Meet Our Instructors

Breathing Space Family Yoga instructors incorporate training from many different styles and schools of yoga but all share a love for the practice and passion for sharing it with yogis of all ages.

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Jennifer Mueller

Jen brings a sense of joy and playfulness to her classes – both the adult and kids classes – and hopes to offer her students freedom she finds in yoga. She founded Breathing Space to create hub for family yoga on Capitol Hill and share her enthusiasm for age- and developmentally-appropriate poses, games, and songs with yogis of all ages.

Like so many, Jen first came to the yoga mat because of an injury, seeking nothing more than to feel better and balance her body for running. She comes back to the mat because yoga invites her to embrace her body and mind with all its imperfections and then to look beyond them to the greater Self.

Family YogaAfter thoroughly enjoying baby yoga classes with her daughter during maternity leave and being unable to find an Itsy Bitsy class that fit her schedule after going back to work, Jen stumbled on a listing for Itsy Bitsy Yoga facilitators training . . . and signed up. She has since trained with Budding Yogis, ChildLight Yoga, Yoga 4 Classrooms, and YoKid to offer classes to families and children of all ages. Jen’s work with children inspired her to complete adult yoga teacher training at Willow Street Yoga in 2010 and train in Prenatal Yoga with Janice Clarfield.

Jen is a Yoga Alliance® Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RTY 200) and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCTY).  She is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) through Infant Massage USA and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

In addition to working with children and families in Washington DC, Jen is excited to teach others to share yoga and mindfulness with children through ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms Professional Development Workshop.

 

Natalie Collins

Natalie received her RCYS teaching certification in New Orleans under the instruction of Aruna Kathy Humphries. Natalie has been a yogi since childhood and deeply understands the profound impact yoga has on children’s lives. Her classes combine yoga poses and breathing exercises with music, dance, crafts, and a healthy dose of silliness! Before becoming a children’s yoga instructor, she was a professional dancer and dance teacher. She found yoga to be a more healing and positive practice in her own life, and decided that was what she truly wanted to share with children. She also firmly believes children are natural yogis!

Kaydee Dahlin

Kaydee Dahlin has been a devoted yoga practitioner for eleven years.  She fell in love with yoga for its

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ability to cultivate calmness, cure her neck problems,  and achieve balance poses she never imagined possible.

Kaydee is a mother of two young children which led her to become a specialist in baby, kids and family yoga, as well as an adult yoga teacher.   Kaydee uses song and stories to engage children of all ages.

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Rebecca, E-RYT, RCYT, brings a sense of humor to her classes and focuses on meeting her students – of any age- exactly where they are. Rebecca has been teaching early childhood yoga on Capitol Hill and around DC for over a decade. She completed her initial training in 2006 at the Yoga Center, Columbia, MD. She has continued her studies by completing specialized trainings in prenatal, postnatal and children’s yoga, including Budding Yogis, Childlight Yoga, Itsy Bitsy Yoga, Radiant Child, Yokid, and Yoga for the Special Child, YoKid. Sharing yoga with kids and caregivers in the DC metro area in studios, schools and community centers, as well as with her own two children, always leaves her smiling and inspires her personal practice.  When Rebecca isn’t teaching, you might find her on a trail – hiking biking or being walked by her dog.

Rachel Gooze

Rachel has been exploring yoga since 1998, mainly learning about physical asana practices and breathing techniques. Over time she deepened her study and this learning process continues to support self-discovery and a desire to share the practices with young children and caregivers. Rachel is deeply grateful to her many teachers (and their lineages of teachers) of yoga asana and philosophy, including Rexx Samuell, Hari-Kirtana Das, Pleasance Silicki, Jennifer Mueller, and Nisha Ahuja. Rachel completed a 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training in 2013, and is also a certified ChildLight Yoga Baby & Toddler instructor. During pregnancy, Rachel continued her regular yoga and mindfulness practice and, after her daughter was born in 2016, breathing and moving with the baby became a daily source of joy and discovery. This, in combination with her work as a public health researcher studying the well-being of early childhood educators, motivates her to bring wellness practices to caregivers (parents and teachers), babies, and children.

Jennifer Karbowsky

Jenn believes that yoga is for everybody. She is excited to share yoga with diverse communities and to help kids and adults find what works for them. She completed her 200-hour training in Sampoorna Yoga and is a certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor. Her goal is for classes to help her students find lightness and ease, on and off the mat. When she is not on a yoga mat, Jenn can be found on hiking trails, close to the water, or wherever there is ice cream.

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Jessica has been teaching creative movement in the metro area since 2005 and is passionate about helping children discover and explore their bodies and the world around them. She was trained by Joye Newman, MA to teach preschool creative movement for Kids’ Moving Company, a Bethesda-based creative movement studio. In 2017, she completed her Baby & Toddler Yoga Teacher Training through Childlight Yoga.

In addition to working with preschoolers, Jessica is a registered massage practitioner and is trained in infant massage instruction. She has practiced massage for over eleven years and taught massage as part of Potomac Massage Training Institute’s professional training program. Outside of the movement space and massage room, she enjoys cooking, knitting, sewing, kickboxing, and exploring the outdoors with her daughter.

Kiran Parasher

Kiran, a RYT-200 and Mat Certified Pilates instructor, is an innovative and inspiring teacher who is passionate about the healing and balancing power of mindful movement. Pilates and yoga have helped her approach daily challenges with a sense of humor and ease, a gift she hopes to share with her clients. Kiran’s classes are playful yet deliberate–designed to encourage active relaxation as well as physical and mental vitality. She loves all types of music (expect a wide variety of funky playlists!) and enjoys exploring DC with her Chihuahua-Terrier mix Betty Boop!

 

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Helena was drawn to yoga a decade ago as a way to relieve stress from a fast-paced Capitol Hill job. She continues to be amazed at the peace, self-regulation, healing, joy, and power that can come simply by going to the mat. Yoga has been instrumental in her journey as a mom, and she considers her children, Ellie and Nicky, as her greatest teachers. They are a daily reminder to BREATHE, act from a place of love, share your whole heart, maintain a sense of wonder, and see the little light in others. Helena is certified through Childlight Yoga, and owes her love of kids and family yoga to the mentoring, training, and teaching start she got at Lil Omm.

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