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.
With passion to help those around her to reconnect to their breath, Alleah chose the journey to become a Yoga Teacher to help students connect to their inner Guru. Receiving her 200-hr Vinyasa and Hatha training from Embrace Yoga DC with Faith Hunter, her 95-hr Children’s Yoga Teacher training with YoKid… Stretch Your Limits, and 85-Hr Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Ladan Judge and Dawn Curtis of East Meets West Yoga Center, she is elated to share her smile, energy, and love for yoga with the women, children and families. Having experienced a loss of a precious love one, Alleah has made it a lifelong commitment to help women have healthier pregnancies, stronger bodies, and foster bonds between mommy and baby. Working with prenatal and postnatal students, combines her immense love of yoga, healthy living, and the beauty of Mommyhood. with her love for children, all while having fun. All make a great recipe for making her inner child happy. With much gratitude, her shining light bows to your shining light.
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.
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 enjoys sharing yoga with people of all ages. She is a ChildLight Yoga Tweens and Teens Certified Instructor offering playful, mindful yoga classes. After years of developing her own yoga practice, she sought out yoga training to support the students she works with as a counselor at a DC Public Charter School. Jamie is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist in private practice.
Debby Rager began her practice of yoga in 1997 when she began her Masters in Social Work in Boston, MA. After working with children for over 10 years as a clinical social worker, she knew of no better way to build on her passion for supporting children’s emotional well-being than teaching yoga to kids. She was trained through the Budding Yogis program for children and YogaWorks for teaching adults. Debby likes that yoga allows children to build resilience by strengthening their self-confidence, learning ways to calm themselves down and being creative in their play. She loves the opportunity to introduce another activity that parents can engage in with their children that allows for positive and fun bonding!