The teachers and healing arts professionals at Dream Yoga are the best! They have training in a variety of yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, and other holistic disciplines that are proven to enhance health, well-being and personal transformation. All have made their yoga or meditation practice, and/or the healing arts service they provide, central to their lives. For us, teaching yoga and meditation, and providing a healing arts service…is simply sharing what we love and what we know works.
Most of Dream’s yoga teachers are trained in the tradition of Kripalu Yoga—a yoga practice that teaches the basic mechanics of yoga postures and breath…while encouraging inner focus, feeling, and mind-body awareness. Kripalu Yoga is often referred to as "the yoga of life." Many also have additional training and experience in using "yoga as medicine" or "therapeutic yoga."
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Certifications:M.A.,C-IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapy-Certified Yoga Therapist); IYT-500 (Professional-Level Integrative Yoga Therapist); KYT-500 (Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher); E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance); 500 YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider); Dynamic Gentle Yoga (80 Hours); Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Instructor (40 Hours), and Advanced Level Reiki Certification in the Usui System of Natural Healing. In 2017 at the sacred site of Moray, Peru, Luann was initiated by Q’ero elder Don Sebastian Flores of the Incan lineage as Pampomesayoc (Earth Keeper).
Professional Affiliations: Member & Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT); Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA), national Yoga Alliance (YA)
Provides: Yoga and Meditation Instruction--Groups & Privates, Therapeutic Yoga, Life Coaching and Dream Interpretation for Individuals and Groups
Luann has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1975 and teaching since 1999. Her teaching reflects her years of studying a variety of yoga and meditation styles with some of the nation’s foremost instructors. These include Kripalu/Pranakriya Master Teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll; Jonathan Foust, founder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington; Judith Lasater; Betsey Downing, founder of The Health Advantage Yoga Center; Doug Keller; Advaita and Kashmiri yoga master Richard Miller; Chakra system author Anodea Judith; Viniyogi's Lex Gillan and Stan Hafner; Hillary Blackton; and the Swamis at Satchidananda Ashram/Integral Yoga Center.
In addition to being a Professionally certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Luann also completed an 80-Hour certification in Dynamic Gentle Yoga; a 200-Hour certification in the Iyengar style of hatha yoga; and spent two years in The Haden Institute’s Dream Interpretation Group Leader Certification program. She is acknowledged as a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500 by the national Yoga Alliance. She has also completed her 500-Level Certification as a Professional Yoga Therapist in Joseph LePage's Integrative Yoga Therapy program.
Luann is amazed at what meditation and yoga can do for the body, mind and spirit. She began these practices at l, like many do, to better manage stress. Yoga has also helped her overcome physical challenges—including arthritis, pleurisy, a painfully swayed back, and a torn meniscus. Even more, yoga has strengthened Luann's love and sense of awe. Her goal as a yoga teacher and therapist is to inspire her students to embrace yoga as a tool to help them become healthier. To make their bodies more limber and strong, their hearts more open and joyful, their minds more clear and calm.
Luann loves sharing the gift of yoga and its profound healing effects with both beginners and advanced students of all ages, shapes and sizes in both group classes and private sessions. She wants to break down the perceived barriers people have to doing yoga...so everyone--despite limitations--can practice and receive its many benefits. She has used the tools of yoga and meditation to help people manage and heal pain (in their back, shoulders, hips, knees, feet, etc.). She’s helped students with poor posture, sciatica, scoliosis, fatigue, asthma, insomnia, infertility, menopausal and mensus issues, pregnancy, post-natal recovery, organ prolapse, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, high blood pressure/hypertension, weight loss, hyper- & hypo-thyroidism, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, plantar fasciitis, more.
A journalist and former communications director and university instructor, Luann is committed to personal, one-on-one communication with her students.
Provides: Group Yoga Instruction and Specialized Yoga Workshops. Private instruction for beginning or returning yoga students.
Steve was first introduced to yoga through a university immersion program where he studied and practiced yoga 4 hours each day. Life got busy with work and family and it wasn’t until some years later that Steve realized that he needed to reengage his yoga practice. He began taking classes from Luann, back when Dream Yoga studio was in her basement. Steve returned to yoga in order to enhance strength, increase flexibility and to develop a more balanced perspective. To deepen his individual practice, Steve completed his 200-hour Pranakryia teacher training at Dream Yoga in 2011. He completes his 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training in December of 2018.
