Meet Our Family
Meet the remarkable women who make this community a joy to be a part of. These divine goddesses are profoundly passionate about sharing the path of yoga with reverence. They all bring a trauma informed, compassionate lens to the art of teaching yoga and have a fierce desire to make yoga more accessible.
There is no greater group of women in one place in our opinion. These magnificent women are warm, authentic and present every day for our community. We couldn't be more grateful for their contributions to this studio. They are a gift and we love them deeply.
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Beth Safeer (she/her)
Beth brings a light, infectious zest for connecting. She is deeply warm and energetic and her laugh is super contagious. She enjoys sharing the practice with our community and is deeply committed to her own practice.
Bri Alexander (she/her)
Bri has a profound gentleness that makes her magic when she plays sound healing instruments. Her joy for the path comes through with every strike of the gong. She brings an open comforting energy into the room that makes all tension melt away.
Casey Wade (she/her)
Casey loves finding new ways to take yoga far beyond the mat and into everyday life. She is an advocate for creating a practice that is welcoming and embraces people's unique needs. She shares belief in our mission that yoga is for everyone and creates classes rooted in this belief, offering options for all.
Cierra Slade (she/her)
Cierra's classes offer a warm, welcoming space to become more present and explore interconnectedness of breath, body and mind. Her principle intention is to share the practice in a way that is accessible to all, to meet people where they are, as they are.
Debbie Sullivan (she/her)
Debbie has been a fitness instructor foe decades. Adding yoga to her list of talents, she guides classes with exubernce, love and skill. Her passion for yin is palpable and we love her infectious energy.
Felicia Ho (she/her)
A breast cancer survivor, she utilized the message of cancer, and her unique background with Asian healing arts as an opportunity to radically change her life and to redefine her life purpose. Teaching qigong presents a perfect amalgamation of Dr. Ho's background, interests, and life passion in supporting the human journey towards greater physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness.
Janelle Peoples (she/her)
Janelle deeply enjoys blending her dancer background into her yoga classes to provide students with a fun approach to movement on their mat. She is committed to providing comprehensive education and holistic health service to ALL with a focus on the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
Jessie Kates (she/her)
Our proud & passionate owner, Jessie loves being the guardian of the mission here at SHIFT. She has an impressive amount of knowledge that she shares everyday with love. She is a profoundly skilled Yoga Therapist and highly sought after educator in the field of Yoga.
Kia Locksley (she/her)
Kia has been teaching for 20 years and loves sharing this path with all and showing others what a profound tool yoga is to help you breathe through life's challenges. She put this wisdom to use in her own life after the tragic death of her son. Yoga helped her discover peace again and it has lead her to be of service more deeply now and she finds personal healing and gratitude in every moment on the mat.
Latonya Growney (she/her)
Latonya has the warmest heart of all. Her passionate guidance on the mat allows students to arrive into a deep sense of belonging within themselves.
Leah Saliter (she/her)
Leah has a profound joy for a making yoga accessible for ever body type. Yoga Philosophy, intentional movement and radical self-acceptance are always present in her classes. She has a deep passion for sharing the power of rest and stillness and hold space in class for students to connect with their whole authentic selves.
Lisa Rados (she/her)
Leading with the breath, Lisa guides us through a practice filled with inquiry. Lisa believes in yoga as a life practice, one that helps us both physically and mentally to move through life with a greater sense of ease and peace.
Margaret Barry (she/her)
Margaret has been an athlete all her life, making her a huge advocate for recovery. She is passionate about myofascial release and loves sharing the practice with our community. She has found yoga to be profound to help her body maintain ease and she find immense joy in helping others find that ease within themselves.
Maya (she/her) & Buff the Service Dog
Maya, an Army Veteran lives with PTSD and Buff has been instrumental in her healing. Buff is trained by Warrior Canine Connection and supports Maja with things like nightmare interruption, trigger interruption and offers mobility support for Maja. If you are lucky enough to enjoy a class with them, Maja will guide you with gentleness and love while Buff rests by her side on her yoga mat for the duration of class.
Nancy Kochuk (she/her)
Nancy brings such positivity to each and every class. In addition to teaching breath-focused yoga classes, she serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Prison Yoga Project of Maryland.
Sherry Steine (she/her)
Sherry combines mindful living through her teaching, writing and movement practice. We love her for her compassionate, therapeutic and heartfelt teaching. She believes in creating space to let go, turn inward, and rest deeply in our own being.
Taylor Hitaffer (she/her)
Taylor strives to create gentle and inclusive yoga flows She aims to empower students with a self care practice they can cultivate on and off the mat, using wellness that taps into their inner strength and wisdom. One of the things we love most about her, is her natural comedic timing - she is hilarious and the ham of our teaching family.