Meet Our Wonderful Instructors & Healing Arts Service Providers!
Experienced. Well-Trained. Professional. Dedicated. Caring. Holistic.
The teachers at Dream Yoga are the best! They have training in a variety of yoga, meditation, tai chi and other holistic disciplines that are proven to enhance health, well-being and personal transformation. All have made their teaching and services central to their lives. For us, teaching and coaching …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.
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Certifications: M.A., 500 E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), 500-KYT (Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teache)r, 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.
In addition to teaching yoga and Life Coaching, Lauren is a professional singer/songwriter and journalist in the DC area. Visit her at www.laurenfulbright.com and find her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/laurenfulbrightmusic. For music booking and other inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Certifications: CMT, NCTMB
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!
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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.
Maria Patricia Diaz
Certifications: MS, KYT-200 (Kripalu Yoga Teacher), RYT-200® (Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance), and Health Supportive Chef from The Natural Gourmet Institute
Professional Affiliations: National Yoga Alliance, Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Association of Talent Development (ATD)
Provides: Yoga Basics and meditation instruction for group classes and private clients. Life and professional/executive coaching.
Patricia’s yoga journey began in 1989 when she was diagnosed with stage four terminal cancer. During the most difficult time in her life, and with the help of friends, family and life mentors, she turned to yoga, plant-based diets, and other wellness techniques to manage her crisis and then gently restore her health after cancer treatments.
The lessons Patricia learned and years of yoga practice led to an enthusiasm for well-being, a search for a depth of knowledge, and provided a compass for her life and career. In 2019, motivated by a desire to start sharing this knowledge with others, she completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. It also led her to pursue training in the plant-based chef program at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City.
Patricia’s teaching style reflects the influence of gurus and teachers that have come into her life. She is passionate about teaching the foundations of yoga to beginners and all ... partly because she spent many years working on the basics, but also because she believes that anyone – no matter the physical challenge – can practice yoga. She loves to help others connect with their inner wellness coach, and she believes that a genuine practice starts with a strong foundation honoring the principles of ‘ahimsa’ – first do no harm.
Patricia is also a writer, health-supportive chef, and a human resources expert. Visit her website and “Colorful Ever After” blog about her lessons learned after cancer at www.mpatriciadiaz.com.
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Certifications: B.A., KYT-200, RYT-200, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors Professional Training/Duke University/Integrative Medicine, Dynamic Gentle Yoga Teacher Certificate (60 hours with Rudy Peirce/Kripalu); and Yoga for Healthy Aging (39 hous with Baxter Bell MD & Melina Meza)
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, including Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra Meditation
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.
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Certifications: PhD, RYT 200, Children’s Yoga 20 Hour, Reiki Master
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.
Certifications: 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga Instructor (KYT); E-RYT 500 & 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.
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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.
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Certifications: 500 Hr-KYT Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher; Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra; Dynamic Gentle Yoga; Qigong Practice Leader by Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi. IFS (Internal Family Systems) Level 1 certified practitioner. Also completing two-year mindfulness meditation teacher training by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, led by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
Professional Affiliations: Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (KYAA), Yoga Alliance, National Qigong Association
Provides: Private and Group Yoga, Yoga Nidra, QiGong, Meditation and IFS-Based Life Coaching
Nevin is a strong believer of “body benefits from movement and mind benefits from stillness.” In her yoga classes, she might add in energetic aspects of Qigong to create a richer practice. She also includes many mindful inquiries in the movement practices to invite the practitioners to be aware of the interplay between the body and mind.
She guides accessible yoga, using a self-empowering and mindful approach that facilitates deep release and inner connection for beginners as well as experienced practitioners.
Her career history includes a unique blend of over 20 years of corporate work at the WBG with over seven years of movement and mindfulness meditation teaching and life coaching.
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 www.moveintostillness.com; https://www.facebook.com/Investinyourselfnow. For contact email@example.com.
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.
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