| DAWN EHMAN |
Dawn Ehman is a certified Instructor by the American Council on Exercise, Yogafit and Crossfit Endurance Training. She completed her 200 RYT Vinyasa Flow with Rachel Wilson from Om My Yoga. She also owns a stand up Paddleboard business - OC SUP & Fitness that offers SUP yoga, SUP fitness classes, lessons, rentals, kids SUP camps as well as hosting races. She has been teaching SUP yoga- FLOWGA for 5 years and also teaches a variety of programs- Bootcamp, Spinning, Yoga, Strength Training, BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, Athletic Conditioning, Step, Kickboxing, Fitness for Teens and Zumba. She has trained a wide range of participants from the Baltimore Ravens to the youth market and extensive experience with sport specific training. Dawn is an accomplished endurance athlete and has completed several triathlons and marathons, including the Boston, New York City and Baltimore marathon. She has also introduced and tested exercise products to the market that are sold internationally.
| LAUREL HARRINGTON |
A true athlete, personal trainer, massage therapist, and nutritional fanatic, Laurel Harrington brings a unique set of skills to the YogaVibez team. She received her Personal Training Certificate in 2011 from the World Instructor Training School. Fascinated with the musculoskeletal system of the human body she went on to pursue her License in Massage Therapy, athletic stretch training, YogaFit certification, and surf specific training. While in massage school she began to integrate her in depth knowledge of muscles/movement into her training sessions. During this time her perspective of exercising shifted from solely strength training to functional/cross training. She now combines full body movements, core strength, stability, agility, power and endurance for her clients to get the most out of their sessions. She is currently completing a bachelor degree in Complementary and Alternative Health, graduating January 2015. She believes true health is a balance of the mind, body, and spirit; exercises/fitness being vital in maintaining this balance. She looks forward to meeting and working with everyone she crosses paths with. She requests, if you have any questions please feel free to ask!
|SARA HANCOCK |
“Feel the fear and do it anyway”. This daily mantra of Sara’s is the advice that led her to pull up her Baltimore roots and replant herself in Ocean City. Her yoga journey began while practicing bikram in 2012 and a couple years later she was introduced to power vinyasa. Sara received her 200 hour RYT and Yoga Sculpt certification through CorePower Yoga in 2016. Her classes are packed with empowering themes, fun music, and an overload of smiles and positivity. When she's not teaching she enjoys spending time at the beach, doing something active outside, or spending time with friends and family.
| JESSICA WINELAND |
I graduated from Frog Lotus International Yoga Training in November of 2012, under the direction of Vidya Heisel, E-RYT 500. My training took place in the Costa Rican rain forest at the beautiful Goddess Gardens retreat in Cauhita. I fell in love with the serenity and simplicity of Costa Rica and returned later that year. This time for Pilates, Balanced Body Mat 1 & 2 Teacher Training. I have a strong devotion to my personal practice, and I am excited aid anyone else who wants to make Yoga a part of their journey. I love Yoga because there are no shortcuts. It takes patience and dedication, but its benefits exceedingly worthwhile.
| LIZZIE KING |
Lizzie began her yoga practice for the purpose of finding the “zen” and “balance” that everyone associated with it. The practice started slow for her, and the zen and balance didn’t instantly arrive. As she began, her practice was purely physical but over the years it evolved in phases - the need for movement, mindful moments just sitting on the mat, to improve and heal specific body parts, strength, pushing herself to the limits, mind control.
Her journey led her to training with Rebecca Sirman Yoga, completing her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification in June 2018. She has a strong belief in creating a life that you love, and crashing through the beliefs that hinder that. With that being said, you can expect her to encourage you to make your practice yours in her classes - taking what you need in that moment. She’ll also encourage you to push yourself to your personal edges to grow, strengthening the body and mind.
When she’s not flowing, you can find her with her fiancé Alex and their beagle Zee somewhere in a garden or on the beach. Generally being outside, creating art, reading a book and traveling as much as possible are a very close second.
|ANDREA HOOPES |
Andrea completed her 200HR-RYT with Lindsay Lusignea at red lila yoga in Baltimore, MD in 2017. She is also a registered member of Yoga Alliance as well as a Reiki Master Level Practitioner. With a background in Radiology, Andrea's enhanced knowledge of Anatomy allows for an intuitive interpretation of asana focusing on alignment adaptable to differing body structures. As an early student of dance, she learned to use the body as an expression of self, and continued on to value fitness as part of her lifestyle through cross country running, weight training and HIIT Fitness Camps she co-coached in Wilmington, Delaware. Trying something new, she attended her first yoga class during pregnancy in 2010, and immediately felt as if she returned home. For Andrea, the connection of the mind and body through linking breath with movement allowed her always busy mind to finally settle, forming a moving meditation. She enjoys combining Reiki with private yoga instruction to help promote balance and healing within the self. She invites you to make her aware of any concerns before class so she can help you achieve your best personal practice in a safe environment.
