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Our Team

WE ARE HIRING!

We're Hiring!

The YogiSmile team is comprised of qualified Yoga instructors who are dedicated to the service and community. Every member of our team believes in establishing connection with you, to guide you through your Yoga journey, and help balance your energy to create a smooth flow of life. Smile is a promise at YogiSmile. Come practice with us and meet our team — we look forward to being a part of your healthy lifestyle.
We are hiring. If you are interested in joining our amazing team, please email: info@yogismile.com

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Courtney Wright

Courtney first fell in love with yoga for its recovery-based benefits while recuperating from a dance injury in college. Years later, after a memorable Summer Solstice class, she decided to follow her calling and fully immerse herself in the yoga teaching community. Serving on several studio programming teams deepened Courtney’s passion for teaching. She formed lifelong bonds while leading yogis to deepen their practice and pursue their certification.  She specializes in Vinyasa and Restorative yoga and enjoys helping students of all experience levels and body types realize the strength, balance, and joy yoga has to offer.

Chelsea Morrocco

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Chelsea is a Washington DC native, who discovered Yoga at the age of 18. Ever since her first class, Yoga has become a permanent staple in her life. Wanting to share her love and appreciation of the power of Yoga, Chelsea completed her 200hr Teacher Training in 2014. Her classes are challenging but inclusive of all levels. She emphasizes alignment and moving with the breath. Chelsea's classes are filled with positive energy, mood-boosting music, and vibrant power flows. Expect to finish class feeling accomplished and sweaty, with a smile on your face.

Off the Mat, Chelsea enjoys cooking, running and exploring the outdoors with her dog Stanley.

Dave Terzian

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Dave discovered the transformative power of yoga in 2013. His yoga classes feature a fun and flowing style that focuses as much on transitions as it does on the postures themselves, often utilizing innovative transitions to bring students into familiar postures in unfamiliar ways. His classes incorporate an energetic pace and flow designed to build both functional strength and balance. He is RYT-200 certified with Yoga Alliance, and is currently working towards his 500 hour certification.
Dave has enjoyed a successful professional career as both a retail entrepreneur and real estate investor. In addition to teaching vinyasa yoga, he serves as an Entrepreneur-in Residence at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where he coaches and mentors undergrads as well as MBA’s and other graduate students.

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Jayanti Harrison

Jayanti loves and teaches alignment style yoga.  Whether it be a more hatha style or slow flow, she believes in aligning the body and breath with yogic tenants such as compassion, non-stealing and truth as she believes this is the way to live a healthier, more holistic life.  She is passionate about creating a safe practice for everyone where the student can work according to his/her/their physical and mental capacity in any given moment.  Jayanti believes in the magic of meditation and freeing the mind and teaches other Eastern ways of moving such as Qigong.

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Juli Jamison

Chronic pain from athletic injuries and back to back to back (!) pregnancies led me to step on the yoga mat for the first time 15 years ago. Yoga practice quickly became part of my daily routine, and my gratitude for the practice as an anchor during a tumultuous period in my life led me to complete my 200hr teacher training in 2011. My athletic background has had me leading workshops for runners and cyclists, and my personal interest and experience with trauma has led me to study and teach yoga for PTSD (I am a certified Yoga Warriors International (tm) instructor). My preferred style of yoga is an alignment-based vinyasa style which encourages physical challenge and mindfulness. I like to meet yogis where they are at and encourage them to take that next step on their journey.In my time off the mat, I spend time with my four children, work with special needs youths, and try to cook, get outside, and learn new things as often as possible.

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Lalita Kay

Kay started practicing Yoga more than 13 years ago. She experienced the healing power of Yoga practice first hand and decided to get certified and teach it and share all the wonderful benefits of Yoga with others. Kay teaches Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and offers Laughter Yoga workshops. She strives to make every Yoga practice a suitable, relaxing and positive experience for each and every Yogi.

 
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Marlene Burrell Sahl

Marlene’s  yoga journey began over 10 years ago as a way to incorporate flexibility into her personal fitness routine, and offset her physically strenuous job as a personal trainer.   In addition to finding the physical resiliency that she initially sought, Marlene experienced the more profound benefits of yoga- a calming and centering of her mind, which rejuvenated her spirit in ways she never imagined possible.  Her mental, spiritual and physical transformation were so enlightening that she just had to share!  Marlene received her 200 hour teaching certificate in 2016 and her 300 hour professional teaching certificate in 2018.  In addition to personal training, Marlene now teaches Vinyasa Yoga for movement, incorporating thoughtful sequencing, emphasis on alignment and breath, with a little spice here and there to keep things fun and interesting.  To offset the yang world we live in, Marlene also teaches Yin Yoga, nurturing the cooler, calmer, more inwardly focused side of Yoga, for recovery and resiliency.

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Rae Granofsky

Rae specializes in renovations of the mind for her students. Her classes are modified for various experience levels with a focus on safety and comfort (alignment). She is certified as a Level 1 Instructor for the World Paddle Association and teaches stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga classes/private sessions/community events. She is certified in Yin Yoga and Prenatal Yoga, and offers adaptations for all bodies. She enjoys reconnecting her yoga students with their land and water practices. As an ultramarathon runner, she encourages qualitative sequences that are curated to the everyday human experiencing endurance of the mind or body. Rae instills the benefits of meditative breathwork as a tool for any person to put in their daily toolbox. Rae has valued her lifelong work with individuals with developmental disabilities. Skilled in American Sign Language, she is grateful for the experience of volunteering within the community. 

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Taylor Hitaffer

Taylor learned her first Sun Salutation in college, which is where her yoga journey began. Since then, yoga has been a vital part of her life, bringing joy and inspiration that she has shared with her family and students. Taylor is a certified Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness instructor, and has been teaching family yoga since 2017. She is currently undergoing her 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. As a yoga instructor, Taylor strives to create gentle and inclusive yoga flows that can be enjoyed by students of all ages and experience levels. “My aim is to empower my students with a self-care practice that they can cultivate on-and-off the yoga mat, using wellness to tap into their inner strength and wisdom. I look forward to joining you in your yoga journey to health and happiness!” 

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Tianna Christine

Tianna Christine began practicing yoga over 10 years ago while searching for a low impact workout. It started for her as a great way to develop a routine for flexibility. Over time, her practice evolved as a tool for stress and meditation. She loved yoga so much she decided to get certified to teach and share the practice with others. Tianna specializes in Vinyasa yoga and enjoys sharing the practice with everyone, including those new to yoga.

We're Hiring!

We are hiring Pilates, Yin, and Hatha Yoga instructors. Submit your CV if you are interested in joining our team!

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