Lynne Maloney, Owner
Lynne has been a fitness professional for twelve years and has been an avid "fitness fan" since high school. She's been a certified Jazzercise instructor since 2005 and an ACE certified personal trainer since 2012 who likes to make exercise fun, whether working with clients one on one or in small groups. She is also a Functional Fitness Specialist as well as a Senior Strength & Conditioning Specialist. The satisfaction of helping people reach and maintain their fitness goals is her greatest reward. Lynne spent over 20 years in the newspaper industry, the last 17 of them at The Washington Post. While she loved her career, she had a nagging dream to create a welcoming fitness studio where people look forward to going to nourish their body, mind and spirit and find a sense of community . . . Breathe Body and Mind was born in July 2016. Lynne teaches Tone/Balance/Stretch and Strength and Sculpt.
Ingrid found yoga in 2014 in Virginia Beach while searching for a solution for intense lower back pain. Finding relief and relaxation, she embarked on a journey that took her from suffering to strength. Eager to deepen her practice, Ingrid completed teacher training in 2017 and has been teaching ever since. She strives to share a practice of healthy, mindful movement, focused on alignment and building up key muscles in the body. Ingrid teaches Early Bird Vinyasa Flow.
Aneta was first introduced to yoga in 2005. Seeing almost immediate results for her overall health, she knew there was no going back. Her passion for yoga grew and soon turned into a lifestyle. Inspired by knowledge beyond the physical aspect of yoga, Aneta became a student of yogic philosophy and graduated from a 500-hour Yoga Alliance Certified - Advanced Studies and Teaching training program through Yoga Pura in Phoenix, Arizona in 2009. During her vinyasa classes, Aneta ties lyengar precision to energetic flow. From interesting sequences to uplifting music, Aneta's classes are designed to push physical boundaries while cultivating a calm and centered mind. She's also been certified by Melissa Christensen to teach yin style yoga. Since 2009 Aneta has been teaching a variety of classes, ranging from yin, basic alignment-based classes for beginners, through more advanced vinyasa and power yoga styles. Aneta is passionate about living a healthy and well-balanced life, and incorporates various yogic practices and philosophy into her daily life, encouraging students to incorporate these ideals both on and off the mat. Aneta teaches Slow Flow Vinyasa and Gentle Flow. Download information about joining Aneta on her yoga retreat in France.
Marion loves to inspire fitness everywhere! She was a lead cyclist on the University of California Berkeley Women's cycling team. In her home town of San Diego, she taught spin aerobics in exclusive spin studios and gyms, and later to military personnel at the Naval Base, Millington, TN while earning her MBA at the University of Memphis. An avid swimmer and prior master's coach, Marion competed in swim events in Japan. She has competed in charitable stair climbs raising thousands of dollars. Marion built a career in financial marketing and enjoys marketing consulting when she can. She is dedicated to her family and enjoys instructing barre and yoga. Marion is certified by Metropolitan School of the Arts and Yogafit (RYT200). She strives to maintain a high level of fitness and nutritional health while inspiring others to do so as well! Here at Breathe, Marion teaches Slow Flow Vinyasa, Pre-Natal Yoga and Core Barre.
Molly fell in love with her first yoga savasana in 1999. Thirteen months of first-time motherhood had left her in "clamshell" pose (no such thing) and, through yoga, she learned how to breathe deeply, open her chest and correct her posture, and begin the journey of self-awareness in hopes of ultimately living a better human life. The vocal minority in her home, populated by two male dogs, three sons and a husband, Molly incorporates a go-getter attitude, laughter and empathy into everything she does. As a yoga instructor, she endeavors to make every class she teaches unique, fun, relaxing and memorable. Molly's interests are alignment, creative flows and reminding practitioners to give themselves permission to fully enjoy their time on the mat. Molly teaches Restorative, Power Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Basic Yoga, Core Explore and Yoga Stretch. Molly also likes to row, run, eat, write and sleep. Following nearly 15 years of yoga experience, Molly earned her RYT-200 certification in 2014 from Radiant Child Yoga of Ashburn, VA.
Amy's yoga journey started in 2002. Her love of yoga inspired her to gain a deeper understanding of this life-changing practice. She feels honored and blessed to share her passion for yoga in a safe and loving way, encouraging self-examination and relaxation while promoting flexibility of the body and mind. She firmly believes yoga is a wonderful way of teaching people how to gain a fresh perspective by helping them step away from the rigors and distractions of everyday life to rejuvenate both body and mind. Amy completed her Teacher Training in June 2016 and her 200-hour RYT in 2017. Amy teaches Hatha Yoga.
