Amy first found yoga in 1992 while she was teaching fitness classes part time. Initially, she was drawn to the freedom of expression and strength she felt in the physical movement of each asana. Over the years, her yoga practice has evolved and supported her through self image issues, hypothyroidism, her pregnancies and caring for her dear family. She greatly connects with the solace and liberation within yoga. Amy began teaching vinyasa influenced classes in 2009 after receiving training with YogaFit. In 2011, she completed a 200 hour teacher training with Aura Wellness Center.
Amy marvels at the beauty and power of each of her students. She strives to use yoga as a vehicle to help people discover an inner smile and fire. Her classes are fluid, yet easy to follow. Amy's goal is to help each person find their unique strength and purest expression. She continues her yoga studies with Ashley Litecky Elenbaas and is so thankful to her, and all of her dear teachers, for their unique guidance and inspiration. Her hope is to live harmoniously with her yoga so that she may share and experience yoga every moment of the day, on and off of her purple sticky mat.
Angelique Raptakis RYT200
Angelique came to yoga almost 10 years ago and found a sense of lightness and length in her body, less chatter in her mind, and heightened senses, allowing a blissful connection to the world around her. Yoga has also helped her recover from injuries and work through grief. She received her RYT-200 from Sky House Yoga in 2016. Angelique looks to nature for inspiration and weaves it's lessons into her classes. Through the practice of yoga, we can more easily come to the connection between our body, our breath, our mind, and the universe we find ourselves in. She will always be a student of yoga and is deeply grateful for the continued loving guidance and wisdom of her teachers.
Hannah Leatherbury ERYT200, RYT500
Hannah Leatherbury is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT‐200), Yoga Therapist and budding Ayurvedic practitioner. She believes that yoga guides people home, making them more self‐aware and enhancing their capacity for self‐expression. Her specialty is helping individuals learn how to release tension in their bodies, center their thoughts, and restore their sense of well‐being. She co‐leads yoga workshops and seasonal at‐home retreats on stress relief, pranayama (breath awareness) and the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda.
Hannah received her training in Classical Hatha yoga through Kashi Atlanta urban ashram (Atlanta, GA) in June 2009 and has been teaching ever since. She completed studies in Yoga Therapy in July 2011 through Boundless Yoga (Washington, DC) and continues studies with Wise Earth School of Ayurveda. Among the teachers who have helped her on her path are Swami Jaya Devi, Makunda Stiles, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, Sarita Linda Rocco and James Foulkes. Hannah has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Goucher College and decades of study as a dancer. She makes her home in College Park, MD with her husband and her tennis‐ball‐crazed terrier.
Jade Olubayo RYT200
Jade has received the gift of practicing yoga for over 15 years. The time spent on her mat has helped her through the most rewarding and challenging times in her life. She transitioned from teaching 5th graders in Washington DC to teaching vinyasa in local gyms, corporate settings and privately. She enjoys sharing the knowledge that she has acquired and she is eager to grow as a student. Jade is a firm believer that yoga is for all and should be taught with care, safety and respect for the practice. Introducing others to yoga is up there as one of her all time favorite things. Her 200 hour training was at Yoga District and completed a teacher apprenticeship at Skyhouse Yoga.
Jennifer O'Reilly RYT200
Jennifer is a 200 RYT and a Certified Community Herbalist. She found yoga right out of College. She went to her first yoga class ready to learn and feel her body. She was looking for that deeper connection that connects you to everything. In that first yoga class she found it and was hooked. This class awakened in her a feeling she had never felt before. She wanted more and so her journey began. Since then she studied Anusara yoga for about 7 years. She now practices with all kinds of teachers and types of yoga. She loves nature, plant medicine, Ayurveda and Astrology. You can expect to see these interweave themselves into the yoga practice. She is fun, bright and ready to see and feel things in a different way and with an open mind of playfulness.
Jiahui Xiang RYT200
Jiahui began taking yoga as a way to stretch after lifting weights to increase his performance and flexibility. In 2010 he began to study yoga in greater depth and realized that yoga provided much more than just stretching.
From that point on Jiahui began to practice yoga. Slowly, he found that yoga brought positive changes to his life. He began to look at the world with optimism, and felt pleasure in helping people in need. Through yoga, he also healed from an old ankle injury.
