Fully certified and extensively experienced instructors.
We thoroughly test and review all MINT instructors. We hold them to the highest standards, including heavily weighing our clients’ reviews. These are not ‘gym’ instructors, these are ‘studio’ instructors.
Interested in applying for a position on our team? Contact a genre director below, and be sure to include a resume and your availability.
Kathryn Kelly, Barre Director | Kathryn@mintdc.com
Liz Harvey, Intensity Director | Lizh@mintdc.com
Meredith Mccullough, Yoga Director | Meredith@mintdc.com
Paige Fetzer, Cycle Director | Paige@mintdc.com
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Meet the MINT Team
Barre Program DirectorBarre
Kathryn is a professional modern dancer and actor who has performed all across the country. She is a company member with internationally-acclaimed Synetic Theater (2010-present) as well as a company member with the award-winning Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (2011-present). Kathryn has been relying on Barre exercises to compliment her dance training for the past 10 years, and she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to share this incredibly effective fitness method with her students. In addition to Barre instruction, Kathryn works as a professional coach, guiding and supporting individuals working to achieve their goals and find balance in all aspects of their lives.
Elizabeth Glidden has been teaching group fitness classes since 2006, most recently joining the team at MINT in 2015. Elizabeth’s barre classes combine elements of ballet and strength training, giving participants the opportunity to tone their muscles and enhance balance and stability.
Sarah is a professional ballet dancer at The Washington Ballet. Trained to be a ballet dancer from an early age, she found that Pilates and Barre principles hugely improved her work in the ballet studio by filling out her routine with additional strength training. Since earning her Stott Pilates certification in Toronto in 2015, she can be found teaching both Pilates and Barre classes when she isn’t on stage performing! Sarah has received awards for her dancing at Tanzolymp International Ballet Competition in Berlin and Boston International Ballet Competition. She is also currently on leave from Harvard University so that she can pursue a career in ballet and fitness.
Connie has been active and leading a healthy lifestyle at least since the days she tried to keep up with her physically fit Mother and friends as they power walked through the lush trails of her home in the Midwest. While never making a career out of fitness, Connie was inspired firsthand by those who did like Corey Everson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cameo Kneuer, all whom she met while working at both Warner Center Health Club and Joe Weiders’ Health and Fitness—publisher of Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Shape and Men’s Fitness living in southern California—a long, long time ago!
No matter what Connie has done professionally, she has always made time for her love of fitness and for helping others dig deep to reach their fitness goals. While in college she taught weight lifting and high impact aerobics. While working full time and attending graduate school here in Washington, DC she picked up ACE, AFFA and personal training certs. Even when she worked 24/7 in 1996 on the US presidential election, she escaped religiously for an hour each day to get her fitness fix. Connie attributes keeping her calm demeanor during the chaos of a presidential campaign to keeping sacred that hour to sweat and decompress. In 2010 Connie discovered Les Mills International and became a Body Pump and Body Flow Instructor and fell in love with the concept of muscle contraction (lifting) followed by muscle elongation (Body Flow).
Shortly after, Connie was trained in the original Lotte Berk Method (Barre). Today Connie teaches various fitness formats including Barre, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Body Pump, Body Flow, Kickboxing, Plyometrics, Boot Camp, Cardio Strength, Tabata, F.I.T.T., Extreme Abs, Shred Step and more! In between professional deadlines and the active lifestyle of her 10 year old, Connie trains clients 1-1 on a referral only basis at her small studio where she’s helped high school boys and girls as well as senior citizens and everywhere in between reach their goals to live a healthy lifestyle.
Laura is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher trained in vinyasa yoga. In addition, she studied at the Kripalu Center for a specialty for yoga teachers to adapt yoga practices to the special needs of people living with heart disease, cancer and other life challenging diseases. Most recently, she completed level one and two Reiki training.
Laura’s special interest is in teaching athletes to use yoga to prevent injury and/or recover from sports-related injuries. She credits her longevity as a martial artist to her daily practice of yoga that has developed her flexibility, focus and resilience.
Laura believes in the body’s innate healing abilities and in using yoga as a vehicle to maintain good physical, mental and emotional health. She uses deep relaxation exercises in class to cultivate a calm mind and heart and makes yoga philosophy and practices accessible to her students by encouraging them to integrate yoga into their daily lives.
