The son of two diplomats, 's first experience with yoga was as a depressed teenager nursing two sports injuries. He began studying yoga right here in DC, and after several years of practice, took his first teacher training in vinyasa yoga with Ellen De Jonge. As a teacher, aims to develop health, empowerment, and a sense of joyful curiosity in navigating the complex world around us. is also a licensed massage therapist.
Michael was dragged into his first yoga class against his will, but soon learned he had found a new home. It was the first time he had experienced quiet in the midst of spinning, hectic, New York City. Michael received his 200-hr certification from Yoga to the People and is a 500-hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher.
Renana started practicing yoga because it balanced her hectic schedule and the physical stress of distance running. In 2015 she completed her RYT-200 hour training at the Studio DC and has since trained in Foam Rolling and Yoga for Kids. Off the mat, Renana works in theater and education, and thoroughly enjoys cuddling with her cat, Fiona Tuesday.
Monica discovered Pilates 15 years ago to help her deal with pain from scoliosis. Later, she began practicing yoga and found she loved what it did for her body and mind. As an instructor, she recognizes we all must work with the body we have; she strives to guide practices with a focus on alignment that keep students of all ages and abilities safe, healthy and coming back for more!
Jennryn loves bringing the different elements of yoga to her daily life and travels. From practicing poses in mud huts as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, to stretching along the beach at a community development program in Thailand, yoga has served her as a home away from home. Jennryn teaches vinyasa flow and Prenatal classes.
A D.C. native, Paige has been practicing meditation and yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 2009. She completed her 500-hour Teacher Training at Kripalu and is also certified in Prenatal, Yin and Divine Sleep(r) Yoga Nidra. At Past Tense studio she teaches a monthly Sound Bath Meditation classes.
After being introduced to yoga as a teenager, Caroline began practicing seriously in 2004 and teaching in 2008. Her principal teachers are Max Strom, John Schumacher, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman. Caroline’s classes are carefully sequenced and moderately paced, with an emphasis on alignment, awareness, intention and breath.
Emma took her first yoga class with her mom in 1999 and finished her teacher training in 2007. She teaches prenatal, restorative, senior, and flow classes (a real smorgasbord). In her classes she plays music (usually), tells very bad jokes (always), and offers lots of modifications.
Niki started practicing yoga while living overseas in an effort to make new friends. Since then yoga has helped her grow into a stronger, less tense, and more flexible person, both on and off the mat. She graduated from Past Tense's 200-hour teacher training and, off the mat, she manages international rule of law projects.
Kelly discovered yoga when she was procrastinating on a writing assignment. Parked on a yoga mat, she not only cleared her writer’s block but developed a new passion. Trained through YogaFit, she has been teaching yoga in the area for over ten years. She opened Past Tense with the hope of giving others the same strength, balance, and flexibility in a place that is open and welcoming.
Rob Phillips teaches yoga with an emphasis on simplicity, precision and attention to the present moment. His teaching style draws from a variety of influences, including traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Yin. In his classes, even when you're working really hard, you'll be doing so from a place of calm awareness and focus
Liz has been practicing yoga since June of 2005 and Pilates since 2010. It has helped teach her how to create space and cultivate compassion for herself and others. Although she loves to practice, yoga is more than physical shapes to her. She draws on her knowledge of functional movement biomechanics, Ashtanga, Pilates and Prana Flow for her classes. She is also an active volunteer in the D.C. community; especially through N Street Village and loves to travel.
Sara began practicing yoga in order to explore the ever-growing relationship between mind and body. As a professional singer and musician she searched for ways to strengthen and relax her body. In her class, you'll build strength, increase flexibility and have fun!
Since discovering yoga in college, Nichole has embraced yoga as an anchor in her life and as a sanctuary from DC's hurried pace. She completed her teacher training at Past Tense in 2017 and you can expect to find your own sanctuary in her grounding classes that emphasize form and tuning in. When she's not in the studio Nichole works as a health coach, cooking instructor and full-time mom.
Jenna has played multiple sports all her life, but it wasn’t until moving to DC from Indiana that she realized yoga was the perfect balance for her active lifestyle. Jenna was introduced to Past Tense by her sister, Sunny, a student assistant. Beyond yoga, Jenna works for Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. and loves a good dinner party.
