Annamaria Costanzo discovered her passion for yoga through Zweet Sport Hot Yoga and earned her 200-hour yoga instructor certification at Charleston Power Yoga in South Carolina. She studied biology with a pre-medicine track at the University of Virginia and taught Yoga for Anxiety for UVA’s Contemplative Science center. Anna enjoys teaching hot power flow class and likes to focus her classes around intention of each movement.
Amy completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Zweet Sport Hot Yoga, a proud member of its inaugural class. After years of long distance running and competitive bodybuilding, she started practicing yoga in 2018 to regain functional mobility. Yoga has taught her to appreciate every millimeter of progress, and her goal is to help students recognize and celebrate the small victories.
Hamstrings, Hips + Spines, Tone + Stretch, Vinyasa
Laura's yoga path started as a search for a more balanced, meaningful existence and led her to complete her Baptiste-style power yoga 200 hour teacher training. Teaching is second nature to her as she has her Masters in special education from GMU and works as an educator in Alexandria. Within the yoga studio, she aims to speak not just to poses but to the spiritual and emotional benefits of them and is passionate about building an inclusive environment with safe space for self-reflection. Laura is easily identified by her heart-shaped glasses and her love of all things flamingo-related and sparkly.
Hamstrings, Hips + Spines, Hatha, Power Flow
Holly has a lifetime of experience training, teaching, and performing as a dancer, choreographer, and movement artist. She has studied and practiced many lineages of yoga including Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Anusara, Rocket, Budokon, Iyengar, and Power Yoga. After developing an appreciation for the grace and depth of the classical practice of yoga and teaching techniques as taught by Sri Dharma Mittra, she completed her 200-hour teacher training under his guidance at the Dharma Yoga Center in NYC in 2013. She does her best to live in alignment with the classical teachings and ethical and spiritual practices of yoga. She is a graphic designer and web developer and also teaches barre and hip hop dance/boxing classes.
Dharma Level 1/2
Christina is a certified 200-hour yoga teacher and developmental psychologist. She focuses on having a yoga practice that is inclusive, student-centered, embodiment-focused, and trauma-informed. After 14 years of studying Classical Chinese dance and ballet, Christina unrolled the mat for the first time and fell in love with yoga. She found that mindfulness practices brought clarity and solace to her life both on and off the mat. In every class that she teaches, Christina aims to inspire her students to feel empowered in their bodies, honor their boundaries, and enjoy the beauty of the peaks and valleys along the way. When she’s not on the mat, Christina enjoys hiking and foraging for mushrooms, tending to her many plant babies, baking sourdough bread, and playing with Peanut, her 2 year old pit bull.
Hot 26, Hamstrings, Hips + Spines
Daniel is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer who completed his 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Zweet Sport Hot Yoga. Daniel started practicing yoga in 2017 to improve his strength, flexibility, and focus. His practice quickly became a regular part of his fitness routine - along with strength training and recreational sports. Outside of teaching at Rising Sol and Zweet Sport Total Fitness, he enjoys exploring Old Town and reading. With a background in and passion for education, Daniel is committed to providing students with an inclusive and fun environment to learn something new in every class!
Vinyasa, Hamstrings, Hips + Spines
In 2009, Christine took her first yoga class and from that point forward embarked on a journey that changed her life. In 2017, Christine completed her 200-hour teacher training and her Level I reiki certification. She completed her 500-hour certification in July 2021 and continues to explore movement within the body and mind by teaching, listening, and educating herself.
Chris's yoga journey began in 2012 as part of the healing process for a low back injury sustained while training jiu-jitsu. A friend took him to a Baptiste yoga class and from that day forward he was hooked. The practice changed him from the inside out. In 2017, he completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at Down Dog Yoga in Herndon, Virginia. When he’s not practicing yoga, Chris enjoys rock climbing , skateboarding , and motorcycle riding. He loves frequenting local restaurants with his friends and hanging out with his dog Grizelda.
Kelly is a lifelong fitness enthusiast who is trained in Baptiste, Ashtanga, Yin, and Restorative yoga. She started practicing yoga in 2001 when the NYC Road Runners club offered Power Yoga to those training for the Marathon. She realized the physical benefits right away, and incorporated yoga into not only training but all aspects of life. As a teacher, her intent is to help others open up to possibilities through connection.
