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.

 

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.

Bio coming.

Linette Hwu

Linette 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.  She is excited to now pay it forward and invites newbies, experienced yogis and anyone in between to join her on the magical journey that is Yoga.

Off the mat, Linette can often be found with her four-year-old nephew, on a bike or at Woolly Mammoth, where she is board president.  She works a full-time job too.

Saule Kassengaliyeva

Saule mixes Vinyasa and Dharma yoga to help students build strength, flexibility, and release stress. Born and raised in Kazakhstan, Saule thrives from diversity, including diversity in yoga. She started practicing with Faith Hunter in 2006 and completed 200-hour teacher training in 2011 at Yoga District. A few years ago, she also finished a 50-hour training with Marie Belle focused on building a personal practice. Saule has been teaching at Yoga District since 2011. In 2014, she relocated to Ukraine for 15 months where she taught rooftop classes for Kyiv Sunrise Yogaz and led several seminars at the annual yoga festival

“I am excited to join the Yoga=Union community to further my own knowledge and practice and support the yoga teacher community in their journey.” ~ Saule

Angelyn Shapiro

For more than a decade Angelyn has helped yogis of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds discover their strengths, overcome limitations, and understand how yoga can help them on and off the yoga mat.

Drawing from her own experience with infertility, extensive research, and work with more than 100 women facing similar challenges, Angelyn pioneered a curriculum that uses yoga and mindfulness to promote healing for body, mind, and spirit. Registered with the Yoga Alliance at the ERYT-500 level, Angelyn also holds separate certifications in prenatal yoga and yoga for children. She is especially proud to offer the first weekly yoga and fertility class in Washington D.C.

When not on her yoga mat, Angelyn is blessed to practice the yoga of life with her husband Jeff, their miracle baby Adeline, and an incredible community of friends and family.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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