Meet the Board

Meet the board members:

Meg Artley

Gmail picMeg serves as Executive Director of Yoga=Union, bringing over 20 years in higher education and non-profit management and six years of teaching yoga to her role. She left an executive position in fundraising to take on a role she loved as the Studio Director of Tranquil Space, where she reveled in the daily  joys (and nit-picky details) of managing thriving yoga community. She received both her 200 and her 300 hour Yoga Alliance certified training at Tranquil Space.


Marsha Banks-Harold

marsha-banks-harold-1Marsha is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F), E-RYT 500, YACEP, RPYT, RCYT, BSEE and owner of PIES Fitness Yoga Studio, is an intuitive healer called to empower clients to fortify one’s strength of awesomeness; to learn to rely on one’s authentic self; and to cultivate everlasting physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual (PIES) peace. Marsha is the creator of the flagship yoga class My Body Don’t Bend That Way designed for clients who don’t believe they are flexible enough for yoga, who are afraid to get onto the floor, who are living with physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual pains or those who have restricted range of motion.  She thrives in creating a supportive, inclusive, diverse, adaptive and accessible yoga and yoga therapy experience for all.  Marsha, a wife of 27 years, is a mother to two sons and a legal guardian to two additional sons thriving after early childhood complex trauma. She also works as an electrical engineer and serves as an officer in her church. Marsha’s passion in life is serving those impacted by trauma, those living with special needs and conditions, special population clients and those seeking lifestyle management guidance.


Carol Collins

CarolCarol has been practicing yoga since the late 90’s. She started with Sivananda, then Iyengar, Vinyasa, “Anusara” and settled happily into the Tranquil Space Yoga community. Since 2002 she’s been practicing and studying Yoga Nidra, Insight Meditation, Kripalu Yoga, Yoga Therapeutics, Structural Alignment, and any other smart movement exercises or meditation techniques she can get her hands on. She’s been teaching mostly “vinyasa” since 2002, but also slower thoughtful movements with a focus on “natural” alignment, relaxation techniques and the Buddhist philosophy as presented by Pema Chrodron for over 10 years. Carol has specialized in postpartum yoga and classes for parents of infants in order to build community and balance out the stress of being a parent. She’s been a studio teacher manager, a teacher assistant manager, a mentor and teacher of teacher training and a teacher of elementary and middle school children. She thrilled to be involved in some organizing for the good of humanity through Yoga=Union.

Linette S. Hwu

LineLinette Hwutte started dabbling in Yoga in 2000 and was inspired to go deeper with her practice after a weekend at Kripalu in the fall of 2008. When she suddenly and completely unexpectedly found herself in astavakrasana while on retreat in Bali in 2010, she knew she was hooked for life. Nothing beats the buzz that comes with feeling strong and flexible in one’s body, mind and spirit!

Linette primarily practices vinyasa, with a healthy dose of yin, restorative and Iyengar. Her Yoga home will always be with the Tranquil Space family, and she is grateful to her many teachers there over the years for all they have shared with her. A RYT-200 teacher herself, she invites newbies, experienced yogis and anyone in between to join her on the magical journey that is Yoga.

Dina Ramon

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Dina is honored to serve on the board of Yoga=Union. She is a 200hr RYT based in Arlington, VA. She trained at 532Yoga in Alexandria, VA and received her certification in March, 2014. She also completed the yoga assistant mentorship program at Blue Nectar Yoga studio in Falls Church, VA. Dina’s desire to expand and explore her practice was realized after 10 years of first being introduced to yoga and then incorporating it into her fitness routine. She has served as a yoga instructor at CrossFit gyms, private yoga studios, and a federal government agency. She currently teaches yoga at Gold’s Gym and has two private clients. 

Dina’s teaching focus is Iyengar-influenced, vinyasa flow yoga. As a runner for over 20 years, Dina attributes yoga to improving her running form, recovery, and strength.

Dina has previously served on the planning committee for Virginia Yoga Week, and has written blog posts on yoga including:

Sun Salutations

Yoga & Being a Mom


Niyati Shah

niyaNiyati has been studying and practicing yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching in the DC area since 2004. She has trained and practiced Iyengar, Yin, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Vinyasa at Tranquil Space. Since 2010 she has been focused on healing-centered practices/experiences that include pranayama and mindful asana. She has also developed and managed karma yoga initiatives on and off the mat and is dedicated to building community and giving.

Niyati is also a compassionate advocate for intersectional gender equality and social inclusion, and has been working as a senior advisor internationally in this capacity for nearly two decades. She has developed and led workshops addressing gender-based violence, inclusive leadership and implicit bias.

She is continually humbled and grateful to the practice, the community, the journey of self-knowledge/awareness, and our extraordinary connections to one another.

Margaret Townsend

margaretMargaret Townsend is the owner and director of Alexandria’s River’s Edge Center a Green Yoga and Wellness Center located in Old Town Alexandria.  She is a certified yoga instructor in the Integral tradition with over 500 additional hours training in the Ashtanga Tradition, in Pre- and Post-natal Yoga. She is a member of the Yoga Teachers Association of Greater New York (Westchester Chapter), the Mid-Atlantic Yoga Association and is chair of Virginia Yoga Week.



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