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Faith Scimecca is the director and lead instructor of Woodley Park Yoga. She is a devoted student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and spends several months each year living and practicing Ashtanga Yoga at his school in Mysore, India. Jois and his grandson Sharath have formally authorized Faith to teach the Ashtanga Yoga method. She is one of two instructors and the only woman in the D.C. Metro area to receive this blessing.

 



Elsie Scimecca began practicing yoga over 10 years ago in Faith's classes and fell in love with Ashtanga yoga. When she met her daughter's teacher, Patabhi Jois and his daughter, Saraswathi, at one of his New York City workshops, their loving encouragement to her as an older beginner with chronic running injuries and stiffness inspired her to do the same for others. Elsie has a special interest in teaching beginners, older students, and runners.

 


Megan Monserez is delighted to share the Ashtanga practice and strives to create a welcoming environment for students of all levels of experience and ability. She is grateful to learn every day from Faith Scimecca in Washington, DC, and to study annually with R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. In 2014, Megan received level 2 authorization from the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute to teach the Ashtanga practice.

 


Vanessa Mullins Looking to extend a trip to south India for a friend’s wedding, Vanessa signed up for an Ashtanga Yoga retreat not knowing anything about the practice. Four years and two more trips to India later, Vanessa continues to find inspiration in the subtle and profound changes that have come with a daily practice. She is grateful for the guidance and knowledge shared by her teacher, Faith, and looks forward to planning her second trip to study with the Jois Family in Mysore, India.

 


Kate Belber started practicing yoga in 2000 to overcome stiffness from riding horses. She soon realized the many gifts that ashtanga has to offer. She was privileged to study with Pattabhi Jois when he traveled to New York in 2001, as well as attending David Swenson's teacher training in 2002. She continues to be grateful to ashtanga and to all the teachers who help her in her practice.

 


Gina Cremona took her first yoga class in college and was initially drawn to the stress-relieving and restorative aspects of the practice. After dabbling in a wide variety of practices, she found Ashtanga in 2009 with her first teacher Marsha McNeight. Ever since she has been drawn deeper into the practice and believes in its transformative powers over the body and mind. Gina has been teaching vinyasa flow classes since 2008 and Ashtanga classes since 2012. Currently, Gina practices regularly at Woodley Park Yoga with Faith Scimecca. She recently went to Mysore, India, where she practiced at the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute under Saraswathi Jois.

 


Diana Aram first encountered yoga in 2004. Although she could barely touch her toes that first day, something about the energetic movement with breath clicked with her and kept her coming back. She soon witnessed firsthand the power of the primary series to transform the body and mind. In addition to maintaining a daily practice, Diana continues to develop her understanding of Ashtanga Yoga by traveling to Mysore, India and assisting her teacher, Faith.

 


Jennifer Rak has been practicing yoga for over 6 years. While living in New York she began practicing Ashtanga Yoga, a practice that transformed her relationship to yoga and continues to evolve. During this time she complemented her Ashtanga practice with Jivamukti Yoga classes. She has completed the Jivamukti Yoga (300-hour) teacher training with Sharon Gannon and David Life. She is grateful to continue her Ashtanga studies at Woodley Park Yoga and to introduce Jivamukti Yoga to this community.

 


 


Woodley Park Yoga   
2625 Connecticut Ave, NW   
Washington, DC 20008   
info@woodleyparkyoga.com   
202-280-9328   


 

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