Steve feels that yoga should be engaging, fulfilling and fun. His classes incorporate slow flows with a concentration on deep stretching. Steve uses poses to gently invigorate, stretch tight muscles and strengthen the entire body.
When not spending time with his family, Steve enjoys water sports. Steve left the corporate world 4 years ago and is a High School Sailing Coach in the Spring & Fall, directs a youth sailing program during the summer, and is a relief Captain on a 65-foot commercial schooner.
Provides: Healing Arts—Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage & Body Work, Sports Massage Therapy, Swedish Massage, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Chakra Balancing
Mark Bell has more than 30 years experience with 20,000 "bodies under thumb, forearm and elbow” in sports and therapeutic massage. He's known for his ability to use deep tissue massage to help people recover from injuries and muscular strains and perform better in athletic competitions. Regular massage, he has found, can cut the recovery time from surgery and strenuous activities by up to 80 percent!
Mark, a Dream Yogi since 2003, has been an active member of the National Capital Area Sports Massage Team (NCASMT) for 17 years. This group of sports massage therapists provides services for 100-mile races, marathons and triathlons. For 10 years, he was the men's massage therapist at the Pentagon. Mark, an 18-year member of AMTA (the American Massage Therapy Association), also brings in other healing modalities as needed to increase, balance and remove blockages from a client's energy system.
Mark holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. As a former accountant, he understands the stresses and strains desk, computer and other office work puts on the body. He enjoys helping folks work out what he calls “OWies”… however they got there!
Certifications: CMT (Certified Massage Therapist); NCBTMB (certified & licensed by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage); Insured through The Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP); Certified in Prenatal Massage Therapy; Licensed with the Virginia Board of Nursing (License # 0019010801); Student Educator of Infant Massage through Infant Massage USA
Memberships: American Pregnancy Association
Provides: Healing Arts—Swedish through Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Massage; Hot Stone Massage; Prenatal and Post-Partum Massage; Infant Massage & Parent Infant Massage (privates and workshop training)
Crystal graduated from Heritage Massage Institute in Falls Church, VA in 2005 with a certificate in Massage Therapy & Bodywork. A 720-hour state-accredited program that included Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Swedish, Sports, Trigger Point Therapy and Deep Tissue courses.
Crystal has since obtained her National Certification in Massage & Bodywork and is registered with the NCBTMB. As a nationally-certified therapist, she provides many different types of massage techniques that will help to improve your physical, mental and emotional state caused by your daily stress. During the course of your massage. she will use different treatment options that best suit your individual needs.
Crystal specializes in prenatal and post-partum massage. Her goal is to provide nurturing mind and body care to women before, during and after their pregnancy. To continue working with mothers after delivery, Crystal has completed certification as an Educator of Infant Massage through Infant Massage USA. As an instructor, Crystal enjoys educating parents and caregivers on how to massage their infants; as well as getting to share this amazing moment in their lives.
Master Jeff Cook
Certifications: Master Level ranking in Kung Fu & . Master level degree in Herbal Medicine
Provides: Group & Private Tai Chi, Qi Gong & Other Chinese Martial Arts Classes; Body Mechanics & Corrective Functionality to Improve Balance, Posture, Flexibility & Strength for All (including Seniors); Self-Defense Instruction for Adults and Teens
Master Cook is a four-decades long practitioner of Chinese Martial Arts. He was greatly privileged to have studied under several of the highest ranking Chinese Martial Arts Masters to have taught in the United States. These included a Mainland China All China Champion, a Taiwan Champion, and a Director of the World Kung Fu Federation. He is himself a lineage holding Master of one of the several Kung Fu systems in which he has achieved Master level rank during his decades of study. He is extremely well-versed in the real, ancient Wei Chi, Nei Chi, and Qi Gong exercises handed down from Master to student, in some cases for near 2,700 years. He is highly educated in various forms of meditation and holds a Master level degree in Herbal Medicine. Master Cook is an expert practitioner and instructor of Nei Chi, Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong.
