TEAM DDY

Meet our incredible staff of teachers at Down Dog Yoga, and get to know what inspires our instructors to share the practice they love with our DDY Community.


PATTY IVEY

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Patty is convinced that she did not find yoga – yoga found her! An avid marathon runner, Patty suddenly found herself stalled with a knee injury that would require surgery and months of rehabilitation. In 2002 upon the urging of a friend, Patty took her very first yoga class with none other than Baron Baptiste himself! Patty was instantly hooked on Baron’s powerful flow and immediately knew her life was about to change forever.

More than a decade later, thousands of yogis have flowed through Patty’s flagship studio in Georgetown, experiencing the teachings of Baron Baptiste that first inspired her. It is not unusual to see her students lined up to secure a spot in her packed classes.

Patty and her Down Dog studios have been featured in numerous publications, including Yoga Journal, and Down Dog was recently named DC’s National Treasure by Women’s Health and Fitness Magazine.


MARCUS LEE

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Marcus was introduced to Baptiste power yoga by his college football teammates. A Division I player at Towson University, he was accustomed to working hard, being a disciplined student and a dedicated athlete, however he never imagined experiencing such a new level of discipline and awakening through the practice of yoga.

After his first power yoga class, Marcus intuitively knew his life had changed forever. He went on to complete his 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings through Sid Yoga, and is now a lead teacher for Down Dog Yoga, where he inspires his students on a daily basis through his peaceful way of being.

Marcus is in ongoing study and mentorship at Down Dog Yoga, and has also completed Level 1 & 2 trainings with Baron Baptiste. He serves as Lead Teacher for our Bethesda teaching team, and manages our Bethesda studio.


DEBBIE TANEYHILL

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Debbie walked into Down Dog Yoga in 2010 intending to take advantage of a free week of classes and then jump right back into her regular exercise routine. The week ended, and she has never left!

Having spent 20 years in Division 1 athletics as a player and head coach at George Mason University, the strong physical practice of Baptiste yoga drew her to the mat, and the continual inquiry inside that practice keeps her coming back. Debbie went on to complete Level 1 & Level 2 training with Baron Baptiste, as well as her 200hr teacher training with Rolf Gates. Debbie is in ongoing mentorship with her teachers at DDY, and serves as Lead Teacher for our Herndon teaching team.

Debbie wants her students to feel freedom to be themselves, let go of doubt, and explore new ways of living and feeling fully expressed and alive.


COLURE CAULFIELD

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Colure first began practicing yoga as a way of coping with chronic headaches and neck pain. Almost immediately, her pain subsided, and feelings of stress and anxiety disappeared. As her practice developed, she knew she’d found her life’s path. She quit her 9-5 day job, immersed herself in the study of yoga, and hasn’t looked back since.

Colure has been teaching yoga since early 2012, and is a Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher at the E-RYT level. She has completed multiple teacher training programs with Baron Baptiste, Down Dog Yoga’s Patty Ivey, and Christine Northcote of Full Circle Yoga in Florida. Behind the scenes, she works as Down Dog Yoga’s Marketing Manager.

Colure loves the Baptiste Practice, which has empowered her to live life with grace, presence, confidence, and equanimity both on and off her mat. She is committed to making a difference; to being impactful and of service, as a yoga teacher, and a human being. She is so grateful to be a part of this incredible DDY community.


JESSICA LAZAR

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Jess has been practicing yoga for 25 years, and teaching for 11. She has been blessed with many guides, including Swami Satchidananda, Martha Lonergan, Baron Baptiste, and Shiva Rea.

Jess is the director of the DC area’s Prana Vinyasa 300-hour teacher training, and also loves guiding students in the Tibetan style of meditation she learned from her dharma teacher, Pema Chodron. She enjoys leading yoga retreats around the world, with special affection for Costa Rica, Bali, and Maui.

Jess believes slowing down is eventually coming for us all, which is why she also believes it is a good idea to explore our capacity for stillness within the practice of yoga.


ARIANE MCCORMACK

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Ariane found yoga in a coupon book while attending military university. Little did she know, she would still be practicing it 24 years later. Having devoted her life to competing at the national and international level for rhythmic gymnastics, biathlon, triathlon, and ultra trail racing, yoga is what has kept her grounded and injury free.

Ariane first found herself immersed into Baron’s practice after reading the first chapter of Journey Into Power. She completed Level 1 in 2009, and the deep transformation she experienced led her to Levels 2 and 3, where she met Patty Ivey, and completed her certification.

Ariane has a deep passion for anatomy, and the mechanics of movement. She enjoys exploring the relationship between breath and movement, while having a lot of fun with asana. These days, if you don’t find Ariane on her mat, she is out enjoying trail running, or spending quality time with her young children.