Marianne has been teaching indoor cycling and coaching cyclists for over fifteen years in DC and in CA. She trained with a DC based women’s professional cycling team and raced in the amateur circuit before moving to California where she coached competitive cyclists. Upon her return to the DC area in 2010, she joined the Mint team and has been instructing high-energy classes at both Mint locations. Designed for the beginner rider through competitive athletic, her classes focus on form, breathe and power and strength building techniques to improve endurance and overall athletic capability. She loves a range of upbeat music and theme rides where you’ll hear motivating sounds from across the globe. She’s been know to design her indoor rides specifically for her loyal riders too!
True story: Ori walked out of her first indoor cycling class five years ago midway through the second song. A couple years later, she gave it another shot and realized a good instructor, the right music, and a little perseverance go a long way. Her classes promise something for everyone, from the hard-core climbers to the wild speed demons, and her rides will help you leave the studio prouder and stronger than when you walked in. It’s a beautiful gift to have bodies that work…let’s celebrate them! When she’s not cycling, you can find Ori thinking big communications thoughts in the labor movement, trying to make sequins work-appropriate, and drinking obscene quantities of Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee.
Dru Ryan is a daily bike commuter and road cyclist who averages 200 miles a week. He is currently training to ride the l’Étape du Tour — an open stage of the Tour de France — in 2017. His classes emulate the feeling of being outdoors as riders surge, sprint and climb toward greatness. @drucycles (IG, Twitter, FB)
Melanie Rubin is a licence group fitness instructor and physical therapist who developed her passion for fitness and movement through participating in many years of dance. As an instructor, Melanie’s passion is empowering individuals to challenge themselves in safe and effective ways. Her experience in the industry was first working for University of Florida’s group exercise department, where she taught group exercise classes ranging from kickboxing, cycling, interval training and total body conditioning to hip hop and step.She honed these skills through completing her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Miami, where she added anatomy, biomechanics and exercise rehabilitation knowledge to her diverse fitness experience. Working at the National Rehabilitation Hospital’s outpatient physical therapy department here in DC, Melanie enjoys working with a diverse number of orthopedic and sports related injuries, and has a keen interest in treating runners and dancers. Her programming can be described as effective, challenging, safe, scientific and above all, fun! She is excited about joining the team, and looks forward to helping grow and inspire the already amazing community here at MINT fitness!
Originally from New England, and a varsity athlete throughout high school and college, Claire took her first spin class eight years ago while living in Santiago, Chile. Although she could barely understand what the instructor was saying – the music and energy was amazing, and soon she was attending class daily, improving her Spanish, giving her knees a break from running, and connecting with other students and instructors. Best of all it’s like rowing and running – only have to go fast in one direction – helpful for those of us who lack hand-eye coordination. A year ago, Claire started spinning again regularly in D.C., and was motivated to get certified through Mad Dogg Athletics in 2016. She loves the community that indoor cycling creates, and motivating riders with upbeat music, challenging climbs, lots of energy, and strong encouragement. Follow her on Instagram: @kcbeefit
Sara Rouhi has been teaching spin for 4 years. Her focus is on making spin approachable and fun for those who may not consider themselves in shape. Sara tailors her rides using a unique combination of strength and speed drills to ensure everyone is pushing themselves in a healthy way. Sara’s day job is in sales at a non-profit one block away from MINT downtown and she spends her spare time performing with her long form improv troupe, Sistine Robot.
Lizzie started teaching at MINT in October 2016. Lizzie has always been drawn to cycling because its accessible for so many people, at so many different ages, fitness levels, through injuries and special conditions, and yet it still delivers a great workout to everyone! This lead her to obtain her Spinning certification via the MadDogg program. Lizzie believes that they key to staying focused and pushing yourself is variety. In her class you can expect to be presented with a variety of challenging drills designed to help you build strength, endurance, and improve your average speed. You’ll be challenged to stay out of the realm of what’s comfortable, and push yourself just a little bit harder each time you get on the bike. Lizzie also sees class as her time to play DJ, so if your workout playlist needs an upgrade, stop into her class to hear some new jams. When she’s not teaching or working out at MINT you can find Lizzie at Flash, Harris Teeter, or petting someone else’s dog.
Piper has been passionate about fitness for as long as she can remember and loves sharing that enthusiasm for health. She has run eight marathons, including Boston and Athens (the original!) and just completed her third 1/2 Ironman triathlon. After college, she earned her AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America) certification and discovered the joy of sharing fitness with others through teaching yoga and kickboxing. After law school, Piper began sharing her love of running (and of Washington, DC) with residents and visitors as a guide with City Running Tours and continues to work as a running coach. She tries to challenge and encourage her classes simultaneously, aiming to get people out of their comfort zone and feel so great about it that they’d like to do it again!
