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
Hatha Flow, Beginners Yoga, Senior Yoga, Kids/Teen 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 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 to teach Restorative Yoga, by Tari Prinster to teach OM Yoga for Women Cancer Survivors, and by Bec Conant to teach OM Prenatal Yoga.
Hatha Yoga Level 2
David became certified to teach Transcendental Meditation in 1972 and has been teaching something ever since. He studied in Mysore, India with Pattabhi Jois the founder of Ashtanga yoga. Currently David likes to combine the awareness of the breath work of Svastha with the physical form of Ashtanga.
Zumba!!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.
Vinyasa Flow Level 1 and our #1 reliable and wonderful sub
Emily first came to yoga as a teenager and has joyfully returned again and again. Her playful classes feature dynamic postures that can be made accessible to all participants, alignment-focused cues and adjustments, and intelligent sequences that promote a strong, centered, and nimble practice. Emily is certified at the 200-hour level in the Vinyasa tradition.
Super Gentle Yoga, Prenatal 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.
Gentle Yoga, Family Yoga, Restorative 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!
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 Level 1/2, Beginners
Ha started her teacher training in Hawaii with Baron Baptiste, and received her RYT200 certification in 2011. She rounded out her year by going to Level 2 Bootcamp in Austin TX. In her classes, she likes to have fun with her students but also give them a challenging and inspiring and memorable experience.
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.
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Level 1/2, Level 2/3
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.
Vinyasa Flow Level 1 and Level 1/2, Family Yoga
Jill has been joyfully practicing yoga since 1996 and is both certified as a Budding Yogis kids yoga instructor as well as a RYT at the 200-Level through Inner Domain. She brings a combination of playfulness and depth to her kids classes and a challenging and rejuvenating environment to her vinyasa flow practice.
Jill, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, has studied yoga for more than 20 years and has taught yoga and meditation for more than 8 years. Jill’s hatha yoga classes create a safe and nurturing space where students can have fun, challenge themselves, increase self-awareness, and find balance on the mat and in their lives.
Mat Pilates Mixed LevelJocelyn 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 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.
Kate teaches Prenatal Yoga and HypnoBirthing classes. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 10 years and truly enjoys sharing and teaching expecting Moms. Kate hopes to connect the community of Moms and expecting Moms one breath at a time.
Senior Yoga and Yoga 101 (Yoga Basics)
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
Leslie has over 20 years of experience in health & wellness. Beginning as a gymnast and head coach, she also spent a decade as a personal trainer. Leslie enjoys helping people develop a healthy relationship with food based on her background as a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Leslie currently teaches yoga classes, private yoga clients, wellness workshops & retreats. Leslie holds an RYT 200 hr certification in Hatha Yoga and a Budding Yogis Certification in Children’s Yoga. Leslie’s favorite aspect of teaching is simply being in the moment, learning from her students.
Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2
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.
Align and Flow
Stephanie earned her 200 hour yoga teaching certificate at the Mindfulness Center in Bethesda. As an avid triathlete, Stephanie initially found yoga 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, Vinyasa Flow Level 2
Ugonma is a RYT 200 certified yoga teacher in a variety of styles and traditions. Ugonma believes yoga to be a balanced practice; both physically invigorating and spiritually expansive. Ugonma combines yoga with her love of energy work. She is certified to practice and teach both Western and Eastern (Usui Reiki Ryoho) techniques through the Reiki Center of Greater Washington.