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 lovely daughters, loves her dog, 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.
Mother, Wife, and Teacher. Danielle brings a contagious passion for teaching and learning into each of her classes. She draws from over 20+ years of yoga and meditation practice and a lifelong dedication to wellness and the sacredness of personal journeys each and every day. It was through an intentional journey of personal healing and growth from an early life trauma that Danielle began her meditation and yoga practice nearly 25 years ago. Danielle earned her Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Maryland and received her 200 HR Yoga Teaching Training with Kim Manfredi through Charm City Yoga (now Yoga Works). Drawing always first from her practice of being a householder, wife, and mother, Danielle’s classes are filled with a skillful attention to alignment and breath with verbal cues that powerfully strengthen the body and the mind, offering students an opportunity to tap into their deepest and most profound sources of power within themselves. Danielle’s classes can be challenging, but students are carefully guided in a mindful asana practice that engages them on many levels, bringing a deep awareness to the subtle and transformative aspects of the practice. She genuinely wants her students to connect with and understand their bodies and themselves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 adults and children of all ages and abilities!
Priscilla’s goal when teaching yoga is not only to make it fun and exciting, but to teach how to be mindful and to offer respect for all. 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
Austin Altman is a 200hr Certified Yoga Instructor from Clarksville, Maryland. Austin played Quarterback from River Hill High School in 2012 when they won the Maryland State Championship. He discovered yoga in high school as a supplement to his football training, but immediately was hooked!
Expect a fun, good vibes class when practicing with Austin. His goal for his students is to leave the class feeling a deep connection with their breath and their body.
Austin’s Class Structure:
1. Grounding Breath Practice
2. Vinyasa Flow
3. Deep Relaxation
4. Guided Meditation
Come to class and enjoy a sanctuary where you can leave the outside world behind and focus on cultivating your inner world!
Michele Bickley is in love with yoga and the art of sharing it ~ on and off the mat. She has been teaching yoga and dance for over 20 years and brings a bit of sunny Cali to her Maryland classes. Her passion for nurturing the spirit, feeling free in our body, and exploring the depths of this ancient yoga practice in an accessible way, is the foundation for her teaching. Michele addresses individual student needs within her group classes and includes hands-on adjustments, therapeutic work, and Thai Yoga massage.
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.
Jenelle, a mother of three energetic curious children, began her yoga journey 20 years ago when taking Yoga as an elective in college. Along with a strong meditation practice, she discovered her mat became her own private island getaway. She found combining yoga, mindfulness, and meditation gave her a solid foundation for balancing a physical strengthening routine and tools to live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.
Wanting to share Yoga with her children, Jenelle had difficulty finding local kid’s yoga classes so decided to learn how to teach them herself. In 2016, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification with Charm City/YogaWorks under Emily Lodge and Kim Manfredi. With a passion to teach yoga and mindful meditation specifically to children, she completed the Cosmic Kids Yoga Teacher Training course and Mindful Educator Essentials by Mindful Schools, in March of 2017.
Her children’s teaching style infuses equal parts of yoga, mindful meditation, yoga games, silliness (a must!) and sometimes yoga related crafts. She loves instructing Themed Children’s Yoga classes with an emphasis on building compassion, confidence, and tools to reduce anxiety.
With her training, Jenelle started a business called Wildling Yoga. She teaches 8 week courses of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to local Maryland school children.
Jenelle also has a love for creating art. She is the designer of Yogimon, colorful fun yoga pose cards for everyone and a yoga pose zentangle adult coloring book due to be released in August 2017.
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!
Pasha recently moved to historic Ellicott City from the lakes region of NH where she owned her own yoga studio for 20 years. She has completed two 200+RYT programs and has worked as a fitness professional and personal trainer for 30 years. Her passion is working with people new to yoga and people working with physical or emotional limitations and trauma. Pasha's style of teaching is kind, gentle, and simple. She hopes you can come to class, close your eyes, listen inward, move freely, and leave feeling more at peace in your mind and body.
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.
Catherine is a fun lighthearted teacher with high energy. She loves assisting students to reach a new perspective into their physical body through the practice of yoga. She strives to bring excitement and ease to your experience on the mat, by preparing and instructing mindful flows with the cues for correct alignment to maximize the benefits of each pose. Catherine is passionate about proving to her students that their bodies and minds are capable of so much more!