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Located in Washington DC in the Adams Morgan neighborhood steps away from Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights, we are devoted to enhancing the lives of our yoga students. We do this by opening the doors with a warm EMBRACE and offering classes, workshops, teacher training, private lessons or other wellness activities for ALL!

We are a vibrant group of yoga and wellness instructors who aim to restore student’s peace, inner harmony and energy. Collectively, we are fully committed to guiding you on a divine journey of personal growth, exploration and freedom. Each time you step into the loft, we seek to create an inspiring, blissful and safe environment for you to #EmbraceYourFlow!

Created by global yoga teacher/wellness expert (Faith Hunter), the physical space a colorful, loving and healing environment that promotes healthy living and inspires you to be yourself. Passionately moved by self-expression, Embrace Yoga DC gives instructors the platform to create their own programs, teach what they love, share their authentic voice, and do all of this without the restrictions of a studio’s dogma or lineage.

embrace staff and instructors

Faith Hunter  - Founder/Creative Director  Faith Hunter is a DC/New York City based international 500 E-RYT yoga teacher, teacher trainer & lifestyle-ist, who knows better than most, that peace of mind is priceless. Faith began her life long love affair with yoga in the early 90's as a way to cope with the loss of her beloved brother, who was dying from a complication related to AIDS.  Through yoga, meditation and mindfulness Faith was able to release her fears and find peace. From that day forward, she committed herself to sharing her knowledge and love for yoga & meditation with the world. With a dash of Louisiana charm and sweet Southern drawl, Faith is down to earth and loves to learn, explore, and share the tools and benefits of yoga & meditation. She also loves music, high heels and her dog loving and loveable pup Sebastian. If you're lucky, Sebastian will greet you at her classes! Seb is a trained therapy dog and is beloved by the Embrace community.   faithhunter.com

Faith Hunter - Founder/Creative Director

Faith Hunter is a DC/New York City based international 500 E-RYT yoga teacher, teacher trainer & lifestyle-ist, who knows better than most, that peace of mind is priceless. Faith began her life long love affair with yoga in the early 90's as a way to cope with the loss of her beloved brother, who was dying from a complication related to AIDS.

Through yoga, meditation and mindfulness Faith was able to release her fears and find peace. From that day forward, she committed herself to sharing her knowledge and love for yoga & meditation with the world. With a dash of Louisiana charm and sweet Southern drawl, Faith is down to earth and loves to learn, explore, and share the tools and benefits of yoga & meditation. She also loves music, high heels and her dog loving and loveable pup Sebastian. If you're lucky, Sebastian will greet you at her classes! Seb is a trained therapy dog and is beloved by the Embrace community. faithhunter.com

Jessica Mahler   It was love that brought Jessica to D.C. in June 2015, and it is love that constantly inspires her, its teachings are at the heart of each of her classes. Jessica’s been spreading her flavor of love since completing her first teacher training in Brooklyn in 2011 with her teachers Leigh Evans and Summer Quashie. Her creative sequences, coupled with fun, eclectic soundtracks, help bring a sense of joy and playfulness to her well-rounded classes. With a focus on proper alignment, Jessica's clear verbal cues and enthusiasm will allow you to feel safe and strong in each pose. Having taught in Toronto, Mexico, and throughout New York, no matter her location she creates a supportive environment, enabling you to become more fully present. Jessica brings the knowledge she’s gained from over 600 hours in training, including an 85-hour prenatal training for all the beautiful mamas-to-be; she is also a Reiki Master, certified in the Akashic Records, is a breathwork facilitator, and dapples in the Tarot.

Jessica Mahler

It was love that brought Jessica to D.C. in June 2015, and it is love that constantly inspires her, its teachings are at the heart of each of her classes. Jessica’s been spreading her flavor of love since completing her first teacher training in Brooklyn in 2011 with her teachers Leigh Evans and Summer Quashie. Her creative sequences, coupled with fun, eclectic soundtracks, help bring a sense of joy and playfulness to her well-rounded classes. With a focus on proper alignment, Jessica's clear verbal cues and enthusiasm will allow you to feel safe and strong in each pose. Having taught in Toronto, Mexico, and throughout New York, no matter her location she creates a supportive environment, enabling you to become more fully present. Jessica brings the knowledge she’s gained from over 600 hours in training, including an 85-hour prenatal training for all the beautiful mamas-to-be; she is also a Reiki Master, certified in the Akashic Records, is a breathwork facilitator, and dapples in the Tarot.

