After years of training as a martial artist, Ginny found her true inner warrior in yoga. The beauty of yoga inspired her to start her journey in 1998, and that path was Ashtanga. Desiring to deepen her understanding of yoga, Ginny took her formal teacher training through Suzanne Leitner-Wise's teacher training program, where her horizons were broadened to include studies in Iyengar and Viniyoga. Ginny continues to further her yogic education at every opportunity, and is a certified Rocket Yoga teacher -training under David C. Kyle, and is currently working towards her 500ryt under the Svastha teachings of Dr. Ganesh Mohan. She has augmented her practice with various wonderful workshops including David Swenson, Doug Swenson, David Keil, Tias Little, Carolyn Blumely, Katherine Buddig, and Simon Parks among others, and she brings all these wonderful flavors to her students. Ginny’s style is fun, powerful and adventuresome, while offering many options, adjustments, modifications and variations- so every class is suited to every level and ability. The goal is an enjoyable experience that grows each individual’s practice. When not in a yoga pose, Ginny is a hardcore knitter and a muralist.
Justin Blazejewski (Mayur)
Justin began practicing yoga to help with a back injury he received while serving in the Marine Corps. He quickly realized the physical benefits of yoga when his back pain disappeared completely. Justin dove into a daily yoga practice for a few months then attended a yoga/kirtan retreat to Bali with Alanna Kaivalya and Dave Stringer that was the turning point in his spiritual practice. Soon after Justin found his guru Sri Dharma Mittra and immediately enrolled in the "DMY Life of a Yogi" teacher training in NYC to deepen his practice with no expectations of teaching. After graduating from the 200 hour Teacher Training program Justin immediately realized he was giving a gift of representing Sri Dharma. Justin is now a RTY-200 and 500 hour certified Dharma Mittra Yoga teacher and feels blessed to be part of the Dharma Mittra family and is grateful to teach in the spirit of his guru. Justin's classes consist of the Dharma's Shiva Namaskar Vinyasa sequences with pranayama, mediation, and Yoga Nidra. He strives to mimic his Guru Sri Dharma and be a vessel of light for him through his teaching.
Lauren is a travel and yoga enthusiast, with a passion for studying biology, anthropology and sociocultural evolution. She started practicing yoga in high school as a supplement to swimming and cross country, but soon found that it was much more than stretching: it was a haven to quiet the mind and manage life's stress and anxiety. LC practiced throughout high school and college until she realized that a yogic course of study was the next adventure she needed to take. LC loves sharing what she feels passionate about during restorative yoga integrates her experiences traveling and studying by telling short stories and anecdotes during relaxing stretching. She is a graduate of 532's 200 RYT program.
Maia comes from a dance background and discovered yoga in the gym in the early 2000’s with an inspiring Vinyasa teacher. Through years of studio classes, Yoga unfolded new paths for variety, mental discipline, challenges, spiritual practice and always somewhere else to go. Convinced teacher training would deepen her practice, Maia completed a RYT200 program with Suzanne Leitner-Wise and Mary Richards at 532YOGA in early 2013. She is teaching alignment based flow classes in Alexandria and Arlington, sharing the benefits of a strong foundation to build beautiful asana and life-affirming practices.
Holly began a dedicated practice of yoga in 2004 following a lifetime of training, teaching and performing as a professional dancer, choreographer, movement artist, and athlete. She studied a variety of styles including Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Anusara, Prana Flow, Rocket, and vinyasa. After developing an appreciation for the grace and depth of the classical practice of yoga and teaching techniques as taught by Sri Dharma Mittra, she completed her 200-hour teacher training under his guidance at the Dharma Yoga Center in NYC. She hopes to share some of his wisdom in order to help students deepen their connection to the body and mind through the classical practices of yoga. Her classes offer both accessible and more vigorous/adventurous pathways for discovery, exploration, concentration and inspiration, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Holly lives her life according to all 8 limbs of yoga and maintains a daily personal yoga practice including asana and meditation, yogic diet, daily reading and spiritual study. She hopes to give students an opportunity to find their own pathway toward greater joy and peace in their lives and bodies during this lifetime while having fun along the way.
