Real yoga, professional yogis.
Yoga has been a staple of MINT since we opened in 2006. When you come to MINT for yoga, you’ll practice alongside lifelong professional yogis. All of our instructors are certified with 200 hours plus certifications. You can think of us a yoga studio inside a gym. You’re not compromising on quality when you choose to get more from your gym membership.
Unlimited yoga classes are included with MINT class-access memberships. You can also try out our class packages.
Meet our Instructors
Laura is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher trained in vinyasa yoga. In addition, she studied at the Kripalu Center with Nischala Joy Devi for a Yoga of the Heart certificate to learn to adapt yoga practices to the special needs of people living with heart disease, cancer and other health challenges. She has also studied prenatal yoga and taught classes in vinyasa and restorative styles as well as yoga for cancer survivors and for cyclists and runners.
In addition, Laura is a NASM-certified personal trainer with a black belt in tae kwon do, barre/ mat-pilates/spin certified teacher, and Center for Integrative Medicine trained reiki practitioner. Laura’s special interest is in teaching students to use yoga to prevent injury and/or recover from sports-related injuries, stress management, and students with special needs. 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.
It is Laura’s intention that her students will experience the best night sleep of their night after taking her class as well as enhanced flexibility with consistent class attendance and practice.
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 called the District home since 2002. 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.”
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.
“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.”
Bonnie Foote, PhD, E-RYT500, did her 200- and 300-hour trainings in Los Angeles at the original YogaWorks studios. She’s been a full-time yoga teacher since she finished her training and moved to DC in 2010… and she loves it!
Bonnie’s classes are carefully sequenced, from a gentle warm-up with focus on breath and alignment to stronger poses that put the same principles into action. She suggests props and modifications to keep optimal alignment in each pose, and she pays close attention to each student as an individual. Despite all the detail, she does encourage a light-hearted approach, and she usually allows for a fairly long Savasana (resting pose) at the end.