unroll your mat WITH US!

We are a vibrant group of 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 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 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 sweet dog Sebastian. 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 sweet dog Sebastian. faithhunter.com

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.  

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.

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. 

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/).

 

Tatenda Musapatike Tatenda Musapatike began her yoga journey in 2010 after college, but developed a more rigorous practice when searching for a way to manage a stressful career in public affairs. She finished her 200-hour teacher training at The Studio DC and teaches an energetic yoga flow grounded in breathing and yogic techniques designed to build mental and physical strength.

Tatenda Musapatike

Tatenda Musapatike began her yoga journey in 2010 after college, but developed a more rigorous practice when searching for a way to manage a stressful career in public affairs. She finished her 200-hour teacher training at The Studio DC and teaches an energetic yoga flow grounded in breathing and yogic techniques designed to build mental and physical strength.

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.

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.

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.
 

Sojourner Walker Sojourner Williams is a yoga teacher, Reiki Master and Ayurvedic practitioner. Sojourner received her 200-level Vinyasa Flow training at Laughing Lotus Yoga in New York in 2008. Sojourner's restorative classes are grounding and peaceful infusing breath work, meditation and Reiki.

Sojourner Walker

Sojourner Williams is a yoga teacher, Reiki Master and Ayurvedic practitioner. Sojourner received her 200-level Vinyasa Flow training at Laughing Lotus Yoga in New York in 2008. Sojourner's restorative classes are grounding and peaceful infusing breath work, meditation and Reiki.

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.

Ellie Bernstein Ellie was born and raised in NJ, where at age 15, began dancing professionally with a ballet company. At 16 she was accepted into the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music  and at 17 moved to Bloomington, Indiana. Over the course of her 4 years at IU, Ellie had the privilege of working closely with esteemed dancers and choreographers such as Violette Verdy, John Clifford, Julie Kent, and Susan Jaffe. During her final year at IU, Ellie made the difficult decision to retire from the world of ballet and continue life as a "normal" person. After hating grad school and the new career she had chosen, Ellie decided to return to the world of physical movement by obtaining her 600 hour comprehensive Pilates certification. Soon after, she found yoga and earned her E-RYT 200, RYT 500. Recently, after an 11 year break, she decided to return to the dance world and is enjoying combining her love for yoga and dance. She also works with a variety of brands and charities on Instagram, enjoys writing and blogging in her spare time, and is currently working on her first book. Ellie currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Ellie Bernstein

Ellie was born and raised in NJ, where at age 15, began dancing professionally with a ballet company. At 16 she was accepted into the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music  and at 17 moved to Bloomington, Indiana. Over the course of her 4 years at IU, Ellie had the privilege of working closely with esteemed dancers and choreographers such as Violette Verdy, John Clifford, Julie Kent, and Susan Jaffe. During her final year at IU, Ellie made the difficult decision to retire from the world of ballet and continue life as a "normal" person. After hating grad school and the new career she had chosen, Ellie decided to return to the world of physical movement by obtaining her 600 hour comprehensive Pilates certification. Soon after, she found yoga and earned her E-RYT 200, RYT 500. Recently, after an 11 year break, she decided to return to the dance world and is enjoying combining her love for yoga and dance. She also works with a variety of brands and charities on Instagram, enjoys writing and blogging in her spare time, and is currently working on her first book. Ellie currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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