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.
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.
After 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.
Bettina started her yoga journey more than 15 years ago and has practiced in Germany, Italy, Brazil, and the United States since then. Bettina’s prenatal yoga work is inspired by the strong belief that each woman – regardless of her background – has the right to a healthy and trauma-free birth. Bettina wants to empower becoming mothers to be conscious about the birth (preparation) choices they make and to experience birth as something ground-breaking and life-changing. Bettina did her 200-hr Vinyasa teacher training with Faith Hunter of Embrace Yoga DC and prenatal training with April Puccieta. In her career in international development, Bettina works on gender and gender relations in international private sector financing. She has two kids aged 5 and 2.5 with whom she loves head-standing and being outdoors.
Rebecca Gitter, E-RYT, RCYT, completed her initial training in 2006 at the Yoga Center, Columbia, MD. Rebecca brings a sense of humor to her classes and focuses on meeting her students – of any age- exactly where they are. 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. Rebecca is a Certified ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms Trainer and Itsy Bitsy Yoga Facilitator for Baby, Tots, Tykes and Little Families. She has continued her studies by completing courses with, Radiant Child, Budding Yogis, Yoga for the Special Child, YoKid, therapeutic yoga and specialized training in pre and post natal yoga. Rebecca recently co-created the ChildLight Yoga Baby & Toddler Teacher Training with Jen and is pleased to train instructors for the littlest yogis in DC and across the country. When she isn’t teaching, you might find her on a trail – hiking biking or being walked by her dog.
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.
Kahlil, RYT 200, is a joyful and encouraging teacher whose daily yoga practice includes Kundalini and Hatha yoga. Kahlil is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, certified in 2007 through KRI (Kundalini Research Institute). She is also certified as a Hatha yoga teacher having trained in 2001 with the Indian Institute of Yoga. She believes that yoga is for everyone and her goal is to provide students with a well-balanced and grounded practice. Inspired by the birth of her four children, Kahlil is a certified prenatal yoga teacher who creates an environment where pregnant women gather safely in an ancient circle of belonging. By opening the heart and trusting our intuitive powers as women, her classes are graceful experiences of sharing the dance of life. She also enjoys teaching yoga to children and is a certified Yoga for Youth, Yoga Ed. and Radiant Child yoga teacher.
Jamie is a ChildLight Yoga 95-Hour Certified Instructor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist in Washington, DC. She enjoys sharing the peace and joy of yoga with people of all ages, and offers creative opportunities for playfulness and connection during all of her classes. Jamie carefully blends her yoga training and therapeutic practice to offer yoga classes for families, babies, tots, children and teens that support physical, social, and emotional wellness.
Though she started her fitness journey as a ballerina, Maya came to yoga in 2011 after being introduced to it by her dad and fell in love with the strength, power, flexibility, mental clarity, and greater body acceptance of the practice. Maya has practiced in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin, Houston, and DC and has had beloved teachers in the Iyengar, Baptiste, Rocket, and Ashtanga traditions. Other fitness modalities that have supplemented her practice include reformer Pilates and barre. Off the mat, Maya is a school psychologist at a charter school in SE DC, and enjoys photography, hiking, traveling, cooking, and teaching herself to play guitar. She values strong, sweaty flows that emphasize breath and link mind and body.
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.