Heidi Kenty, RYT-200, has been practicing yoga since 2004 when she began as a student at CNY Yoga Center in Syracuse, NY. Heidi found an instant love once she started her personal practice and soon became eager to explore the philosophy of yoga in greater depth. She felt centered and surrounded by an immense sense of peace after each class that was undeniable. This led her to New York City, where she completed her 200-hour Life of a Yogi teacher training immersion with the legendary Sri Dharma Mittra in June, 2009. Heidi will be pursuing her 500-hour certification with Dharma Mittra this Fall. Heidi maintains the tradition of living the life of a yogi and leading by example, including observation of a yogic lifestyle and maintenance of a vegetarian diet. She has a passion for and feels fortunate to be able to share the knowledge gained during her journey thus far, including the Yamas (ethical rules) and Niyamas (observances) as the foundation of any yogic practice. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to bring her teaching style to Sage Yoga in Damascus. Heidi would like to express deep love and gratitude for her beloved teachers along this path, Sri Dharma Mittra, Saraswati Om, Andrei Ram, and Lisa Sarick. As the owner of Sage Yoga, Heidi is enthusiastic about continuing to cultivate a sense of community as well as provide an atmosphere for personal growth and well-being for her students. She looks forward to meeting each and every one of you-see you on the mat!
Charlsie Sienkwicz took her first yoga class at Montgomery College and instantly fell in love with the practice. She soon thereafter pursued her 200-hour certification from Thrive Yoga in Rockville. Yoga has helped her cope with many life struggles, find strength and balance, and learn to s-l-o-w down; both on and off the mat. Though first attracted to yoga for the physical benefits, with her natural curiousity for the metaphysical world, it did not take long for Charlsie to experience the true power of yoga
Dorota Presnar‘s journey into yoga began in 2007 and in 2013 she completed her certification through Thrive Yoga in Rockville, MD. Currently she is pursuing her 300-hour teacher training and she couldn’t be more excited to continue her adventures with yoga. Dorota wants to share the benefits of yoga with others and help them discover and continue their own journey. She enjoys watching her students grow and loves how much she learns from each person she encounters in her classes. Yoga benefited Dorota in many ways, both physically and emotionally, and she has a deep desire to share that with her students. She is very enthusiastic, encouraging, and strives to keep her classes fun. Dorota likes to find creative ways of modifying poses to incorporate movement and help her students find connections with their body and breathing, while heightening awareness. Her classes can be challenging, but she also makes them fun and everybody can find something that will suit their body and their mind.
Paige Schreiner, RYT-200, began her yoga practice as a young child of the 70s by watching Lilias! Yoga and You on TV… and never looked back. Continuing a sometimes sporatic, sometimes dedicated yoga practice through young adulthood, Paige got serious with her dedication to yoga in her mid-thirties and eventually decided to take the plunge and became a certified yoga instructor in 2009 (Yama Studio, Baltimore). Soon after, recognizing the need for sacred yoga space in Damascus, she opened Paige One Yoga & Wellness Center, which has changed owners and grown into our current beautiful hometown studio, Sage Yoga. Paige believes that yoga is for everyone and teaches yoga that is fun, accessible and real for anyone who steps into her class. She is also a certified Kids Yoga and Prenatal Yoga instructor. When not on the mat, Paige embraces farm to table organic cooking and eating, volunteering in the community, and trying to keep up with her two teenage daughters.
Linda Evans brings a joyful approach to yoga, creating a supportive class environment and encouraging mindfulness and alignment. As a former Montgomery County Public Schools music teacher, she blends her talents for teaching with her love of yoga. Linda Evans, RYT 200, completed her Yoga Teacher Training at The Yoga Center of Columbia in 2008, Anusara Immersion in 2010, and Anusara Teacher Training at Willow Street Yoga in 2012. Linda has been practicing and studying yoga since 1996 and shares a deep connection with her teachers. When Linda is not practicing yoga, she enjoys a game of tennis or a bike ride on local country roads.
Jessica Apo (E-RYT 500, RPYT, Teacher Trainer) Jess teaches with enthusiasm and compassion allowing students to honor their own practice and explore like no one else is looking. Her crystal clear instruction and strong alignment cueing keeps students safe and present. She encourages students to pay close attention to their own experience by feeling breath, body, and energetic movement as a way to surrender to their moment. Her students have the opportunity to explore their “edge” through awareness and connection to their own spirit. Her passion for yoga and fun loving attitude shine through in her classes!
Padma (Wanda Perkins) is an Integral Yoga teacher who received her 200 hour certification at the the Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, VA. Her class focuses on the subtler aspects of Yoga, such as mind and body awareness, yogic breathing, sound energy, and meditation. In her personal practice, she has explored many styles of yoga since her first Sivananda class in 2003, and has found she is drawn to traditional styles. She loves learning and talking about yogic philosophy, and finding ways to integrate yoga into all aspects of life. She is continuously realizing and enjoying the many benefits of yoga, and is grateful for the opportunity to share these with her students.
Chris Calvelli began her practice over a decade ago when she was seeking the physical benefits of yoga. She immediately found herself on a path to learn more about its spiritual aspects and traditions. Inevitably she sought a path to Prana Flow teacher certification with the intention not only to learn for herself, but to share the transformative power of yoga practice with others. In her classes she creates a fun, inviting and balanced atmosphere incorporating mindfulness, breathing techniques, physical strength and flexibility. In addition to teaching yoga, Chris is also a mother of two teenage boys and has co-authored a spiritual trilogy, “33 Chapters of Life.”
Elaine MacDougall completed her 200 hour Teacher Training certification through Jala Yoga in Shepherdstown, WV. She is interested in the practice of Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, holding poses for longer periods of time to intensify the stretch and find quiet and stillness in the body. Her classes include a variety of asanas (poses) for all body types and levels, a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere, and elements of aromatherapy to help soothe the soul. Elaine also teaches writing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Community College of Baltimore County. She enjoys integrating her love of poetry into her yoga practice.
Kelly Adams began her yoga journey in 2008. Since then, she has adapted a healthier lifestyle and is able to find more peace and balance in her everyday life. Kelly completed her 200-hour teacher training with Charm City Yoga during the Summer of 2013 and is currently enrolled in the 500-hour teacher training program at Charm City Yoga as well. Her nurturing and peaceful energy helps students to relax in challenging poses. Her Vinyasa flow-style classes focus on building balance, strength, and flexibility. She encourages students to embrace self-acceptance and hopes to help them find some inner peace.
Maria Littlefield (Children’s Yoga Instructor) A yoga practitioner for many years, in 2009 Maria trained in the Radiant Child Yoga program with Shakta Kaur Khalsa. Since then she has taught yoga classes for tots to teens, in addition to Girl Scout yoga workshops, yoga birthday parties and yoga camps. With a degree in Horticulture and working as an artist, she often incorporates her love of plants, nature and art into her class plans. Recently Maria has found the blessings of Therapeutic Essential Oils and feels passionate about sharing the knowledge of self care in safe and natural ways. Maria also works as a prop designer and set painter in local theater.
Tara Lemerise, E-RYT 200, was expecting the Ashtanga Primary Series but ended up in a restorative yoga class instead. From then on, she was hooked on restorative yoga. The sweet sense of tranquility she experienced in that class was a big part of what inspired her to complete teacher training at Willow Street Yoga in 2005. She is now known for leading deeply calming and nurturing restorative yoga practices. Tara’s intellectual curiosity, strong understanding of anatomy, and skillful use of props helps students optimize the healing power of restorative practice. Everyone leaves feeling more joyful and more at ease after each class.