In 1999 Janet attended her first yoga class after hearing about its benefits in relaxation. By the second time through the door she was hooked and has been practicing ever since. Not only has it brought her relaxation but so much more balance, strength, flexibility and focus. Janet began her yoga journey in the Iyengar style, with a primary focus on alignment. Today she not only teaches in the Vinyasa style, linking movement to the breath, but also in restorative and hatha yoga. Fusing styles in her classes leads to a well-rounded practice. Her goal in every class is for you to leave feeling better than when you walked in the door. Janet is yogafit RYT-200 certified, 2011. She teaches Gentle Flow and Yoga Stretch.
Jenn is a long-time runner and fitness enthusiast whose favorite workouts include those that focus on sculpting and tightening the whole body using minimal equipment. She's a two-time marathoner (Boston Marathon 2016 finisher), Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness and Nutrition Specialist (certified in 2016) and a Master Trainer for Moms Into Fitness with Lindsay Brin. Jenn received her AFAA Group Fitness Instructor certification in 2015, CIZE certification in 2015, PiYo certification in 2016, and became an American Barre Technique Advanced Barre Instructor in 2016. In January of 2018 Jenn became a Certified Personal Trainer via the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). A former communication professor and mother of two daughters, Jenn believes harnessing a strong connection between the mind and body while training is the most effective way to strengthen the entire form. Her goal is for students to feel they received an effective full-body workout, while having fun, and to leave class feeling strong, confident and fulfilled. Jenn teaches Barre Body Workout.
Petya has been in the Health & Wellness field since 2004, practicing meditation for over 10 years. Her passion for teaching meditation began after going through a rough path in her personal life. By focusing on helping people improve emotionally, Petya realized her own life was getting back on the right track. Her positive energy and calm thoughts were in the center of it. Petya is a certified Reiki Master and in training for Master Health & Wellness Coach. She teaches meditation, chakra balancing and crystal healing. She is versed in Essential Oils and aromatherapy, blogger and founder of Mindful Beauty Advisor. Her motto is “Take time to do what makes your soul happy!” Petya teaches our Guided Meditation classes.
Lana began practicing yoga in 2010 when she suffered from debilitating back pain She found relief in yoga when painkillers, muscle relaxants and chiropractic treatments were ineffective. Lana wants to share the same sense of joy, inner peace and physical well-being she enjoys from her yoga practice with her students. Lana teaches Hatha Yoga, and Yin Yoga.
Shannon grew up an Air Force brat, living throughout the US. She was a high school swimmer and set a new record in college. After college Shannon married and worked full time in the apartment industry. After her second child was born she decided she needed a better work/life balance and needed to incorporate fitness back into the mix. In the fall of 2013 she took a Piloxing class at the gym with a friend and became hooked on the fusion of boxing moves, the Pilates-inspired core work and the fun of dance. After a few months of taking the classes she became a certified instructor. In the fall of 2014 Shannon became certified in the newest complimentary format, Piloxing Barre, which fuses ballet-inspired Pilates moves with a cardio boxing push to achieve a better body balance. She loves the feeling of power and strength combined with the balance and fun in teaching and taking Piloxing Barre. Shannon recently became Peak Pilates Certified Currently, Shannon is teaching Basic Pilates, Mixed Level Pilates and Open Barre Workout.
Sabrina is a midwest girl from Cleveland, OH and has been into all types of fitness since the early 90's. After being introduced to Pilates by her mom, Sabrina was hooked and started working to become an instructor. Sabrina is Peak Pilates Comprehensive Level 1 Certified and Core Barre certified. In the fall, she will have finished her Peak Pilates Comprehensive Level 2 certification. Sabrina is also working on completing a special certification in Osteoporosis. She has studied under many master instructors, such as Keven Bowen, Zoey Trap, Connie Borho, and several others, and still works with a master instructor weekly to continue learning and growing in her Pilates practice. It's not just a form of exercise for Sabrina, it's a way of life and she teaches her clients how Pilates can help with recovery from injuries and/or prevent these injuries from occurring later in life. Sabrina teaches Barre/Pilates Combo and Mixed Level Pilates.
