga for 20 years and teaching for 17 years.  She completed her first Teacher Training Program with Betsey Downing in 1999. She has also completed several Teacher and Therapy Trainings as well as classes and workshops with John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Betsey Downing, Jenny Otto, Christina Sell, Kathleen Hogan, Kate Miller and Suzie Hurley.  She has also studied Iyengar Yoga with Mary Dunn, John Schumacher and Carolyn Bluemle and she has studied meditation with Sally Kempton.

Through the practice of Hatha Yoga, Sharon has addressed inguinal hernias as well as low back pain.  In addition Yoga guided her toward a path of seeking the good and joyful aspects in life and in making choices that connect to her deepest intention to affirm the goodness and inner wisdom within everyone.

She lives in Potomac with her husband, 3 kids and 2 cats.  Sharon did Yoga throughout her three complete pregnancies, and she teaches with warmth, compassion, playfulness and a lively sense of humor.

Scott Moore initially came to yoga as just a form of exercise for a healthy lifestyle.  Discovering the complete benefits of yoga for body, mind, and heart, he completed a Yoga Immersion Program in 2008 and continued on to complete the Willow Street Yoga Center Teacher Training program in 2009.  Scott’s teaching is marked by curiosity and a passion to share the meaning and mechanics behind the art and science of yoga.  Off the mat, Scott’s broad interests include cooking, reading, design, data analysis and fire juggling.

Shanthi Subramanian, E-RYT 500 ,  is trained  in several methods of Yoga. She has began teaching Yoga in 2000. Her primary teachers are John Schumacher and Moses Brown. She has studied with Betsy Downing, Doug Keller, John Friend, Suzie Hurley, Kathleen Hogan as well as other teachers in the area. She did her Teacher and Therapy Training with Kathleen Hogan and Moses Brown. She was introduced to yoga and meditation at a young age in India where she also studied classical Indian dance .

Her method of teaching postural alignment respects and honors each student’s various unique abilities and limitations. She continues to take trainings with renowned teachers here and in India.

Susan Murray Young has been practicing yoga for 12 years, and completed her teacher training (RYT 200) in 2009 at the Yoga Center of Columbia, studying with Kathy Donnelly and Cheryl Catranbone. Susan holds a master’s degree in wellness management, and has a special interest in anatomy and therapeutic yoga. She has attended workshops with Martin Kirk, Douglas Keller and Leslie Kaminoff, and loves to bring therapeutic principles back to her students. Susan brings a light-hearted approach to her classes, believing strongly that it’s fine to take yoga seriously, as long as we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Off the mat, she enjoys cycling, swimming, triathlon, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Nicholas Tomaskovic-DeveyNicholas Tomaskovic-Devey is finishing a Clinical Masters Degree in Acupuncture at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. His study of Taoism, the Meridian System, and Yoga informs his Practice and his understanding of the Body. He completed Yoga Districts’ 200 Hour Teacher Training in January of 2014 in Washington, DC and began practicing Yoga in 2007.

Yoga has provided Nick with the foundational practice of daily ritual, ethical principles for living in a sacred and intentional way, and a doorway into the heart of the present moment.

Expect to find in his classes a sprinkling of gentleness right along side strength training, long held poses, grooving music, self-healing techniques such as acupressure and pranayama, meditation, lightness, ease, and an appreciation for where every person is with their body and their practice.

Melanie Psaltakis

Melanie Psaltakis, E-RYT 200, RYT 500,  began practicing yoga in 2004 solely as a way to complement her activities of running, biking, and strength training. Through early Vinyasa and Kundalini classes, however, she quickly realized  yoga was much more than a physical activity, and she was hooked! By integrating all aspects of the individual – body, mind and heart – she left each class feeling rejuvenated, focused, and at peace.

Melanie began teaching in 2008. In addition to completing YogaFit teacher training, she’s also completed the 108-hour Anusara Yoga Immersion Program with Kate Miller and Moses Brown, and the 100-hour YogaFit Warriors Program. The Warrior Program emphasizes a slow physical yoga practice, combined with breathing exercises and meditation, to activate the body’s natural mechanisms to reset the nerve impulses and unresolved tension held within the body and the brain. This blend of various styles of training and years of teaching allows Melanie to create unique sequences and intensities that align with the principal of practicing with steadiness and ease – both on and off the mat. Her specialties include Vinyasa Yoga, Gentle Yoga, and practices that promote the therapeutic benefits of yoga. She also creates and leads yoga retreats in the U.S. and abroad.

Unknown-6Rachel Scheck began her yoga journey in 1997 while pregnant with her second child.  Over the years she has practiced hatha, anusara, ashtanga, and vinyasa yoga.  She completed her 200 ryt certification at Lighthouse Yoga in DC.  With additional certifications from both Yogafit as well as YoKid, and countless anusara workshops and immersions, Rachel considers her practice and classes to be a yoga fusion. There are benefits from all types of yoga, so it is fun to mix it up.  She  infuses her classes with mindfulness, laughter, and a playful spirit.  By focusing on the breath and alignment, her students gain greater strength, balance, focus and flexibility both on and off the mat.  Rachel believes everyone can do yoga so she enjoys teaching kids, teens, and of course adults.

KirstenKirsten Schrader was introduced to yoga in 2002.  It was a beautiful community of yoga instructors.  My first yoga teacher taught us and moved us through our experience and her own.  This experience helped all of us grow through yoga.  Through the years, I was encouraged to become an instructor and share my passion of yoga and what it has meant to me.  I have often said that my mat is a safe place.  No matter what chaos was occurring within my experience I could find safety on my mat.  I want to bring students together to share the gifts and joy I have received from yoga through that same feeling of safety.  My ultimate training has taught me much about anatomy and how to bring yoga to each individuals needs.  Come join me from fun and relaxation to remember yourself.  I received by RYT200 Certification from Body Balance Yoga July 2014.

GabyGaby Behzadi brings enthusiasm to the mat, with a curiosity to discover small movements that make big impacts. As a practicing AcroYogi, she further explored her fascination with movement by developing a consistent alignment-based yoga practice. Gaby uses her practice as an opportunity to re-map inefficient habits created by ten years peppered with gymnastics, Flamenco, and Middle Eastern dance. In class she shares the knowledge she gained from her nine-month hatha yoga teacher training under Naomi-Gottlieb Miller, and offers a safe space for students to explore and find options to fit their personal needs.

 

Shannon Phelan discovered yoga in 2008, while pregnant with her second child, and began a consistent practice in 2011. Yoga helped her to find truth and peace in her life, and the desire to help others to find their own. In 2016 she began training for her RYT-200HR at Opus Yoga in Gaithersburg, MD, and attended several workshops which helped her to hone her practice. She became certified in 2017 with ChildLight Yoga as a teacher of Yoga and Mindfulness for Children ages 2-12. Shannon enjoys working with children and adults alike, as the joy of our children is in each of us – and yoga can help us find it!