Yoga & Pilates Instructor
After years of sports and marathon running, Laura fell into yoga in 2005 to help heal chronic back pain. She had been searching for the missing link and was surprised and excited to find that meditation and yoga were just what she needed. The mindfulness and spiritual awareness that accompanied the practice were both unexpected and life altering, and she is eager to share these healing benefits! Laura completed a 200-hour teacher training through Down Dog Yoga in Washington, DC, in 2013 and a 500-hour training with Rolf Gates in 2016. When she's not teaching, you can find Laura hiking all over the States, skiing, cooking, or just kicking back on the couch with her dog and a great book.
Yoga & Pilates Instructor
Yolunda’s initial experience teaching Pilates was in a clinical setting in Vancouver B.C. Trained to create freedom and strength in Pilates Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels-Yolunda offers Pilates with the experience of small prop exercises as well as large equipment to decrease pain; bring stability, and essentially, create freedom in the body.
Trained as a yoga teacher at the Sivananda Ashram in Southern India, a long standing knowledge of the yoga Asana practice has been passed on to Yolunda. In conjunction with Asana practice Yolunda threads in inspirational dharma talks, and other forms of yoga into her classes. Dropping into a seat of meditation is the final goal for Yolunda, and she hopes to pass this on to her students.
Lindsey dances professionally as a Soloist with Ballet Theatre of Maryland. She studied Ballet Performance at the University of Oklahoma, which is also where she was exposed to Pilates. Through the four years at school, she found Pilates to be a great cross training activity for her ballet career. Pilates also allowed her to keep in shape and healthy in her off season from ballet without too much impact on her joints. Lindsey is very excited to share her knowledge of Pilates with our students.
Jenna started her yoga journey in high school to gain more flexibility, but as the years passed her practice grew to a much deeper level. After a car accident in 2007, she dove into yoga to relieve severe back pain and aid in recovery from her injuries. Since her 200-hour training at Yoga on York (Jenna has an RYT designation), she has enjoyed weaving her personal training experience into various classes, from Therapeutic Power Flow and Vinyasa to Restorative. Off the mat, she loves cooking Indian food, travel, and time with family.
Laurie Hyland Robertson
MS in Yoga Therapy, C-IAYT, Yoga & Pilates Instructor
Laurie first began practicing yoga simply to get an effective, low-impact workout that didn’t exacerbate her knee problems—her first experiences with yoga, in 2001, were fast-paced, fitness-oriented classes that suited her type-A personality. Laurie has since reformed her stressed-out ways, largely through training as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, and she now enjoys meditative classes as well as powerful yoga workouts. She believes strongly in the integrative healing power of both yoga and pilates for everyone, regardless of physical ability or previous experience. Laurie was a member of the first class of students in the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy program at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where she is now adjunct faculty, and has eRYT500 and YACEP designations. She is the Editor in Chief of Yoga Therapy Today.
Tom Hyland Robertson
DC, Yoga Instructor
Dr. Tom Hyland Robertson, RYT200, has been practicing yoga for more than 16 years, and particularly enjoys the physical challenges of the asanas (poses). His extensive clinical study of anatomy and physiology lends a unique flavor to his classes, which often focus on progressively building strength and balance. Dr. Robertson has suffered from serious back injuries in the past, including degenerative and herniated lumbar discs, and he’s reversed the damage from these problems with regular yoga and meditation practice (chiropractic treatment and pilates, too). With his wife Laurie, he opened Whole Chiropractic in 2007 to bring effective, safe, alternative healing to the Odenton/Ft. Meade/West Anne Arundel communities.
Justin has been studying yoga and pranayama for the last 10 years. Initially the practices supplemented his other physical activities, but he quickly came to realize the additional benefits yoga can bring. He received his initial 200-hour yoga certification through Frog Lotus Yoga and is his 500-hour certification through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Justin is also a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) and has training in guiding individuals who have suffered through traumatic events toward a path of healing. Justin truly enjoys helping people to become more mindful in their daily lives, and we're sure you'll enjoy his classes!
Yoga Instructor, Certified Rolfer
Maggie has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2009. Her approach to teaching is greatly influenced by ongoing studies in somatic and energetic modalities such as Body-Mind Centering, breathwork, SourcePoint Therapy, and meditation. Maggie believes that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice and strives to create a space where folks can feel comfortable exploring yogic exercises as inquiries into the self. She brings professional experience as a dance artist and rolfer to her classes, all of which feed a continuous exploration into greater awareness and self-expression.