After continuously practicing for two years, he took a 200-hour yoga teacher certification course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with Sun Yoga. His teacher, Jacqueline, is a surgeon by training and taught him a lot about how use yoga to strengthen and protect the body from injury. Jacqueline is also a writer and a philosopher.
For Jiahui, today, yoga is not simply a way of movement; it is an attitude towards life, and continues to teach him how to find his own quiet and inner peace.
Naina Arora RYT200
Naina teaches Kundalini yoga and meditation. She has been practicing meditation for over 10 years and Kundalini yoga for almost 7 years.
She was drawn to Kundalini yoga because of its effectiveness in changing the subconscious mind, strengthening the nervous system, magnetizing opportunities, and energizing the body.
Susan Malkus ERYT200
In my yoga, I am home. In 2017 I found myself taking yoga more seriously and deeply. Yoga was pivotal as I navigated the challenging inner terrain of working through issues with my personal health. Through studying and practicing yoga my heart and mind has opened. Yoga has also been the catalyst for healing my body and finding my strength; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
My teaching intention is that in offering this beautiful practice to my student’s through breath, meditation and asana, I am here to assist them in integrating what resonates from their yoga into their everyday lives. As a teacher I wish to support the spark within each student that guides them to seek more; continuing to grow through the studies of the philosophy and their practice on the mat.
Syamala Priya RYT200, LSW Syamala Priya devi dasi (Sara Sheikh) began her yoga and meditation journey in the mid-1990’s with traditional hatha yoga and Thich Nhat Hanh’s trainings in Mindfulness Meditation.
After years of adopting yoga as a way of life she was inspired to share the transformational practice with others. In 2008 Syamala became certified at the 200-hour level with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. In years since she has expanded her personal practice and teaching skills by studying the Jivamukti and Yin yoga methods and gaining a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy through mentoring and advanced trainings with Hari-Kirtana das. In 2017 she received spiritual initiation from Radhanath Swami in the Krishna Bhakti tradition which emphasizes the linking of one's spiritual identity, thoughts and actions with the Absolute Truth through devotional service to a personal form of the Divine.
Offering classes for beginning as well intermediate students, Syamala integrates mantra meditation, philosophy, vinyasa or yin sequencing, regulated breathing and deep relaxation into each session. In class she is known for her down to earth, clear and in-depth instruction. Responsive and sensitive to each individual, she is committed to helping students achieve a healthier-balanced lifestyle.
As a social worker, Syamala has had the privilege to teach yoga to children and families in underserved neighborhoods through a wide variety of community organizations. She specializes in offering trauma-informed yoga-based psychotherapy groups for children.
Yogashwar Darin Somma
Yogeshwar Darin Somma first started studying yoga in high school and was introduced to the practice of yoga asana in college. After completing degrees in Math, Philosophy,Psychology and Physics, he then lived for six months Plum Village, the Buddhist monastery of Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh in Thenac, France.
Yogeshwar then experienced a full immersion in yogic lifestyle at Sri Swami Satchidananda’s ashram, Yogaville in Buckingham Virginia, where he lived for six months. After leaving Yogaville, he studied deeply the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga of Pattabhi Jois for two years, and then started teaching yoga in Washington DC in 2001. He established a yoga school in 2006, training teachers to share the Vedic legacy of yogic knowledge.
In 2010, Her Holiness Amma Sri Karunamayi appointed Yogeshwar to the position of International Yoga Director for SMVA Trust, and blessed him to teach the divinely revealed yoga asana sequence of Karunamayi Yoga.
Yogeshwar is passionate about the power of the authentic knowledge of the rishis to bring transformation to our world. He believes the science of Self-Realization can bringing healing to our lives, giving us the ability to provide true selfless service to the world. For more information visit www.karunamayiyoga.com
Ashley Litecky Elenbaas ERYT200, M.Sc.
In 1997, in search for answers and peace of mind, Ashley began her lifelong journey with yoga, meditation and herbalism. In 2002 she completed her first yoga training certification and began her life path as a full time yoga teacher and herbalist. As an instructor, Ashley emphasizes the importance of breath and presence in her classes and offers a unique style, blended from her background in yoga, herbal medicine, and the healing arts. She is known for her intelligent fusion of spirituality, humor, positivism, and attention to alignment, to move students to a place of greater self'knowledge and happiness. Ashley loves challenging her students and herself. When she is not teaching yoga she enjoys being a mom, a wife, a forest explorer, and a friend.