Like most things, Krista approaches class instruction with a scientific mind and fun spirit. As an instructor, she emphasizes the intrinsic reward of hard work, free of unnecessary struggle. Her classes are designed with careful consideration to build heat, generate courage, and push performance, often leaving students with the self-induced sweet satisfaction of sweat and accomplishment. Krista completed the Spinning Instructor Certification, ACE Group Fitness Certification, and a 200-hour yoga teacher training program with Master Instructor, Mimi Rieger. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys reading the latest exercise physiology research, powerlifting, and taking her sweet pup, Miss Tenley, on long runs in Rock Creek Park.
Looking for a competitive and fun fitness class, Adam’s went to his first indoor cycling class two years ago. After getting immediately hooked, he made it a goal to combine catchy uplifting songs, the power of the beat, and intervals training to help others achieve their fitness goals. Passionate about music, he incorporates rhythmic movements that challenge all fitness levels. When off the bike, this native Californian enjoys attending concerts, playing volleyball, and discovering new recipes with his Vitamix blender.
Maggie earned her cycling certification from Mad Dogg Athletics and has been teaching cycling at Mint for 3 years. She loves the energy you get from attending a group fitness class, and tries to bring that same excitement to each of her classes. When she’s not on the bike, you can find her around DC in search of a good slice of pizza.
Nikki Mueller is a Spinning certified instructor, the original and old school indoor cycling training program used by athletes since 1991. Her classes focus on building strength, endurance, and improving your cycling form. A lifelong athlete and dancer, she has competed in marathons and half marathons around the country, loves outdoor trails and MINT’s yoga classes. Spin is the perfect compliment to her desk job as a green building and sustainability expert. You can find all of her playlists on Spotify @ Nicolette Mueller, and follow her on Twitter @Nikki_Mueller.
Colleen Daly is an AFAA certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer with 6 years experience in the field. She is an endurance athlete — having completed both a marathon and cross country cycling tour. She is passionate about integrating body positivity into fitness and has conducted research with the Northwestern University Body and Media Lab on the impact of body-disparaging language in motivational cuing. Colleen’s fitness mantra is “train to be a super hero,” her current workout obsession is heavy-bag boxing, and her pump-up song is “Shipping up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys.
Dubbed “The Queen of Cardio,” Jeannie is a master trainer for Doonya: The Bollywood Workout, which she has been teaching since 2010. As part of the Doonya team, Jeannie can be seen on The Today Show, Dr. Oz, WUSA9, The Washington Post. She also has performed at the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Fiesta Asia, Arts on Foot, at the Indian Embassy as part of Passport DC. Jeannie is an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor.
Elena is a certified Zumba instructor and AFAA-certified Group Exercise Instructor since 2006. She teaches Zumba – a dynamic and exciting fitness program based on fun International music and dance steps creating a challenging workout for all fitness levels.
Aimee Stoltz is a licensed Zumba instructor who joined Mint’s studio team in 2011. Her passion for Latin American music and dance started when she lived in Costa Rica in 1999. Aimee has taken this love for dance and combined it with her dedication to fitness by creating challenging, energetic, and fun Zumba workouts that all fitness levels can enjoy.
Former Us Marine who once competed as a Power Lifter sanctioned under the International Powerlifting Federation.Possessing certification with (NPTI) National Personal Training Institute (NASM) National Academy of Sports Medicine. Very passionate about fitness, while ensuring clients understand fitness is a (lifestyle) not just for a season.”Human anatomy musculature system is an independent system, which performs better when trained together as a unified whole”
Enrique Flores is current mixed martial arts fighter , fighting at both the featherweight division (145) and the bantamweight division(135). Throughout his career , he competed numerous international freestyle wrestling competitions under FILA International wrestling federation and brazilian jiu jistu competitions under the IBJFF & U.S Grappling. Then 2016 he competed in the 2016 U.S Open Men s Freestyle wrestling competition to try earn a spot for the U.S Olympic Trials but came short in 10th place. Enrique passion for fighting , made him want to coach others in boxing or kickboxing . So then he earned his Boxing Coach’s Certification under USA Boxing , license as amatuer boxer & FILA/ USA wrestling license international wrestler. He believes that everyone should have a great experience learning boxing or kickboxing and you’ll experience whats like to train like a real fighter without the fight.
