ERYT-500, Owner/Director, LYC
Jiwan Shakti Kaur (Julie Eisenberg) ERYT-500 started practicing yoga in the mid-1990s as a way to decompress from a stressful job. Over the years, as her practice deepened and evolved, she began to understand yoga as a tool of personal transformation and empowerment. She is a Kundalini Level 2 Teacher and Professional Teacher Trainer with the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI), with advanced certifications in therapeutics and other modalities. Jiwan Shakti opened Lighthouse Yoga Center in 2013 in her home community of Petworth, DC as a way to share the teachings of yoga with the residents of her diverse neighborhood. Outside the studio she has taught yoga to DC’s homeless population and low-income Spanish-speaking immigrants in Washington, DC and is involved in many community and civic organizations. Her classes, retreats and trainings are energetic, spiritual and often powerfully transformational.
RYT-500, Studio Manager
Jazmín’s classes are a combination of Sivananda flow and her own personal experiences and learnings throughout the years as a former professional ballerina. Her class starts with a series of Pranayama (Kapalabati and Anuloma Viloma breathing exercises), continued by a flow of a structured combination of asanas (postures). She offers her classes in English, Spanish and French, and will be ready to teach a multilingual class anytime it’s necessary. Jazmín migrated to yoga after more than ten years as a professional ballerina and ballet teacher. Once she discovered yoga and started feeling the benefits, both physical and spiritual, of the practice, she dove in to explore different techniques. Moved by her passion to learn and teach, she completed her teacher’s training course at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Camp in Montreal in 2017. She is also the Studio Manager at Lighthouse.
Tara took her first yoga class for college PE credit in 1999 and it was (cliche but true!) love at first down dog. She went on to complete teacher training at Willow Street Yoga Center in 2005 and has taught over 5,000 hours of yoga since then. She is best known in the DC area for her highly praised continuing education Restorative Yoga Teacher Training program and her Restorative Yoga weekend retreats. In Tara's weekly classes you can expect clear, encouraging and lighthearted instructions that will help you explore poses and sequences in new and interesting ways. Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been practicing for many years, you will find just the right amount of challenge and inspiration. Everyone leaves her classes feeling empowered, joyful, and grounded. To learn more about Tara, visit her website: www.taralemeriseyoga.com.
Nandi Gabremedhin is a KRI Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Instructor, graduate of Lighthouse Yoga Center’s KRI Teacher Training Program. Nandi took her first yoga class more than 11 years ago in a Saturday program at her son’s school. With that first class she felt more positive, peaceful and happy. As her practice developed, she felt there was still something missing - she wanted to learn to meditate, which led her to Kundalini Yoga & Meditation. Initially she thought she’d just take classes for herself, but then knew fairly soon she wanted to become a teacher to share the benefits of which she so abundantly received. Through her own practice and teachings, Nandi found that Kundalini Yoga has been a way to dig deeper and uncover more of herself and her own power, becoming more focused and disciplined in developing her spirituality. Nandi’s classes facilitate experiences for individuals to find their own power, overcome personal challenges, shed the old skin and grow anew by uncovering the divine energy within and illuminating peace, light and love that inspires others thru example and energy.
Abby Dobbs is a yoga teacher, bodyworker & energyworker, and teacher of teachers who gives individuals the tools to lead their most empowered and fulfilled lives. A naturally anxious person, Abby found that yoga, more than anything else, gives her the tools for a peaceful, grounded life. Abby completed her first 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in 2008 and has continued chasing her passion through additional trainings Yogaworks with Natasha Rizopoulos, Rocket Yoga with David Kyle, Forrest Yoga, and Yin Yoga. Abby is continuously captivated by the inner-workings of the body, and how each individual’s body receives healing. As a long-time yoga practitioner, bodyworker, and energyworker, Abby has a uniquely holistic view of physical anatomy, energetics, and movement that she weaves into her classes, workshops, and ceremonies. Off the mat, Abby loves to read fantasy novels, cook and bake vegan food, and snuggle her two fabulous cats – Kitty Boo & Billy.