ALEX GARZA

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Alex began his yoga journey in 2014. While searching for a new career path, he found himself signing up for the 30-Day Throw Down at DDY Herndon. After a month of consecutive asana practice, he knew he had found a passion unlike anything he’d dreamt of. He began to immerse himself in the DDY community, which he now calls home. Alex began working the front desk as a GEE in Herndon, and learned about the operations side of the business. He then teamed with Becca Anderson to help open up DDY Clarendon as a Studio Manager.

It was during this time he finally became aware that his love for the practice was something to be shared with his friends and family. After a conversation with DDY’s owner and founder Patty Ivey, Alex got to work studying the Baron Baptiste Journey into Power method. Becoming increasingly curious about learning various forms of vinyasa yoga, he decided it was time to put all of the theory into action.

In April 2016, Alex taught his first community class, and has been teaching ever since. He is proud to be a part of the inspiring DDY community, and he’s excited for the opportunity to share his love of this practice with his students.


SHANNON GARVEY

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Shannon first stepped onto the yoga mat as a collegiate swimmer. In an effort to improve her physical performance, she found that yoga’s benefits went far beyond that, increasing her muscular flexibility and nourishing her spirit.

A classroom teacher by training, Shannon has found her strength is in teaching the physical body, either as a certified Personal Trainer or yoga instructor. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Inner Strength Studios in Boston.

Shannon’s classes emphasize enjoying the process of the practice, even in moments of intense physical and mental challenge. She believes that physical and spiritual flexibility on the mat are key to leading a healthy life off the mat.


RACHEL DOLAN

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Rachel fell in love with yoga after being diagnosed with a chronic knee injury in 2010. In need of a healing and strengthening form of exercise, yoga was the only solution.

A performer, choreographer, and master dance teaching artist, Rachel added yoga to her repertoire by becoming an assistant at Down Dog in 2011. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with DDY in 2012, and Level 1 training with Baron Baptiste the following year. Her love of teaching brought her off her mat and up to the front of the classroom as an instructor in April 2012.

Having trained dancers from novices to professionals, Rachel is honored to join the incredible teaching team at DDY, and share her love of Power Yoga with this vibrant community.


ALEXIS RAYMOND

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Alexis discovered yoga in 2009 while training for the DC Marathon. Her first class at Down Dog felt like an awakening. “It was hot, sweaty, challenging and I wanted more immediately.”

Since that time, Alexis completed Down Dog’s teacher training program, and attended Level 1 & 2 with Baron Baptiste. The DDY community has given Alexis the space to grow, freedom to be herself, and most importantly – love and support. For Alexis, the ability to hold this space for others is one of the most rewarding things about being an instructor.

Overall, her passion and enthusiasm for this practice stems from her belief that it’s accessible for everyone and leaves no one out. It’s powerful, transformative, and gives one access to themselves.


SANDRA MALM

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Sandra discovered yoga in 2008 during her freshman year of college and became a regular presence at Down Dog Yoga during her summers at home. Immediately turned on by the strength and grace the practice awakened in her body, she still revels in the joy and clarity of mind that follows a sweaty flow.

After exploring various styles of yoga, Sandra came home to Down Dog to complete her second 200-hour teacher training in May 2013. Working in land development by day, she credits the Baptiste methodology for bringing balance to her plugged-in, urban lifestyle. An avid skier and outdoor-enthusiast, she’s also grateful for a practice that keeps her in top physical and mental shape for when adventure calls.

Sandra is grateful for the DDY community, and her enthusiasm for the practice shines through in every class she leads.


INGA MAGNUSSON

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Inga first discovered Yoga in 2006 in her native country of Iceland when she was pregnant. She was amazed by how greatly her yoga practice helped ease her through the birth process, and after back surgery in 2010, she realized she would have to keep her core in shape for the rest of her life.

When Inga took her first class at DDY, she knew that she had found the practice that spoke to both her body and mind. Baptiste Yoga pushes her to her “edge” where she is able to experience true growth and transformation. She admires how incredibly freeing, accepting, and forgiving the sequence is.

Inga completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training at DDY in January 2015 with Patty Ivey. She is committed to developing as a teacher, and is in ongoing mentorship. “Through my yoga practice, I‘ve found the freedom to accept myself at any given moment. Teaching at DDY, I’ve been given the opportunity to create the space for my students to experience the same, and that’s truly gratifying to me!”