Intensity Program DirectorHIIT (PP, TRX, CORE, BOOTCAMP), Master Trainer
Liz Harvey studied at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a degree in vocal performance. She later went on to travel nationwide performing at colleges, universities, music tradeshows and with other local opera companies. Throughout her collegiate years, Liz maintained a healthy lifestyle that is required as a performer. Her focus was on stamina, endurance, and her keen attention to detail. As her career as an opera singer developed so did her passion for fitness. She was able to master true discipline.
After years of singing, Liz decided to put her opera career on hold and pursue her passion for fitness. Within 12 weeks she was competing on stage in her first National Physique Committee (NPC) bodybuilding show, where she placed 7th. Her commitment and determination inspired her to continue training to enter another competition. The following year she placed 2nd in an NPC show.
Liz soon became a certified trainer and nutrition coach in Greensboro where she honed her skills. She specializes in transformation, weight loss, bodybuilding, women’s health, nutrition, sports conditioning, rehabilitation and injury recovery as well as group training speciality classes.
Brooke Auxier is an ACE certified group fitness instructor, who teaches strength-training and high-intensity classes. Her Power Playground classes integrate weight-training exercises, body weight exercises, core work and cardio bursts! Prepare to sweat, be challenged and have some fun! You can connect with her on Instagram (@bodybybrookea) for tips, exercises and motivation!
Rasean has been training in the DC area for ten years. Before starting a career as a personal trainer, he spent over 10 years training in the martial arts. Prior to coming to Mint, Rasean worked for other fitness companies teaching boxing, and kick-boxing classes, as well as one-on-one self-defense instruction. Rasean is a NASM certified personal trainer, who believes that form and technique is far more important than how much weight you’re pressing. He also believes that your workout should be functional and help you in your everyday routine, and in the power of healthy living for a good life.
Since she began dancing at age four, Meaghan has always made movement a part of her life. She began running track at a young age and developed her competitive spirit and a passion for achieving excellence via physical fitness. It was through dance that Meaghan found yoga over eight years ago; beginning with Bikram classes, she eventually found her groove in Vinyasa. Meaghan has been teaching cardio, strength training, and yoga classes for over 5 years and incorporates CrossFit, weightlifting, and yoga into her own fitness regimen. Expect to be challenged and educated in Meaghan’s classes. Whether it’s yoga or an intensity class, you will leave energized and with new knowledge about your body and its abilities.
Anna Hodges hails from Chicago, IL. She was a collegiate lacrosse athlete at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and after graduating she coached volleyball and lacrosse. She now works as a Senior Writer of Content Development for a Literacy non-profit. When she isn’t working or training, you can find her hopelessly attempting to teach her dog in the intricacies of “fetch,” reading a cookbook from cover to cover, or getting in a good hike.
Michael has a degree in Exercise Science from Montgomery college and is certified with the American College of Sport Medicine. He also has training in functional rehabilitation, massage therapy , an exercise training method for stopping chronic pain. He has worked for several years with Sports & Physical Therapist in Washington DC Area.
Nicole received her BS in exercise science at East Carolina University and relocated after graduation to work in the corporate fitness industry. Here she gained experience and developed a passion for educating others on the benefits of safe and effective exercise. She has lived and worked in DC for over 2 years and is excited to delivery fun workouts to the MINT DC community!
My love for fitness began at a young age. More likely than not I was one of the only kids in the state of North Carolina that asked for a weight lifting set for his 10th birthday. Throughout my life I’ve always been an active person and having a strong interest in playing several different sports such as soccer, football and basketball. Over the years I’ve even began to pick up tennis both competitively and leisurely. I will always be an athlete at heart.I’ve been in the fitness industry for the past 3 years and have loved every minute of it. I enjoy using the the kinesiology degree I earned from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to improve every life that I come across. I have had experience working with clients from ages 7-93. My goal is to live a life where I am able to show people what they are truly capable of and to encourage them to be the person they didn’t even know they could become.