Perry Daniels   Perry began his yoga practice in 2007. Originally just experimenting, it didn’t take him long to identify the spiritual, mental and physical benefits associated with a regular practice. Yoga has now become a part of his routine and, has aided him in becoming an energetically calm yogi. Perry has an extensive coaching background, which enables him to challenge students to enhance their practice to new levels. Simultaneously, his yoga practice has shown him that it is perfectly okay, to be where you currently are. Some classes will have high energy and high impact, others will be subdued and very laid back. The one constant is that they all will flow.

Perry Daniels

Perry began his yoga practice in 2007. Originally just experimenting, it didn’t take him long to identify the spiritual, mental and physical benefits associated with a regular practice. Yoga has now become a part of his routine and, has aided him in becoming an energetically calm yogi. Perry has an extensive coaching background, which enables him to challenge students to enhance their practice to new levels. Simultaneously, his yoga practice has shown him that it is perfectly okay, to be where you currently are. Some classes will have high energy and high impact, others will be subdued and very laid back. The one constant is that they all will flow.

Mary Thibault   Mary's yoga journey began in 2008 when she enrolled in a Kundalini class in college. During the years that followed, her practice was a bit more infrequent. She would attend classes every once in a while, but didn't develop a daily practice until 2014. Over the last few years, her relationship with yoga, meditation and spirituality has deepened to new levels. Yoga helps her continuously discover new parts of herself and reminds her how important it is to be gentle and kind to herself and others. Mary's teaching tends to focus less on finding that "perfect alignment." Instead, she helps people connect to themselves and shift their energy through breath work, meditation and moving their bodies to upbeat, and ambient music. She recently graduated from Faith Hunter's 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in May 2017.

Mary Thibault

Mary's yoga journey began in 2008 when she enrolled in a Kundalini class in college. During the years that followed, her practice was a bit more infrequent. She would attend classes every once in a while, but didn't develop a daily practice until 2014. Over the last few years, her relationship with yoga, meditation and spirituality has deepened to new levels. Yoga helps her continuously discover new parts of herself and reminds her how important it is to be gentle and kind to herself and others. Mary's teaching tends to focus less on finding that "perfect alignment." Instead, she helps people connect to themselves and shift their energy through breath work, meditation and moving their bodies to upbeat, and ambient music. She recently graduated from Faith Hunter's 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in May 2017.

Brian Carr   Brian discovered Kundalini Yoga on accident, walking into a studio in 2012 and taking the first available class that evening, which happened to be an awesomely strange mix of meditation, postures, chants and movement. He found it utterly magical — “Wait, so you make these hand movements, breathe in a certain way, close your eyes, and say these words, and you can feel like this, all the time?” — and became hooked. He’s been taking Kundalini classes ever since, building it into his daily life, and completed his 220-hour KRI Level I Teacher Training at Lighthouse Yoga Center in Washington, DC. He has a love for heart-based kriyas and meditations — “These should be taught all over DC, everywhere!” — and might have been a dog in a former life, as he loves nothing more than walking through Rock Creek Park every day and chasing a soccer ball. Brian’s classes are both energizing and relaxing at the same time, and are geared towards building awareness, and connecting ourselves with our true selves.

Brian Carr

Brian discovered Kundalini Yoga on accident, walking into a studio in 2012 and taking the first available class that evening, which happened to be an awesomely strange mix of meditation, postures, chants and movement. He found it utterly magical — “Wait, so you make these hand movements, breathe in a certain way, close your eyes, and say these words, and you can feel like this, all the time?” — and became hooked. He’s been taking Kundalini classes ever since, building it into his daily life, and completed his 220-hour KRI Level I Teacher Training at Lighthouse Yoga Center in Washington, DC. He has a love for heart-based kriyas and meditations — “These should be taught all over DC, everywhere!” — and might have been a dog in a former life, as he loves nothing more than walking through Rock Creek Park every day and chasing a soccer ball. Brian’s classes are both energizing and relaxing at the same time, and are geared towards building awareness, and connecting ourselves with our true selves.

Candace Tyler , Studio Manager & Teacher  Candace believes that yoga provides a path to self-discovery, mindfulness, and letting go. As a teacher, she offers her students ways to connect with their bodies through pranayama, asana, and sound. Her teaching style encourages students to take the practice off the mat and make it part of their everyday lives. The desire to offer yoga to everyone regardless of body type, income or status, has lead Candace to teach to communities that otherwise maybe not have access to yoga. Candace took her first yoga class in 1998 and earned her 200/hr RYT at Embrace DC in 2015.

Candace Tyler, Studio Manager & Teacher

Candace believes that yoga provides a path to self-discovery, mindfulness, and letting go. As a teacher, she offers her students ways to connect with their bodies through pranayama, asana, and sound. Her teaching style encourages students to take the practice off the mat and make it part of their everyday lives. The desire to offer yoga to everyone regardless of body type, income or status, has lead Candace to teach to communities that otherwise maybe not have access to yoga. Candace took her first yoga class in 1998 and earned her 200/hr RYT at Embrace DC in 2015.

