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 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.
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.”
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.