Meet our Teachers
Main Street Yoga is lucky and proud to have such an amazing team of teachers for you.
Erin has been teaching group yoga classes since 2013. She is married with three sweet daughters, loves her dogs, being outside and moving her body. In this fast paced world of pushing harder and doing more Erin finds yoga to be an escape from the serious business. She loves to laugh and play with new experiences in her vinyasa classes. She also holds a passion for yin yoga and the mindful time it brings for self care and understanding. Erin is the proud owner of Main Street Yoga.
Jen Lyons is 500 hour Yoga Teacher Certified. She completed her 200 hour training at the Anamaya in Montezuma, Costa Rica with Lagos.corp in the fall of 2015 with a specialization in Thai yoga massage. She then completed her 300 hour teacher training at Tambo Illusion in Tarapoto, Peru with The Kula Collective during the fall of2016 with a specialization in Reiki.
Jen is Reiki III attuned. She loves to combine energy healing into her classes while she teaches. She also enjoys mixing crystals, aromatherapy, asana and meditation together to help work to balance the Chakra system. Jen has sat several ten-day silent Vispassana meditation retreats in the Mid-Atlantic Region over the past eight years.
Her philosophy on yoga is that she believes yoga is not solely about the asana but the all encompassing benefits you receive from the practice for your mind body and spirit. Yoga is a way of living. A way to remain in the present moment and be in tune with life. Jen uses her teaching cues to help guide, strengthen and deepen her students practice. She believes it is all in the personal practice. Jen implores her students to stay true to themselves and to cultivate their own individual practice within the energy of the group environment. Catch one of her classes and see where your practice takes you.
Courtney initially sought out yoga as a way to exercise and stay in shape. As her practice grew, she found herself coming to the mat more for the way yoga made her feel rather than for the more fitness-related benefits. She loved how she felt during and after her practice- how yoga not only affected her physically but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She began to crave the presence she was able to tap into during her practice. This guided Courtney to her mat more and more frequently, deepening her practice. She began to notice how her time spent on her mat affected her life off the mat. Her mind, constantly planning and worrying, was more settled. She felt much more present in her life, which positively affected her relationship with herself and others. The effects Courtney experienced through her practice were so profound that she felt called to share it with others. Courtney received her 200 Hour Jivan Yoga Teacher training through Baltimore Yoga Village and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. She is currently pursuing her 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training through The Yoga Center of Columbia. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and utilizes her 15 years of experience in that field to guide her teaching. Her classes emphasize the importance of alignment, stability and breath in order to create a foundation to mindfully flow and explore. Courtney teaches group and individual yoga classes in the Baltimore and Takoma Park areas.
Stacy is a proud Marylander, born and raised. She is married and has two sons, is a retired firefighter/paramedic, former karate instructor, and a homeschooling mom!
Stacy has always enjoyed being active. She ran the inaugural Baltimore Marathon in 2001, earned her 2nd degree blackbelt in Taijutsu and her 1st degree black belt in Ninjitsu. After Brain surgery in 2005 and a spinal surgery in 2014 she started looking for different forms of activities to keep her body and mind healthy. Yoga was the answer. She loves the self acceptance and compassion of yoga. She enjoys challenging herself to go places in her practice that she never believed she could.
With her 200 hour certificate Stacy loves teaching students of all levels and believes she can learn something from every student in her classes and that a yoga practice can be modified for anyone.
Away from the studio you can find her reading, traveling, working on genealogy, seeking out exciting homeschool activities, crocheting, enjoying food, friends, family and chasing her dogs, cats and hedgehog!
Lindsey is a military wife of 18 years and has an amazing 10 year old son and a 5 year old chocolate lab. She and her family have traveled quite a lot in the last 18 years to include Hawaii, California, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida, and some other different countries. She just moved to Ellicott City not too long ago, but before Maryland she lived in Pensacola, Florida. In Florida, Lindsey had the opportunity to complete her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training as well as a 40-hour Yin Yoga Certification. She is also YogaFit Certified and registered with Yoga Alliance.
