unroll your mat WITH US!

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!

Located in the Adams Morgan and 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!

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 to 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 to 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. 

  Matt “Bandaid” Strobel   Mend, bend, and blend, mind, body, and spirit. Movement has always been a passion of mine, from traditional sports to circus acrobatics and everything in between I have found them all appealing and enticing. This is what drove me to capoeira, an afro-brazilian martial art that delivers an extensive movement repertoire. Having been a fan of meditation and breathing exercises yoga seemed a natural transition for my personal practice. Yoga has since become an integral part of my practice and healing portion to my routine. After practicing for over a decade I finally was allowed the opportunity to complete my Yoga Teacher Certification with Faith Hunter Founder of Spiritually Fly Yoga in Washington DC.   

Matt “Bandaid” Strobel

Mend, bend, and blend, mind, body, and spirit. Movement has always been a passion of mine, from traditional sports to circus acrobatics and everything in between I have found them all appealing and enticing. This is what drove me to capoeira, an afro-brazilian martial art that delivers an extensive movement repertoire. Having been a fan of meditation and breathing exercises yoga seemed a natural transition for my personal practice. Yoga has since become an integral part of my practice and healing portion to my routine. After practicing for over a decade I finally was allowed the opportunity to complete my Yoga Teacher Certification with Faith Hunter Founder of Spiritually Fly Yoga in Washington DC.

 

Holly Meyers - Studio Manager & Teacher

Holly became a certified instructor in 2008 after practicing yoga for 15 years. Drawing from contemporary Vinyasa, classic Hatha and traditional Kundalini yoga, her classes empower the body and mind through Asana, Pranayama, Chakra work, meditation and intention setting. Holly is passionate about sharing stories of personal challenge – and tools for resilience – to encourage anyone experiencing struggles to move forward with purpose. Her heart’s desire is to serve others by sharing life experiences and passing-on healthy practices. She is grateful for her yogic influences: Swami Satchidananda, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Faith Hunter, Seane Corn, Anodea Judith and Jai Uttal.

A native of the DC area, Holly was inspired by the city's diversity early on, and developed a fascination with links among cultural and spiritual traditions. When she's not at Embrace, she is connecting with community around her beloved hometown. Also a musician and writer, Holly blogs about yoga’s tools for everyday life on The Urban Yoga Den (http://urbanyogaden.wordpress.com/).

 

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.

  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. 

  Candace Tyler   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

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.

  Willair St.Vil   Willair came to the practice of yoga twenty years ago because of a physical injury. Prior to the practice, Williar was an active athlete playing everything from racquetball to soccer.  His journey to yoga started with Douglas Ridings at 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle. Over these years, he learned, embraced, and incorporated the holy trinity of yoga. Certified as a 200hr instructor at Embrace Yoga DC, his goal is to help people along their yoga journey wherever they may be in the process. With the combined knowledge of yoga philosophy and physical mechanics, he is committed to making yoga accessible, realistic, and relevant to those with limited and or no access. Inspired by this mission, he wishes to infuse his experience in community organizing, advocacy, medicine, social services, education, mediation, executive coaching, and mindful leadership within the yoga practice every single time I teach. 

Willair St.Vil

Willair came to the practice of yoga twenty years ago because of a physical injury. Prior to the practice, Williar was an active athlete playing everything from racquetball to soccer.  His journey to yoga started with Douglas Ridings at 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle. Over these years, he learned, embraced, and incorporated the holy trinity of yoga. Certified as a 200hr instructor at Embrace Yoga DC, his goal is to help people along their yoga journey wherever they may be in the process. With the combined knowledge of yoga philosophy and physical mechanics, he is committed to making yoga accessible, realistic, and relevant to those with limited and or no access. Inspired by this mission, he wishes to infuse his experience in community organizing, advocacy, medicine, social services, education, mediation, executive coaching, and mindful leadership within the yoga practice every single time I teach. 

  Dawn Valentine   Dawn first began yoga as a 'little tyke' before yoga mats were a thing with “Lilias, Yoga and You” on PBS. Through the teen years, yoga was put on the shelf only to return a decade later to prenatal yoga. Dawn continued her yoga practice by venturing into Anusara, Bikram and Iyengar.  Off the mat, she has devoted her life to supporting the health and wellness of the whole body as a Reiki practitioner and herbalist; in addition to community health as she works towards reducing health disparities as a public health social scientist. After years of practicing yoga, Dawn completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Faith Hunter. Her classes focus on using Vinyasa flow to get into your body, using your breath to guide your movements. Then falling in love with the physical beauty of feeling your body stretch and release as you transition through the practice. Join Dawn for the morning class as we rise with the sun.

Dawn Valentine

Dawn first began yoga as a 'little tyke' before yoga mats were a thing with “Lilias, Yoga and You” on PBS. Through the teen years, yoga was put on the shelf only to return a decade later to prenatal yoga. Dawn continued her yoga practice by venturing into Anusara, Bikram and Iyengar.  Off the mat, she has devoted her life to supporting the health and wellness of the whole body as a Reiki practitioner and herbalist; in addition to community health as she works towards reducing health disparities as a public health social scientist. After years of practicing yoga, Dawn completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Faith Hunter. Her classes focus on using Vinyasa flow to get into your body, using your breath to guide your movements. Then falling in love with the physical beauty of feeling your body stretch and release as you transition through the practice. Join Dawn for the morning class as we rise with the sun.