| RACHEL MOUNTZ |
I began my yoga journey in 2015 at the suggestion of a close friend, and found that it gave me everything I had been missing in my fitness lifestyle. I fell in love with the physical and mental aspects of the practice, and I enjoy practicing many different styles of yoga ranging from gentle and yin to vinyasa and power. I focus a lot on taking my practice "off the mat" to live my yoga both in and out of the studio. In 2018 I felt ready to pursue a teacher training with the goals of deepening my own practice and learning how to share yoga with others. I completed my 200-hour certification through Rebecca Sirman Yoga at YogaVibez in Ocean City, MD. While teaching, I strive to help people feel connected to their practice by incorporate the non-physical aspects of yoga into the physical vinyasa flow. I have always gravitated to teaching and sharing the joy of learning with others, and am also an elementary school teacher in Worcester County. When I'm not teaching school or yoga I enjoy running, biking, reading, and spending time at the beach with my dog.
| CARRIE ANDERSEN |
10 years ago, I was introduced to Yoga during a girls trip to The Kripaulu Institute. At the time, I was doing a lot of endurance running and thought that Yoga was a waste of time and not the calorie burn I was used to getting during workouts. But something from that experience imprinted on my heart and began to grow stronger over the next few years. I started consistently practicing Power Yoga while I was training for a marathon and while my body was getting stronger, the change in my mindset was the most profound. I began to feel limitless. Running and Yoga gave me new confidence that improved all areas of my life; my relationships with family and friends, health and future goals. I decided to go through Yoga Teacher Training to deepen my own knowledge, without the intention to teach. During the process I knew I had to move through the fear of teaching and just try. And in life, the things we do that scare us, are the things that build us. My yoga journey is a commitment to education, application and determination...with a lot of laughter along the way! I believe we have to find the Yin/Yang balance in our lives to be able to experience all that life has to offer. And to SAY YES as much as we can!
| RHONDA WINGHERT |
I discovered a passion for movement at a young age in local ballet classes and eventually trained at Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. Like many people, I went to my first yoga class( 12 years ago) as a way to tone my body. However it wasn't until ten years later when I took my first teacher training that I realized how much I wanted and needed yoga in my life. It has changed the way I experience the world and interact with others. During this journey I have trained with YogaFit and currently with Rachel Wilson of Om My Yoga Academy. During class I will guide you through poses in a safe, fun yet challenging way. I believe that through proper alignment, patience and an open heart and mind a person (of any age) has so much to gain from practicing yoga. It only takes practice. Think of it this way, if we could do everything immediately what fun would it be to keep coming to the mat? My favorite quote is “be the tortoise not the hare, slow and steady wins the race.” In June, upon completion of my teacher training I will be certified by Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200. But my thirst for knowledge is never ending and my practice will always be evolving. Yoga is a never ending journey that I am excited to share with you. I hope to meet you on the mat soon.
| TRAVIS LANCASTER |
Being an avid athlete my entire life, I eventually reached a physical dead end. Knee surgeries, ankle surgeries, years of impact, and common body misalignments left me with chronic knee pain, degenerating cartilage, arthritis, scar tissue, bone fragments and limited mobility. I could no longer keep up my fitness regimen. I devastatingly had to quit my life-long love affair with running, and more surgery seemed to be the only (and bleak) option. That is when I discovered the Bikram method of hot yoga, and my life has been changing ever since. Yoga had been part of my fitness routine for more than ten years, but it wasn’t until I discovered this particular method that I developed a true and devoted practice. I have now had a dedicated yoga practice for the past five years and have slowly but surely been healing (without surgery), not just my physical body but my emotional and spiritual ones as well. I never dreamed what this practice could do for me. I love it so much because it allows me to practice truth in body, mind, and soul, and to enhance self-love and acceptance. Following my passion for this yoga, I received my 200 RYT certification in hot yoga at the Bikram Yoga Rockville studio, in the spring of 2017. After a year of teaching yoga my desire for more knowledge was burning so I traveled to Brooklyn, NY and received my 300 RYT from International yoga teacher Jared McCann. Holding a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Master’s degree in teaching, I am a former local high school art teacher and track coach. I took time away from my career to raise our son, and now it has been exciting to return to my teaching occupation in a different arena. It has been a great fit to combine my teaching experience with my love of athletics and holistic health to help spread the vast benefits of this healing practice to our community. I look forward to seeing you on the mat!