Melanie has been working out in some form or fashion since she was born. Using her childhood living room as an obstacle course, she not only “entertained” her parents, but also quickly learned how much fun she had moving. She followed her need for all things fast and joined the Army after college. Fast-forward 26 years…. As a retired Army Officer serving 15 of her 20 years in Special Operations, Melanie understands first-hand the importance of being physically and mentally ready to meet any challenge. Additionally, she learned (the hard way) that balance is a necessity. This led her to yoga and Suzanne Leitner-Wise's 532Yoga teacher training program. Through this amazing journey, she learned how transformative, challenging, and uplifting yoga could be. Melanie earned her Masters Degree in Bio Chemistry/Human Nutrition and practices nutrition in the local area. Supporting others in finding happiness is her passion – she does this through teaching Yoga, coaching CrossFit, practicing nutrition….and cracking the occasional non-PC joke.
Kayla Robison PT, DPT, CSCS, EP-C, Fellow-in-training (NAIOMT)
Director of Sports Rehabilitation, PT to the Para-Olympic Team, 2016. Kayla has continued her post-professional education in receiving her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialty (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as her Exercise Physiologist Certification (EP-C) from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Kayla obtained her Level II Certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling from Kinetacore as well as her certification in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). She is also currently working on her manual fellowship training through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). Kayla is diverse in practice as she has treated in the realm of both general orthopedic as well as sports medicine. She continues to provide medical coverage for both Paralympic and Olympic athletes for Team USA. Kayla has worked among some of USA’s finest athletes in BMX, Gymnastics (Men’s), Weightlifting, Cycling, Swimming, TaeKwonDo, Paralympic soccer, Track and Field, Paralympic Track and Field, Triathlon, Judo, Boxing, and Wrestling. She has worked training camps and competitions both on the national and international level. Kayla maintains active membership in the American Physical Therapy Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy. In her spare time, Kayla trains and competes in triathlons. She has competed and placed in several triathlons over the last few years. Kayla enjoys working with and treating other athletes, especially examining the body’s regional interdependence and associating deviations or dysfunctions with current or possible injury. Kayla is married and is the mother to a beautiful baby girl.
Lewis began his yoga practice in 1999 while seeking ways of handling the discomforts associated with IBD. Initially drawn to the benefits offered through a regular asana practice, Lewis began to explore the other limbs of the Raja Yoga path leading him to complete his RYT 200 hour training in 2010. Having been blessed with the wealth of resources offered by the growing Yoga community in Alexandria and DC, Lewis has been returning the favor by sharing his understanding of the practice by instructing a few classes a week. Lewis tries to keep the teachings simple and accessible by offering variations of classical Raja yoga with inspirations drawn from the Sivananda, Ashtanga, Dharma, and Jivamukti yoga traditions
took her first yoga class in 2012, and was instantly hooked on the positive effects on not only the physical, but also the emotional and mental bodies. Wishing to deepen her practice, she enrolled in Suzanne Leitner-Wise’s 532Yoga teacher training program and earned her RYT-200 in 2014. Colleen loves how yoga has the capacity to challenge the individual physically and mentally in a neutral and non-competitive environment. Her classes are characterized by Vinyasa flow sequences that promote strength and flexibility while still being accessible to all practitioners. When not on her mat, Colleen can be found indulging her travel bug with her husband, spoiling her dogs rotten, or on the back of a horse.
Exercise and team sports were always a part of Le’s life while growing up in South Florida. She started practicing yoga after suffering serious injuries as an adult, without the easy “bounce back” of her younger days. Wishing to avoid prolonged use of pain killers to help her through recovery, Le returned to her roots. In conjunction with her dad’s traditional Vietnamese medicine and martial arts influences, Le began a yoga practice that helped her regain strength and durability. It also brought new physical and mental challenges, as well as extreme joy. Ready to explore the endless benefits of yoga practice and philosophy, Le became a certified yoga instructor through Suzanne Leitner-Wise’s 532Yoga teacher training. She started teacher training with a sense of curiosity and adventure into unchartered territory, and then increasingly grew a deep passion to share, nurture, and inspire other students to transform their lives. Le loves motivating her students to experience breath, movement, alignment, strength, and flexibility, accompanied by great tunes. She has taught yoga and meditation to military members and families, State Department, USAID, and the 532Yoga family. When she’s not practicing yoga or law, you can find Le traveling, hiking, and enjoying food all around town.
