Meet our October Yoga Teachers and Their Styles

Every Sunday at 9-10am at Wangari Gardens

October 26th is 8:30-9:30am

If there’s rain the class will be canceled.

October 5th

Helena Woodvine Synder, PhD

A Biochemist by day, who often can also be found moonlighting as a camera crane operator for her husband’s film production company by night, Helena has always enjoyed the richness and diversity that life has to offer. Passionate about the outdoors and wilderness adventure, Helena has led a very active, environmentally conscious lifestyle.  A yoga student for over 11 years, Helena first came across yoga at university when she learned that yoga might be able to help improve her scoliosis and increase muscular strength and flexibility.  She immediately fell in love with the practice and over time, found many other benefits than just increased physical ability. Helena found that yoga helped increase her concentration and aid in finding space to be truly present. In time, a continuing study of yoga allowed her to find greater calm in her daily life and a deeper sense of self that was more at ease with the World.  In February of this year, Helena embarked on a 200 Hour YTT certification which she will complete in September. She is excited about the opportunity to share with others the benefits she has found from regular yoga practice.  Helena‘s yoga teaching is inspired by several yoga styles.  She focuses on conscious, alignment based practices drawing from her Iyengar and Anusara background, whilst incorporating the poses into an Ashtanga influenced, Vinyasa flow.  Her classes combine active flow asanas with calming, therapeutic twists.


October 12th

Mariia Tsegelnyk

Mariia’s style is Power inspired Vinyasa flow. Her classes are playful and inspiring. She encourages her students to feel like kids again on their mats, release all the masks, fears, holdings and just allow themselves to be who they really are, realize that they are perfect and enough just the way they are, and allow themselves to relax and have fun. She encourages students to take a new challenge on the mat, find a new edge in a practice. So if you want not only to find peace in mind and connect with your deepest spirit but also to sweat and tone your body Mariia’s class is for you.

The first part of a class is fast-paced, you move your body and energy and the second part is more meditative in order to reconnect you with your true Self.

Mariia inspires people to believe in themselves, so they start realizing that there is nothing impossible in this life, there is no limitations and we all are born to be happy and free.


October 19th

Rebecca Paris

Becky’s love for life and laughter shines through on her yoga mat and in her teachings. Her animated, playful personality lights up her classes while encouraging kindness, compassion and honesty. Becky’s style is influenced by the teachings in her personal practice, drawing from the Ashtanga, Dharma and Yin yoga systems. You can expect a strong, fluid class, cultivating strength in each asana, mindful movement in every transition, rhythm in breath, and a deep honoring of the student’s intuition. Her classes are a mixture of “Power Vinyasa” and “Vinyasa Flow”  Expect to leave her class feeling inspired, connected and revitalized.
Students can find Becky at Yoga Heights and the Anthony Bowen YMCA.

October 26th

STARTS AT 8:30-9:30!!!

Kassandra Powell

I had my first experience with yoga as a teenager, attending weekly classes at my local YMCA.  In the summer of 2012, I discovered Bikram yoga, immediately fell in love, and regularly practiced for two years…but I needed something more.  So, I began exploring other types of yoga, which led me to complete my  200 hour teacher training with Yoga District in July of this year.  My practice now extends beyond just doing the asanas; for me yoga is the constant practice of mindfullness in all areas of life.  My intention is to share all the benefits I receive from my practice with others.  I incorporate breathing and meditation into all of my Dharma inspired flow classes.   I currently teach at the Benning Road Public Library on some Saturdays at 10 am.  My classes are geared toward beginners and intermediate practitioners, but all are welcome!


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