| BRIAN WAGGONER |
I found my way to my yoga mart in the summer of 2013 when I decided to try a beach class. My yoga moved into the studio and quickly became a daily practice of hot vinyasa flow. After five years I decided to take it deeper and completed my 200 hour RYT training.
| TINA THOMAS |
Tina Thomas has been leading fitness classes throughout Annapolis and the Eastern Shore for the last five years. She is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, Yoga Instructor, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Instructor, Paddlefit Core Instructor; certified for Water Safety. She has been teaching a variety of programs-Bootcamp, Spin, Yoga, Strength training, INSANITY, PIYO, Butts & Guts, step aerobics, BOSU training programs, cross conditioning programs and kids fitness camps. She completed her 200 RYT Yin Yang teacher training at Evolutions in Annapolis. Tina has experience working with a wide variety of populations through many different fitness domains. She enjoys watching people progress towards their goals, especially those who never thought they could achieve an athletic status. She enjoys exercising on the land as much as on the water; she is the owner of Kent Island SUP – a Stand Up Paddleboarding business. She is relocating back to the Lower Shore and looking forward to helping people on the journey to find an individual yoga practice or workout that fits their needs. Yoga and exercise has taught her how to be in the moment when life can throw off the balance.
| JARED ROWAN |
Jared has been a yoga practitioner for 10 years and a yoga teacher for 5 years. He believes in the evolution of yoga and promises to teach yoga as an experience, not just an exercise routine. Upon teaching his first classes he fell in love with the Vinyasa practice. More recently Jared began his advanced teaching certification (300-hr RYT) with Laughing Lotus in Manhattan, NY. Jared’s teaching methodology has transformed, full of Lotus love. His offerings are filled with spontaneity, “pazazz” and freedom, rich with the “Lotus Flow.” Through the Lotus Flow, his offerings are entirely sequenced through energetics and the 7 chakras. Jared’s offerings promise to ignite your energy centers, connect you to your spirit and make you sweat. You might even catch yourself laughing in class! Jared’s offerings are rich in laughter, self-love and acceptance. He will have you questioning if you are taking life too seriously and if you are living authentically as YOU. Jared will challenge you to “show up” on your mat and in your life! Jared attributes his growth and evolution to his teachers: Mary Dana Abbott, Dana Trixie Flynn and Dawn Ehman (YogaVibez Founder). So what are you waiting for!? Join him and experience the Lotus Flow!
| MATTHEW WOOD|
Matt fell in love with practicing yoga in the summer of 2017. After attending his first class, he wondered how he could take his newly developed passion for yoga and incorporate his love for dance and music. After attending his first Buti Yoga class in the winter of 2017, Matt found his true calling. Buti is the artform of traditional yoga which infuses cardio, core, strength & conditioning, and tribal dance. Matt began his teaching journey with Buti Yoga, under the direction of Master Trainer, Becky Kain, receiving his Buti Yoga Certification in January of 2018. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Communications from West Virginia University. Matt currently is an online graduate student through the University of Arkansas and is employed as a High School Teacher. His passion for yoga flows into the hearts of his students where he encourages self-empowerment, love and acceptance. Now, come join me on the mat to stoke that inner fire and shake your asana
| REBECCA SIRMAN |
Rebecca first began to practice yoga as a way to counteract inflexibility from years of competitive swimming and long distance running. Wanting to learn more about the discipline, she earned both her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training certifications with Kim Manfredi, and previously taught at Charm City Yoga (now YogaWorks). She developed the curriculum for YogaVibez 200-hour Teacher Training, and leads the program at both the Ocean City and Edgewater locations.
Rebecca’s classes weave yogic philosophy with asana, pranayama, and meditation. Her teaching and trainings honor the history and tradition of the centuries old-practice of yoga, while also recognizing that we exist in modern day America.