E-RYT500, BWY, BYTA, TMT, AYC, RCYA, CERTIFIED ASHTANGA and ROCKET Teacher, Member of IYEA and IYNAUS, DIRECTOR of 532YOGA TEACHER TRAINING, A REGISTERED YOGA SCHOOL WITH YOGA ALLIANCE SINCE 2003. Suzanne was a Presenter at the First Annual Yoga Alliance Conference in Palm Springs, 2011, Presenter at the MindBody Conference, Hollywood, 2016, 3 years at Yoga Jam and 4 years DoahFest, and is a Manduka Mats Ambassador. Suzanne has been a full time Yoga Teacher in Alexandria, VA since her arrival to the USA in 2000. Having studied with many different wonderful teachers and styles in both England and the USA, Suzanne has the natural ability to adapt postures to suit each individuals capability, as well as to teach pranayama and meditation according to the requirements of the individual or class. Suzanne's teaching style is based on her two-year Iyengar Yoga training and is influenced by her love of movement and challenging, whilst respecting, the body's range of motion and the mind's resistance. Suzanne has conducted numerous workshops and retreats, both nationally and internationally,has lectured for companies and organizations such as the National Institute for Health and has written various published articles on yoga. Suzanne worked with the Institute for Justice in 2010 in the successful overturning of SCHEVs trying to impose regulations for Registered Yoga Schools in Virginia. Suzanne's Clients have included Senator Mark Warner, The Department of Justice, The Department of Defence, Inova Healthsource and The World Bank. Suzanne is also a published artist and poet, a PADI-certified diver, soul-mate to Paul and the mother of two extraordinarily wonderful sons. Suzanne opened 532Yoga in April 2012.
Aleasa drove past the 532Yoga sign everyday for months often thinking, “I need to try that one day”. That one day soon came after a life-altering event that left her seeking renewed purpose. She found that purpose through Suzanne Leitner-Wise’s RYT200 teacher training program. Practicing asana and meditation daily helps Aleasa to maintain mental clarity, physical ease and spiritual balance. Her teenage daughters are SOOOO happy that yoga allows their mom to be “centered” and reminds her to practice her yoga when she questions them about their studies and friends…LOL. Aleasa feels a personal calling to share the practice of yoga with those who may not normally have access to or consider the benefits of yoga and therefore gears her teaching of alignment based flow towards those beginning their yoga journey and those “seeking”.
Jeni began her journey in 2006 studying Ashtanga Yoga at the Ashtanga Yoga Center in Norman, OK. Since then, she has developed a deep love for the Dharma Yoga tradition for its calming, loving nature and focus on self-realization. She strives to stay as adherent to the Dharma tradition as possible in her Dharma classes. Her Flow classes will have a more hatha/vinyasa feel which draws from her Ashtanga background. All of her classes play music that do not distract or detract from the practice (unless it’s pure Ashtanga in which case no music will be played in respect to the tradition). Her goal is for every student to leave the studio feeling empowered, refreshed, at peace and receptive to all that life has to offer. Having been an athlete most of her life, Jeni loves to explore the connection between Yoga and functional movement which is evident by her interest in rock climbing and Crossfit. She completed her teacher training in vinyasa flow in Washington, DC and is grateful for the opportunity to share her passion with others.
Nitin S. Adsul
Nitinis a Kundalini active individual, CCA Certified Personal Life Coach, Meditation guide and an Award winning Filmmaker who serves as a guide to individuals for growth in personal and professional life. His services via Guided Meditation, Personal Coaching, Physical and Emotional healing via Energy Vibration, Energy Activation Workshops/Lectures, Films and Documentaries are focused mainly on path of purification of the soul to cultivate the seed of Higher Consciousness and overcome challenges in life to bring peace and harmony within. Over the years, he has served as a guide for many individuals seeking growth with Kundalini and frequently conducts lectures, meditations and workshops on activating Kundalini consciousness. The essence of his guided meditation practice is to find that sacred space within to attune to this vital force. Once attuned and activated with this powerful resource available, it purifies an individual to find peace and harmony within.