Lindsey began her yoga journey in 2010 while completing her Associates Degree in North Carolina. She was able to keep a regular yoga routine with her fellow classmates, which led to a discovery of the principles of self-awareness and mindfulness. Understanding and appreciating all of what yoga had to offer, she decided that she wanted to pass these amazing benefits on to others.
Currently, Lindsey loves to teach Basic Beginners as well as Yin Yoga, but doesn’t mind exploring all the different varieties of yoga. In her class, she strives to keep a light-hearted and soothing tone with a supportive and positive atmosphere. She wants anyone attending her class to feel strength, inner peace, and relaxation when they leave.
I'm in search of health, wellness, and a connection to something greater than myself.
While studying Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, I traveled to Thailand to live out dreams of kickboxing and cage fighting. While living at the marital arts school, I found my way into a regular yoga practice to relieve my body after beating it down with Jiu-Jitsu, Muy Thai, and weight lifting. While traveling and experiencing a regular yoga practice, something beyond the limit of my own ego began to show itself to me.
After graduating college, I enrolled in a teacher training program with the idea of supplementing a career of personal training with Yoga. I fell deep into the rabbit hole, and haven't quite come out. I've been instructing Yoga full-time since 2013.
Since then, I've completed thousands of hours of teacher training programs, including Rocket Vinyasa and Dharma Yoga. I've taught thousands upon thousands of hours of classes, and have had the opportunity to lead teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats both domestically and internationally.
I'm very grateful to have such wonderful examples and mentors, all who remind me that the real teacher is the practice, and our questions are already answered for us if we're willing to look within.
Kennedy’s love for movement began as a child, having come from a family of professional dancers, choreographers and dance studio owners. She spent her childhood in Miami, dancing at her parents’ studios and quickly developing a talent for tap, jazz and hip-hop. Kennedy infuses her passion for dance with fitness and yoga philosophy, encouraging her students to let go of judgments and find freedom within their body and mind through movement. Kennedy received her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certificate from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in New York City under the direction of Dana Trixie Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi. She specializes in Vinyasa, Restorative, prenatal, and postnatal yoga.
Sara is a devoted and curious student of yoga. Asana (postures), meditation, pranayama (breathing practice), yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and loving-kindness inform her daily practice and teaching. Classes are a combination of strength and flexibility with a relaxed, joyful quality. She hopes students may experience whatever it is they need to experience. She brings a gentle, lighthearted spirit to class.
Sara is a 500-hour Dharma Yoga teacher, currently completing her 800-hour Dharma certification. She has also completed over 200-hours training in Rocket Yoga, 50-hours of Ashtanga with David Swenson, and 200-hours with Yoga District. She hosts retreats with her partner Pat McCleaf and cooks delicious, nourishing vegan food. She seeks to ever realize the loving one-ness behind all of life.
Maria is originally from New Jersey, and was first introduced to yoga when she moved down to DC for graduate school. She found yoga to be the physical, mental, and breathing practice she needed to help keep her sane through navigating her new life in an unfamiliar city, and through the stress of graduate work. Yoga helped Maria gain confidence in herself, and find a new appreciation for just about everything.
Maria completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Janice Ingson and Erin Jeeter at the Balanced Life School of Yoga at Main Street Yoga. Maria is continually amazed at how the practice of yoga has facilitated movement in her body, how powerful breathwork can be anywhere, anytime, and how meditation has transformed her. She hopes to share this passion for the practice with others through a dynamic vinyasa flow style class, and help others find joy in their own movement.
Off the mat, Maria enjoys spending time with her husband, rock climbing, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and reminding people that she is 100% Greek and proud of her culture!