Francine Brungardt ERYT200
Francine recognizes that each of us encounters and benefits from yogic practices in our own specific and unique ways. She teaches Hatha Yoga and designs classes with attention and respect for many lineages of yoga including alignment based branches, Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini and modern therapeutic techniques.
She considers her particular hybrid of approaches the natural result of her own decade’s long experiential exploration of yogic philosophy, asana and meditation. The foundation of her work resides within her firm belief of every person’s inherent divinity and autonomous inner guidance. Francine is a RYT 200 level instructor. She teaches yoga and meditation in order to enable others with practical and empowering self-care skills. You may visit her website PoeticHum.com for more information.
Hannah Davis RYT200, LSW
Hannah Davis, LGSW, RYT-200 began practicing yoga in 2009 while surrounded by picturesque views of mountains in Phoenix, Arizona. Hannah found yoga challenges her mentally, physically, and emotionally and has experienced the transformative impact yoga has on her both on and off the mat. Ready to share yoga and its power with others, Hannah went on to pursue her 200-Hour yoga teacher certification at Sky House in 2016. As a social worker, Hannah has extensive experience working with youth and families of diverse backgrounds.
In 2016, Hannah founded Vikara Village, a nonprofit that helps middle and high school students deal with the challenges of everyday life. This innovative program brings together yoga and hip hop to help youth develop a healthy sense of self, community and belonging. Hannah has completed Street Yoga’s Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth Training, Surviving Assault: Yoga Essentials as Early Intervention Following Assault or Trauma. Hannah received a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland – Baltimore and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in Maryland and DC. She has a Master of Public Management from University of Maryland.
Hari-kirtana das ERYT500
Hari-kirtana das has had a life-long interest in yoga, beginning his study of asana, meditation, and yoga philosophy as a teenager and spending his early twenties living in yoga ashrams and intentional spiritual communities. He expanded his yoga practice at the Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City in 2007 and became a certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher in 2009. His classes combine challenging poses sequenced at an invigorating pace with detailed instruction on how to move into your fullest expression of the poses (some of which you might not have realized you can do). His classes always feature an eclectic and uplifting music mix. Hari-kirtana is registered with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200, RYT 500), holds an 800-hour Jivamukti Yoga teaching certification, speaks regularly at colleges and universities on the relationship of classical yoga philosophy to contemporary life, and teaches classes, workshops, and yoga teacher training modules throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Jennifer Brennan RYT200, LMT
My goal as a yoga teacher is to encourage students to be very present with their yoga practice in order to notice what is going on for them physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
I believe that as we deepen presence and awareness on the mat that these lessons carry over into day-to-day activities. As a long-time licensed massage therapist and anatomy geek, I am a stickler for proper alignment and enjoy helping people modify poses to make them accessible in their unique bodies. I primarily work with clients privately, but enjoy teaching groups as well. I specialize in teaching beginners, people who are renewing stagnant practices, and those who desire to learn relaxation techniques to quiet the body and mind. I can teach mixed level flow, restorative yoga and guided meditation/relaxation.
Lauren Schulz RYT200
Lauren has been practicing yoga since she was in her 20s and teaching yoga for the past seven years. She was trained in Ashtanga yoga first, and then later took a full training to become an RYT and added Kundalini Yoga training to her resume.
Always an athlete and dancer — and a trained journalist in college — she took to yoga quickly but initially kept a skeptical eye on the pieces beyond the physical (asana). Repeatedly finding herself in tears in savasana, she asked herself … What is going on here? Lauren’s teaching follows that question — of inner exploration, the connection of yoga and psychology/mental health, and the freedom one can come to when connecting body and mind. Her style blends a few different traditions but is fairly traditional. She highlights breath work and meditation in her flow classes and loves sharing the challenge of Kundalini Yoga with her students.
Lauren lives in Silver Spring with her two middle school girls and her 8-year-old boy.