Master Cook's students are amazed at the gains they see from their practice—not only continuous improvement physically, but in their levels of ease and confidence. They say,
“Knowledge, superior teaching skill, patience, empathy and humor: Jeff imparts these characteristics and talents in each class he teachers. I always look forward to participating in his class.” – Susan O.
“Author and educator William Arthur Ward once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” Grandmaster Cook is all of these when imparting his vast knowledge of the martial arts. He is clear, understandable, and he does inspire. I highly recommend him.” –Tim O.
Certifications: 200-Hour Pranakriya Yoga Instructor; E-RYT 200; Prenatal Yoga, Pranakriya; Kripalu Yoga in Schools; Radiant Child Yoga; Dynamic Gentle Yoga; Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra; Approved Trainer, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education (OSSE/ECE) for the District of Columbia
Professional Affiliations: International Board of Certified Trainers; National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); Yoga Alliance, and the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA).
Provides: Private and group yoga instruction at Dream Yoga Studio, and brings Dream Yoga classes offsite to schools, businesses and organizations throughout the DC area, specializing in yoga for teachers, parents and children of all ages. Some classes offered include Yoga for the Overworked Professional (gentle stretch & strengthening), Yoga Parties for Kids & Adults, Preschool Yoga, and Family Yoga Dance (an interactive combination of traditional yoga postures with modern dance designed to improve health and strengthen the connection between adult and child).
Lisa began her yoga journey in 2001 as a student of Dream Yoga Founder and Director Luann Fulbright. Recognizing immediately the physical benefits of yoga and gradually uncovering its profound spiritual dimensions, Lisa was moved by her practice of Kripalu Yoga. Her busy life as a mother of two boys, active community volunteer, and full-time professional in the fields of human resources and early childhood education often relegated Lisa's yoga practice to the sidelines. However, the mat kept calling her back. In 2011, driven by the desire to bring yoga into the lives of the students and faculty at the Friendship Children's Center where she was Executive Director for almost 20 years, Lisa completed her 200-hour training in Pranakriya Yoga, a classic form of yoga taught in the tradition of Swami Kripalu. For the next three years, she further expanded her ability to support growing families with certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Kripalu Yoga in Schools, Radiant Child Yoga, Dynamic Gentle Yoga, and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra.
Lisa believes that yoga is a practice that brings strength, joy and richness to life. Yoga is a building block for creating a community of active, aware and compassionate citizens. Lisa’s long-time interest in serving children and families is supported by a BA in Psychology, with an emphasis on Child Psychology.
Yoga for Seniors Professional Training/Duke University/Integrative
Medicine, Dynamic Gentle Yoga
Professional Affiliations: Kripalu and Ayurveda Association (KYAA),
Yoga Alliance, and International Association of Yoga Therapists
Provides: Yoga and meditation instruction for groups and private students, inlcuding
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra
Colette, a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, has practiced yoga for over 15 years and enjoys sharing the benefits of yoga with others whether they are new to yoga or experienced. In addition to her training through Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health,Colette has completed the Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors Professional Training at Duke University/Integrative Medicine Campus. She continues her studies, attending workshops with a variety of master teachers.
She enjoys working with seniors and strongly believes that yoga is a wonderful way to heal body mind and spirit and to prevent illness. She believes in a holistic approach to well being and believes that, through proper nutrition, movement, breath work and meditation, one can achieve a healthy well-balanced lifestyle. There is no better investment than in one's health!
Colette feels that a consistent yoga practice benefits people of all ages and activity levels and strives to provide a welcoming, safe and noncompetitive class where students feel comfortable and enjoy themselves through mindful exploration of movement and breath. She recognizes that each individual experience is unique. Her hope is that each student will have a never-ending yoga journey that will help them to live a life of greater ease in a positive, happy, peaceful manner.
Colette comes to teaching yoga after a career in the commercial interior design field. She’s a mother of two grown sons, an avid gardener and community volunteer.
