Simon Says Yoga

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.

* Learn More About Our Teachers Below *


Meet Our Instructors


Shauna Simon (Hatha Flow, Beginner's Yoga, Senior Yoga, Yoga for the Deaf, Kids and Teen Yoga)Shauna Simon, owner  –  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, 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 & peaceful life.  She is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher, 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.


susan-blake-picSusan, manager  –  Yin Yoga/Yin and Restore

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. She 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.


AnnepicAnne  –  Senior Yoga, Beginners 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.


neva photoNeva –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 ( 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.


Gayatri (Prenatal Yoga, Baby & Me and Beginner's Yoga)Gayatri-Super Gentle Yoga / Yoga for Balance

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  –  Gentle Yoga

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!


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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Lika –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.

amberlynAmberlyn – Vinyasa Flow Level 2/Meditation

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, she integrates knowledge of modern psychology with the ancient wisdom of yoga, viewing both sets of teachings as opportunities for diminishing suffering and understanding and improving the human condition.

Sarah FSarah  –  Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2

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.  She 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 journey of self-inquiry and move toward more ease and greater balance on the mat and in their lives.

Joci picJocelyn (Joci)  –  Family 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.


Elissa Kellet PicElissa Kellett – Vinyasa
Flow Level 1/2 

Elissa came to yoga to heal aninjury. An avid cyclist and all around exercise enthusiast she had previously pursued strength training over flexibility. What she found through yoga was a caring community, greater strength and flexibility, and the gift of focus and learning to be present in the moment. Friends encouraged her to become a yoga instructor and it was at a Simon Says retreat that she decided to take her practice to the next level, and to gain the knowledge to introduce others to yoga. Elissa’s style is athletic, authentic and accessible.

Gurjeet- Beginners + Intermediate Mat Pilates  |  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.


julie begun pic updatedJulie  –  Beginners + 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.


Jocelyn MurrayJocelyn  –  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 MA certified Pilates instructor and leads challenging and thoughtful classes.


Ghita_JPGhita  –  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.


Jessica RebarberJessica  –  Zumba!

Jessica brings her energetic dance style to each Zumba class. She has been doing Zumba for three years and loves sharing this fun experience with others.  Jessica has been involved in the dance community ever since she can remember, including 10 years of hip hop dance training and two years of jazz dance. During college, she choreographed dance routines and performed in a hip hop performance group, as well as taught Zumba classes to college students. She is excited to offer a fun opportunity for Simon Says Yoga members to shake up their workout routine and join her fitness dance party!

devin m picDevin  –  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.


Rajiv – Mixed Level Vinyasa Yoga

Rajiv received his yoga teaching certification from Laughing Lotus in New York in 2011.  He first began practicing to connect with his spiritual and cultural roots and reverse the effects of sitting at a desk and the other sedentary influences of modern life.  Rajiv challenges his students to ground themselves in the present moment while working to mindfully create space and open the physical body for experiencing improved energy flow in daily life.  He also maintains a regular meditation practice and has studied extensively at the Kadampa Meditation Center in NY and the Amitayus Buddhist Center in Philadelphia.


Nooshen picNooshen
Rise and Shine Yoga, Level 1/2

Teaching 10+ years and loving every minute of it.  I am passionate about more than the postures respecting their value and proper place.  I live my yoga, to the best of my ability, on and off the mat. My teacher has taught me the principals of alignment and their importance in daily life. We are not only aligning our bodies but also our hearts.
My style is heart, breath and alignment which I remind myself and my students consistently. My favorite part of teaching is the central focus of the breath, and showing students how the breath transforms them dynamically. I welcome all types of students.  It is my hope to help others access their peace and joy through yoga and to help them realize their full potential to live in the present moment and be happy and healthy.