JENNY VERDERY

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After launching three kids into their school years while managing a successful career in public policy, Jenny was in need of a change. A friend convinced her to try Down Dog Yoga in 2009, and she became a regular at the Georgetown studio.An avid runner and former boot camp fanatic, she was skeptical that yoga would be enough of a physical challenge.

Down Dog Yoga and Baptiste Power Vinyasa changed her perception of yoga both physically and mentally, and she never looked back. Jenny completed her 200-hour teacher-training program at Down Dog Yoga in 2014, and attended Level 1 and 2 Baptiste Trainings in 2015. She is also certified in Prenatal Yoga.

She loves the discipline of the practice and the limitless potential for growth as a practitioner and teacher. Off the mat, Jenny can be found taking long hikes with her dog and husband, teaching at several local senior centers as well as the Walter Reed Medical Center, and playing mom to three crazy kids.


BARBARA BALBI

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Barbara first began practicing yoga in 2009 as a way to relieve chronic back pain, and experimented with many different styles of yoga, but she struggled to find relief until she stepped on her mat at Down Dog Yoga for the first time. After that first practice with DDY, she felt immediate relief, and knew she’d finally found her yoga home. Barbara committed to a daily practice, and as she continued to step on her mat, her body began to heal, and she fell in love with the transformative power of Baptiste Yoga and the Down Dog community.

The personal transformation she experienced inspired her to complete her 200-hour Teacher Training with DDY (or as she calls it, “her life training”), as well as Level One and Level Two with Baron Baptiste. She is in ongoing mentorship at DDY.

“This practice challenges me to reach beyond my perceived limitations. The DDY community supports me through these challenges, giving me the courage to step outside of my comfort zone, and inspiring me to be do the same for others.”


CORINNE SCHNEIDER

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Corinne offers a fluid and creatively sequenced yoga asana practice. Corinne’s deepest intention is for students to access their own embodiment and bhavana – feeling state – through ritual movement and the power of the collective class. At turns powerful, at turns deeply meditative, in her classes intelligent structure supports spontaneity and honors seasonal, meta-, and physical energies.

Corinne studies and teaches in the lineage of Prana Vinyasa, an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga cultivated by Shiva Rea. Corinne received her 200-RYT from DC’s affiliate Prana Vinyasa program led by Jessica Lazar, under the guidance of root teacher Shiva Rea. She has worked with many additional movement artists in this collective, including Jeffrey Duval, Greg Marzullo, Shawn Parrell, Maria Garre, and Simon Park.

Corinne is a poet and writer. She grew up in Michigan and has lived and traveled all over the world. Come play!


CATHERINE RICHARDSON

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Catherine first started practicing yoga in 2010 to fulfill a physical education requirement in college, and couldn’t be more grateful for the life-changing results the experience inspired. She soon discovered a Baptiste Yoga studio in the Finger Lake region of New York, where she fell in love with the mental and emotional release that she felt after a powerful, physical practice.

In the summer of 2013, Catherine moved to DC, found Down Dog Yoga, and has been fully immersed in the community ever since. She attributes DDY to igniting her journey of personal growth, making friends feel like family, and DC feel like home. She loves teaching for DDY, because it allows her the opportunity to give back to the community that’s given her so much.

Catherine completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training through the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, having attended Baptiste Level 1 and Level 2 Trainings, as well as Art of Assisting and Advanced Art of Assisting programs.


YUKO UEDA-CHANG

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Yuko first started practicing yoga at a local gym, and quickly realized the physical benefits of yoga that other exercises didn’t provide. Sensing that there was more to yoga, she sought out different studios, and found her home at Down Dog Yoga in 2011.

Inspired by her teachers and the practice, Yuko completed her 200-hour teacher training with Down Dog Yoga in July 2014, and is under ongoing mentorship at DDY.

Ever since the first sweaty practice, it is the powerful Baptiste flow that keeps her coming back to her mat. She feels like this practice gave her her life back, because it allows her to live her life authentically through continuous inquiry and discovery. Yuko is thrilled to be a part of the vibrant DDY community, and to share this powerful practice with her students.


TRACY SIMMONS

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Down Dog Yoga was one the first places Tracy walked into after a move to Bethesda from Chicago in 2011. She was immediately drawn to the physicality and sweat the practice offered. But what kept her coming back to her mat was the transformation that she felt taking place on the inside.

Tracy completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training with Down Dog Yoga in 2012, and upon completion, she began assisting in the classroom. She went on to attended Art of Assisting programs with both Down Dog Yoga and the Baptiste Institute. In 2014, she attended Baptiste Level 1 Training.

Of her practice, Tracy says, “I love the challenge this practice offers me each and every time I step on my mat. I view myself, my world, and the people around me more clearly now. I am so grateful for this practice and the journey it continues to take me on.”


