Teacher & Healer
Rhiannon began her yoga journey over a decade ago while recovering from a serious dance-related injury. After starting with home videos and the “Yoga Mind & Body” book from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, she was instantly hooked and became a regular student at the Yoga Center of Columbia for several years, practicing under the Anusara lineage. Through regular practice, not only did she experience a shift in strength and flexibility, but also a shift in attitude & awareness, which radiated out into her personal relationships.
After completing her 200hr Vinyasa-based training in Baltimore with Kim Manfredi (2011), Rhiannon sought out additional trainings in Thai Yoga Therapy in which she has over 200hrs of domestic & international training, including an advanced level certification. She is also certified in prenatal yoga and continues to seek more knowledge and ways to make her yoga classes inclusive and safe. What initially started as a journey of physical recovery, and desire to share this practice with fellow movement artists, turned into a lifelong spiritual & emotional journey and career path.
Rhiannon is known for her fun, yet nurturing spirit, emphasis on alignment, and ability to cater to individual needs. One of her favorite personal affirmations in yoga and in life is “It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.
Rhiannon loves to teach slow alignment-based flow and restorative work. You can expect chanting and meditation from Yoga, as well as Buddhist, traditions. Having been influenced by so many approaches and lineages over the years, her teaching is based on what students need/are looking for, as well as what she’s been personally working on or inspired by. A former regular student once said, “I never know what to expect.. but it’s always wonderful.”
Rhiannon’s prenatal training is grounded in Iyengar and Ashtanga-Vinyasa lineages. Expect a slower, more strengthening and grounding alignment-based approach.
“The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you, may not call God the same name you call God, if they call God at all. You see? I may not eat the same dishes prepared the way you do, may not dance your dances, or speak your language.. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.” — Dr. Maya Angelou
Fun Facts about Rhia
Rhiannon has a B.A. in Anthropology from The American University and is a working professional belly dance artist in the DMV area, specializing in Egyptian, Turkish, and American styles of the dance. She has weekly performances at restaurants/lounges and performs at weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, and a variety of other family friendly events. Rhiannon lives with her partner-in-crime, Alex, and their adorable pet rabbit, Buster.