Certifications: Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology, ACSM-CPT
Specializations: Strength and conditioning, weight loss, core strength development, balance and coordination, flexibility, athletic training
Gabe has been with MINT since 2011 where he started training, and teaching Group exercise classes. He was promoted to Master Trainer and then moved in to management taking over the Group Exercise Programming. Since then Gabe has settled in as the Program/Fitness director managing all trainers and programs at MINT.Gabe has always kept training for his love of helping people with their fitness routine. His style adapts to each clients needs. He is always looking to better himself and help each of his clients reach their fitness goals.
Timea Presley is the Pilates Program Director of MINT’s Pilates Studios in Washington DC. She is a former professional dancer and Pilates studio owner born in Budapest, Hungary, with over 15 years of teaching and managing experience. Washington Ballet Faculty member Kristy Windom called her “”a creative teacher, who provides a safe place to explore a side of Pilates that few understand””.
Having achieved certifications from STOTT PILATES (Post-Rehabilitation Specialist, Injuries and Special Populations, Mat, Reformer, Caddillac, Chair, Barrels, Advanced Mat & Apparatus certified), Polestar Pilates (Mat certified) Yoga in the Shivananda tradition (200hr Yoga Alliance certified) and Spinning (certified), she has a wide arrey of knowledge and is dedicated to helping her clients with their health and fitness goals.
Timea Presley founded and operated Soma Pilates Studio in Berlin, Germany, which she succesfully sold before her move to her husband’s home country, the US.
Ms Presley studied at the Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy and Dance Academie Balance 1 in Berlin in combination with courses in Functinal Anatomy and Performance Analisys at the Freie University Berlin. To deepen her talents as a performer and movement instructor, she explored the practice of the Gyrotonic Expansion System, Gyrokinesis, Alexander Technic, Feldenkreis, Authentic Movement, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Contact Improvisation and Release Technique. To gain better understanding of the mind – body – soul connection, she lived in a yoga ashram, where she focused on the study of bhakti yoga and yogic diet.
Currently Washington DC is Timea Presley’s home. She served as Yoga Studio Director at DC Yoga and as an independent instructor at the Washington Ballet, IMF, World Bank, FBI, Smithsonian and the DC Recreation Department. She has been with MINT Health Club & Spa for many years now in different roles, like Pilates Program Director, Head Pilates Instructor and Mind Body Program Director. Alongside the traditional STOTT PILATES programming, she focuses on specialized instruction (pre- and post- natal, challenging the athlete, post rehab) as well as new ways to move on the Pilates equippment.
To stay current in her field, Ms. Presley completed following continuing education and specialized courses with STOTT Pilates: Pilates Programming for Osteoporosis Management, Pilates Equipment Programming for Breast Cancer Rehab, Programming for Scoliosis Management, Stabilization and Function of the Knee, Prenatal Pilates on Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair, Optimization of the Lumbopelvic Region, Optimization of the Shoulder Complex, Principles of Stabilization, Postural Analysis, The 5 Pilates Basic Principles Explained, Athletic Conditioning on Stability Coushions, Jumpboard Intervals, V2 Max Plus Programming, The Reformer and the Padded Platform Extender.
“Karla Brooks Adams is a native Washingtonian. She graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts where she majored in classical ballet. She danced professionally for over a decade with various ballet companies throughout the states. Karla was introduced to the Pilates discipline during her dance career. She has over 20 years of personal Pilates practice and teaching experience.
Karla was a member of the teaching faculty at Body Arts and Science International(BASI), an internationally recognized certifying organization. She remains a featured model in many of BASI’s study guides and manuals.
Karla’s fitness background includes certifications from the American Council on Exercise(Personal Trainer) AFAA(Group Exercise Instructor) Healthy Mom’s Fitness(Perinatal Specialist) and BASI(Comprehensive Pilates). She is a member in good standing with The Pilates Method Alliance.”
Hillary Zeiss is a full-time barre, pilates and yoga teacher within the DC area. She never uses the same sequence twice, often borrowing from other conditioning systems such as Alexander Technique, Franklin Method, and Feldenkrais. To her, mind-body conditioning is not just a workout, it is an insurance policy to keep the body whole and safe, a way to make all movement efficient and meaningful.
Tori Ellis sought out yoga for flexibility and serenity while training for her rigorous black belt test in Tae Kwon Do. While continuing to train in martial arts, she did her 200 hour teacher training at Flow Yoga Center, and then went on to the Fuse Pilates teacher training in Washington, DC. Tori has found that the restorative and athletic practices of yoga and Pilates has brought her into a healthier lifestyle that she hopes to spread to her students and community. Tori brings creative and dynamic sequences to her students for challenging but alignment-focused classes. Tori has completed her Balanced Body Pilates Apparatus training in 2014. In terms of specialty training, Tori is a certified Pre-and Postnatal Pilates specialist, studied Pilates for scoliosis with Karen Clippinger, and has completed shoulder workshops for yoga under Tiffany Cruikshank.