Certifications & Training: MSW; Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy - RYT-200; Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors - 87 Hours – Duke Integrative Medicine; Structural Yoga Therapy - 12 Hours; Vertebral Column: Anatomy, Asana & Therapeutics and Experiential Anatomy – 40 hours - Judith Hanson Lasater; Osteoporosis Principles for Practice - 6 hours – Sara Meeks; Integrative Restoration - iRest Yoga Nidra - Level 2 - 64 hours; Hips, Pelvis and Low Back Anatomy – 10 hours – Julie Gudmestad; Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease - 40 Hour Certification
Professional Affiliations: Yoga Alliance (YA), International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Registered Practicing Member - International Yoga Association (IYA), Northern Virginia Fall Prevention Coalition (NVFPC)
Provides: Therapeutic Yoga Classes and Private Sessions, Specialized Yoga Workshops, iRest and Classic Yoga Nidra
Bonnie is certified as a teacher of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, the only psycho-spiritual based yoga in the U.S. In addition, she has extensive training in therapeutic yoga that meets the unique needs of the aging body and mind. She continues to enhance her expertise through study with nationally renowned yoga teachers including; Betsey Downing, Judith Hanson Lasater, Ellen Saltonstall and Amy Weintraub.
Her classes are designed to address health challenges such as: high blood pressure, osteoporosis, heart disease, osteoarthritis, COPD, joint replacement, and Parkinson's disease. Bonnie’s teaching experience includes yoga classes for Boomers & Beyond: Dream Yoga Studio, senior centers, Sommerset Retirement Community, the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area and Inova HealthSource. This fall, Bonnie begins providing yoga through Fairfax County's Independent Living Project. She is collaborating with a local healthy lifestyle professional and a Tai Chi instructor to build the Northern Virginia Osteoporosis Resource Center.
Bonnie’s passion is sharing her knowledge and experience with others to ignite their curiosity and participation in the amazing journey of self discovery that can lead to balance, harmony and contentment. She has found that the unique approach of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is the perfect forum for investigating our inner wisdom and applying what we discover to our everyday interactions to live a life that is rich and meaningful. Bonnie’s classes facilitate students’ self-directed process of exploration while providing a safe space for students to learn from their own inner wisdom. She encourages students to observe their unique experience - their highest authority, and to be empowered by that learning to change and grow. As Carl Rogers said, “It is experience that I must return to again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming me.”
As a practitioner of yoga since 2003, asana, pranayama and meditation practices with their multitude of benefits have become an integral part of Bonnie’s daily lifestyle. She is a strong believer in cultivating a well-balanced lifestyle that encompasses all aspects of physical, emotional and spiritual health care; and continuously seeks information on traditional and innovative practices that enhance well-being. Bonnie is committed to serving others through sharing newfound possibilities with each and everyone with whom she has the privilege of teaching and learning from.
Also an EAP professional, Bonnie provides individual counseling, post-trauma intervention, management consultation and organizational development services. She has conducted trainings for employee groups including: Stress Management, Balancing Work and Family, Dealing with Difficult People and Healthy Lifestyles.
Certifications: M.A., 200 E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), 500-KYT Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, RYT-500; Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Instructor; Five-Element Yoga Instructor; Kripalu Yoga in the Schools; Dynamic Gentle Yoga; and Radiant Child Yoga; Advanced Level Reiki Certification in Usui System of Natural Healing
Professional Affiliations: Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA), and Yoga Alliance
Provides: Yoga and Yoga Nidra Guided Meditation Instruction for Teens, Tweens, Children, Families and Adults (Group Classes, Privates, Off-Site, and Parties); Freelance Musician/Music Booking (for a variety of venues, including yoga studios/events); and Life Coaching. Private Yoga Instruction includes Pre-Wedding Yoga for reducing stress and increasing joy.
After beginning her yoga practice as a teenager, Lauren quickly fell in love—finding that yoga helped her manage stress, the pressures of schoolwork, body image issues, and to feel more confident both on and off the mat.
Over the past decade, she has experienced firsthand how yoga can be a vital component in balancing the everyday pressures, work stresses and activities of a busy and fulfilling life. With the dream of extending these benefits to others, Lauren completed her 200-hour yoga teaching training under Kripalu Master Teacher Jovinna Chan. She completed her 300-Hour Kripalu Teacher Certification with a special focus on Guiding Meditation for Transformational Yoga; Instructing Yoga for Special Populations; and Leading Kripalu Vinyasa, Advanced Asana and Pranayama.
