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.
Izzy is a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified yoga teacher. She has found that yoga is the ultimate tool for self regulation, clarity, and wholeness. She believes very strongly in the healing power of yoga and that no one is too young or old to begin practicing. She is very excited to teach all parts of yoga to kids; making a positive impact on their busy lives. Izzy became a yoga teacher to cultivate awareness and facilitate new ways of thinking. When she is not practicing yoga, Izzy is spending time with her roommate’s cats and cooking 🙂
Dante is a passionate, fun-filled, creative, and multi-talented man in the holistic healing arts. His philosophy is that the body has innate wisdom within itself, and the tools and services he provides will change your neuro-somatic body to heal. Dante teaches meditation, yoga, and qi gong classes and performs crystal and Tibetan Sound Concerts. 2016 is when he received his 200-hour Yoga Certification, and 2020 is when he finished his 300 Hour Certification program. Dante has worked with children since 2007 at the YMCA, teaching kids kickboxing to facilitate P.E class for Pinnacle Elementary School. Dante facilitates sound meditation events across the east coast in yoga studios, holistic wellness facilities, festivals, and corporate settings. He has a unique style that combines the use of crystal bowls, Tibetan metal bowls, wooden and metal chimes, and polyphonic throat singing.
My name is Adrianne and what I love about yoga is there is no end, no perfection in your pose. There is where you are, your journey along your path and room to grow and learn. Your practice constantly evolves and in turn, so do you. I completed my 200 hour training and became a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance in January of 2022. Although my YTT instructor path is just beginning, I am not new to teaching. I come from a comprehensive business background with 15+ years experience as a dedicated and diplomatic manager of people. Helping my past employers grow their businesses and connect with their employees was my passion. I am now on a path to incorporate my connections with others in a bit of a different way… to introduce, strengthen, expand and share the practice of yoga with others. Being a mom of two elementary age children, I am SUPER excited to work with kids! There are few settings where teachers learn as much, if not more from their students as there is on the mat. Looking forward to traveling with you and yours!
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.
Fatima Mathews is a certified yoga Instructor, corrective stretch therapist, and herbalist who loves dancing and being very active with her two children Richard and Estina. Fatima has been coaching her children’s basketball and soccer teams for ten years. She began dancing at age 8 going on to start dance troupes in elementary and high school, later on becoming a dance coordinator for the Seton Hall basketball dance team, and communications liaison for the Alvin Ailey dance theatre and Martha Graham. She has practiced and taught dance and yoga for over 15 years and loves its ability to show how perfectly imperfect we are at any facet of our lives. Fatima’s favorite affirmation word is “abundance”- if you live with an abundant mindset you will never worry.
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.
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.