Janos completed his yoga teacher training through 532Yoga, and simultaneously 'learned the ropes' of running a yoga studio. He is now Studio Manager at 532Yoga. Janos is a designer, artist, and musician. You can find his teeshirt designs at TeePublic.com; search JLW.
Lewis began his yoga practice in 1999 while seeking ways of handling the discomforts associated with IBD. Initially drawn to the benefits offered through a regular asana practice, Lewis began to explore the other limbs of the Raja Yoga path leading him to complete his RYT 200 hour training in 2010. Having been blessed with the wealth of resources offered by the growing Yoga community in Alexandria and DC, Lewis has been returning the favor by sharing his understanding of the practice by instructing a few classes a week. Lewis tries to keep the teachings simple and accessible by offering variations of classical Raja yoga with inspirations drawn from the Sivananda, Ashtanga, Dharma, and Jivamukti yoga traditions.
Hillary Zeiss teaches pilates and yoga, frequently borrowing from other somatic theories like Alexander Technique, Franklin Method and FloorBarre. Her work serves a practical purpose: the student leave feeling educated and comfortable in their movement patterns. She believes the joy felt on the mat should be experienced and shared throughout day to day life. Thoughtful discussion and questions are highly encouraged.
Jennifer Trainor, MA, Ed.S. has been a scientific, evidence-based clinical mental health counselor for the past decade, working in Washington, D.C., San Diego, CA, and Old Town, Alexandria. Her experience spans across multiple populations and socio-economic statuses, and demonstrates proficiency in working with children, adolescents and adults. Always culturally sensitive, Jennifer has spent years advocating for social justice and racial harmony in a variety of contexts and environments, and has worked in both public and private sectors. She is also a licensed K-12 school counselor, and a certified Positive Discipline Parent and Classroom Educator.
In addition to her mental health background, Jennifer has had extensive academic training in Buddhist meditation traditions, Indian philosophy and mysticism, and sports psychology. These academic pursuits led to professional endeavors teaching meditation and breathing classes at The Optimum Health Institute (OHI) in San Diego, CA, in preschools across San Diego county, and in her private practice. While at OHI, Jennifer focused her attention on learning about nutrition, digestion, detoxification, and lymphatic exercises, and was then able to create a wholistic healing program based on the principles of mind, body, and spirit coming back into alignment.
Approached by founder and CEO of Go Raw, Jennifer was asked to join a raw vegan lifestyle pilot program, and served as both Creative Director and Executive Chef, while also meeting privately with clients to discuss the emotional and social challenges often attributed to major change(s). Together, we created a juice bar and community center for clients to come and practice meditation and breathing classes, lymphatic exercise classes, attend lectures and workshops on raw vegan living, and meet like-minded individuals. We also had several book clubs running in the evenings, as well as an open "jam" session with local musicians weekly.
Presently, Jennifer is working towards her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at 532Yoga, and hopes to work with individuals and groups suffering from PTSD and trauma once she is certified.
Anissa is a classically trained actress, lawyer and Army veteran. Her first memories of yoga are of her father’s headstands in the living room when she was a child, and his well-worn paperback book of yoga postures in the bookcase. Anissa took her first yoga class in college, and immediately loved it, experimenting with many different forms of yoga over the next several years. It wasn’t until she began to deepen her practice, when recovering from knee surgery, that she began to understand the profoundly healing and transformational power of yoga. Anissa completed teacher training in 2013. As a passionate student of yoga, she enjoys studying and practicing many forms of yoga. Anissa is deeply grateful to her many teachers, who continue to guide and inspire her, including Suzanne Leitner-Wise, Ginny Loving, and many of her colleagues at 532YOGA. Anissa’s classes encourage students to share the sense of peace, joy and gratitude which yoga has given her, both on and off of her mat, in a kind and nurturing environment. When she is not on her mat, Anissa practices law, takes advanced classes in classical theatre at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, DC, travels whenever she can, and enjoys cooking, reading and talking about food.
Ingrid began her yoga journey in Virginia Beach in 2014. She has been hooked ever since. Ingrid loves the power yoga has to help you feel good, relieve stress, and make you strong. She decided to deepen her practice by taking 532Yoga’s teacher training in 2017 and has been teaching ever since. Ingrid enjoys sharing what she has learned along the way and helping others feel amazing.