The daughter of Studio Director Luann Fulbright, Lauren is excited to be teaching at Dream Yoga, and enjoys bringing her love of creative languaging and expressive music to both her vinyasa flow classes for adults and children's/teen programming. She is especially delighted to teach tweens and teens, as she has had a long-held interest in working with young people.
Lauren also supports the Studio on the business side as Dream’s Marketing Manager. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and a M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs from American University.
Lauren hopes to share with both her students and the wider Dream community how the regular practice of Kripalu Yoga, Yoga Nidra and the yogic lifestyle can help you make lasting changes, find balance and peace, pursue your calling, and build a full and beautiful life.
Provides: Swedish to Deep Tissue/Sports Massage. Tui Na (Chinese Massage). Injury & Rehab Therapy. Bowenwork. Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Joint Mobilization. Muscle Energy Technique. Myofascial Trigger Point Release. Myoskeletal Alignment Technique. Neuromuscular Integration & Structural Alignment/Therapy. Prenatal (Pregnancy) Massage. Shiatsu/Acupressure. Strain/Counter Strain. Trigger(or Myodysneuric) Point Therapy
Chris Kahn has been a Massage Therapist for 13 years, offering clients an eclectic modality-based outcome-inspired approach to healing. Because he sees each patient as different and unique, he takes great care to explore with each one what technique is going to work best for them.
Chris specializes in Myofascial Release, which then usually leads to Trigger Point and Deep Tissue work, followed by Active Isolated Stretching(AIS). He also uses Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) on a regular basis, and is a certified Bowenwork Practitioner. Bowenwork is a very point-specific light touch therapy that enables the body to rebalance itself. He continues to be amazed by power of this method that features gentle moves promoting healing on physical, chemical, emotional, mental and energetic levels. People respond according to what their bodies need. Bowenwork is extremely effective in helping with acute and chronic ailments, including back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia and other conditions that often do not respond to more conventional approaches.
“Chris is terrific!” He asked a lot of questions, listened patiently to my replies, identified the sources of my pain, and has been helping me manage it successfully through a variety of massage and other techniques. My chronic sports - related pain is substantially less, and my injury related pain is gone. He has also worked with me on stretches and other exercises to do at home to prevent recurrences of my pain, or to manage it myself if I need to. He is professional, respectful and courteous and I highly recommend him.” – Jennifer C.
Professional Affiliations: Yoga Alliance, American Public Health Association
Provides: Group yoga instruction for children and adults. Private Reiki Energy Healing Sessions at Dream Yoga.
Mary began her yoga and meditation journey at age 11, after which time she practiced many different styles, on and off until 2004, when she began a regular practice. In 2017, she completed her yoga teacher training.
Called to be a healer before then, Mary earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology, focusing on how bio-psycho-social factors influence healthy human development throughout the lifespan. She served on the board of trustees of The Montessori School in Wilton, CT for 6 years, and during that time studied the work of Maria Montessori. In addition, Mary is a Reiki Master, Certified Life Coach, and has also studied herbalism, mandalas for healing, shamanism, EFT and feng shui. She also holds a BA in Fine Arts.
Mary has a passion for helping people of all ages develop mind, body and spirit wellness, and she does this through workshops, as well as yoga classes designed to nourish all aspects of the individual.
Provides: Group yoga instruction for teens and adults, including seniors. Private instruction for beginning or returning yoga students.
