Emma’s intention is to create a cheerful and safe atmosphere, where she can share her love, passion and knowledge of yoga, martial arts and dance. Emma’s classes are sweaty, challenging and accessible, intelligently blending a vinyasa flowing class with clear verbal and visual execution of the body’s foundation and healthy alignment; always leaving time to spoil the body with yummy stretches, and a deep delicious savasana. Her positive energy encourages her students to cultivate a practice that is personal and nourishing while exploring their edge, and her laid-back vibe allows one listen to their inner-teacher learning to accept from a place of gratitude. She believes the body has profound inner intelligence that we access during yoga practice to bring us self-awareness and comprehension that ultimately reveals our true core…pure love. Follow Emma on Instagram @emmakoepicko
Amie first began practicing yoga in high school with her mother. Although she practiced on and off for the next few years, her fierce passion and commitment truly blossomed in college. As she immersed herself in her practice and the surrounding yoga community, she was drawn to exploring breath, body, and mind connections both internally and with the support of her fellow yogis. Amie completed a 200hr RYT training program in 2013 from Yoga Flow in Pittsburgh (Here We Go Steelers!) She spent the next several years teaching and practicing at Yoga Flow until 2017 when she decided to take a leap and move to DC. Amie creates playful, creative, vinyasa style classes with intentions of offering opportunities for her students to grow, explore, let go, and practice self-care. As a hands on instructor, she provides extra good feels and guidance on alignment, all while trying to take you just a little deeper. If you'd like to connect further with Amie make sure to check her out on Instagram @amiedoesyoga
Alexandria Hall, 200-hour RYT, is an inspirational Yoga Teacher who received her training at Flow Yoga Center. She took her first Yoga class as an elective in college and found it to be very grounding. She is at heart somewhat of a gypsy, flowing through lots of change. Yoga helped her find grounding and peace throughout her journey. After years of practicing and working in Miami, NYC and Boston in the corporate world, she left everything to follow her passion of teaching yoga in hopes to inspire her students to live courageously. With each practice, Alexandria wants her students to feel calm and grounded, to give them a practice that creates space for them to heal within, and to connect to their divine self. She uses her voice in hopes of soothing some souls through centering, allowing each student to begin practice more present then when first entering. She stays true to her Vinyasa roots by creating sequences with soulful sounds that range from Otis Redding to Krishna Das, allowing each student to find a moment of peace and clarity. She encourages her students to flow at their own pace reminding them that this time is for them.
Jess began practicing yoga in 2008 and has been teaching since summer 2011. Yoga became a healing tool for Jess through different life hardships. Her teaching and practicing began with a rigorous power flow and has since shifted to a slower, more thoughtful and intentional practice. In each class, she hopes to bring the same purpose and intention to her students. By moving slowly and with awareness, the practitioner is able to discover much more within the bodymind. If you'd like to see what other classes and workshops Jess is teaching, visit her Instagram account: moondancer11
Arthur was introduced to yoga about five years ago by his roommate. Initially, he committed to a regular practice as a way to alleviate the back pain he experienced from sitting at a desk all day, but he soon discovered the joys of yoga extended well beyond just physical relief. Arthur's goal is simple. He hopes that students leave his class feeling good about themselves. Whether that be because they connected with the playlist, enjoyed a particularly nice assist, or got further into a pose than they've ever been, that is what he's looking for. Arthur enjoys working on arm balances and inversions. He loves when he can help his students achieve breakthroughs in their practice. Arthur started off his early yoga career as a karma yoga at Epic and continues to volunteer to this day!
Gretta's journey began in 2013 when still in college, she started experiencing her first bouts of generalized anxiety. She likes to think of her practice as a harmonized blend of fierceness and grace, and hopes to share with her students that special mixture of effort and ease that makes yoga so invigorating yet grounding. She is a graduate of our Epic Yoga DC 200hr YTT and hails from Cote d’Ivoire. Gretta speaks French and Spanish in addition to English.
Yoga is more than an activity or hobby that I fell into somewhere along the way and practice every once in a while. Yoga has literally changed the way I live, facilitating a happier and more productive life. For years I suffered from a herniated disc and debilitating sciatica. Forget vigorous exercise – I had trouble even walking short distances. Traditional medicine and therapy had little effect, and I was resigned to the idea that I would just have to deal with the chronic pain and discomfort. After discovering yoga, I felt better, I lost 60 pounds and I realized the power of yoga when it’s fully incorporated into my daily routine. I am passionate about sharing yoga with my students in a safe yet challenging environment.
Chris discovered yoga and barre after a four year battle to lose nearly 100 pounds had left him physically broken and plagued by persistent injuries. In a moment of quiet desperation, he sheepishly claimed a spot in the back of his first yoga class in 2008. A few sweaty classes later, Chris began to realize that his enthusiasm for exercise, although well-intentioned, had actually been causing most of his injuries through a misunderstanding of proper alignment. He soon thereafter discovered barre classes (with a slightly less timid entrance into the back row of class) and has loved both ever since. Chris decided to become an instructor in 2011 and earned his 200-hr yoga certificate. He continued his education by obtaining a 50-hr certification from master teacher David Kyle in the "Rocket," an intensive Ashtanga-based series. Chris began teaching barre in 2014 after learning that strength isn't measured by the numbers on the weights you lift, but rather controlling your own body with grace, poise, and precision. Chris's encourages students to keep a strong focus on steady breathing and body alignment basics, allowing for a safe exploration into more advanced sequences, all while cultivating a positive attitude and refining the mind-body connection.
