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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether wrangling her dogs around Lake Newport, teaching yoga all over town, coaching ice skaters in Washington, DC, or traveling with her family, Margo finds balance in motion. As a child growing up in Northern Virginia, she played soccer, dabbled in gymnastics and circus skills (unicycle, trapeze, trampoline), spent hours exploring the woods and creeks, and fell in love with ice skating. While unschooling her two (now adult) children, Margo organized several epic family adventures around North America, including a planes, trains and automobiles trek from coast to coast. Along the way, her daughter somehow developed an affinity for all things Disney, which has spread to the rest of the family, making Walt Disney World a frequent destination for the family. Margo recently completed a master’s degree in Health Promotion, and is happy to share her passion for wellness and mindful movement with students of all ages!
Ben is originally from a small town in Southern Vermont and has lived most of his life in New England. Ben’s fitness journey began a couple of years ago when he realized that part of growing spiritually is growing physically. Coming from mostly a “run on the treadmill and lift weights at the gym” background, Ben decided to try something new and stepped into a Hot Yoga studio. He says, “Changing my routine, changed my life!” The owner of Hot Yoga Lake Placid saw Ben’s passion for Hot HIIT and asked him to become certified to teach. Teaching Hot HIIT and Yoga has taught Ben so much about himself and allowed him to be of service to others. Helping people have the correct form, develop stamina and endurance, and break through barriers brings Ben great joy and satisfaction. His mission aligns with the mission of Kids in Motion. Being of service to others through coaching and teaching is a joy for him.