Monica Alvano is a full-time yoga teacher (800-hr level), international retreat leader and devoted student offering group classes, private and corporate sessions, specialized workshops and yoga getaways to guide her students of all walks of life towards radiant physical health, mental clarity and spiritual bliss by way of the inner teacher deep inside the heart. Once an arts administrator for one of the world’s preeminent art museums, Monica followed a strong desire to share her first-hand experience of a consistent yoga practice as a way to find steadiness and calm in all sorts of demanding situations. In 2014, she was certified to teach yoga at the 200hr level by Flow Yoga Center, DC, under her mentor, Brittanie DeChino. Brittanie led Monica to Sri Dharma Mittra of New York City, who, at age 78, has disseminated the science of yoga for over 50 years and continues to do so in his own compassionate, humor-filled way, remaining true to the classical teachings while constantly updating them for our modern world. Monica has trained at the 500 and 800hr levels with Sri Dharma Mittra and travels to New York monthly with the growing Dharma Yoga DC community to be in his presence. The Dharma Yoga way — graceful yet challenging, physical-meditative-spiritual, and based in compassion (meeting students where they are according to their condition) — provides the foundation for each of Monica’s classes. Today, Monica’s path and passion is to use her intuition and experience to help others. Through yoga, compassionate communication, simple self-care and life in general as an urban city dweller, she works to love the world with the vision of a bright future where all beings everywhere live in harmony. Connect with Monica at one of her weekly group classes, on retreat to Costa Rica bereceptive.net/costarica or via Instagram @monicaalvano.
Sarah is a former corporate consultant who’s found a renewed sense of self through practicing, studying, and teaching yoga. She has taught yoga to hundreds of students of all ages, levels of experience, and walks of life. Each class offers something different to challenge her students in new ways. With a steady focus on mindful movement with breath, while building mind-body strength and openness, you will leave feeling challenged yet rejuvenated.
Sarah specializes in teaching fertility, prenatal, and postnatal yoga. She has intimate knowledge and understanding of how to use yoga to best strengthen, support, and nurture a mother’s mind and body, as she taught, practiced, and studied yoga throughout her journey to and through pregnancy and continues to now with a healthy and happy daughter.
Sarah is fortunate to train with Diego Del Sol through which she continues to learn, grow, and deepen her practice. She has a M.A. in Health Communication from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Visit sarahhummeryoga.com for more about Sarah.
Kiran Lynn Parasher
Practicing yoga and Pilates since 2009, Kiran is an innovative and inspiring wellness specialist with expertise in yoga, Pilates, health, and communications. Key strengths include teaching yoga, Pilates, and composition, as well as writing content and employee communications. Experienced at working with youth, adults, and seniors; she is passionate about the healing and balancing power of mindful movement. Yoga and Pilates have helped her approach daily challenges with a sense of humor and ease, a gift she hopes to share with her students. Within any class, students can expect to focus on breath, control, concentration, centering, and precision. Kiran’s classes are playful yet deliberate–encouraging active relaxation, physical and mental vitality, and the practices of self-reflection and self-compassion.
Whether it is climbing a mountain, finishing a 100 mile bike ride or a simple pose on the mat, inspiring others is one of Filipe’s core values that he brings to Yoga Del Sol. As an avid cyclist, Filipe found in yoga a conduit to improve his core, control his breath and increase his focus. His moving meditation classe aim to help students develop their own innate abilities to foster balance, harmony, and strength and ultimately create higher levels of connection and joy And… yes after racking up miles and miles on his legs simply standing still is it own reward.
Carly began practicing yoga in 2012 in Denver, Colorado with heated power yoga. Carly did a yoga sculpt teacher training in 2013 and a 200 hour power yoga teacher training. Over the past 5 years, Carly’s practice has evolved to include meditation and restoration along with a power base. Through her mentorship with Diego Del Sol, Carly continues to grow through her study and practice and is thrilled to be able to share her warmth and positive energy with her students through a calming and strength building yoga class.
Erynn began her artistic studies at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, where she was studied ballet, modern, jazz and interpretative dance for five years. After performing in various musical theater productions she attended and graduated from Fordham University/the Alvin Ailey school in New York City with B.F.A. and a minor in communications. Since then, she has appeared in various print ads, TV shows, commercials, music videos, films and is currently appearing in the Broadway production of Disney’s The Lion King. She began her yoga journey four years ago, practicing everyday at various studios across the country and is now so grateful to be continuing her studying and teacher training under the nurturing eye of Diego Del Sol.
As an elementary school teacher, Emily brings her passion for teaching and life-long learning to her yoga practice. Valuing all types of educational experiences, she is thrilled to be training and teaching at Yoga Del Sol. After years of playing lacrosse, Emily has continued to find a way to challenge and nourish her body and mind in new and deeper ways through yoga. Over the last several years, yoga has taught Emily to slow down, develop a strong mind-body-breath connection, and gain a greater sense of self awareness. Emily has an M.A. in elementary education from American University and a B.A in creative nonfiction writing and political science from Ithaca College.
Anneli initially discovered yoga after seeking relief from a lower back injury. She was immediately drawn to the healing nature of the practice, and after years of yoga therapy, became a 500-hour certified instructor through Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Through additional studies at Kripalu, Anneli also gained a special interest in the way yoga and nutrition are connected in integrative health. Most recently, she received her Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification to better understand students’ body type, and how diet, asana and other yogic techniques relate to everyday life.
In addition to guest teaching at Yoga Del Sol, Anneli holds a regular class at Equinox. When she’s not teaching yoga, she serves as the Creative Director at The Jake Group, a digital marketing agency located in Georgetown.
Jennryn currently teaches yoga at Yoga Del Sol and at GWU. She also works fulltime at the Department of State, facilitating virtual discussions connecting policy experts, NGO officials and community leaders to global online audiences. She has an MA in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs from AU and a BS in Philosophy from Skidmore College.
Jennryn has been practicing and studying yoga for 12 years and loves bringing the different elements of yoga to her daily life and travels. From practicing poses in mud huts, while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, to stretching along the beach at a community development program in Thailand, to leading informal classes between Arabic studies in Egypt, yoga has served her as a home away from home. With feet firmly planted now in DC, Jennryn feels blessed by the chance to share the practice with others.