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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Founder/Director

Jen teaches Breathing Space Baby Yoga & Play classes, Tot, Toddler and Little Families Yoga, afterschool yoga, Baby Signing Time, and directs day-off and summer camps . . . in addition to lactation consulting and doing bunch of behind the scenes stuff to keep it all running.

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.

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Why Breathing Space?

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.

When she became a mother, her yoga practice became even more important: for building strength and flexibility, as relief for the discomforts of pregnancy and then the stresses of parenthood, as a reminder of the miracle of the human body and of her own resources and capabilities, and a regular connection to her breath and true Self during a time of significant identity changes. Her weekly baby yoga class during maternity leave encouraged her to embrace her daughter in the same loving, non-judgemental way that her own practice did for herself.

Family Yoga

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. That turned out to be the first step on new path.

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 trained in Prenatal Yoga with Janice Clarfield and Jennifer More of Dolphin Method Prenatal Yoga.

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).

Beyond Breathing Space

Jen serves as director of the National Kids Yoga Conference and it’s parent organization YoKid … Stretch Your limits.

You might also run into Jen over at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington DC, either as a consultant or in the twice-monthly Baby Care Basics class.

Other Experience

Before turning her attention to yoga full time, Jen spent more than a decade working with non- profit organizations in everything from daily operations, event and volunteer management, and finance to national policy advocacy and media relations. Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master in Public Management degree from the University of Maryland. Her experience in social change movements and managing charitable organizations has been extremely helpful when working with schools and community organizations to implement yoga and mindfulness programs for children

Jessica LaGarde 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, and Children’s 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 twelve 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, gardening and exploring the outdoors with her daughter.

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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!

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Rachel Gooze 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.

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Lindsay has been teaching kids yoga since 2017. She is both a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and a registered children’s yoga teacher that embraces kindness and compassion. Lindsay also spent a year in education at Fusion Academy teaching middle and high school students with learning differences in a one-on-one setting.

Her children and teen yoga classes help young people understand the importance of being kind in their thoughts, words, and actions to both themselves and others. Lindsay helps kids recognize their inner strength to practice being calm and still to connect more confidently to the world around them.  Lindsay values creating a loving, caring, and kind environment for children and youth to explore the practice and benefits that yoga has to offer. Her students are her greatest teacher! 

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After discovering the healing power of yoga and mindfulness in 2014, Shara began her practice using old yoga books bought from antique shops. Since then, she has continued to take yoga classes at her college while saving up for training and certification. 

Shara has worked in summer camps for the past 6 years as both a counselor and an assistant director. 2018 was her first summer in DC and her first summer on the Kid’s Yoga Summer Camp team, where she works excitedly and happily with Jen, Jessica, and the rest of the summer team to share yoga and mindfulness with the children of Washington, DC.

Shara loves the energized and enthusiastic curiosity of children, as well as their unending empathy and kindness, and hopes to help them maintain those traits as they age by practicing yoga and mindfulness regularly. She also hopes to attend graduate school for social work in order to create services and policies which extend this and like opportunities to children throughout the US. 

When she’s not practicing yoga or assisting in its instruction, Shara enjoys spending her time bird-watching, walking dogs, hanging out with her cat/travel buddy, and making soap, lip balm, or other organic toiletries. 

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Taylor was introduced to yoga while pursuing a college degree in Theatre, but the practice truly deepened for her after becoming pregnant in 2016. After the birth of her daughter, she completed the children’s yoga and mindfulness certification training with ChildLight Yoga, and it has been her joy to share the wonderful gifts of yoga and mindfulness with young people and their families! Taylor is a believer in the power of love, music and yoga looks forward to bringing the gift of peace and wellness into your home!

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Candace Glover is a yoga teacher with the Breathing Space DC.  Drawn to the mission of promoting positive community and holistic knowledge, this Washingtonian dedicated her life to helping those in her community achieve overall well-being when she started teaching in 2017. With a 200-accredited hour certification, a 300 CYT and a passion for all things yoga, she flexes her yogic muscles every day by empowering others through versatile mindfulness practices while stimulating the hearts and minds of the DMV’s youth. This former flight attendant uses her worldly influence and desire for mixing things up to engage students as they explore the 8 limbs of yoga. Candace seeks to provide an authentic outlook on the holistic approach by leading by example. Having known the struggle of acceptance and identity growing up, it became very important for Ms.Glover to share the empowering tools she uses every day with herself to provide an embrace of individuality with today’s youth.  Understanding that true love starts with self and with it we can accomplish anything, she has made it a top priority to make sure all students she interacts with know the importance of self-love and appreciation. Candace studied human services and general studies at Stevenson University. 

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Princess was born and raised in Washington, DC. With an undergrad study in nursing, she has always had a healthy state of mind, compassionate heart, and desire to live and be an example of love, peace, and healthy living. Through yoga, meditation, and a healthy lifestyle, she continuously elevate her consciousness, improve her health, and spread love.

In 2013, she began her self-study of yoga by taking local classes at the gym. In 2015, she pursed a yoga teacher training with Yoga District in Washington, DC. Following the completion of her training, she began offering free classes to local community members, such as seniors, children, friends, and family.

In 2017, she began to cultivate Royalty Yoga LLC. In 2018, she completed Kemetic Yoga Teacher training in Negril, Jamaica. She is also a life student of Raja Yoga and Kundalini Yoga. Princess continues to magnify her knowledge and understanding of the cycle of life and it’s relations to Yoga. Her interpretation of Yoga is uniting the breath, with movement of the body, while in control of the mind that is driven by the soul. This causes one to experience consciousness, concentration, relaxation, peace, and oneness. All qualities that individuals can use to discover who they truly are as a soul and connect them to whatever Higher Power they believe in. Her mission is to understand this knowledge and leave it for generations to come.

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Sharon is a unique holistic educator in the DC Metropolitan area, blending different cultural traditions for multidimensional education, healthy living, social change, and community empowerment. She facilitates experiential learning with intentional laughter, yoga, dance, meditation, music, hip hop, spoken word, poetry, human-animal partnerships, ancestral energy healing, and wilderness therapy.  Sharon is the founder of Natural Rhythms which is an organization that implements a curriculum based in nature, art, and yoga in a wide range of settings. Natural Rhythms is a restorative justice initiative that uses sensory integration and holistic education to promote a healthy mind, body, and soul to empower a  person of any age to solve their own problems. 

Sharon has partnered with a variety of organizations in the area, orchestrating intentionality in businesses, educational institutions, community centers, and places of worship. It is Sharon’s joy to continue facilitating authentic, growth-provoking, health-conscious activities with children and adults.

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