Rebecca has a BA in Psychology from Washington College and a MA in School Psychology from University of Delaware. She is an NCSF certified personal trainer. Rebecca also works as a flight attendant, which allows her to take classes all over the country. Off the mat, she loves boating, biking, running and paddling, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
| ALISHA CARPENTER |
After 18 years in banking, Alisha left the corporate world to find balance and health for her family and herself. She studied health and nutrition to become a PN1 certified nutrition coach. Alisha quickly found that she truly loved helping others, and became a fitness coach and a certified fitness instructor in three Beachbody programs: Insanity, PiYo, and Core de Force. She later discovered peace, strength, and passion in yoga and became 200-hour certified under Rebecca Sirman, at Yoga Vibez. Through her own journey to health, Alisha lost 30 pounds, reduced her stress, and became pain free for the first time in her adult life. She now shares her learnings online, in person, and in the classroom.
| MICHELLE MOORE |
My love for yoga began several years ago after trying a hot yoga class in Lewes, Delaware. Soon after that, I began taking heated and non-heated classes at my local gym and where ever I could find a class. This ultimately lead me to taking classes in great studios, beautiful beaches and yoga retreats to amazing destinations such as Napa Valley, California and Santorini, Greece. I wanted to learn more and deepen my practice so I completed my 200hr. Vinyasa Teacher Training with Dimitra Yoga in Lewes, Delaware. I am also a registered 200hr. RYT with Yoga Alliance. I recently participated in a workshop focusing on proper alignment and assisting to add to my yoga training.
I currently live in Harford County, Maryland and also have a home in Fenwick Island, Delaware. I am married and have two active teenagers who love the water, surfing and traveling. We love to spend our summers in Fenwick enjoying our boat and the beach.
I hope to help people become empowered through yoga and have more capacity to love themselves, others and life. Yoga has taught me to breathe, let it go, and grow.
| ELLEN STAHLY |
Ellen has a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary. While there, she pursued her interest in martial arts, and studied a mix of styles in the U.S. and Japan. She completed grad school at John's Hopkins University, and applied this training in her English and journalism classroom. Ellen first experienced yoga at home as a child, when her parents took up the practice. She was inspired by the autobiography Yoga, Youth, and Reincarnation, by Jess Stern, a journalist who studied yoga in the 1960s and documented his experience. She recently completed her 200 YTT with Rebecca Sirman Yoga in Ocean City. She looks forward to sharing the joys and challenges of yoga with you on your mat.
| EMANUELLE CLOSER |
Emmanuelle has been practicing yoga since 2011 and she is passionate about learning and connecting with people. Her interest in physical activity developed at a young age when she started swimming at a competitive level. Later, she studied physical and health education at McGill University in Montreal Canada where she was also part of the swim team. She found yoga during her college years as a way to slow down and connects with her body; she has been hooked ever since. In January 2016, she traveled to Nicaragua to participate in a 500 hours teacher training. This was a life changing adventure that strengthened her desire to share the practice with others. Since then, she also attended a vinyasa flow training, a sequencing training and became a certified Reiki Master. This past year she traveled across North America and taught yoga from coast to coast. She is happy to land here, in Ocean City, where she also works part-time for the local Beach PatRol
| MEGAN DURHAM |
My love with yoga started about 10 years ago as recreational player on my light blue yoga mat that I had purchased at a yoga journal conference in Boston Massachusetts. I dabbled going back and forth with yoga, not fully committed for a couple years. Anxious to completely dive in or show up more regularly. I guess a better way to disclose would be that I was frightened to actually face myself. Trapped and not being able to run from whatever it was that I had to learn. That my intuition had a better understanding about how truly this practice would internally change my life forever. However, as I continued to show up on that blue mat I noticed tiny shifts, and changes. I started trying different poses, blooming a greater inner confidence level, and new thoughts of my life purpose. But it went deeper than that. As I showed up over and over again I detected something with in myself that I had lost for many years…. My Reflection or what others may signify to as their authentic self. I decided to dive in deeper through all the layers and eventually my desire to complete my 200 hour yoga teacher training. So I did at Empowered Yoga in Greenville, DE. I fulfilled it in April, 2018. I am now pursuing my degree in Human services and graduate spring of 2019, while working on a certification for Women’s recovery that I will be receiving in spring of 2019. My yoga teacher training as given me the opportunity to guide yogis on a soulful journey to recovery. While slowly helping, encouraging, and guiding them to put back together their mind, body, and soul into perfect alignment. Which in the end is the most beautiful gift we could ever have. To be and fully become a whole soul. Shedding, layering, and fully coming into love and light. So I’ll meet you on your mat wherever you are. Let’s do the work!
| DANA FIELDS |
I have been practicing Hatha yoga since my early twenties. I visited studios and gyms from time to time but mainly practiced in my home until I discovered hot yoga and a warm community of yogis in 2013; I was instantly hooked!