For Natalie, yoga is not just about the physical asanas but the connection with your body and breath and understanding the journey of life. When she entered into the business world in a call center, this stressful environment caused a lot of anxiety and tension to build up. She found yoga helped her manage her anxieties and soon meditation began to really evolve in her practice. She would find herself closing her eyes and learning to reconnect her breath with her body and her body with her mind on the job. It wasn’t until Natalie left that position, that she saw how yoga can truly have a powerful effect on a persons mind and body. Knowing this made her want to become a yoga teacher to help spread the love and awareness to others about the wonderful effects of this practice.
For Krysta, yoga is more than simply a physical practice; it is a way to challenge and center the mind, an approach to tap into the ebb and flow of life, and a place to not take yourself too seriously.
Krysta began practicing yoga as a way to further her knowledge about human anatomy and exercise. She received her 200 RYT at YogaWorks in 2013 (Formerly Charm City Yoga) under the guidance of Kim Manfredi. Through her steady practice and heartfelt listening, Krysta has found a way to navigate through life’s challenges and struggles, and a path to a more blissful and soulful life.
Krysta conveys a rejuvenating and powerful approach to Vinyasa yoga. Encouraging students to develop a curiosity and deep appreciation for their incredible bodies and minds, she challenges them to take risks, and never stop growing. Focusing on both physical and mental strength, Krysta’s classes cultivate mindfulness, self-acceptance, and compassion. Expect to leave her classes feeling grounded and blissful with a reawakened zest for life.
Janice was born and raised in Maryland, then moved to Colorado, where she lived happily and actively for well over a decade. In Vail, Colorado, Janice was finally introduced to the practice of yoga that she had only read about in a book she'd found in a Baltimore thrift shop, years prior.
Initially, she practiced with a dvd (Rodney Yee), and enjoyed it very much. Then a friend took her to a yoga studio where Janice fell in love with a more active practice of vinyasa yoga. Seven years later, Janice was offered an opportunity to attend a yoga teacher training, and the stars aligned so that she was able to attend. Having been introduced to the philosophy of yoga through some amazing teachers, her reverence for the practice was so great, and she simply wanted more in-depth knowledge about this practice that had changed her life. She had no intention of ever teaching something that she was certain was bigger than she could ever fully comprehend.
That said, she got certified to be a teacher in 2007, and was fully supported by her community of fellow practitioners and teachers to teach yoga. For this, she will be forever grateful.
Janice's initial YTT was through YogaWorks, and she went on to complete Ana Forrest's Advanced Teacher Training. She has been very fortunate to study and practice with numerous remarkable yoga teachers, all over the place, and feels so blessed for all of her experiences.
Kristen Knight Griffin
Kristen fell instantly in love with the way yoga invited her to open up and explore her inner Self throughout her struggle with depression. Her regular yoga practice allowed her to regain hope and find stability, grounding, tranquility, and happiness in her life. Yoga facilitated Kristen’s exploration of gratitude in every aspect of life, which became instrumental in her healing process towards overcoming depression.
Her classes will provide you with tools to find inspiration and happiness within your Self. Kristen believes that yoga is crucial to her own healing and wellbeing, and she now strives to help others find peace and wellbeing through the practice of yoga. Using tools such as gratitude and mindfulness, Kristen also integrates her knowledge and passion for psychology into her classes.
Kristen creates a welcoming and healing space for anyone and everyone. She also strives to live a yogic lifestyle, which she incorporates into her classes, alongside her knowledge of yoga postures and principles. Classes with Kristen are playful and exhilarating, while also rejuvenating and empowering. She uses ancient wisdom that is backed by modern science to formulate classes that have the ability to benefit every body, mind, and spirit.
Join Kristen on your journey to the Self and beYOUtiful! Kristen embarked upon her yoga journey in 2010, and completed her 200-hour accredited yoga teacher training at Gogo Guru in March 2016. Join Kristen for asana, meditation, breathing practices, mindfulness, and deep relaxation. Find your ability to take your yoga practice anywhere and everywhere you go!
To learn more about Kristen and what she has to offer, or simply to reach out and say hello, connect with her on Facebook and find her on Instagram!