Nancy began her yoga journey in search of a physical adjunct to her meditation practice. The use of the breath and the attentiveness to the present moment while practicing brought increased depth to her meditation practice and provided a welcome respite from an all too busy life working on the Hill and tending to the needs of her family. She completed her teacher training with Frances Stahnke at Sacred Well Yoga Studio in 2009, and has been a regular student at Dream Yoga. A life-time learner, she has also studied with Erich Schiffmann, Kripalu’s Rudy Peirce (completing her Gentle Dynamic Yoga certification), Baxter Bell, M.D., and Amy Weintraub. From these master teachers and others, she learned the importance of alignment, of breath, of listening to one’s body, accepting it and being grateful for all it can do, whether or not handstand is ever achieved. After all, she says, “It’s all practice.” She invites practice with laughter and compassion, “so we can be more fully alive.” As Mahatma Gandhi said, “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Katherine 'Kat' Katz
Certifications: 500-KYT Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, RYT-500, NCMT
Provides: Yoga & Meditation Instruction
Kat began her yoga practice as a teenage student of DreamYoga Studio with Luann Fulbright, and has been teaching since 2004. Her love of yoga led her to seek basic and advanced yoga teacher training. She has taught all levels of yoga, from gentle to vigorous, at Dream Yoga and various area studios, and enjoys working with students of all abilities, including teens. She is not only a certified professional level Kripalu Yoga instructor, but also a massage therapist. She is also an artist and musician.
Teens enjoy Kats instruction, which is skilled as well as playful with postures. They find her to be someone they can relate to. Adults appreciate her emphasis on alignment, breath, and experiencing the present moment.
Certifications: M.A., 500-KYT Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, RYT 500
Professional Affiliations: Yoga Alliance, Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA)
Provides: Group yoga instruction for teens and adults, including seniors. Private instruction for beginning or returning yoga students.
Susan began her yoga journey in 2004 after encountering a studio owner while walking her dog. After 12 years in a hot yoga room, Susan decided to explore other styles (and temperatures) of yoga, which ultimately led her to becoming a yoga teacher. Her goal is to make yoga accessible to all people to reduce stress and anxiety, and provide the means to better connect with the body.
Teaching has always been incorporated in Susan’s life. After graduating with a B.S. in Family Studies, Susan worked as a community mental health counselor assisting clients in learning basic life skills. She then switched to the animal welfare field, first caring for animals before teaching humane education to D.C. school children. After her own two children entered elementary school, Susan earned her M.A. in English and Secondary Education licensure and taught in Fairfax County.
A new teacher to Dream Yoga, she is excited to share her love of yoga with all who come to Dream.
Certifications: Reiki Master, Certified Massage Therapist, Interplay Leader, Healing Light I and II, Healing Health Coach, Certified Laughter Leader; BA, Psychology
Professional Affiliations: Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Provides: Reiki, Aroma Touch Therapeutic Massage, Education on Doterra Essential Oils (including use of Zyto Compas Energy Body Scanning Technology), Healing Health Coach, InterPlay and Movement Instruction
Bernadette has been a massage therapist since 2005, after graduating from Tai Chi Massage School in Herndon, Va. She is passionate about using Certified-Pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils—what she calls “nature's medicine” – as a key part of her practice. Her Swedish massage with the oils is “not your normal” essential oil massage. The combination of the oils she uses, based on an intuitive and technology-supported scan and assessment of your body’s energy needs, enables her to use the oils to support your body’s own intelligence to heal--minimizing symptoms and addressing root causes of ailments. Her experience with and use of Reiki, Play and Movement, Health Coaching and laughter...combined with her gentle nature…makes a session with Bernadette particularly healing and, to many, life-changing.
A significant life event led Bernadette to her more naturalistic approach to healing. About 13 years ago, she went "Code Blue" in a hospital emergency room due to a reaction to antibiotics. The trauma induced a Grand Mal Seizure that left her in a coma for three days, as well as breaking two lumbar vertebrae in her back. While in the coma, she didn’t feel her body, just unconditional love and peace! For six months after awakening from the coma, she felt extreme pain from the broken ribs causing sleepless nights, difficulty breathing and unclear thinking. She discovered a strong mind-body connection between her thoughts, pain and healing her body. The body, she has confirmed, is an amazing tool that changes chemistry as thinking changes; with intricate emotional, mental, physical and spiritual connections. The more she noticed grievances, irritation and discomfort, she found herself saying, "Oh, here is an opportunity to heal." Bernadette has helped people address back and other pain, insomnia, anxiety, ADHD, IBS, hormonal imbalance, asthma, sprains and breaks, nausea, cancer recovery, more. She is delighted to be able to help facilitate healing for you at Dream.
