Teachers

Jill Donnelli-Hu
Bev Ridings
Maggie Grandon
Gina Peacock
Vivi Meder

Amanda Lindquist
Chris Quasebarth
Maria Delalla
Jocelynne Lowans
Bradley Dively

Kate Powell
Gina Bryd
Heather Watkins
Jessica Smith
Carolyn Channell

Kate PowellKate Powell (RYT-200) completed her teacher certification with Yoga Alliance in June of 2013. Her experiences practicing yoga since 2008 and working on local, sustainable farms since 2010 have given Kate a strong belief in a holistic idea of health – one that balances physicality and rest, grounded-ness and adaptability, and involves large amounts of deliciously and lovingly prepared food! She has found that practicing meeting the mental and physical challenges of yoga on her mat with Grace, Strength, and Compassion allows her to meet the challenges of life with those same qualities. She credits yoga with giving her tools to recognize and manifest Authenticity, Abundance, and Love in her life and is profoundly grateful that no matter how many times she screws up any (and all) of the above-mentioned virtues she can catch herself, laugh, and begin again. A grounded, loving, and fun teacher, Kate’s classes will challenge you so that you, too, can bring balance to your body and rediscover the strength, joy and perfection you’ve forgotten.

Chris Quasebarth teaches yoga asana classes for now over twenty years, incorporating lessons learned from teachers, insights from students, and his own experiences into a physically active format emphasizing body awareness. Continuing to this day to build on what began as a self-taught practice from a book and space in his dining room, Chris studied several different styles of yoga and is certified in Interdisciplinary Yoga from the Nosara Yoga Institute. In addition to training with Don and Amba Stapleton, Chris’ good fortune allowed study over the years from Dharma Mittra, Tim Miller, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Gary Kraftsow, and Seane Corn, among other fabulous teachers. Yoga makes us healthier in body and soul; sharing yoga knits us in to a healthier community. Chris is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Chris welcomes you to yoga class.

GinaByrdGina Byrd is a lifelong dancer who discovered yoga in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. Her classes are dynamic and energetic, focusing heavily on alignment and breath, all while sharing Gina’s love of music. She is also a certified children’s yoga teacher and is passionate about sharing her practice with babies, children and adults. Gina grew up in the Boston area and is happy to find herself living in Winchester with her wonderful husband and 2 young sons.

Maria DeLalla (Sevak Kaur) had absolutely no idea she would one day become a certified yoga instructor. With over thirty years of experience as a Registered Nurse in a hospital setting and a huge interest in Eastern philosophy (Maria also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Studies), she decided to give yoga a try in her spare time when her two daughters left home to attend college. What started as a healthy habit turned into a life-changing avocation that motivated Maria to explore many facets of yoga, including deep meditation, the power of Naad (sound vibration), and Pranayam (breathing techniques). After several years of practicing Vinyasa Yoga at Dharma Yoga Studio, she recently completed a ten month Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Course in Alexandria, VA. As a Certified KRI Level I Kundalini Yoga Teacher (as taught by Yogi Bhajan), Maria is now excited and honored to bring Kundalini Yoga to everyone at Dharma Yoga Studio.

Heather Watkins is new to teaching yoga, but not to teaching kids!  She has been a music teacher for 10 years in the public schools and in her own private studio!  Heather fell in love with yoga in 2010 while her husband was deployed with the Army.    So now, what could be better than putting her love for the arts together with yoga?  Music and yoga?  Art and Yoga?  The possibilities are endless!  Heather believes that through yoga children can tap into their inner creative being and bring it to life!

Amanda Lindquist enjoys traveling, time with her children, walking her dogs, and working with older adults and children.

Jocelynne Lowans I’m pretty certain my life path can be attributed to Bob Ross (Google him and fall in love), a highly developed sense of the ridiculous, and verve. Finding myself an artist and yoga instructor (aka stereotype) is the most logical part of my experience.
I was born in Ohio, raised in Maryland, and now reside in West Virginia. I love the communities that I have the opportunity to be a part of. With that comes a feeling of responsibility to give back; with so much wonderful and awesome in my life, I just gotta share! Using what I’ve learned in my YTT200 (200 hour Yoga Teacher Training), and what I learn and experience every day to create classes and art that give something to someone… that is the best!
Beyond that, I’m a crazy cat lady, I have a love of obnoxious yoga pants, and I have a slight addiction to books and smoothies. So, don’t mind my occasional twitching!.