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Our Vision

Simon Says Yoga

 

Shauna’s vision for Simon Says Yoga is a place to feel at home with teachers who really pay attention and give care to each student; a place to improve inner and outer strength, bringing balance and calm into your every day life.… and for all who come to be able to nurture themselves; to achieve more flexibility and a balance between strength and softness.

The studio has come to be a gathering of community, a place to be inspired, to take time to breathe and rejuvenate.
Simon Says Yoga is truly a family creation, with custom made wooden creations by Shauna’s husband and son, Stefan and Zach, and hand dyed clothing and bolsters made by Shauna’s daughter, Shabd. They all came together to thoughtfully design a natural, handcrafted environment for people to be able to feel warmth and clarity in their surroundings and in themselves.

When you visit our studio you will leave feeling energized, balanced and with a sense of peace in your life.

 

Meet Our Instructors

Shauna Simon (Hatha Flow, Beginner's Yoga, Senior Yoga, Yoga for the Deaf, Kids and Teen Yoga)Shauna Simon

Beginners Yoga, Senior Yoga, Kids Yoga

Shauna discovered Yoga at age 17 in a search for self discovery and an experience apart from the norm. She lived in a Yoga community (ashram) for over 20 years, traveling to India several times and truly integrating the practice of yoga into her everyday life. She brought up her children from birth with Yoga and Meditation as a building block in order to face the challenges of life with the tools to live an insightful, mindful and peaceful life.

Shauna is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher, is an eRYT (approved to teach other teachers) and has certifications in Sivananda Yoga and YogaFit. In addition, she has Kid’s Yoga Certificates in Calming Kids Yoga, Budding Yogis and from the Asheville School of Yoga.

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Senior Yoga, Gentle Yoga

Anne has been practicing yoga for 30 years. She is a 200 hour registered teacher who received her training from Thrive at Simon Says Yoga and a certification from Peggy Cappy’s Yoga for the Rest of Us. Anne focuses on working with seniors and those who are recovering from injuries by providing adaptive modifications when needed. With her encouraging teaching approach, Anne focuses on her students’ strengths in order to support their personal journeys throughout each class.

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Rise and Shine Yoga (Vinyasa Flow 1/2)

Neva Ingall is a certified yoga therapist, ERYT 500, director of Inner Domain 5 Element Yoga Teacher Training program (innerdomain.org) and certified Yoga and Ayurvedic Counselor, with experience in Yoga spanning 30 years. Her unique background in classical dance, spiritual studies and yoga gave her the opportunity to be at the forefront of a small movement of instructors that began Vinyasa (flow) yoga in the United States. Neva’s intention is to help students access their inner Guru, providing tools to manifest your fullest potential as a human being, a yogi, a student and a teacher, from the most physical to the most subtle internal level.

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Ghita

Zumba!

Ghita moved to the DC area in 2008 from Finland. She has a background in salsa dancing and has performed with salsa and reggaeton groups in Finland. In DC, she got hooked on Zumba and became an instructor in 2012. She is also a certified Zoca instructor who has totally fallen in love with the African-Caribbean dance fever! Ghita’s classes are high energy and fun~

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Meditation

Devin is a practitioner and teacher of Mindfulness Meditation. He practices with the intention of cultivating awareness and compassion, and he shares the teachings with the hope that others might discover the happiness and peace that he has found. He has studied Insight Meditation and maintained a daily practice since 2011, including several weeks of silent residential retreats. Devin has studied under Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and Jonathan Foust, among many others.

Gayatri (Super Gentle Yoga)Gayatri

Super Gentle Yoga

Gayatri has been practicing yoga for more than a decade. She specializes in yoga for kids — from toddlers to teenagers, prenatal yoga, and baby and me yoga. Gayatri has an intuitive understanding of how yoga can address the needs and concerns of the populations she works with and adapts her classes to meet students right where they are.

Gretchen (Gentle Yoga and Family Yoga)Gretchen

Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra – iRest

Gretchen considers yoga to be the perfect path for lifelong learning and personal growth, and feels that our bodies provide rich terrain for such studies. Having studied with yoga teachers of diverse traditions and styles, Gretchen’s classes are eclectic in nature, and reflect her experience teaching a variety of populations such as kids, teenagers, prenatal moms, and mid-lifers like herself!

Gurjeet (Mixed Level and Intermediate Pilates)Gurjeet

Mixed Level and Intermediate Pilates
Tween/Teen Pilates

Gurjeet has been practicing the Pilates method for eight years and is certified through the 700 hour plus Articulate Eye teacher training program. She enjoys sharing the experience of strength and sense of well being that Pilates brings.

Kate KuhnKate

Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2

Kate received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from Tranquil Space in Washington, DC. She believes that our experiences on the mat have so much to teach us about our lives off the mat. Her style is nurturing and creative, and she encourages her students to evolve in their practice in their                                              own way, at their own pace.