D.C. native Stephanie Merry began making yoga a priority in her life as a New Year’s resolution in 2004, and she’s been enjoying the calm-inducing benefits ever since. Yoga was her trusted companion during moves to New York City and Berkley, Cali., where she stumbled upon new teachers and assorted styles, all of which inform her own teaching. She completed her 200-hour training at Flow Yoga Center and focuses on making sure each student leaves class feeling a little sunnier than when he or she arrived.
Darin Volwiler is an Associate Forrest Yoga Teacher, RYT-200 hour certified Vinyasa teacher, sports enthusiast, and proud dad of a bulldog. He has practiced yoga for over 10 years when his original practice focused on improving his overall joint health for running and not on the full impact yoga has. Darin wanted to deepen his yoga experience by taking completing a teacher training with the goal of teaching. His passion to teach and help others as he is able is evident. Through Forrest Yoga, Darin has learned to embrace the difficult with deep breath and awareness to the feelings that may result. He believes that life on and off the mat should push edges in a playful manner because that is when we all learn the most about ourselves because like the dolphin, #workisplay and #playiswork.
“Anne Wutchiett is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher who has been teaching for over 25 years. She has studied with the Iyengars in India, as well as with many teachers who are now considered the “”ground breakers””, instrumental in bringing to and popularizing yoga in the US.
Anne’s teaching style is alignment oriented. She is precise and clear. She teaches with care and inspiration, acknowledging the strength, vitality and harmony yoga brings, and an inner intuitive alignment that allows grace and clarity to unfold. It is her desire to help one find balance in life and to live more consciously and fully.
She is also well versed in breath work (the study and art of pranayama).”
As a dedicated student and teacher of yoga, Monica believes that by practicing the 8 limbs of yoga with faith, determination and a few tricks (like using the imagination and copying the teacher), it is possible to live a truly blissful life. Offering a calm yet challenging flow of postures along with breathing and concentration techniques in all of her classes, she invites students of every background to deepen their yoga practice as a meditative and spiritual experience. If she could give her students even a few moments of ease and no worries, she would be happy with that, too. Monica earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Flow Yoga Center, Washington, DC. and will enter the 500-hour Life of A Yogi program with master Sri Dharma Mittra in New York, NY this fall. Monica is also a Pilates teacher whose mat classes will give you a great workout set to fun music.
A Pittsburgh area native, Dave has lived on Capitol Hill for 10 years. He completed his 200- and 500-hour teaching certifications at Tranquil Space here in Washington, where he continues his studies as a teacher and a member of the teacher training faculty. What inspires Dave is seeing the small, powerful changes students experience with a safe, challenging and playful practice. In Dave’s classes, expect to flirt with a little philosophy, breath work, meditation, and introspection, all of which are vital to creating energetic space in our crazy DC urbanscape. There is no ‘one size fits all’ in yoga, so Dave will offer you plenty of options to move in ways that are meaningful to your unique practice. Yoga reminds us not to take life too seriously and that it’s always good to turn your world upside down once in a while. See you on the mat!
Kate Miller brings over 20 years of teaching experience to her classes at MINT. With a gift for teaching to all levels and special conditions, she loves to weave words of inspiration and spirit into her clear, direct instruction. Kate draws her depth of knowledge and kinesthetic understanding not only from many alignment based hatha yoga styles (Iyengar, Anusara, Astanga, Prana Flow), but also from her continued exploration of anatomy and movement, her daily practice of vipassana meditation and the various forms of dance she continues to study. She holds a BFA in modern dance and a MA in spiritual psychology. To her prenatal and postnatal classes, Kate brings her knowledge and experience as a certified birth doula (DONA), a trained postpartum doula (DONA) and a trained childbirth educator. She is also trained in the RIE and Pikler approaches to childcare and infant development. It is Kate’s wish to inspire her students to radically affirm and honor all that they embody and find for themselves on the mat what will best serve them in their day to day lives. To learn more about Kate, you can go to her website www.redmoonyoga.com
I started practicing yoga when I was eight years old at a Club Med in Martinique (I’ll show you the movie footage if you ask nicely). After several non-yogi years, I took it up again in adulthood and went on to become a 500-hour certified vinyasa flow teacher. I came to yoga for the physical exercise, but I’ve since come to appreciate its myriad emotional and spiritual benefits. In my classes, I place a strong emphasis on alignment and injury prevention. I hope to help my students create a peaceful inner space far from the wilds of Washington, D.C.
