Machelle Lee, MA, E-RYT 200, YACEP, CMT Roots & River Founder and Yoga Instructor
Machelle has 25 years of experience as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and childbirth educator. She holds a Masters Degree in mythology and depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is currently pursing her 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training in yoga psychology with Ashley Turner. Machelle leads therapeutic movement through Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga in a way that weaves together yogic teachings with modern scientific research on tissue rehabilitation, traditional medicines, and psychology. This approach to the whole person aids one in feeling and understanding the bodymind connection both somatically and intellectually. Specializing in the health and rehabilitation of fascia, connective tissues, and joints, Machelle is committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure. Machelle combines storytelling, archetypes, poetry, neuroscience, psychology, and Five Element Meridian Theory across a variety of yoga styles in a way that is always aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development for each participant.
Ruthie Campbell, RYT 500 - Yoga Instructor
Ruthie is certified in Prana Flow affiliate training and studied with Maria Garre, Shiva Rea, Dr. Vasant Lad, Radhe, Lorin and Camille Roche. In addition, she has advanced training in Yin Yoga and continues to study Ayurveda and yoga therapy. Ruthie is a lifelong yoga student and practitioner and believes that a sustained yoga practice, including asanas, pranayama and meditation, can help one to live a life of peace and contentment while maintaining a healthy, strong body.
Sierra Carlson, RYT-200, LGSW - Yoga Instructor
Sierra took her first yoga class during college and vowed that she would never try it again. Luckily, she ended up taking a college course that incorporated yoga and acting, thus beginning her life-long love affair with yoga. Sierra lived in India and studied yoga in 2014, where she decided to become a yoga instructor. She completed her training at Blue Heron Wellness in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her mission is to provide yoga to populations that may never step foot in a yoga studio. Sierra is a mental health therapist and uses yoga in her work with underprivileged high school students and trauma survivors. She uses yoga in both group and individual mental health therapy. Self-love can be very difficult to develop, but Sierra tries to help her students find appreciation for the divinity within. Her classes provide a safe and fun environment to explore and make accessible each of the eight limbs of yoga. She enjoys sharing a wide variety of practices with her students, ranging from dynamic vinyasa practices to restorative yin practices.
Lika Elwood, E-RYT 200 - Yoga Instructor
Lika was initially drawn to yoga as a way to maintain flexibility and strength after years of ballet and modern dance. At first she felt intimated by yoga's spiritual and scholastic history, but quickly discovered the gifts that yoga offers towards a balanced, compassionate, and meaningful approach to life. This led her to formal study at the Flow Yoga Center in Washington DC and the completion of her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program.
Lika leads creatively sequenced classes and workshops focused on maintaining an accessible, comfortable, non-competitive, and safe space where students can explore their practice while challenging themselves, regardless of their previous experience. Lika incorporates guided meditation, pranayama (breath work), and aromatherapy. She always encourages her students to find one breath at a time and, ultimately, to be their own teachers.
Alison Kennedy, RYT-200 - Little Om Yoga Instructor
Alison is a warm, compassionate, and playfully engaging teacher with 17 years of professional experience in childhood development. Certified in Child Light Yoga, Alison also holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and enjoys incorporating her love of yoga into her daily interactions with all the special kids in her life. Find out more about Alison at www.littleom.org
Peat Purol, E-RYT 200 and YACEP - Yoga Instructor
Peat found yoga through the martial arts. After an injury in training, he turned to Yoga, Tai Chi and other gentle, more internal styles of movement to aid his healing process. After his first class, Peat found that yoga was much more than he had anticipated. Yoga was not just a series of stretches and breathing exercises, it was a comprehensive system that awakened a new spirit in him, one of connection, joy and surrender in Life. He has taken these insights and infused them into his teaching. Peat understands that people come from varying backgrounds and experiences and strives to create practices that are accessible to most everyone. Peat's classes will challenge you to turn your intention into action and bring movement and life to philosophy and theory, while at the same time honoring where you are now, which is the only place there is to BE. Learn more about Peat at Fluid Earth Yoga.
Jennifer Bisignano, MA, RYT 200 - Yoga Instructor
Jennifer Bisignano's passion revolves around the care and well being of young children and has a special love of yoga for kids. She earned a Masters degree in Early Childhood and has worked as an educator for 16 years. Over the years, she noticed that children and families were not given enough opportunities to practice movement and play so in 2014, she decided to begin her education in children's yoga taking her first courses at a studio in Alexandria, Virginia She began volunteering her time teaching children’s yoga in several afterschool programs. In 2015, she obtained her first 30 hour advanced training in yoga for kids through Radiant Child. This experience deepened her understanding of the power between breath and movement through yoga. She then went on to complete the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Sol Yoga, became a certified yoga instructor and just recently attended the National Children’s Yoga conference in D.C. Jennifer currently teaches in the Frederick County Public Schools, leads yoga for kids at several area studios and schools and is the author of two children's books, Mi Abuela is Sick and I Don't Want This On My Plate.
Roots & River Sub Teachers
Stephen Bascietto, RYT-200 - Yoga Instructor
Stephen shines his light on chasing passions, growing a small business and spending time with the people he loves. Autumn 2014 brought a consistent asana practice into his life in the form of a two week class pass when The Happy Yogi first opened its door in Fulton Maryland. His reverent curiosity for the very real and noticeable benefits of yoga eventually brought him to completing his RYT-200 with Blue Heron Wellness Summer 2016. As an instructor he believes quality alignment is the foundation for yogis and yoginies to reach their fullest potential and hopes to offer a rejuvenating class from an authentic and unique perspective.
Danica Binkley, RYT-200 - Yoga Instructor
Danica is a trauma-informed yoga teacher who approaches her instruction with compassion and lovingkindness, fostering a nurturing, non-judgmental environment of openness and acceptance in all of her classes. Experienced in the teaching of meditation, vinyasa (flow) yoga, gentle yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, and open-to-all yoga, she most enjoys teaching gentle, calming styles yoga for healing and stress-relief, with special emphasis on the breath, mudra, and diverse meditative practices. In addition to completing her RYT200 holistic yoga teacher training at Pure Prana Yoga Studio in Alexandria, VA, in 2009, she completed specialized yoga teacher training with Anodea Judith, PhD, at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. That training focused on utilizing the chakra system to attain radiant health and wellness, higher consciousness, and connection to our greatest good. Danica has also trained in restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, and studied yin yoga under Biff Mithoefer. She has completed a number of trauma-focused teacher trainings, including “The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” with Bessel van der Kolk and “Surviving Trauma: Yoga Therapy for Early Complementary Intervention Following Assault or Trauma” with Diana Tokaji.
Kellee Martin RYT-200 - Yoga Instructor
Kellee discovered yoga in 2002 and it supported her in stress release and physical recovery from an injury. As a #yogasponge, Kellee soaks up as much yoga experience as she can and has sought out advanced training and certification in Yin Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, and Reiki energy work. She is currently expanding her studies into yoga as part of addiction recovery and guide others to discover the benefits of a regular practice. Kellee leads classes in a way that provides students the opportunity for stillness and reflections within the vitality that comes from flow based movements. With her light and playful humor, Kellee hopes for students to leave the yoga practice feeling grounded, tension-free and tuned into themselves.