Kimberly "Kymmi" Hayes

Kimberly “Kymmi”Hayes has been dedicated to health and well being throughout her career, first as a medical administrator and now as a yoga instructor. Kimberly’s deep knowledge of anatomy and physiology allow her to consult with her students to ensure their practice is safe, challenging, and meeting their own goals for their personal practice. Kimberly teaches a Hatha-Vinyasa style and completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Faith Hunter. Kymmi incorporates different types of music and world beats to make her classes fun an inviting.

Keisean Raines   Keisean earned her 200 Hour RYT Certification in 2013 from Yogalution Movement in Long Beach, CA. Keisean has been featured on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage, was a lead facilitator of the Women's Empowerment Movement in Long Beach, and a guest facilitator at the QTPOC Open Space at the LGBT Center of Long Beach.  Keisean uses the modalities of Hatha Yoga, Amatra Meditation, Channeling Positive Affirmations and Intuitively Guided Writing to cultivate healing for others. Her intention is to bring the practices of body-positive yoga, mediation and mindful wellness habits into the lives of underserved communities in the effort to create a world that is healthy, wealthy and wise.

Keisean Raines

Keisean earned her 200 Hour RYT Certification in 2013 from Yogalution Movement in Long Beach, CA. Keisean has been featured on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage, was a lead facilitator of the Women's Empowerment Movement in Long Beach, and a guest facilitator at the QTPOC Open Space at the LGBT Center of Long Beach.

Keisean uses the modalities of Hatha Yoga, Amatra Meditation, Channeling Positive Affirmations and Intuitively Guided Writing to cultivate healing for others. Her intention is to bring the practices of body-positive yoga, mediation and mindful wellness habits into the lives of underserved communities in the effort to create a world that is healthy, wealthy and wise.

Dehejia Maat   Dehejia Maat is a Certified Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga Instructor receiving her 210 hours of training from Shakti MindBody Studio in 2008 with Faith Hunter. She is also a certified Yoga4 Classrooms ChildLight Yoga teacher. Her classes focus on letting go through deep breathing, asana, and chanting. Join her in uplifting the mind, body, and spirit.

Dehejia Maat

Dehejia Maat is a Certified Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga Instructor receiving her 210 hours of training from Shakti MindBody Studio in 2008 with Faith Hunter. She is also a certified Yoga4 Classrooms ChildLight Yoga teacher. Her classes focus on letting go through deep breathing, asana, and chanting. Join her in uplifting the mind, body, and spirit.

Rachel Grossman   Rachel enthusiastically welcomes all identities, ages, bodies, and experience levels to the mat. She’s a joyful, conscientious, and spiritual instructor who’s classes are filled with invitations (not expectations) to move with intention, connect movement and breath, play, discover, and release. When not practicing yoga, Rachel works as a theatre artist, producer, facilitator, and activist.She also likes beets and brussels sprouts, dogs, the color pink, infographics and, of course, yoga.

Rachel Grossman

Rachel enthusiastically welcomes all identities, ages, bodies, and experience levels to the mat. She’s a joyful, conscientious, and spiritual instructor who’s classes are filled with invitations (not expectations) to move with intention, connect movement and breath, play, discover, and release. When not practicing yoga, Rachel works as a theatre artist, producer, facilitator, and activist.She also likes beets and brussels sprouts, dogs, the color pink, infographics and, of course, yoga.

Gregory Turk   Gregory Turk is a yoga instructor and movement coach. An elite youth athlete and former division one soccer player, Gregory first discovered yoga in 2006 when an extended work trip abroad led him to discover his very first home practice. A regular practice helped him build the strength and flexibility to overcome the lingering effects of two ACL surgeries and run for the first time in several years. At the same time that Gregory was reaping the physical benefits of yoga, he also realized that the spiritual aspects of yoga were unbeatable for alleviating the stress of a fast-paced DC lifestyle. Gregory completed his RYT 200 training at Yoga Heights and has since become a member of the Budokon DC Academy and a staff member with the DC United Academy.

Gregory Turk

Gregory Turk is a yoga instructor and movement coach. An elite youth athlete and former division one soccer player, Gregory first discovered yoga in 2006 when an extended work trip abroad led him to discover his very first home practice. A regular practice helped him build the strength and flexibility to overcome the lingering effects of two ACL surgeries and run for the first time in several years. At the same time that Gregory was reaping the physical benefits of yoga, he also realized that the spiritual aspects of yoga were unbeatable for alleviating the stress of a fast-paced DC lifestyle. Gregory completed his RYT 200 training at Yoga Heights and has since become a member of the Budokon DC Academy and a staff member with the DC United Academy.