“Kim Cregan had dabbled in different styles of yoga over the years when she was first introduced to Max Strom’s Inner Axis method. With dedicated breathing practices, clear and concise instruction, and no music, this straightforward, Hatha yoga based approach made a lot of sense to her. Bottom line: she was hooked!
Having successfully completed her teacher training with Max Strom, Kim is grateful for the opportunity to share what she’s learned with her local community at Mint in downtown Washington, DC, where she continues to be inspired and challenged by her fellow yogis and amazing trainers.”
Megan is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Her study and practice of yoga are informed by her experiences with rehabilitation, theories of traditional anatomy and Anatomy Trains®, along with the application of techniques from kinesiology and movement therapy. In 2000, Megan was in a severe car accident that resulted in 14 spinal injuries. This is when she started practicing yoga seriously. Since then, yoga has provided her with a systemic approach for decreasing pain and increasing function. Since becoming a yoga teacher in 2005, Megan has worked with students who have moderate to severe injuries and chronic conditions. Her teachers come from a wide range of traditions and include: Doug Keller, Jenny Otto, Donna Farhi, Matt Sanford, Judith Lasater, John Friend, Rod Stryker and Shiva Rea.
I practice yoga as a way to become more present in everyday activities, as well as increase mindfulness, flexibility, and strength. My approach to yoga is simple: clear alignment-based instruction paired with a practical yoga philosophy (and accompanied by an inspiring soundtrack). My classes cater from the beginner to advanced yogi (2 year olds-adulthood), and I am happy to accommodate any requests for poses. Students can expect a supportive and encouraging atmosphere that enables them to push to their intelligent edge using their breath as a guide.
Moriah aims to empower others by teaching yoga’s physical and philosophical system of embodied observation and action. As a beginner, she admired the way yoga had the capacity to challenge her unlike anything she’d experienced before. With increased practice, she found it allowed her to participate in the world more consciously, and draw on renewable energy from within herself when needed. Over time, her practice moriahcontinued to merge with other aspects of her life, and by the time she graduated college, she had been focusing her own research in the fields of Anthropology and Folklore/Ethnomusicology on yoga’s fundamentally embodied cultural expression. Her classes draw heavily yoga’s cultural contexts and its mythic and philosophical approach to the body’s gross and subtle anatomy as a metaphor as expansive as the cosmos. With specific alignment and energetic cues, Moriah seeks to give her students useful tools for consciously using and understanding their mind-body system-selves. She is known to have a relaxed and playful approach to instruction; communicating themes and ideas through mindful sequences. Students leave class her classes feeling lifted, with an expanded imagination and reduced sense of limitation–physically and otherwise. In every class, she attempts to impart knowledge which will help her students eventually develop a practice which they can continue at home or elsewhere.
“Kristin is dedicated to bringing yoga into every aspect of life, on and off the mat, and inspiring her students to do the same. Kristin believes deeply in the transformational power of yoga. She first discovered yoga after wandering into a class at her college gym more than a decade ago. It has led her on a winding path through graduate school and a professional career, around the world and back, and into the extraordinary role of teacher, where she continues to learn with every breath.
Kristin is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She teaches vinyasa yoga with an emphasis on mindfully linking breath and movement and finding alignment in the flow. Her classes are fun, energetic, and inspiring! She completed her 200-hour teacher training through Tranquil Space Yoga in Washington, DC, and is also certified to teach prenatal yoga as well as children’s yoga through YoKid. She offers gratitude to all of the inspiring teachers with whom she has studied, including Seane Corn, Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, Jason Crandell, Alanna Kaivalya, and Darren Main.”
Cycle Program DirectorCycle, MINTFUZE, HIIT (PLYOFIT)
Paige is an ACE-certified group fitness instructor, a Mad Dogg-certified cycle instructor and teaches cycle and PlyoFit at MINT. Outside of teaching, Paige loves to stay fit by competing in triathlons and marathons, and playing lacrosse, flag football, and volleyball. And, oh yeah, she’s a former gymnast!