Our Instructors

Hannah Bricker

Hannah Allerdice Bricker (Ph.D., E-RYT 500, YACEP), Trainer in Residence  

Hannah has been studying yoga for 18 years and studying with Sri Dharma Mittra for the last 12 years. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and has taken her 200, 500, 800, and 1000-hour trainings with Sri Dharma and serves on the teaching staff of Sri Dharma Mittra’s Life of a Yogi Teacher Trainings in New York. Hannah also serves as a co-founder and executive director of Dharma Yoga DC—a non-profit organization in Washington DC that shares the Homebase Program of Whole-Self Education to students, educators, families—and to the Washington DC community more broadly. More information is available at DharmaYogaDC.org.

Venessa Bowers

Venessa Bowers (ERYT 200/500RYT, TCTSY-F, RCYT, YACEP), Studio Manager Venessa is a licensed certified social worker (clinical), a certified clinical trauma professional, yoga instructor, a Registered Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher, and a Karuna Ki Reiki Master. She specializes in working with children and adults who have been affected by traumatic experiences. Venessa’s teaching style seeks to create deep thought, inner connection, and the release of things no longer serving the individual. Her classes can have a therapeutic feel to them, but they are not therapy classes. Her approach to yoga uses the Karmic path, which is the “yoga of action in the service of others” and her style has been called “gritty and real.”  Venessa completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 and her 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2020, has completed her 95-hour certification in children’s yoga with Radiant Child Yoga, and completed her certification in Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga’s facilitators 300hr training in the 2020-2021 global cohort, a second 300hr training for her. Venessa is now an official  TCTSY facilitator.

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Monica Bonilla (Children’s Yoga) Monica is a Counselor for our Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) and Master of Social Work Intern at The Personal Wellness Center. Before starting as a  PRP Counselor in 2019,  Monica was a student at Salisbury University pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work. During that time, she has been devoted to volunteering in the local community and in communities near Washington DC, gaining exposure to all sides of social work. What Monica enjoys the most about her job at The Personal Wellness Center is connecting with the clients and families that she serves, watching them grow and flourish in all aspects of life. Monica has completed 50 hours of Children’s Yoga Teacher Training with Radiant Child Yoga and will pursue her 200 hour certification with Lotus’ Yoga Studio’s 200 YTT.

Marta

Marta Bhairavi Cain (200 RYT) Marta Bhairavi Cain holds a B.A. in Psychology from Georgian Court University. She has been practicing yoga since her freshman year of college and went on to earn her 200 hr. certification in Sivananda yoga from The Freehold Yoga Center in NJ in 2016. She teaches both adult and children’s yoga classes and values the importance of both physical and mental well-being.

Veronica Yoga

Veronica Correa (200 RYT), Studio Owner  

Veronica is a licensed certified social worker (clinical), yoga instructor, life coach, and certified hypnotherapist. Veronica earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and she holds a license as a certified clinical social worker from the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners.  Veronica has 22 years of counseling experience and her work focuses on providing guidance for people to break through physical and emotional pain, as well as inspiring them to make healthy choices and to achieve their dreams. Veronica uses innovative, alternative approaches—such as clinical hypnosis, Reiki, and energy therapy—as well as traditional counseling. Her approaches have proved to be a good complement to modern medicine, empowering people to get well faster. Veronica has added mindfulness, gentle yoga, and yoga nidra to help people connect with the joy and deep inner peace that resides inside their hearts.

Ryah

Ryah Dekis (E-RYT 500, YACEP), Trainer in Residence  

Ryah is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, YACEP, Reiki 2 practitioner, and labor, birth/postpartum doula. Owner of Nectar and Nurture Yoga, a Registered Prenatal Yoga School through Yoga Alliance (RYS), Nectar & Nurture Ayurveda & Wellness, and the creator of “Natural Mystic” organic reiki infused products and jewelry. A spirited women’s health educator, self-care specialist, and Nectar & Nurture Doula Support couples birth workshop leader. She’s been passionate about prenatal yoga for over a decade.

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Bridget Strama, (B.S., M.A. E-RYT 200), Trainer in Residence  

Bridget founded Child’s Heart Yoga in 2014, after a long public school teaching career. Bridget believes that the natural curiosity, radiance and joy of children should be celebrated. She is also the founder of Survive to Thrive Mamas and a Hoop Yogini Master Teacher Trainer.

Kristen Wood

Kristen Wood (200 RYT)  

Kristen has been practicing Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 2006. In 2010, after a year of intensive study, she became certified as a 200 hour Kundalini Research Institute Level 1 Instructor. In 2013, Kristen became certified as a Kundalini Conscious Pregnancy Instructor. She has found Kundalini Yoga to be deeply transformative and healing for the mind, body and soul. It has helped provide the tools to successfully navigate and manage every aspect of her life ranging from personal to professional. Kristen hopes every student will leave the class feeling more deeply connected with themselves and with the world around them.