Teachers

Pleasance founded lil omm yoga, a community yoga studio in Washington, DC in 2008 after burn out from her years as a teacher and administrator in the DC Public & Charter Schools. “Do what you LOVE and LOVE what you do” is Pleasance’s life mission and mantra. She believes yoga is TRULY for all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. She is honored to have worked with many DC community organizations and non profits, led yoga & wellness retreats for yoga students, college students, moms groups and organizations. Pleasance is a graduate of The Institute of Integrative Nutrition & a co- founder of the National Kids Yoga Conference. Pleasance teaches weekly yoga & wellness classes, coaches and supports women seeking happiness, truth and well being in life and in their work. She co-teaches a “ Mindful Explorations” class at George Mason University & mentors female entrepreneurs. She is deeply inspired by her yoga & meditation teachers; Max Strom, Erich Schiffman, The Mohans, Erin Maile O’Keefe, Pema Chodron & Karen Maezen Miller. She is mama to Saylor & Milo, her children whom she adores.

Paige Lichens, Kripalu Yoga Teacher (ERYT 500) with Yoga Alliance. Been teaching in DC area for over 7 years.

She teaches many styles and levels of Adult Hatha Yoga; Moderate Flow, Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga, Yin, Meditation and Yoga Nidra. She incorporates a fusion of yoga styles that includes many Western names such as Kripalu, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Dharma, Yin, Sivananda, Iyengar, Nidra and Svastha. She likes offering different options to customize and help each individual. Additionally she tends to keep the language simple, approachable and always with a sense of humor. "There is no one way to do yoga; just find your own way, explore, enjoy, relax and have fun."

Native Washingtonian, grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. After over 15 years as an accountant/CPA, she became a recruiter for 9 years and just left to teach yoga full time. She lives with her husband, 2 dogs and cat in Alexandria, VA. She enjoys yoga, meditation, travel, music concerts, dancing, stand-up-comedy, gardening, walks in nature, reading, family and helping others.

The wisdom and practice of yoga resonate with Geneva to the core of her being and create an opportunity for continual deeper self study and awareness. Geneva considers herself a born seeker - one who has a deep desire to know. Her traveling feet brought her to live and travel throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States continually contemplating the sacredness of life and the human experience through the people, cultures and beauty she continues to experience. As a teacher she brings her life long study of philosophy and ancient wisdom into practical experience and exploration. She commits herself and her teaching to the study and exploration of the self through the practice of Tantra Hatha yoga, emphasizing self awareness and the sacred in all experiences. She began teaching internationally in 2005 and has taught wherever her feet have taken her to students of all ages and backgrounds. Certified in Parayoga, Geneva continues to write, travel and offer the light and wisdom of Parayoga and her lineage both in private and public classes, workshops, festivals and retreats. Geneva is a continuing contributor to online resources and blogs that focus on the totality of practice. Her focus on the capacity of the practices and teachings of the Four Desires and the wisdom of the Yoga Sutras infuses her practice and life. She continues to extensively study with Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, is a certified Parayoga teacher and registered 500 hour yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Jen's creative and playful Vinyasa Flow classes gives you an opportunity to explore yoga at your own level. She incorporates 10 years of experience as a fitness professional into her teaching and assists. Her background in theatre, dance and martial arts also serves to take you deeper into your practice. Jen has practiced yoga off and on for over 20 years. Jen received her teacher training from Gopi Kinnicutt. Gopi's training instilled in Jen a strong sense of responsibility, humility and service in teaching yoga.
At her first prenatal class, Leala was sold on the benefits of yoga for mom and baby. Now her toddler son impresses with his down dog and her infant daughter amazes in cobra pose. In 2014, Leala completed prenatal, postnatal, baby and toddler yoga training at Lil Omm, as well as Baby Om - Yoga for mothers and babies training. Yoga plays a major role in her children's development and overall well-being, and strengthens the bond between mom and child. For Leala, yoga is a family affair and she loves watching her children's practice grow alongside her own!
Helena was drawn to yoga in 2007 as a way to relieve stress from a job on Capitol Hill. As her practice evolved, yoga became a powerful force for change in her life. She continues to be amazed at the peace, self-regulation, healing, joy, and power that can come simply by going to the mat. Yoga has also been instrumental in her journey as a mom, and reminds Helena to be her true self, share her whole heart, and always see the little light in her children. Helena has trained with Childlight Yoga, and is immensely grateful for and inspired by the amazing community at Lil Omm. She owes her most creative and enlightened moments to Nicky, age 1, and Ellie, age 3, who have been her greatest teachers - and who randomly break into rounds of omm (and giggles) at the breakfast table.
Elissa discovered yoga in 1996, and her love of it has continued to blossom ever since. Elissa is an E-RYT200, RYT500 certified teacher and yoga therapist. Her 500hr training is in Yoga Therapy, and her 200-hr training is through YogaWorks (she has also served as Assistant Teacher Trainer for a 200-hr YogaWorks teacher training in Bali). She has completed additional vinyasa teacher trainings with Shiva Rea and Seane Corn, and has also studied with David Swenson and Sarah Powers, as well as many other wonderful teachers. Her most recent and greatest teacher is her son. After 9 months of co-teaching with her from the womb, he is now offering her his own lessons in balance, patience, and peacefulness. In 2011, Elissa moved to DC after nearly a decade of living in the developing world and working in global health. She has lived in Haiti, the Congo, Kenya and Vietnam, as well as Australia and New Zealand; her yoga journey, and her teaching style, is woven from a colorful tapestry of practices she has studied throughout the world. She also derives tremendous inspiration from working with underserved populations, and is passionate about finding synergy between yoga and service. Elissa teaches group classes in addition to offering private instruction and yoga therapy. In Elissa’s classes, you can expect a fluid, creative sequence built on the fire and flow of Ashtanga, the precision and attention to safe alignment of Iyengar, and the thoughtful consideration of individual bodies and needs that stems from therapeutic yoga. She strives to create a space in which her students can challenge themselves to grow in both body and mind, dance with their own edge, and discover grace and strength on and off their mats.
Sarah found yoga in a college gym, and her practice has guided her through job changes, illness, marriage, and now, motherhood.
 
She completed her 200 hour teacher training through Yoga District in 2011 and has taught yoga to people of all ages and backgrounds. As a new mom, she is also adept at modifying yoga and fitness practices for pregnant and postpartum students.

Sarah's dynamic classes are designed to help students explore yoga and fitness at their own level while building community with other students.

Carrie's yoga practice began in childhood with her favorite asana, legs up the couch, an ideal posture for upside down cartoon watching. She studied alone for many years until her son was born and added joyful complexity to her practice.

During her second pregnancy she discovered the wonderful world of prenatal yoga. The strength and peace that came with sharing yoga with a room full of mamas deepened Carrie's practice and appreciation for community.

Baby number three brought Carrie into the Lil Omm community. The prenatal teaching staff was so amazing in their different approaches that Carrie was compelled to attend every class.

Six months after the birth of baby three, Carrie completed her 200 hour training through Sky House Yoga. She continues to learn from the talented yogis at Lil Omm.

Carrie teaches lighthearted fun classes for all ages.

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