I received my 200 Hour RYT certificate at Charm City Yoga in Baltimore, MD, now Yoga Works, under the guidance of Kim Manfredi in August of 2016. In July of 2018 I received an additional 300 Hour RYT certificate with international yoga teacher, Jared McCann, at Lighthouse Yoga School in Brooklyn, New York.
I practice yoga to find stillness and to cultivate loving kindness for myself and for others. Through my practice I draw a deeper connection to the self within my mind and body. My asana and meditation practice have allowed me to be a more patient, understanding and all around better human being.
I teach yoga because I believe in the power of it. I believe in caring for our minds and our bodies; carving out time to nourish ourselves allows us to cultivate compassion and care for others. It is an amazing gift to be able to move in our bodies and to find a connection between that movement and our breath; I don’t ever want to take that for granted.
| LEIGH BIGGERMAN |
My name is Leigh Biggerman and I have been in the fitness industry for over 15 years. As a former Division I athlete, I appreciate the true meaning of dedication, motivation and passion for fitness and life in general. I specialize in bootcamp, strength and core type classes, but have recently been heavily involved in Standup Paddleboard. I've been competing in races for the past year and can honestly say I've paddled with some world class athletes. some of which live locally. I would like to share my knowledge and passion for this sport and other mind/body classes with you. "If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten" - Anthony Robbins
| SYBIL MEYER |
Yoga has been part of my life longer then I can remember. After a running injury, I finally made my way to the mat full time and never looked back! I took my first 200 hour Power Yoga and Sculpt training in 2009 at Core Power in Denver CO. A few years later, to deepen my practice, I decided to complete my 500 hour training in Boulder CO.
After a quick pit stop in Baltimore, I finally made my way from the Rocky Mountains to the Eastern Shore! In my classes I love to combine breath movement with creative sequencing, music, and occasional cheesy jokes. I truly believe the hardest part of any yoga class is finding the time to make it to the mat, once you roll out your mat, the rest of the world melts away. When my sandy toes are not on my mat, you can find me on the beach with my pups!
| TANIA PRITZ |
Dr. Tania Pritz has a colorful past as the premier pediatric and perinatal chiropractor on the East Coast, as well as a chiropractor to the stars. When not in her office, she worked on movie sets and on-site at many entertainment venues for almost 3 decades.
Her “Act 2” found her spending more and more time on her yoga mat and leading others on theirs. She now teaches yoga in coastal Delaware and Charleston, SC. Her extensive background in coaching patients toward health and wellness, as well as vast anatomical knowledge, gives her that “special something” that keeps her classes full and her heart fuller!
Tania has been practicing yoga since she tore her Achilles tendon training for a triathlon in 2006. She went kicking and screaming into her first class, and hasn't left her mat yet. Yoga has become her exercise, her church and her therapy. While on a yoga retreat to Santorini, Greece, she realized she wanted to lead others in the intimate setting that a retreat can provide. She completed her YTT under the tutelage of Dimitra Kotanides of Dimitra Yoga in Lewes, Delaware, where she taught the anatomy portion of the course. She has also studied under Sean Corne, and in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Tania was most recently a counselor at Soul Camp, "adult sleep away camp for the soul". She is a continuing student of the Jivamukti style of yoga, which incorporates pranayama, chanting and spiritual teaching in addition to the asana, and Tania will often incorporate this into her own teaching.
Tania and her husband travel extensively and one of her great joys is studying and practicing yoga around the globe. Her healing energy will leave you feeling like the best version of yourself!
| DJ KAZMAIER |
He is currently involved in and has been involved in many different sports- ranging from baseball, football, basketball and soccer to paddle boarding, and surfing. He specializes in group fitness classes as well as individual personal training. His classes involve an array of ideas and techniques ranging from strength training to HIIT (high intensity interval training). He enjoys helping people reach their optimal physical and mental well-being.
DJ is currently an ACE certified group fitness instructor but he is furthering his studies in these areas and parlaying them into a career involving both personal training and mental health.
| LORI MARTIN|
Lori Martin has been teaching indoor and outdoor group fitness for over 10 years. Her passion is putting the "fun in fitness" with challenging workouts that are accessible to all levels. Group format will include HIIT intervals within a circuit using fun, functional moves, partner moves and of course occasionally you will find a games thrown in for a little extra flare!