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
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.
Amy is a 500 hour registered Yoga teacher, and has been practicing yoga since childhood. She has an advanced teaching certificate from OM Yoga Center with Cyndi Lee.She was also certified by Judith Hanson Lasater and Roger Cole to teach Restorative Yoga, by Tari Prinster to teach OM Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors, and by Bec Conant to teach OM Prenatal Yoga.
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.
Devon has been leading flavorful Zumba classes since 2011. Class participants can expect to move to fun and heart-warming music from a wide variety of genres. When she’s not having a blast dancing, she is working on her Master’s degree in Acupuncture.
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~
Moving into 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.
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.
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!
Mixed Level and Intermediate 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.
Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2
Kate received her 200-hour yoga teaching certification fromTranquil 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.
Maria has been practicing yoga for 14 years in Spain, Mexico and the Washington DC area.
She enjoys helping students incorporate the principles of yoga in their daily life. She believes that most people come to Yoga classes looking for a meaningful way to release stress, mentally as well as physically. Gaining strength in both areas is the ultimate goal of Maria’s Yoga class.
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)
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.
Hatha Flow Level 2
Cathy has been a yoga instructor in the DC area for more than ten years. She loves what yoga focuses on: the infinite possibilities for self-transformation, physical and spiritual strength, and appreciation for life. Cathy identifies her approach as one of exploration, a search for inner-balance, and being in touch with one’s body. She feels yoga can release the tension that can accumulate in the body and mind due to the realities of living in today’s fast-paced world. Her own practice has helped her to be more resilient and flow with the challenges of life. Cathy’s classes are centering, grounding, challenging and spiritual.
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.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Level 1/2
Juli spent many years putting her body through the paces with competitive sports and physical fitness regimens before arriving on the mat. She teaches an energetic and challenging, yet safe and alignment-focused Vinyasa flow and believes humor and a sense of fun always have a place in yoga.
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, inpsired Julie to become a licensed Pilates for Buff Bones® instructor.
After spending a year long residency at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Leyla became a Certified Yoga Instructor in 1998. Since then, Leyla has been fortunate to teach yoga to at a variety of locations including Glen Echo Park, Whitman Walker Clinic, the FTC, and the Supreme Court. Her progressive teaching style allows each student to move deeper into their practice within a supportive and compassionate atmosphere. Leyla choreograph’s her class to flow while at the same time providing clear alignment cues to create a safe atmosphere for each student to feel their inherit strength and light.
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.
Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2
Stephanie earned her 200 hour yoga teaching certificate at the Mindfulness Center in Bethesda. As an avid triathlete, Stephanie initially found >oga as a means to build physical strength and flexibility. She quickly realized that yoga brings so much more to life and now practices daily to bring balance and presence to each day. Stephanie enjoys an alignment based practice with some vinyasa sequences built in to build heat and energy.
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.
Rise and Shine Beginners Yoga
Aymara Ayala (Aymi) is currently studying to be a Speech Language Pathologist at the University of Maryland. She completed her teacher training last June and enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with students of all ages. Aymi loves teaching early morning classes!
Rise and Shine Level 1/2
With Jen’s classes, your breath will weave together the wisdom of your body, the compassion of your heart and the focus of your mind. This will help you release trapped patterns and come into greater joy through your own creative expression. Jen incorporates kriyas, pranayama, deep core work, holding of poses and meditation into a creative and playful Vinyasa Flow asana practice. Coaching people as a personal trainer since 2002 has provided Jen with unique insights into the biomechanics and kinesthetics of asanas. Her background in the performing arts, martial arts and sacred arts also serves to take you deeper into your practice.
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
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.