Hamstrings, Hips + Spines, Power Flow, Vinyasa
Studio Manager, Teacher Training Lead
Hamstrings, Hips + Spines, Power Flow, Vinyasa
Barbara began practicing yoga regularly when it introduced her to a pain-free life following multiple herniated discs in her spine. A former dancer, she revels in teaching alignment with an eye toward the geometry and physics of postures. Barbara is a Yoga Alliance 500 Hour RYT. She completed her teacher training with Albina Rippy; at Dancing Mind Yoga, a Baptiste affiliate studio; and at ShivaShakti School of Yoga and Healing Arts. She is a certified executive leadership coach with a BFA in Dance from George Mason University, a Level 3 Reiki practitioner, and a proud pet mom to a pug named Olive.
Studio Manager, Teacher Training Lead
Power Flow, Hamstrings, Hips + Spines, Vinyasa
Kimberly is a certified 200 RYT yoga instructor with a concentration in Hatha Yoga. She has trained under Senior Bikram Yoga Instructor Jim Ambrogi and completed her first Yoga Asana Competition in 2012, where she placed 3rd in the state of Virginia. As taught by her guru, Kimberly's style centers around not how much you do in practice, but HOW you do it. She is well versed in how to modify different postures for different bodies, and enjoys working with beginner to very advanced students.
Founder/Owner, Teacher Training Lead
Hot 26, Hatha, Hamstrings, Hips + Spines
Felicia has been studying and applying many types of yoga as well as the yogic philosophy for the last 7 years from vinyasa, yin, Hot 26, meditation, and more. She is a yoga educator and a degree candidate at the Maryland University of Integrative Health where she's earning a Master's of Science degree in Yoga Therapy. She believes yoga is a catalyst for healing and her mission is to offer holistic attentive support using mechanisms of yogic wisdom and modern understandings of health, wellness, and disease to cultivate a sense of self and increase the quality of life.
Mallory Thornton, E-RYT 200, RPYT, and Certified Yin Instructor, began practicing yoga in 2006 as a way to destress and join new communities with each military move. Mallory is committed to creating a space for her students to experience their own mental, physical, and emotional journeys. While emphasizing that each day/practice is unique, her classes maintain an underlying theme of lightheartedness and self-compassion. She believes yoga is for everyone, flexibility and touching your toes is not required!
Hamstrings, Hips + Spines, Hatha, Vinyasa
Hatha, Power Flow, Vinyasa
Tobi completed her 200-hour yoga instructor as part of Zweet Sport Hot Yoga's inaugural 2022 Teacher Training Class.
Charlotte is an RYT-200 yoga instructor who teaches power, hatha, and Bikram style classes. She aims to provide a blend of both energizing movement and restorative postures and strives to help students gain strength and stability while increasing their body awareness. When not practicing yoga, Charlotte works in digital marketing for a global PR agency, coaches high school gymnastics at Yorktown High School and enjoys traveling and long walks along the Alexandria riverfront with her husband Jeff, 1 year old daughter Reese, and Puerto Rican rescue pup Demi.
Hot 26, Power Flow, Vinyasa
Sam fell in love with yoga in 2012 and is a proud graduate of the Zweet Sport Hot Yoga 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. Inspired by her teachers over the years, she is excited to share how yoga can help improve balance, strength, and flexibility and also calm the mind and ease the stresses of everyday life.
Julie has practiced and studied a wide variety of yoga disciplines but considers the Ashtanga and Anusara traditions her greatest influences. In 2006, she completed her 200-hr certification at Tranquil Space in Washington, DC. Julie’s teaching style is grounded in tradition with the playfulness of vinyasa creating smart and intuitive sequences meant not only to challenge, but to be accessible to students of all levels. A scientist at heart, Julie has pursued her passion for the science of healing as a massage therapist and yoga guide for trauma, anxiety, self-regulation, and PTSD. Julie’s long-standing interests in human health combined with her academic studies in biochemistry drive her professional pursuits in global access to health care, reproductive health, and the empowerment of women and girls across cultures. ￼
Hamstrings, Hips + Spines