Meet our Teachers
Main Street Yoga is lucky and proud to have such an amazing team of teachers for you.
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.
Sarah is a Certified Medical Qigong Therapist and Founder/Owner of Qigong Health & Wellness, LLC. Qigong is an ancient mind-body-spirit practice that combines gentle movement, meditation, and breath to promote optimum health and wellness.
Having seen people needlessly suffer - and certainly having experienced it herself – she cares deeply about facilitating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Her mission is to help awaken others to their own healing potential. She feels passionately about changing the narrative from normalizing sickness and disease to one of empowerment – everyone has the ability to embody health and wellness. Sarah offers qigong workout classes, medical qigong treatments, and various workshops.
Sara Jaye began her journey with yoga in her late teens. Yoga gave her a connection to all parts of herself, body/mind/spirit. Yoga illuminated a healing path that she has traveled ever since her first class. In 2011 she earned her 200-hour Hatha Yoga certification from Charm City Yoga. That year, she began practicing Transcendental Medication, and also earned her Reiki levels I & II. Sara Jaye has dedicated her life to Eastern philosophy and medicine. She will graduate from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia) in 2020 with her Doctorate of Acupuncture. Sara Jaye’s yoga classes cultivate an intersection between healing, meditation, and physicality. Her classes emphasize connection to the breath, mindful anatomical cues, meditation through movement, and most importantly having fun! Sara Jaye looks forward to sharing space with you on the mat!
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, hiking, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and reminding people that she is 100% Greek and proud of her culture!
Daniela was born in California but grew up in Brazil. She has spent virtually all of her adult life in the United States, pursuing her scientific career at the intersection of genetics, physiology, and stem cell biology. She is married and has four children. Her yoga journey began as part of a long healing process following a tragic loss in 2012. Yoga has permeated her life, constantly teaching her to accept change as a natural part of life, to live each moment to its fullest, and to find peace and happiness deep inside herself. As part of this journey, Daniela completed her training with Camille Moses-Allen and Emily Lodge in the 200-hour YogaWorks teacher training program in 2018. She feels privileged to share her love of yoga with others, and she hopes this helps make the world a better place. In her free time, Daniela also enjoys cooking, reading, fitness activities, and, of course, spending time with her family!