A yoga teacher for more than 15 years, Kati has practiced, studied and taught a rainbow of yoga traditions including hatha, vinyasa, and Iyengar. Through her yoga journey, she has developed her own unique teaching style that focuses on connection to the breath and attention to alignment. She addresses the individual needs of each of her students, creating a challenging but safe environment for everyone to experience the physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions of yoga. She has a deep commitment to the practice of Kundalini yoga, and is a Level Two Certified Teacher by the Kundalini Research Institute (KRI). Kait's goal as a yoga teacher is to channel her enthusiasm and energy to empower others to live a life with peaceful minds and hearts filled with love. She believes that through a committed practice, people can get in touch with the essence of who they really are.
When Evan was dragged by a former girlfriend to his first yoga class in 2010, he was just hoping to get some exercise and maybe relieve some muscle pain. What he found was SO much more: a profound awakening to the power of linking breath and movement to calm the mind and heal the body. Evan’s yoga journey has weaved through a range of styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Forrest. After completing his 200hr Teacher Training with Abby Dobbs in DC, he began teaching in 2017 to share his love for yoga as a way to feel the body, move energy, and let go of patterns that don’t serve us so we can make choices that are in alignment with our “highest self.” Evan’s classes are inspired primarily by Forrest yoga, blending flows, holds, deep breathing, and bodywork, with intentions rooted in yoga philosophy that we can practice on the mat and take with us into everyday life.
Looking for a strength building workout on a fall morning in 2008, Emily accepted the invitation of a friend to attend a yoga class. She began attending yoga classes regularly because—as many yoga students quickly discover–it felt so good. Somewhere along the way the age old practice began transforming her body and mind in ways that she didn’t even known to ask for but for which she is immensely grateful. Emily is a full-time yoga teacher with over 1000 hours of training in yoga techniques including asana (poses), restorative yoga, yoga nidra (deep relaxation), meditation, pranayama, energy healing, and yoga philosophy. She is also dedicated to a daily self-guided study and practice on the mat and in the world. Emily brings a warm and steady tone to her classes, and finds great joy in seeing students leave with a greater sense of mental and physical space and increased access to the inner source of knowing. Emily’s classes are inspired by her teacher Dharma Mittra and what he has shared with her from his 50+ years of teaching yoga.
Rebecca’s journey with yoga and meditation began more than twenty years ago when she took precepts with the Zen Buddhist Society of Compassionate Wisdom, finding that a vigorous yoga practice was the only way to keep her chattering mind quiet on her meditation mat. As those practices expanded into helping her with the stresses of school, and, later, work and family life, she has been exploring the benefits of her practice on and off the mat ever since. Forever a student, she brings a beginners mind and an awakened heart to her practice and teaching. Compassion, empathy, humor and joy are at the core of all of her classes. Her focus is on alignment and mindful movement with breath in both a traditional hatha as well as vinyasa style.
Hillary (Tera Kirti Kaur) first discovered yoga when she was 16 and explored Hatha and Vinyasa before falling in love with Kundalini in 2013. She completed her KRI Level 1 certification in 2017 and Yoga for Youth teacher training in 2016. Hillary is passionate about sharing her love of yoga with others and enjoys discussing the unique experiences that happen on the mat and as the practice starts shaping other aspects of daily life. She sees yoga as both an escape from the pressures around us and a way to connect with ourselves and with the world around us in a different, deeper, and more spiritual way. In addition to her daily yoga practice, Hillary draws inspiration from her family—in particular her son, Elom—bike rides, and walks in nature.
Colleen is a devoted yogi, lawyer and labor and human rights advocate. She believes in the power of yoga to create social change and harmony. Her yoga classes seek to open the hearts, minds and inner intelligence of her students to realize the positive impact and peace that they can have in their own lives and in the world around them. Colleen has practiced Forrest, Kundalini and Hatha yoga for over 10 years.