Certifications: 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga Instructor (KYT); 500 RYT; E-RYT 200 & YACEP; Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certification; Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Professional Affiliations: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Yoga Alliance
Provides: Private and group instruction in a variety of yoga styles – from Gentle to Vinyasa. She is also experienced in teaching in corporate settings, including those classes offered by Dream's Corporate Yoga program.
Catha began practicing yoga in 2003 and has taught since 2011. She left her 23-year corporate life behind to focus full time on her love for helping others through yoga. Yoga has calmed, healed and rejuvenated her throughout life’s ups and downs. So Catha is passionate about sharing yoga as a means for others to experience these same benefits.
Catha has also trained and practiced as a Life and Leadership Coach. She discovered that there is tremendous synergy between yoga and coaching: Both promote self-awareness and self-discovery as means to profound transitions and transformation. They both provide the tools to help us better cope and even thrive in our fast-paced, chaotic, technology-driven world.
Certifications: 200-hour Pranakriya Yoga & RYT, Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga, 80-Hour Dynamic Gentle Yoga, and Advanced Level Reiki Certification in the Usui System of Natural Healing
Professional Affiliations: Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA), International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Alliance
Provides: Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Instruction at Dream & for businesses/organizations
As an owner and manager of a small business, Alicia embraces a regular yoga practice as part of a commitment to live a more balanced life. As she began to experience the many gifts a regular practice bestows—including an expanded sense of awareness and well-being—she was inspired to share and to help make it more accessible to family, friends, staff and colleagues.
In addition to instructing Group classes and Private sessions at Dream, she takes her Yoga teaching and Reiki healing ‘on-the-road.’ A long-time student of Luann’s (Dream Yoga’s Founder & Director) and Kripalu Yoga, Alicia is certified, RYT-200 in Pranakriya Yoga, based in the Kripalu Yoga tradition; Reiki, Level 2, based in the Usui Tradition; and a Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Instructor.
Certifications: 500-Hour KYT Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher; Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Instructor; Dynamic Gentle Yoga, Parayoga (in process) and A Year of Living Mindfully with Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC.
Professional Affiliations: Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA) and Yoga Alliance
Provides: Private and Group Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Meditation
Nevin is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher by Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and she considers herself a lifelong student of yoga. Her style is a blend of classical hatha yoga, joy of movement and mindfulness. She guides accessible yoga, using a self-empowering and mindful approach that facilitates deep release for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. She finds yoga as a means to maintain balance and increase resiliency against the demands of our overscheduled, busy, stressful lives.
While continuing with her corporate job, Nevin leads yoga and meditation programs, including at the World Bank. She has been practicing and studying yoga and different styles of meditation under a rich and eclectic variety of teachers for more than 15 years.
Nevin’s intention is to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness and to incorporate them into our daily lives to increase compassionate self-acceptance and get in touch with the very essence of who we are.
Visit her at on facebook at: www.facebook.com/Nevsjourney and
Provides: Meditation Instruction, MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), Tai-Chi, EFT (Emotional Freedom - Tapping), and Personal Stress Management Coaching
Jon Waterman began practicing yoga and meditation while teaching the martial arts in the early 70s. Since then, he has studied extensively with teachers from around the world with a concentration, since 1994, on Buddhist insight meditation. Over the past two decades, he has strengthened his personal practice by attending over 100 retreats and workshops. The majority of these being seven to thirty-day, silent, residential retreat settings.
His meditation classes, workshops and retreats focus on reducing stress and strengthening continuity of present moment awareness by synthesizing mindful movement, various meditation techniques and insight dialogue within a relaxed environment. He is one of the founding directors of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and has been a member of that organization’s Teacher’s Council since its inception.
In 2007, Jon found a consortium of instructors and students of the internal arts known as the Peaceable Dragon and rejuvenated his practice of the Yang style of tai chi. The moderate and easy flowing method of this style makes it safe and easy to learn, a joy to practice, and one of the most popular of all tai chi styles.
Jon is fortunate to be able to dedicate his career to this work. His courses are well-received in high school, hospital, prison, business and medical research environments. He enjoys a successful personal coaching practice and is a founding partner of Mind-Body Health Associates, a group dedicated to bringing stress reduction programs into the community and workplace.