Tiffany’s classes are inspired by her teachers, her students, her practice, and the natural movement of the people and world around her. She views yoga as an artistic discipline which gives us the opportunity to explore and experience our full potential, feel at home in our bodies, and to find enjoyment in the simple things. Tiffany has enjoyed 10 years of teaching and has dedicated over 1,000 hours to the study and practice of yoga and has knowledgable experience in Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Restorative Yoga, along with meditation, pranayama, and philosophy. In addition to her yoga studies, Tiffany has studied and practiced massage therapy and is a former dancer of ten years. Her passion for health and functionality of mind and body led her enroll in the Yoga Medicine program with Tiffany Cruikshank, where she is learning how to apply therapeutic yoga to her teachings in group and private settings. Her passion to learn is an extension of her passion to educate others so that they can find wellness and peace.
Jess first found yoga around 20 years ago. A former dancer turned gym-rat, Jess was living in London, feeling increasingly like she’d lost something in her body, and she told a friend she needed more flow in her life. That friend happened to be a yoga teacher, and so began Jess’ journey with this practice. Starting with Ashtanga, Jess literally found her flow at Flow Yoga in Leesburg, where she received her Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa Yoga in 2013. Jess finds great joy in teaching and feels blessed to have had the opportunity to share this practice in her own community - at the Lovettsville Community Center for the last 4 years, and now at Lotus Town! Jess has a PhD in Social Anthropology, and in her day job works at the International Center for Research on Women in Washington, DC. She lives in Taylorstown with her husband, son, two cats and a wolfdog named Shasta.
After finding vinyasa yoga with the support of her sister and friend, she fell in love with this ancient practice. The 60-90 minutes were unlike any other workout she had ever attended. Breath changes everything. The power of this meditative practice allowed her to slow down her body and mind.
Kayla has an autoimmune condition that is relatively common, known as Type One Diabetes. As with many physical medical conditions, the lost of control over your body can be the most devastating of all. The truth is it doesn’t have to be this way. Yoga, health life styles, and intentional actions change EVERYTHING. Yoga, running, cycling, and anything in-between have given her control over her body. Just ask her, she’s probably training for another silly race or maybe even a half ironman. When not sweating, you can find Kayla at the hospital working as a nurse or at a local brewery enjoying a brew. Kayla wants to encourage EVERYONE to come to their mat, to connect with their body, their emotions, and sweat! Namaste!
Jennie was introduced to yoga in her twenties through various home videos just as a way to stretch after her gym workouts. When she took her first studio class, she was amazed that subtle adjustments with a word from the instructor could completely change the way a pose felt, and that each class left her with a feeling of energetic calm. It wasn’t till years later, after a steady practice had helped her maintain mobility through several tick-born illnesses that Jennie truly appreciated what an important part of her life yoga had become, and knew she wanted to help others find this path to physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. So, in 2016 she completed a 200-hour teaching certification through Flow Yoga in Leesburg and has been teaching since. Jennie continually seeks to develop as a yoga teacher through regular home practice, studio classes and workshops with a variety of teachers. She’s very excited to teach in Western Loudoun where she lives in Purcellville with her husband, 2 teens and 2 dogs named Siena and Cinder.
Dave was initially drawn to the physical benefits of yoga in 2013 as another discipline to add to other physical fitness activities and soon turned into a way of life. What was once a simple physical practice has become a spiritual journey as well. The concepts of self-compassion, remaining present, and finding balance between effort and relaxation have changed his life. Dave values the importance of getting to know oneself and adapting one’s life and yoga practice accordingly. It’s the excitement about spreading these good vibes that brought Dave to teaching yoga.
Dave completed his 200-hour RYT training in February 2016 in Baptiste Power Vinyasa style. Dave is also a certified Yin, Yoga Nidra and Restorative teacher. He has enjoyed teaching all levels of Vinyasa yoga, as well as Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Restorative classes. Dave is currently working on obtaining his 300-hour RYT teacher certification and hopes to complete it in 2019.
Front desk super-woman: gloria westerman
That wise old saying; “When the student is ready the teacher will come.” is how yoga came into my lap. I fought it for years as I was all about sweating and grueling through workouts. One day yoga again knocked on my door and this time I said “yes”. That was it, I was hooked. That was over ten years ago. It has been a wonderful yoga journey and yoga is now an integral part of my life. Not only do I benefit from the doing of yoga, I enjoy the yoga community that a yoga studio fosters. I have found joy by being a part of this community and in providing energy to the studio through front desk support for the teachers and yogis.
"The purpose of life is to know yourself and love your self and trust yourself and be yourself." That's my mantra. In an era where life never seems to slow down- there's yoga. I love sharing this practice that grounds me, challenges me, surprises me, teaches me, and humbles me. Lover of sweat off the mat in the form of swimming, biking, and running.
Sharon Bunai began her personal practice 14 years ago and developed a deep love for the practice during many different seasons of life. It started as a means for weight loss and proved to be much more than that along her journey. Yoga has been a strong part of her experience in overcoming physical and emotional obstacles. Her decision in 2017 to become a teacher has materialized into even greater joy both professionally and personally. She considers it a privelage and an honor to lead students in their practice.
A Lovettsville native, Anthony found yoga in his early twenties. What started as a need to fix an ailing back issue, quickly turned into so much more. In spring of 2015, he completed his 200hr training while staying at an ashram in Southern Florida. From there, Anthony pursued further training in Yin Yoga with Carol Westerman, and Aerial Yoga teacher training in Sarasota, Florida.
Shortly after, he moved back to the DMV area and started teaching. 1500+ teaching hours and countless workshops later, Anthony completed his 500hr advanced teacher training and dove into the sister science of Ayurveda, a study that he continues to pursue.
You can expect a little laughter and a lot of love when joining Anthony on the mat. Whether a hot vinyasa or yin yoga by candlelight, his classes offer a chance to explore the Self in a judgment and expectation-free environment. All are always welcome!
Cassidy first found yoga in 2013 via her university’s rec center. Since then, she has continuously worked towards deepening her practice physically, mentally, and emotionally, both on and off the mat. She completed her RYT 200 certification with a focus on vinyasa yoga in May 2018 at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico. Cassidy plans to continue her study of yoga, particularly gentle yoga and meditation, through workshops with Nicole Boyle of Blacksburg, VA.
Cassidy aims to create classes that will challenge the body, ease the mind, and open the heart, while remaining accessible to various levels of yogis. In her classes, you can expect lengthy holds, long savasanas, plenty of modifications, and a laid back atmosphere that is supported by a carefully considered playlist. She believes that the use of music in a yoga class not only fosters a certain environment but also aids in portraying the teacher’s personality and intentions for the class. As a native of Lovettsville, Cassidy is excited about taking part in developing a yoga community through Lotus Town Yoga.