Like many, Jamie stumbled into yoga at university and fell in love (once she stopped thinking she was going to die during the class). After practicing for about 15 years, she finally took her 200 hour yoga teacher training here in DC with Gopi Kinnicutt and then moved to Australia where she ended up teaching a variety of classes, from vinyasa flow to yin to chair yoga for seniors. A perpetual student, Jamie has taken the Yoga Detour Method Online and often weaves fun mobility and strength work into her classes. Jamie’s classes are joyful (wobbling and laughing are encouraged) and thoughtful. She hopes to support her students as they get in touch with their bodies and minds both on and off the mat.
LeShone Jai Hari Kaur is a certified Kundalini yoga instructor who promotes courage, grace, and balance on and off the mat. LeShone Jai has been certified since 2007 and has practiced yoga for over 20 years. She has taught yoga to babies, youth, and adults in birth centers, yoga houses, and the Saba Sanctuary, her family’s tutoring and fitness space in southern Maryland. LeShone Jai teaches a physically invigorating and mentally stimulating JaiYoga class experience!
Meredith began her own yoga practice over 15 years ago – first to get a little exercise and later to try to find sanity and balance despite a stressful job as a consultant. She stuck with yoga thanks to a welcoming and vibrant yoga community. Early in her practice she was drawn to an alignment-based school of teaching, connecting to a clear and thoughtful way of articulating poses, an invitation to participate fully and creatively in everyday life, and the fact that laughter on the mat was not only tolerated, but encouraged. She has continued to grow and share her love of the practice ever since. When her first son was born in 2013, she started to take infant, then toddler classes, and her family has continued the journey together. Meredith carries a sense of playfulness into her classes for both children and grownups, and is excited to share with students of all ages the joys and challenges that yoga reveals both on and off the mat.
Kristina (Karuna) Maze is a local yoga instructor with years of experience teaching beginner-, intermediate-, and advance-level students traditional asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), and meditation/relaxation techniques. She weaves elements of Sivananda, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Jivamukti yoga styles, as well as modifications to poses, into her classes. For the past decade, Karuna has hosted yoga satsangs, where she leads chants (kirtan) and cooks a glorious feast of vegetarian fare--usually with ingredients grown in her gardens.
Kathi has been a dedicated meditation and yoga student for over three decades. She believes that the power of yoga is in connecting the breath and the body in mindful movement. Kathi completed her RYT200 training at the Willow Street Yoga Center in Silver Spring MD. She teaches an alignment-based Hatha yoga flow class and endeavors to make the practice accessible to all bodies. Kathi’s classes focus on connecting our breath with our bodies, and she will help you make adjustments and/or use props as necessary to enhance your experience in the yoga poses.
Nikki is on her way to becoming a Level 1 Certified 220 Hour KRI Kundalini Yoga Instructor through Lighthouse Yoga Center. Nikki took her first Yoga class in the early 2000's and was instantly hooked. After falling in love with Vinyasa and Hatha, she figured she would just focus on those 2 forms of Yoga. However, four years ago, she stumbled upon Kundalini Yoga while pregnant with her son. She instantly fell in love with the practice. She felt the need to immerse herself into the practice a bit deeper. It was an annoying feeling that would not go away. Nikki has had the privilege of doing direct community service and non profit work for a variety of populations for the past 9 years. In her heart, she believes that the magic of that work deepened her practice. She has a special interest in inter-generational and ancestral healing and its strong connection to Yoga. When teaching, Nikki hopes to facilitate a safe space for all that practice. She believes that if we can learn to surrender to any Yoga or meditation practice that one can have the opportunity to understand their life’s purpose on a multi-dimensional level. Nikki is always seeking ways to make her Yoga practice stronger and you'll see her attending class as much as teaching.
Emily is a 500-hour certified yoga instructor, as well as a barre instructor. Yoga came into her life when she was in need of the emotional and mental benefits of asana, and she has been a devoted yogi ever since. Emily spreads her love of yoga through her creative sequences designed to open up the body and focus the mind. She loves to incorporate Sanskrit chanting, mudras, and pranayama into her classes in order to place her students in a zen, ethereal atmosphere.