Yoga Instructors

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Alicia Cross

As an avid exerciser, Alicia was originally drawn to the practice of yoga for the physical challenge of classes like power yoga.  Her practice has grown to include a greater focus on mindfulness, breathing, self-study, and aspects of yogic philosophy that can be practiced daily off the mat. Whether students are interested in physical challenges, or mindful and spiritual practices, they will find it with Alicia.

Alicia has 17 years’ experience in the fitness industry.  She completed her 500-hour teacher training program through YogaFit. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Mat Pilates Instructor, and Adaptive Athlete Coach. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coaching. She combines her years of experience, education, knowledge, and passion for fitness to help others improve their lives. Her clients and students range from teenagers to seniors, and athletes to new moms. Whatever their needs or goals may be, Alicia shows them how the practice of yoga, physical exercise, and healthy nutrition, can enhance every aspect of daily life. She has helped people alleviate pain, improve their health, and increase their energy. 

She guides students safely through Vinyasa (flow), gentle stretching and chair yoga classes, and relaxing restorative yoga. All classes include breathing techniques, mindfulness, affirmations, and yogic philosophy for the modern yogi. Alicia’s classes bring strength and balance to the body and inner peace to the heart.

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Carolina Mejia Doherty

Carolina started off as a yoga skeptic that was just looking for a good workout. But after finding a teacher that made classes not only physically challenging but that also weaved yoga philosophy in a relatable way, she realized that yoga is more than asanas or movements. Since then, she has learned that yoga provides a framework and tools for the integration of body, mind, and energy and the world around us. 

Her practice of yoga is also intrinsically linked to pregnancy and parenthood. In the midst of completing her yoga certification, she also gave birth to her first child. The transformative experience of pregnancy and parenthood taught her (and continually remind her) is that all we can really expect to control in life is our reaction to it. 

That is why she took up studying prenatal yoga. Carolina is excited to share a practice to help mamas-to-be find tools to them find ease and strength and joy in their daily lives, whether that means strength for coping with physical discomfort, breath to ease an anxious mind, or a sense of awe and humor to deal with the magnificent, weird, and sometimes gross things that await a future parent. 

Carolina is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) and is trained in prenatal yoga, both through Beloved Yoga Studio in Reston. She also earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in International Relations and works as a Management and Economic Consultant. She enjoys world travel, and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. In her previous life, she has also been a competitive swimmer, played water polo, and completed several triathlons, including a half-iron man. She lives in Vienna with her handsome partner, their curious toddler, and their professional snuggler of a dog.