Samia Brown , Facilities and Event Manager  Bio Coming Soon!

Samia Brown, Facilities and Event Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

Stuart Bishop   Stuart found Ashtanga yoga in 2011 and began practicing as a means of correcting his spinal condition without surgery. He believes that it is important to check in with your body every day and acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments (however small they may be) that your practice brings. Stuart has explored other styles of yoga as well and went on to obtain his RYT 200 from the Sivananda ashram in the Bahamas. He uses his degrees in Psychology and Instructional Design to impart knowledge about the body and brain in ways that allow you to experience your practice in new ways. His playful, yet serious approach to teachig leaves you feeling challenged without even knowing you were being stretched to new levels.

Stuart Bishop

Stuart found Ashtanga yoga in 2011 and began practicing as a means of correcting his spinal condition without surgery. He believes that it is important to check in with your body every day and acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments (however small they may be) that your practice brings. Stuart has explored other styles of yoga as well and went on to obtain his RYT 200 from the Sivananda ashram in the Bahamas. He uses his degrees in Psychology and Instructional Design to impart knowledge about the body and brain in ways that allow you to experience your practice in new ways. His playful, yet serious approach to teachig leaves you feeling challenged without even knowing you were being stretched to new levels.

Lindsay Tauscher   Yoga is more than a set of shapes and poses; it is an ongoing practice and, to me, a way of life. After many years of struggling to find peace in my mind and body, yoga gradually taught me to replace self-judgment with self-acceptance. Learning to be fully present has at once been a challenging and healing process. It has made me passionate about sharing the transformative power of mindful embodiment with others. As a yoga teacher, I strive to cultivate a safe, supportive environment, encouraging students to develop body awareness and challenge themselves, while also empowering them to make mistakes and honor their own needs. As a Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice, I provide energy therapy treatments to support my clients’ personal healing journeys. I believe that a holistic approach can best support the comprehensive wellness of every being: in mind, body, and spirit.

Lindsay Tauscher

Yoga is more than a set of shapes and poses; it is an ongoing practice and, to me, a way of life. After many years of struggling to find peace in my mind and body, yoga gradually taught me to replace self-judgment with self-acceptance. Learning to be fully present has at once been a challenging and healing process. It has made me passionate about sharing the transformative power of mindful embodiment with others. As a yoga teacher, I strive to cultivate a safe, supportive environment, encouraging students to develop body awareness and challenge themselves, while also empowering them to make mistakes and honor their own needs. As a Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice, I provide energy therapy treatments to support my clients’ personal healing journeys. I believe that a holistic approach can best support the comprehensive wellness of every being: in mind, body, and spirit.

Kasia Sobieraj   Kasia discovered yoga in 2015 while participating in Spartan Races. After achieving her goals in obstacle racing she wanted to move on something else, something that would challenge her in a different way. Coming from stressful restaurant management she found her escape in calmer settings. Wanting to deepen her practice, learn more about history and to understand what’s behind the physical practice she completed 200 YTT in May 2018. Teaching since 2017, Kasia is also certified in Yoga Sculpt, she teaches HIIT and bootcamp.

Kasia Sobieraj

Kasia discovered yoga in 2015 while participating in Spartan Races. After achieving her goals in obstacle racing she wanted to move on something else, something that would challenge her in a different way. Coming from stressful restaurant management she found her escape in calmer settings. Wanting to deepen her practice, learn more about history and to understand what’s behind the physical practice she completed 200 YTT in May 2018. Teaching since 2017, Kasia is also certified in Yoga Sculpt, she teaches HIIT and bootcamp.

Micah Norgard   Micah is a 200-hour certified Hatha-Raja yoga instructor. His personal style invites you to slow down, focus on firm foundations, alignment, and breath work, while using the physical practice as a moving meditation to cultivate a sense of oneness with the mind, and body. Micah completed his yoga teacher training, through VETOGA. A Veteeans organization who’s mission is to bring yoga, mediation and the healing arts to Veterans. Micah brings to the mat his 13 years of experience as a U.S. Marine Corp infantryman, martial arts and physical fitness instructor.

Micah Norgard

Micah is a 200-hour certified Hatha-Raja yoga instructor. His personal style invites you to slow down, focus on firm foundations, alignment, and breath work, while using the physical practice as a moving meditation to cultivate a sense of oneness with the mind, and body. Micah completed his yoga teacher training, through VETOGA. A Veteeans organization who’s mission is to bring yoga, mediation and the healing arts to Veterans. Micah brings to the mat his 13 years of experience as a U.S. Marine Corp infantryman, martial arts and physical fitness instructor.


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