Patrick Chapman KRI220
Patrick’s journey with yoga began with an intention to practice yoga to relieve stress and has evolved over the years into a daily spiritual practice. His diverse blend of yoga experience consists of Vinyasa Yoga, Dahn Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga. Patrick teaches from the heart, inviting students to challenge mental limitations and deepen awareness. Patrick received his 220- hour Kundalini Yoga certification from the Kundalini Research Institute, and his 33-hour Vinyasa Yoga certification from the Tranquil Space Yoga Studio. Patrick’s love for practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, stems from his desire to purify his mind and heart, relate with the Divine, and inspire others to live a spiritual life.
Patrick’s daily meditation and tantra practices complement his Kundalini Yoga practice. He teaches Vipassana Meditation and is currently a SkyDancing Tantra Teacher-In-Training. Patrick’s other loves include walking in nature, comedy, 5 Rhythms Dance, perusing bookstores, and a hot cup of chai tea.
Sarah Hippert ERYT200
Sarah is a movement specialist. She is an experienced registered yoga teacher, and holds certifications in group exercise, Pilates, Pilates apparatus, aerial yoga, and TRX. She is a master aerial yoga teacher and conducts teacher trainings in the style of Vaihayasa aerial yoga. She has also trained extensively and is an experienced teacher of acro yoga, body rolling (self-myofascial release), and bodyweight calisthenics. Sarah holds an M.S. in Nutrition from Tufts University and spent a year teaching nutrition and exercise science to undergraduates at MIT in 2011. Her comparative advantage lies in her deliberate programming, designed to make hard movements eventually feel easy. Based in Washington, D.C., she has trained professional athletes, military heroes and aspiring athletes alike.
With an emphasis on progressions, movement variety, and skill development, Sarah's tested training methodology is so much more than a workout.
Tiffany Riddick RYT200
Tiffany's personal yoga practice began to flourish after a developing a connection to the deeper aspects of yoga, and acknowledging that yoga is a multi-faceted practice. She fully believes that you can find peace in the midst of a storm on your mat. Tiffany’s classes will lead you to discover the natural wisdom of your body; and believes that yoga is a practice that connects the mind, body, breath, and spirit, unleashing the body’s natural healing properties. Tiffany leads a heartfelt, fluid, and dynamic class, that aims to share kindness while incorporating pranayama, and yoga philosophy with Vinyasa flow. With many of us leading a busy lifestyle that tends to be set on auto-pilot, Tiffany cultivates an atmosphere that encourages mindfulness, non-judgment, and freedom of personal expression. You do not have to be most flexible or strongest person in the room, you simply have to be present, mindful, and connected to your body.
"Sky House Yoga is a great place to do yoga. The small studio allows for a place where you can feel part of a community and know that the teacher is able to look out for you. All of their teachers are fantastic! And since the place is donation-based you can afford to do a lot more yoga! I did my 200-hour yoga teacher training there and frankly it was everything that I was looking for and more. I highly highly recommend!!" ~ Sam
"I did not know a thing about yoga before coming to Sky House Yoga. I was always intrigued and curious and frankly somewhat scared of the “practice” but with Ashley’s gentle teaching style I quickly discovered that yoga is like going on a fantastic journey. But Sky House Yoga is not only for humans! Ashley’s knowledge of herbs was just what I needed when fostering a troubled kitty, Gatto. With a consultation Ashley developed a special herbal formula for Gatto and within a week’s time he was a more relaxed, confident cat and I am delighted to say he got adopted. I highly recommend Sky House Yoga to all!" ~ Mary Ann
"I've been taking classes here for a few months-- and I couldn't be happier. The studio is comfortable, cozy and welcoming -- and the instructors are incredible. Every class is challenging, inventive and inspiring. A great place to try something new, learn new modifications, etc. The studio is small, and so are the class sizes -- 10 people max. Highly recommend." ~ Darcy
"Thanks Ashley and Adam for the great Planetary and Plant session today! You two are brilliant." ~Jennifer
"I appreciate the warm and welcoming vibe at Sky House Yoga. My favorite class is Plant-Spirit-Yoga on Saturday mornings. Ashley weaves her knowledge of plant medicine with healing yoga asanas. It is a deeply enriching experience. I highly recommend that class for anyone seeking a deeper connection with plants." ~Betsy