Deniese Murphy joined NOVA Kids in Motion after working with 5-8 year old children, teaching Zumba Kids and Yoga classes. The practice of yoga helped her value the importance of each moment and appreciate nature and all it has to offer. She currently teaches Dance, Yoga and Run Club for kids and loves every minute of it! She is excited to pass on her love for fitness to her students. She is is a personal trainer and she graduated fro the French Culinary Institute for Pastry Arts in 2009, she creates healthier pastry alternatives for all dietary needs. After attaining experience in 5 star hotels, high end restaurants and small businesses, she decided to expand her goals to include fitness, coaching, and nutrition to be well-rounded role model for others.
Devon began taking yoga classes in high school and fell in love with the sense of calm and deep connection to her body that it brought to her. She had always been an athlete and loved the soft, mindful awareness yoga brought to her body and her life. She continued taking classes in college and received her RYT-200 in Hatha and Vinyasa as an intensive from School Yoga Institute in Fort Collins, CO. She has since become a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and is currently studying for a Masters degree in Integrative Nutrition from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in Laurel, MD. She is so grateful to have found a deep mind-body connection and a sense of joyful embodied bliss through yoga and loves to share that with her students.
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.
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 a passionate person who has been practicing yoga for the past 4 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 10 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 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 and dance fitness with a dynamic, energetic, compassionate, humorous, and fun approach.
Margo Pryzby has been teaching yoga to adults and kids in gyms, yoga studios, ice rinks and schools for over 7 years. She received her 200 hour RYT training at Beloved Yoga in Reston, and continues her yoga education through workshops and specialty training whenever she can. Most recently, she spent a week at Sträla Yoga in New York, learning natural movement techniques from Tara Stiles and Michael Taylor. Margo’s yoga style is informed by her experience as an ice skater and her love of all forms of dance. In addition to yoga, Margo has also taught ice skating to students of all ages, from toddlers to seniors, specializing in putting anxious and fearful skaters at ease, allowing them to build confidence at their own pace. She also teaches yoga to figure skaters.
Before yoga found her, Margo had been a congressional staffer, a logistics analyst, a Montessori school teacher, and a paralegal advocate. After taking off about 20 years from full-time employment to raise and homeschool her kids (now 17 and 21), she has returned to school to get a master’s degree in health promotion. In her future private practice, Margo plans to provide health and wellness coaching for individuals, yoga classes for small groups, and wellness program planning for organizations.
Natalie is thrilled to share her love of dance and yoga through Kids in Motion! She’s been acting, singing and dancing since she was a child growing up in Los Angeles, California. She moved to Virginia and was an FCPS student herself, so giving back to the community that shaped her is a delight. After graduating with a BFA in Theatre Performance and VCU, she is exploring how to connect her many passions. She is a yoga teacher, performer, and wellness promoter. She is dedicated to sharing the benefits of movement and play with people of all ages. Group exercise is her favorite way to work out because we are motivated by our community and get to share in the joy of dance and yoga together!
My name is Shaena Polly. I am a mother of a VCU college student, wife to an electrician, and an early childhood educator. I have been working with children in one capacity or another for the past 18 years. I started working with children when my daughter was an infant, as a nanny for a family with 4 children. I then moved into the world of home care being an assistant to the main caregiver. In 2000 I began working with a reputable and well known early learning academy in VA, and worked my way up from substitute teacher to eventually the director of my own center for 8 years. I have been dedicated to making sure the children in my care are understood, educated with appropriate developmental practices, diligently cared for, and whole heartedly loved while in our facility. In 2010, through personal interests of mine, I was introduced to the world of children’s yoga and felt I had found something that had been missing from all of my early childhood trainings. Children’s yoga offers the children a way to deal with the stresses that are in their everyday lives. It offers a reminder to care for and exercise their bodies in a fun and enjoyable manner, all while connecting with others to help reinforce the ideology of a community working together for a better way. Children’s yoga introduces the thoughts of meditation and mindfulness in the stages of life when we are still able and willing to learn and absorb healthy habits for the future. In summer of 2013 I earned my ChildLight Children’s Yoga certification, and stepped down to an assistant director position and activities manager at one of our private school locations. This past summer I decided to dedicate all of my time to my children’s yoga practice, and traveled to many summer camps with my own company to share yoga play workshops with children from 3 months to 13 years old. Summer of 2014 I attended the ChildLight Infant and Toddler trainings and will be completing my certification February. I am excited to be teaming up with Kids in Motion to offer fun, entertaining, and developmentally appropriate children’s yoga classes for your children!
Tracy has been enjoying yoga for over 13 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. 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 are now in college. Tracy is more than ready to jump into the after- school yoga teaching world!
Victoria has her bachelors and masters degrees from Virginia Tech in the college of Architecture. She has designed many communities along the east coast. Her study of land and community combined with her passion for nutrition and wellness give her a unique perspective to teaching yoga. She earned her 200 hour yoga instructor certification. She plays many instruments and is a professional artist. Victoria likes to combine both of these languages into her yoga lessons which makes for fun and expressive classes designed specifically for children.