MEAGHEN MURRAY

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Meaghen first began practicing yoga in 2008 to help heal a knee injury. As Division I collegiate athlete, avid runner, and triathlete, Meaghen was drawn to the Baptiste practice from the start. These days, it’s the increased self–awareness, clarity, and constant self-inquiry that keeps her engaged and excited to come to her mat.

In 2015, Meaghen, already a loyal DDY student, felt called to take her yoga practice to the next level, and to share her transformation with others. She went on to complete her yoga teaching certification through Down Dog Yoga’s 200-Hour Teacher Training Program with Patty Ivey, and is engaged in ongoing study and mentorship at DDY.

Meaghen loves the strong physical challenge and accompanying personal growth she receives from her yoga practice, and hopes to nurture the same in her students.


CLAUDIA NGUYEN

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Claudia first found yoga in 2004 when it was prescribed by her doctor to help alleviate lower back pain caused by competitive soccer. Upon starting school at Georgetown University, Claudia found Down Dog, and discovered that Baptiste Yoga not only helped heal her body, but quieted her mind and calmed her anxiety from school.

Claudia completed her 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certificate from Down Dog Yoga in 2013 and continued to complete Level 1, Level 2, and Art of Assisting with Baron Baptiste over the following two years.

Claudia strongly believes that yoga is for every body and that the Baptiste practice allows people to leave feeling strong, supported and free.


RENEE DUNN

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Renee took her first class at Down Dog Yoga in 2008. At just 16 years old – overweight and totally foreign to yoga – it was definitely not love at first sweat. But something about DDY and the Baptiste practice kept pulling her back in. At first sporadically, and building over the years, Renee began to practice more regularly, eventually hitting her mat daily during her breaks from Wesleyan University. She was hooked.

After graduating and returning to the DC area, Renee enrolled in DDY’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Fall of 2014. Through her training and the transformative nature of the DDY practice, she has experienced immense strengthening and softening. Not only has the Baptiste practice allowed her to feel strong in her body, it has also given her tools to quiet anxiety, and continues to inspire openness – both in her mind and with those around her.

For Renee, DDY consistently offers a home base she can return to – to reset, sweat, and connect to this powerful community.


TEAM DDY: Our Studio Managers

Meet our incredible staff of Studio Managers at Down Dog Yoga – usually the very first friendly faces you’re likely to meet when you walk through our doors. Our studios wouldn’t function without their hard work and dedication.


BECCA ANDERSON

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Becca began a touch-and-go yoga practice when she was in high school about 10 years ago, and maintained a sporadic one throughout college. She wasn’t a regular practitioner until she found herself floored by her first practice at DDY in 2012. Since then, she hasn’t been able to get enough!

Becca remembers one of her first teachers saying in class that, “We all start coming to yoga for the physical benefits, and eventually, the yoga gets to us and we continue coming for something more.” In that moment, she vowed to quit before this weird yoga stuff affected her bigger life… until of course, that’s exactly what happened.

Clearly, the yoga got to her! Becca has grown into the community through participating in Assistant training, Teacher Training, and numerous other programs. She’s our Clarendon Studio Manager, and is so grateful to be a part of this inspiring and empowering team!


MARSHA SIERRA

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Marsha discovered the Baptiste practice at Down Dog Yoga in 2011 when she traded in her suit and heels for stretchy pants and bare feet.

She was drawn to the transformative power of the practice, and soon started experiencing her own transformation, one small shift at a time. The importance of a regular practice, community, diet, and self inquiry were really brought into focus for her through DDY’s 40 Days program. As she embraced all the small shifts that lead to big transformations, both on the mat and in her life, her mantra has lovingly become “shift happens”.

Marsha loves being a part of this community, both as our Studio Manager in Herndon, and as a regular practitioner on her mat. She is grateful for all this practice has given her, and thrilled at the opportunity to give it back every time she welcomes a new student through the door.


MARCUS LEE

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Marcus was introduced to Baptiste power yoga by his college football teammates. A Division I player at Towson University, he was accustomed to working hard, being a disciplined student and a dedicated athlete, however he never imagined experiencing such a new level of discipline and awakening through the practice of yoga.

After his first power yoga class, Marcus intuitively knew his life had changed forever. He went on to complete his 200 and 500 hour teacher trainings through Sid Yoga, and is now a lead teacher for Down Dog Yoga, where he inspires his students on a daily basis through his peaceful way of being.

Marcus serves our Down Dog community in nearly every way possible – He is our Bethesda Studio Manager, as well as a regular staple on our teaching schedule and our Bethesda team’s Lead Teacher.