Tracy has been enjoying yoga for over 16 years. She has been teaching yoga to preschool children since 2006, ages 1-5. She completed the 20 hour Budding Yogis course at Circle Yoga in Washington D.C. This opened up new horizons for her to learn to teach yoga to ages 2-12. She also teaches through www.outschool.com, having taught over 500 classes on their platform. Tracy has accumulated a large base of knowledge over the years in adult yoga and has adapted some of this for children to enjoy. She emphasizes fun and has lots of props, toys, books, music and original games that energizes her classes! This past year she added Pilates to her fitness regimen. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and worked in newspaper advertising for 12 years before having her two girls. Both have now completed college. Tracy is more than ready to jump into the after- school yoga teaching world!
Dina El Saharty
Dina discovered her passion for yoga back in 2011 and quickly fell in love with the practice. Born in Cairo, Egypt, she moved to the US when she was 3 years old and grew up in the DMV area. It wasn’t until Dina moved to Montréal for university that she realized yoga was about so much more than just a hobby! From stress and anxiety management, to better sleeping and eating habits, and to cultivating mindfulness, yoga became a priority. She knew she wanted to teach the practice and spread the joy of yoga to others. After receiving my BA in International Development from McGill University, Dina recognized the importance of mental health and building the mind-body connection. She received her 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 and went on to teach other university students who struggled to balance their work and mental health. While pursuing her MA from Georgetown in Mindfulness Studies, Dina realized that mindfulness habits are best acquired from an even younger age. Dina recently joined NOVA Kids in Motion because she wants to help kids develop mindfulness habits to be better equipped at leading a balanced and active lifestyle. Dina considers her yoga mat a space for expression and creativity. While off the mat, Dina works full-time as a yoga studio assistant who leads meditation workshops and yoga trainings. A few guilty pleasures of hers – aromatherapy, astrology, and behavioral psychology books. She cant wait to see your child in class!
As an avid martial artist, I discovered yoga in college and quickly recognized its benefits when combined with my daily routine. In addition to easing muscle tension from my active lifestyle and a clearing my mind, I also felt more optimistic and enthusiastic. My passion for fitness inspired me to start teaching yoga so that others may experience the same benefits for themselves. I was inspired to teach kids yoga when a family member approached me asking if yoga could benefit a cousin. I now teach both children’s and adult yoga. “I have a mod for that,” is a comment I often say to my students. No matter where you are at in your body and abilities, I can help make the pose more accessible. “Absorb what is useful… and add what is uniquely your own” – Bruce Lee. This quote has been an inspiration since I started doing martial arts in college and continues to inspire me in yoga. Yoga is for everyone. I strive to help people feel empowered and confident in themselves so that they can find their own truth in yoga.
Kayla is an athlete who has been practicing yoga for the past five years and enjoys sharing her love of yoga with kids. She has her bachelors and masters degrees from West Virginia University in the college of Media. This university is where she actually developed her love for Yoga. She started taking dance lessons when she was ten years old, and she went on to pursue her love for dance by receiving a minor in dance. With being naturally flexible, she decided to not give up on her talents. She received her 200 hour RYT training in Vinyasa yoga at Thrive Yoga in Rockville, MD, and has high hopes to strengthen her Yoga practice by someday teaching at a resort overseas. She also was a sprinter and hurdler on her middle and high school track and field team, where she won multiple awards and medals for her fast running ability. She currently works full-time as a Communications Officer for the government. When she’s not doing yoga she dedicates her spare time to increasing her flexibility, reading love novels, binge watching a great TV series, spending time with her Golden Retriever, taking videos/photos, traveling/hiking, and hanging out with her friends and family. Kayla teaches kids yoga, dance, and run club with a dynamic, energetic, compassionate, humorous, and fun approach.
Jacklyn is new to the states. She recently moved her from her native county Mexico once her husband gained employment as an engineer here in Northern, VA. In 2015 Jacklyn received her yoga instructor certification and in 2006 she she graduated as a psychotherapist. She has taught children’s yoga for 1st-6th graders for 13 years in Mexico at several local elementary schools. She looks forward to continuing to work with kids with our team of instructors and working with K-5 kids that we serve is her favorite age group. She volunteers with us in addition to raising her 7 year old twin boys and practicing yoga with them.