I love yoga for its ability to teach us about our minds & bodies and the role we play in the world around us. In addition to being a yoga teacher, I am a holistic health coach. I believe that food and movement are powerful tools of self-care that can help us live more mindfully so we can be who we want to be. I hope to show you new ways to live, move, eat and think so you can find what feels good and natural to you. I got my yoga teacher certification through Mimi Rieger's Power of Teaching program. I teach Vinyasa Flow style classes with fun music and creative sequences to keep things interesting. I love strong core work to stabilize all our asanas and lots of stretches to keep the body feeling fluid and light. To learn more about me, you can check out my website mariahmcpherson.com :)
Jenna is a recent transplant to DC after many years of adventures in Las Vegas. Before discovering yoga, she held three professional dance contracts by the time she graduated college. When an injury interrupted her dance career, she picked up and moved to Vegas. After battling anxiety and depression from years of living in the relentless, fast-paced casino and nightlife worlds, she decided something needed to change and discovered her mental health improved the more regularly she attended yoga. Now an outspoken mental health advocate, she believes yoga is an excellent therapeutic outlet. By leading classes that are fun, upbeat, and power-driven, she aspires to help people receive a well-deserved break from the daily stresses of life, while getting a great workout and boosting their endorphins. She is certified in Trauma Yoga and passionately believes yoga is an empowering activity for everyone. In Vegas, she led 19 weekly classes at various studios, resorts, and gyms, and is thrilled to start her DC journey here at Epic! Connect with Jenna on her Instagram: @jennabrynn
Sarah began practicing yoga when chronic back pain led her to search for pain relief through increased strength and flexibility. Over the course of her twelve year practice she has become increasingly interested in asana, pranayama and meditation as tools for achieving a more balanced and graceful life and believes yoga is one of the best methods for dealing with the stress and demands of everyday life. Sarah strives to provide a space for learning, growth and experimentation and to convey how yogic principals learned on the mat can be incorporated into daily life. She hopes to demonstrate how finding the humor and grace in challenging poses can lead to increased awareness and poise in everyday life. Sarah is a certified RYT-200 through ISHTA training at Thrive Yoga in Rockville, Maryland.
During her journey as a dancer of 15 years, Nicky found yoga as an integral part of her movement journey after suffering from a weightlifting injury in 2014. Her curiosities to extend beyond yoga asana and explore movement meditation as not only a healing modality, but also an artistic release, have driven her explorations to incorporate her movement practices as an offering to yoga and fitness studios in the DC area.
Shannon was introduced to yoga by her mom as a teenager and later deepened her practice alongside her friends at Virginia Tech. After graduating from college in 2017, Shannon received her 200 RYT from Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico. Shannon creates sweet, introspective, and accessible Vinyasa-style flows filled with heat-building sequences, pranayama, long savasanas, and lovingly-built playlists. She believes that yoga is the best way to heal, grow, and push oneself both physically and emotionally.
As a teacher, Shannon holds a relaxed and nurturing space where yogis can connect deeply to body, mind, and heart. In her classes, expect good vibes, deep stretches, and self-love!
Natalie is an outgoing and encouraging teacher whose classes are fun, creative and energizing. She believes in welcoming and including students of all abilities and levels, and offering intelligent and challenging sequencing in order to motivate, strengthen and inspire everyone who comes to the mat. She’s a kind and intuitive individual and a life-long learner. She believes in being present, patient and authentic in order to hold space for her students in a safe and caring environment that promotes spiritual connection, physical activation, inner work, growth, expansion and openness. She considers yoga to be a tool for transformation that builds strength, resilience, trust, balance, peace, harmony and healing within individuals and communities.
Melanie is a graduate of Epic Yoga's first 200 hour yoga teacher training. She started her yoga journey in 2012 with Bikram yoga as a way to manage stress and anxiety, while focusing mainly on the physical aspects of the practice. This style of yoga provided a strong foundation for alignment and body awareness that has served her since starting a more traditional vinyasa practice. Transitioning to vinyasa-style yoga shifted her practice to include meditative qualities and philosophical principles that can be applied to everyday living in practical ways. Her classes incorporate a blend of sweet warm-ups and cool-downs with a couple of powerful flows, working toward that meditative state during practice while maintaining alignment using self-corrections.
“I really like yoga, whether practicing it or teaching it. When I first heard about yoga as a kid, I couldn’t wait to get to it! Though I took my first yoga class in 2000, I can’t forget what a transformative experience that was. Yoga helps chase away the blues, gets me through running injuries, and gave me the fuel to face life on life’s terms. How could I not love yoga?”
Noëlle has been practicing yoga since 2012, and completed her 200hr RYT with EPIC. She loves the beauty, physicality, and spiritual depth of a good class, and strives to bring all of these elements into her teaching. When you join her on your mat, Noëlle hopes you'll smile, sweat, and find peace. And in any of her classes, you can expect fun, balanced, vinyasa-style flows with upbeat, indie playlists.