Although Susan had dabbled in yoga for several years, she began to approach the practices more seriously in 2017, after a long-term illness. While navigating the challenges of healing her body and since then, her study and practice have been a catalyst for finding physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. Susan’s mission is to offer this beautiful practice of breathwork, meditation, and movement to others, helping students integrate what resonates with them into their everyday lives.
Sharon left the corporate world after more than 30 years to follow her teaching passion. Her personal yoga practice includes various styles that create the space to balance mind, body, and soul. Sharon's teaching focuses on engaging students to support their needs and encouraging their own mind-body-soul connections. Currently continuing her training in yin yoga and ayurveda, Sharon received her initial 200-hour training certificate from Lifetime Fitness.
Jeanne found yoga in 2011 when looking for a way to rejuvenate her body so that she could regain the strength to resume practicing ballet after years of inactivity. She came to yoga looking for a physical healing and never imagined the mental and emotional healing she would find. Jeanne completed a 200 hour training program in the Baptiste vinyasa style, but is also trained in Ashtanga, Rocket, and Yin yoga. Jeanne's teaching focuses on providing students with basics and building blocks; helping students find where they are now and choose where they want to go with meditation and mindfulness.
Sylvia’s own yoga practice began after a sports injury to her hip. She fell in love with yoga’s applications to everyday life and continued learning through Numi Yoga's teacher training. In her classes you can expect to be both challenged and inspired to keep persevering—with a smile. Sylvia loves to create sequences that require balance, strength, and patience. Everyone can learn and progress in their own way, and all should feel welcome to try!
Thanks to her yoga practice, Valerie realized it was essential to let go of “busy-ness” and embrace stillness instead. Her classes encourage the use of body awareness to slow down and release tension. Whether she’s practicing yoga, cooking at home, or hiking with her husband, Valerie tries to move slowly so she can take it all in. She received her 200-hour teaching certification from Whole Yoga School in Denver. She is a passionate student of yoga and an advocate for living an “examined life.” Learn more about Valerie.
Yoga Instructor and Personal Trainer
Kristen started practicing yoga when she was 16. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training at MiraCosta College in 2012. She teaches vinyasa, gentle, yin, restorative and military tailored yoga.
Additionally, Kristen is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Women's Fitness Specialist, Youth Exercise Specialist, Level 2 Warriors at Ease Yoga Teacher and Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist. Kristen holds a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science & Health Promotion with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness from California University of Pennsylvania. Outside of yoga, Kristen enjoys spending time with family and friends, her animals, hiking, and going to the beach.
Leah started practicing yoga in 2004 and fell in love with it right away, completing a 200-hour teacher in 2015. In her classes, feeling good and body awareness take precedence over achieving difficult poses. Leah reminds her students that the benefits of yoga come from careful attention to sensations and breath rather than the external appearance of the poses. She lives in Columbia with her husband, two boys, and two dogs. She loves reading, hiking, and spending time in nature.
Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer
Lauren’s classes create space for observation and discovery in the body, mind, and breath while drawing from a number of techniques and philosophical traditions. She is commited to making yoga and pilates accessible for all people. She is a designated E-RYT 500 and Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and a Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) through Yoga Alliance. In addition, she holds personal training, orthopedic exercise, spinal and pelvic health, and strength training certifications. Off the mat, you can find Lauren reading, gardening, or in the woods.
Yoga Instructor, Doula
Vanessa brings heart-felt joy and a hint of playfulness to her teaching. She believes in the importance of not taking life too seriously and practicing the art of letting go every day, both on and off the mat. Having completed her 200-hour training with a variety of teachers from Liberation Yoga in Los Angeles with backgrounds in vinyasa, hatha, anusara, restorative, and Iyengar yoga, she brings a creative mix of lightness, breath, and challenge to her classes (accompanied, if you're really lucky, by her live harp music!). Vanessa's yoga specialties include yoga for veterans and active-duty military, pre- and postnatal, and kids' yoga. Off the mat you can find Vanessa playing harp professionally and spending time with her husband, children, and rescue pug.