Brandy first stepped onto her yoga mat to maintain a tangible physical fitness regimen but quickly noticed the positive effects it had on her anxiety and job related stress. Her passion for yoga grew and developed into a life practice on and off her mat. She enrolled in a 200 Hour Kunga Teacher Training program in 2017 and opened Just Breathe Yoga Studio in August 2018, where she offers public & private practices for prenatal, children/teens, athletes, service members, and seniors. In 2020, Brandy completed her 300 Hour Kunga Leadership Teacher Training program certifying her as a RYT500 instructor who studied under E-RYT500 Kristen Cooper-Gulak and E-RYT500 Jessica Biechler. She is currently enrolled in a Brain Longevity therapy training with the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation. Brandy believes the practices of yoga are for every body and every one, with the mottos of take what serves you and leave the rest, and to just breathe. Brandy is grateful that she has the opportunity to learn from past and present yogis, and she hopes to share the tools, teachings, holistic techniques and knowledge that has been gifted to her with the community.
Leila has been teaching yoga and meditation for 5 years. While she has experience with students of all ages, Leila particularly specializes in yoga for children and teens. Prior to embarking on her Yoga teacher journey, Leila left her successful career in the Events/Movie Industry when she realized how effective yoga and meditation were in battling trauma and grief, and overcoming life’s challenges. In 2016, Leila began traveling the world while training to become a certified yoga teacher by YOGA ALLIANCE. She spent one year in the jungles of Bali getting her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification and followed by earning her RCYT certifications in kid’s yoga, teen’s yoga and trauma-informed yoga for kids & teens. Leila currently lives in Washington DC where she teaches private and group sessions. Students describe her as fun, patient and supportive.
Diana has been practicing yoga on and off since college. Originally from NY, she moved to Reston, VA in 2010. She’s passionate about the practice of yoga because it’s so much more than stretching! It’s something she wishes she’d found sooner in life as it’s great for managing stress. She considers herself blessed to be able to share yoga with kids and kids at heart (adults). She earned her RYT-200 hr. certification in May 2018 and teaches yoga at Samskara Yoga Healing in Sterling. She’s a certified wellness coach and helps coach people one-on-one and in the corporate setting, relying on her counseling skills developed as a former attorney and her own weight loss and fitness journey from obesity to health. She gets tremendous amount of joy from watching her students learn and grow. When not wielding essential oils and guiding folks in their meditation and asana practices, she enjoys hiking with her dog Rascal, traveling, curling up with a good book, and playing capoeira.
Kate Abbott has been teaching yoga for 15 years and practicing for over two decades. She believes deeply in the transformative and healing power of yoga and mindfulness. She works with students of all ages. Mother to three boys educated in the FCPS system, she particularly enjoys teaching imaginative practices to elementary age children. She will complete her Master of Science in Yoga Therapy and IAYT Certification in the summer of 2022. Her credentials include:
300 Hour Advanced Vinyasa Teacher Training with Rolf Gates, 2021
Trauma Informed Yoga Certification Part 1, 2020
Yin Yoga Training, 2016
Barkan Method Vinyasa Training, Level One, 2016
200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Beloved Yoga, 2009
Baptiste Power Vinyasa Teacher Training Bootcamp, Level One, 2007
Lucy has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. Her love for yoga began in college at an ashram in Miami, where she was privileged to study with a renowned teacher from India. Her journey continued in Virginia, where she practiced a wide variety of yoga styles. When her children were toddlers, Lucy got certified to teach yoga, and has since taught yoga to toddlers as well as adults through their 80s and beyond. Lucy also taught child care providers how to introduce yoga into their curriculum for toddlers through elementary school age children. In addition to yoga, Lucy teaches Pilates and is a personal trainer. She lives in Centreville with her husband and has two adult children. When not teaching, Lucy loves to swim, do crafts, and work in her garden. Lucy credits yoga with keeping her calm, healthy and centered. She is looking forward to working with elementary school age children and sharing the benefits of yoga with them!
Jennifer, E-RYT200, is a Certified Radiant Child yoga teacher who loves to combine the art of yoga with her Bachelor of Fine Arts background. After a long career designing and selling jewelry, Jennifer takes her artist’s eye and creative temperament into the yoga class room where she teaches classes, camps and workshops to kids of all ages throughout the Northern Virginia area. With hundreds of hours worth of experience with kids in studios, schools and community centers, Jennifer is well-versed and ever innovating to keep her students intrigued and interested as she offers valuable tools and techniques in yoga, breathing, and meditation, so they can better navigate an ever-changing world.
Jessica has been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching since 2007. She has completed over 10,000 hours of real-time teaching experience and has taught a wide variety of yoga disciplines. She also works as an Integrative Yoga Therapist and has lead Yoga Teacher Trainings overseas. Jessica gravitates towards both vigorous and calming practices to create unique yoga classes that emphasize muscle endurance, flexibility, and physical grounding/mental relaxation.
She is honored to assume the role of teacher and take great satisfaction in helping others to discover their true potential: using yoga s the catalyst to facilitate their own journeys of self discovery and improvement.