  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.

  Sally Golestanian   Sally stepped into her first yoga class in Iran, back in 2001.She left the class feeling incredibly happy and joyful. Since then she’s been practicing yoga on and off her mat. In 2012, she found her teacher and decided to deepen her practice by learning more about philosophy of yoga and bringing it to her day to day life. Sally’s influences are include Rachel Brathen , Jafar Alexander and Maryam Ovissi. Practice of yoga inspired her to be mindful in every aspect of her life. She believes she became stronger, fearless and definitely more present. She loves challenging, fun vinyasa classes as well as yin and contemplative sessions. She is passionate about sharing her practice to help others live a more mindful life, as she started the journey of self-awareness and living in the moment, by bringing the yoga theory to her life. Sally is a Registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RT200) and a Yin yoga teacher. As her teacher says “Yoga is simple: breathe, move and find your way to silence” . No matter what type of class she teaches or what level of student she practices with, she brings this theory to her classes.

Sally Golestanian

Sally stepped into her first yoga class in Iran, back in 2001.She left the class feeling incredibly happy and joyful. Since then she’s been practicing yoga on and off her mat. In 2012, she found her teacher and decided to deepen her practice by learning more about philosophy of yoga and bringing it to her day to day life. Sally’s influences are include Rachel Brathen , Jafar Alexander and Maryam Ovissi. Practice of yoga inspired her to be mindful in every aspect of her life. She believes she became stronger, fearless and definitely more present. She loves challenging, fun vinyasa classes as well as yin and contemplative sessions. She is passionate about sharing her practice to help others live a more mindful life, as she started the journey of self-awareness and living in the moment, by bringing the yoga theory to her life. Sally is a Registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RT200) and a Yin yoga teacher. As her teacher says “Yoga is simple: breathe, move and find your way to silence” . No matter what type of class she teaches or what level of student she practices with, she brings this theory to her classes.

  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.

  Karen Burke   Karen took her first yoga class shortly after joining a new gym in 2003. Less than a year later, she was living in the midwest and had taken a hiatus from yoga. In 2011, Karen was back in DC and looking for a way to relieve stress when yoga re-entered her life. Yoga has not only become a way for Karen to manage stress, but also has helped to keep health issues at bay, learn a lot about herself, and learn to truly love her body. While at a yoga retreat on a mountain in Costa Rica, after some reflection, she decided that it was time to share her love for yoga with others. Karen completed her 200 RYT at Embrace Yoga DC with Faith Hunter a year later in the spring of 2017. She encourages meditation, self-care and self-reflection in all aspects of her life. As inclusiveness is a passion for her, it is her goal to provide a safe and supportive environment for all to practice yoga.

Karen Burke

Karen took her first yoga class shortly after joining a new gym in 2003. Less than a year later, she was living in the midwest and had taken a hiatus from yoga. In 2011, Karen was back in DC and looking for a way to relieve stress when yoga re-entered her life. Yoga has not only become a way for Karen to manage stress, but also has helped to keep health issues at bay, learn a lot about herself, and learn to truly love her body. While at a yoga retreat on a mountain in Costa Rica, after some reflection, she decided that it was time to share her love for yoga with others. Karen completed her 200 RYT at Embrace Yoga DC with Faith Hunter a year later in the spring of 2017. She encourages meditation, self-care and self-reflection in all aspects of her life. As inclusiveness is a passion for her, it is her goal to provide a safe and supportive environment for all to practice yoga.

 After discovering Faith on social media, she was fortunate to come across Embrace Yoga DC which happened to be just down the street from her apartment in Adams Morgan. She quickly found her place in the cOMmunity, and it felt only natural to graduate from Faith Hunter’s 200hr yoga teacher training program years later. She enjoys introducing new yogis to the many aspects of yoga. Katt’s interest in holistic wellness and access to yoga for all can be seen in her classes as she incorporates tools that students can utilize in their lives off the mat. Katt’s yoga journey began in 2008 when she was introduced to meditation as a means to cope with her anxiety and depression after the passing of a close friend. Little did she know that this practice would forever change her life and would eventually lead her to share it with others. When she’s not on the mat, Katt works on digital fundraising initiatives during the day and volunteers for non-profit organizations in the District working with low-income and immigrant communities.

After discovering Faith on social media, she was fortunate to come across Embrace Yoga DC which happened to be just down the street from her apartment in Adams Morgan. She quickly found her place in the cOMmunity, and it felt only natural to graduate from Faith Hunter’s 200hr yoga teacher training program years later. She enjoys introducing new yogis to the many aspects of yoga. Katt’s interest in holistic wellness and access to yoga for all can be seen in her classes as she incorporates tools that students can utilize in their lives off the mat. Katt’s yoga journey began in 2008 when she was introduced to meditation as a means to cope with her anxiety and depression after the passing of a close friend. Little did she know that this practice would forever change her life and would eventually lead her to share it with others. When she’s not on the mat, Katt works on digital fundraising initiatives during the day and volunteers for non-profit organizations in the District working with low-income and immigrant communities.


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