Sonja first encountered yoga and felt as if she were re-united with an old friend who reminded her of the true meaning of life. Since then, it has helped her work through pain and encouraged her to nurture compassion, gratitude, and peace. She emphasizes yoga as a physical, emotional and spiritually healing practice in a unifying, non-dogmatic way. Sonja is currently pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology.
Jeanette turned to yoga after dancing for many years. Yoga inspired her to find freedom and release in more subtle and deeper ways than she could before. Jeanette received her initial teacher training in 2007 and a 500-hour certification in Prana Flow. Jeanette enjoys creating yoga practices to connect us with the natural cycles of life – to the seasons, the weather, and the basic elements.
Alicia received her 200-hour level certification from Yoga District and her 500-hour from the Dharma Yoga Center in New York. In her flow classes, students can expect a challenging series of heat-generating postures that will help them develop flexibility, strength and mind-body awareness. She allows time for meditation and inner reflection at the beginning and end of each class and gives students the tools to find relaxation and mindfulness in their everyday lives. Alicia is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach. Alicia is a native Washingtonian, a former librarian and the grateful mother of a toddler girl.
Mallory began practicing yoga in college as a way to de-stress, focus and stay in shape. After moving from Michigan to D.C., she became a member of the Past Tense community and began practicing regularly. Off the mat, Mallory works as a political consultant, and is taking her practice to the next level through Past Tense's 200-hour Living Yoga Teacher Training.
Bethany came to the mat after years of Buddhist study and meditation. She became serious about the practice at the Lotus Buddhist Center in Prague and was certified through Yoga District in 2010. She teaches a creative, alignment-based flow that emphasizes presence. Bethany is also a high school English teacher and believes in language, learning, and leaping off the well-worn road.
Sasa unexpectedly took her first yoga class in the high Atlas Mountains of Morocco during her Peace Corps service when she invited a lost yogi and her daughter to her village to stay for the night. Now in a Ph.D. program studying Middle Eastern politics, yoga gives Sasa time to find rest and to be fully present in her body on the mat.
Caitlin discovered her need for yoga while living on the creative chaos of NYC. She fell in love with the discipline it brought to her life, as well as the freedom that opened within. Caitlin received her 230-hour certification in 2008 from Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina, her home state. Her fascination with the connection between what happens on and off the mat propels her to share yoga with others.
Lindsey was introduced to yoga in 2006 as a form of emotional healing. She uses her classes as a platform for deeper meditation, both seated and moving. Lindsey enjoys both the physical and subtle aspects of the practice, and sees yoga as a conduit for divine energy and connection with all beings. Her classses include breathwork, physical movement and opportunities for silence. Outside the studio, Lindsey works as a doula.
Aashumi Shah believes that patience, perseverance and faith are integral to all life experiences. Yoga is her link to keep this equilibrium. After moving to DC, happenstance led Aashumi to Past Tense where she joined the staff as a studio assistant and regular student. She eventually completed her 200-hour teacher training with YogaWorks. Today, as a teacher at Past Tense she believes practice on the mat are life lessons off the mat. She enjoys grace in stillness, music in silence and humility in every movement. Off the mat, Aashumi is a textile designer and owner of Mirasa, handmade kids toys.
Rachel is a dancer, yogi and strength training enthusiast who practices and teaches yoga as a process of self discovery to inspire deeper connection to ourselves and our world. She’s practiced on and off for over 10 years, has been teaching since 2016, and offers students a fluid Vinyasa experience focused on alignment and awareness.
Meagan wandered into a lunchtime yoga class in 2007 after spending many years as a classical ballet dancer. She immediately fell in love with the freedom she felt in both her body and her mind. Meagan completed her 200-hour teacher training at Past Tense in 2017. In her classes, expect an unhurried investigation of movement, breath, and full body presence.
Sunny fell in love with yoga while practicing on a beach in Thailand, after completing her Peace Corps service in Togo, West Africa. She realized yoga was exactly what she needed to help her transition into the next phase of her life with ease and intention. When not practicing, Sunny can be found working as an arts administrator, planning world travels, or baking cookies.