Jayanti

Restorative Yoga

Jayanti has been practicing yoga for 30+ years, teaching for 10+ and has 700 hours of formal training: 200 hr. general yoga; 500 hr. Kripaulu and 200 hr. Iyengar Therapeutic.  Jayanti is keen on guiding her students through the subtle practice of tuning into body intelligence for stability and ease as opposed to grasping at a perfect pose. This style of yoga is very beneficial to those with pain, injuries, and stress.

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Vinyasa Flow Yoga Level 1/2, Level 2

Jen is a 200 hour registered Yoga Teacher and certified Pilates instructor. She has been teaching healthy and healing movement for nearly 20 years. She received her certification from The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO in 1993 and has studied ashtanga, vinyasa flow, and hatha yoga. Jen brings a kind heart and a keen eye to her classes, creating a generous and yet disciplined environment.

Jocelyn Khalifa (Joci)

Kids Yoga

Joci feels so fortunate to work with children and yoga, her two loves. She is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher with a specialization in children and families. Joci has taught Preschool 13 years. She believes that all children are innately intelligent, joyful, and spiritual. Through mindfulness and yoga we can support them in maintaining their unique connection while creating calm and encouraging self-awareness and self-confidence.

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Mat Pilates Mixed Level

Jocelyn began her Pilates training in Fuse Pilates with Mariska Breland in 2010 and completed her Comprehensive Pilates certification with Body, Art and Sciences (BASI) in 2012. In 2008, she had the great honor of studying Ashtanga yoga with Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. Jocelyn is a PMA certified Pilates instructor and leads challenging and thoughtful classes. 

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Julie

Beginner’s and Intermediate Mat Pilates

Julie has been practicing pilates for over 10 years and is completing her 725 hour teacher certification program through Body Precision, a renowned pilates studio in Bryn Mawr, PA. She tries to ensure that for every student pilates enhances strength, balance and agility, and also invigorates the mind. Her interest in how pilates can keep us healthy and supple as we age, inspired Julie to become a licensed Pilates for Buff Bones® instructor.

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Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2, Beginners Yoga

Lika was drawn to yoga as a way to maintain  flexibility and strength and soon discovered the full power of yoga, as a path to becoming a more balanced, compassionate and happy person. Lika teaches vinyasa flow style yoga, focusing on creating a comfortable, safe and non-competitive space.

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Vinyasa Flow Level 1 and Level 2

Amberlyn has been teaching yoga for the last decade and hopes to share with students the experience of being fully alive and in the present moment.  She invites individual exploration of the body, breath, mind, and heart as she believes that each student is their own best teacher and that through the practice of yoga, all aspects of the self can be united. Amberlyn enjoys teaching beginners, teachers and everyone in between. As a clinical psychologist, Amberlyn integrates the knowledge of modern psychology with the ancient wisdom of yoga and views both sets of teachings as opportunities for diminishing suffering and understanding and improving the human condition.

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Beginners Yoga, Back to Basics

Sarah began yoga to help recover from a knee injury after many years of professional modern dancing took its toll on her body.  She found not only a physically healing practice but also tools to live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.  Sarah completed her training with Max Strom, and has assisted him with teacher trainings in DC, VA and PA.  Sarah’s teaching style is both gentle and invigorating, emphasizing alignment and breath-initiated movement. Her ultimate intention is to deliver a safe and challenging practice, allowing students of all levels to take their own journeys of self-inquiry and move toward more ease and greater balance, on the mat and in their lives.

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Tween Teen Yoga

Celia has practiced yoga for many years in many different countries, Simon Says Yoga was where she earned her 200 hour certification last year. As a High School teacher, she is thrilled and enthusiastic about teaching yoga, and loves the combination of mindfulness and fitness that practice

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Tween Teen Yoga

Geneva began teaching yoga in Amman, Jordan in 2005. She is a certified ParaYoga teacher and registered 500-hour Yoga Alliance teacher.

Geneva creates a safe, warm, and welcoming space where students are encouraged to listen and respond to their bodies’ changing needs. Students can rely on her to provide external alignment cues to keep them safe, and humor and curiosity to explore the practice.  Her goal in teaching is to help her students be more aware and connected to mind, body, breath, and energy, so that they are better able to make choices that bring them long-term good health and well-being.

She also enjoys sharing the gifts (and fun!) of yoga with families and children. She completed the Budding Yogi Teaching Yoga to Kids Certification in 2009.

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Yoga Basics

Susan has been committed to an alignment based Hatha and Iyengar yoga practice for over a dozen years.  Her practice has been an insightful and compassionate guide to cultivating balance, flexibility and strength in all aspects of her life.
Susan completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with the Simon Says Yoga family and looks forward to sharing her experience and enthusiasm for healthy movement with you.

 Sara Lubeck

Vinyasa Flow Yoga Level 1/2

Sara has enjoyed a yoga practice in varying forms for the last two decades.  She has been influenced by many teachers and students along the way, but cites Max Strom as being the most influential.  She believes that our yoga practice can enliven us and awaken a connection to ourselves and everything around us.  Sara’s class is intended to be safe and healing for the body, mind, and spirit.  Her classes are taught without music, with focus on the breath, alignment, and the connection of movement between postures.