Maggie is an eccentric soul that is easily amused, fast-paced and enthusiastic. She was born and raised in Falls Church City and can't imagine calling another place home. She was a Pointe Ballerina in High School and is proud of being a 2004 Soccer State Champion for George Mason High School. Yoga appeals to Maggie for many reasons, but one of the most fascinating factors is the introspective nature of yoga, and the joy found in the challenges a yoga practice inevitably presents. Maggie began her Yoga training at the local community center at the age of 16. Immediately, she was hooked! She moved on to Hatha & Vinyasa Flow classes, among various other forms, but her true passion remains with her roots: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, and Yin/Restorative Yoga. In January 2016, Maggie completed her 200-RYT training course at Blue Nectar Yoga. As an instructor, Maggie's goal is to help students grasp correct pose alignment, while ensuring they always have fun and feel success at the end of each class. Maggie teaches Vinyasa and Power Vinyasa classes.
Elizabeth has taken training in foundational Yoga techniques, Viniyoga and Yoga for trauma victims. Her personal practice and teaching focus is on using Yoga to encourage healing, developing equanimity and enhancing longevity. Elizabeth lives in Burke with her husband Chris and their three Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. Elizabeth teaches Early Bird Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga.
Kirstie has over 7 years of Personal Training and Group Instructor experience at 2 major local area gyms. In this role, she has worked with individuals to create a personalized and balanced training approach incorporating core strength, functional, and corrective exercises with an emphasis on functional nutrition. Kirstie has successfully worked with all ages and abilities (from 3 to 93 years old). She specializes in functional fitness training,TRX and Kettlebell workouts. Kirstie is teaching our Functional Strength/Core class.
Binita Sharma Kohli
Binita began her yoga journey in 2010 when she stumbled upon a yoga class at her work gym in Richmond, VA. She started taking yoga on a routine basis just for the physical benefits; however, gradually she started to feel a spiritual connection with her practice. Yoga slowly became a daily part of Binita's life and today is a passion she enjoys sharing with others. She completed her RYT-200 hours of training through Yoga District and is trained in multiple lineages of Yoga to include Vinyasa, Asthanga, Dharma, Power, and Hatha and has countless hours of experience through her own daily practice. Binita feels Yoga can do wonders for a person if practiced with full dedication, focus, and commitment. For her, yoga is not something you do, it is something you feel. Her motto in life is balance and she is thankful that Yoga helped her find that balance mentally, physically, and spiritually and hopes to help others find the same. Binita is teaching Slow Flow Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow.
Christie has been practicing yoga for over 6 years and has taught as a certified 200hr Yoga Instructor5 to students of different skill levels and ages for over 4 years. She has experience in different movements from parkour (a combination of movements to get from A to B) to dance to martial arts. Christie is co-leader of DC Area Women's Parkour and will complete her ADAPT Parkour Certification by the end of the summer 2018. In her classes, expect constant movement with the focus of connecting the movement with the breath. She is always encouraging her students to go a little further than they think they are capable and believes that with an open mind, they can accomplish anything. Christie teaches Vinyasa.
Having fallen in love with the lyrical, liberating, and empowering Prana Flow Yoga style through practicing under Rob Hess, with whom she mentored through Flow Yoga Center DC, Francie went on to complete 270 hours of training with Shiva Rea and the Samudra School of Global Learning. Additionally, she has worked with wounded soldiers and teaches Mommy and Baby Yoga classes. Francie has a twenty-two year professional background in Middle-Eastern Dance, and is a visual artist. She has lived in five states, in Ireland and in Germany. She has an academic background in German: Literature, Philosophy and Language, and Fine Art: Painting and Drawing. Her dog and Mother Nature are her ultimate gurus. At Breathe, Francie teaches Hatha Yoga.
Athena began her fitness journey in 2002. She completed her group fitness certification in 2010 and in 2013 completed 200 hr yoga training. Athena is also certified in Spinning, Mat Pilates, and Jazzercise. Athena's goal is for students to have fun, being energized and challenged while still loving every minute of the journey. Athena teaches Total Body Conditioning and Vinyasa Flow.
Annie Sue Welsh
Annie began her yoga journey in 2008. That same year, she graduated from the University of Tennessee and became a teacher of Elementary School General Music. Annie has combined her passions for teaching and yoga by participating in the Teacher Training Program at Sun and Moon Yoga. Annie hopes to bring wonder and whimsy to the practices of her yoga students, young and old alike! She will be teaching our Kids Yoga classes.