Having begun his path of yoga 10 years ago, David has experienced true transformation of his mind and body. The practice and discipline of Yoga has allowed David to sustain a deep and rooted connection with his soul/spirit. Through the healing and awakening practice of yoga, David strives to assist people in developing a greater sense of awareness and how our bodies move and heal in space. This process of cultivating mindful awareness of our consciousness is facilitated through meditation, various breathing exercises, sacred mantra chanting and slow, controlled and mindful movements linked to our deep breathing. David's goal is to guide others in keeping the body strong, youthful, flexible and mobile so that we can all lead a long, fluid and inspired life of freedom and abundance during our time in this body. Your body is the temple that houses the divine essence of the creative consciousness that is Light, Love Intelligence. We brush our teeth everyday, why shouldn't we cleanse our mind daily as well? Make the choice to sustain that temple as a loving home through daily movement, mindful breathing, chanting, self love and self care. Sat Nam.
Emily Martin is a 200 hour certified Integral yoga instructor with two years of teaching experience. She completed her training as an immersive month long retreat at Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia. She is currently in her clinical year of her master of science program at the Maryland University of Integrative health for yoga therapy. Emily's group class style is beginner friendly and she has a therapeutic approach. She strives to make her classes have something for everyone to enjoy whether you enjoy challenge or relaxation. Her favorite thing to teach is yoga nidra, and she enjoys incorporating essential oils into her practice as well. Emily uses a holistic whole person approach in her classes, and aims to empower students to find wellness in body, mind, and spirit.
Since completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training program at Gogo Guru in Ellicott City, MD, Sarah Mayhew has been teaching yoga in and around Baltimore. Sarah conveys an energetic, light-hearted, yet grounded approach to yoga, infusing her classes with opportunities for her students to find their edge and find their center. She brings her improvisational theater, music, and dance background to the table to help her students realize and embrace their grace, face challenges with a sense of adventure and humor, and focus their active, creative minds. She encourages her students to make time in their day for themselves, for gratitude, and for cultivating their practice on and off of their mats. Ever the yoga student herself, she has taken coursework in Yoga for the Classroom and training in Thai Yoga Massage and Bodywork. In addition, she is working on her Yoga for All Certification, which focuses on teaching yoga so that is it approachable and adaptable for all experience levels and diverse body types.
Priscilla Ruth completed her RYT-200 yoga teacher certification at Gogo Guru Yoga Studio in Ellicott City, MD, which included specific training on “The Art of Teaching Yoga to Children.” She is the mother of three young daughters and has worked as a systems engineer for 16 years.
Priscilla has taught many private and group yoga classes at yoga studios, community fitness centers, schools and churches. Priscilla teaches a variety of yoga styles, including vinyasa, restorative yoga, gentle yoga, kid’s yoga, and family yoga. Priscilla currently teaches at multiple daycare centers, working with children from age 3 to 10. She is very excited to be sharing this gift with children of all ages and abilities!
Priscilla’s goal when teaching kid’s yoga is not only to make it fun and exciting, but to teach kids how to be mindful and to offer respect to themselves and their peers. She playfully weaves traditional yoga poses into games, music, stories and other fun activities!
In addition to her yoga teaching, Priscilla has volunteered for years with Girl Scouts of America, her local Children’s Ministry, and serves as a mentor for women and young girls in her community. She also loves coaching Girls Softball.
In her own words:
“I have taught people of many ages but no matter what age, one should leave my class feeling relaxed but energized, calm but focused, pain free and with a BIG smile! If I have learned anything from my various trainings, it is to ALWAYS HAVE FUN!”
Rebecca Slaven 200 RYT, Reiki Master, Young Living Oil distributor, and Comprehensive Healer
Rebecca graduated from Charm City Yoga Teacher Training May 2016. Since then Rebecca has continued her spiritual journey and taught private yoga lessons. Discovering what the body holds in an energetic way has developed a deeper understanding of how we move in our unique practice. As a healer it is my journey to help others find their own inner guide