East Meets West Yoga Center

Dawn Curtis

DawnDawn is a full time therapeutic yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) and certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with 25 years of yoga experience, with experience in private yoga sessions and group classes in Washington/Metro area, and is the proprietress of East Meets West Yoga Center.   Dawn’s therapeutic background and training of over 1000 hours includes Yoga of Recovery, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors through Duke Integrative Medicine, Yoga of the Heart (Cardiac and Cancer) Therapeutic Yoga, and is a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist.

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Since 2006, Dawn has taught yoga classes at area hospitals, workplaces, schools, and yoga studios.  As a certified, comprehensive yoga therapist and E-RYT 500 teacher, she facilitates both group and individual yoga therapy sessions, working with people dealing with a variety of conditions including drug addiction, cancer, digestive disorders, diabetes, eating disorders, stroke recovery, hypertension, mental health challenges (including depression, anxiety, grief and trauma), migrane headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, scoliosis, and sports injuries. She currently oversees the yoga for addictions program at Sagebrush Treatment Center (residential and outpatient), teaches and offers private sessions at Life With Cancer,  and teaches at Inova Kellar Center.

Dawn brings a compassionate and nurturing feel to her sessions, and creates and holds a safe space for clients to experience deep and profound awakenings.  Her intention is to become a catalyst for transformation and growth, and to help clients find their individual paths towards a healthy mind, body and spirit.

To schedule a session with Dawn, please send inquiry to dawn@eastmeetswestcenter.com or phone (703) 356-9642.

Tracy DeBellis

TracyTracy DeBellis is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 500, level 2 yoga therapist, and certified integral life coach who uses a variety of skills and experience grounded in yoga philosophy to facilitate positive changes for others   She has been a student of yoga since 2001, graduated from Health Advantage Yoga Center's 200 hour yoga teacher training program (under Doug Keller and Susan Van Nuys) and received her 500 hour certification and level 2 yoga therapy training from The Yoga Life Institute’s Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Program in Wayne, PA. While Tracy finds joy in bringing yoga’s healing techniques to people of all ages and backgrounds, she is particularly energized and inspired by her work with women. Thus, Tracy’s yoga therapy practice focuses primarily on mamas and mamas-to- be — including prenatal yoga, children’s yoga, and yoga for fertility.

She studied MAyurveda (Ayurveda for mothers) through MA Yoga, received prenatal yoga training at Tranquil Space Yoga and Beloved Yoga, children’s yoga certifications from Karma Kids Yoga and Radiant Child Yoga, and her fertility yoga certification from Pulling Down the Moon. Additionally, Tracy is a certified integral life coach through New Ventures West and continues to study with The Yoga Life Institute working towards her level 3 yoga therapist certification (820 hours as required by the International Association of Yoga Therapists – IAYT).

Tracy uses her varied education, training and experience to create sacred and healing space for women to explore growth and development in all phases of their lives. She believes that yoga and yoga lifestyle techniques can help us become aware of and more fully honor the Divine Mother within.

Denyse LeFever

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In addition to Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 Hour certifications, Denyse has received additional training in the following areas – Integrative Yoga Therapy, Relax and Renew, Restorative Teacher Certification, Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors conducted at Duke University Integrative Medicine, and Yoga of the Heart Certification for Cardiac and Cancer. Denyse is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist.

Denyse first discovered Yoga as a teen to alleviate stress and anxiety associated with taking standardized tests. She found both the gentle Hatha based practice and meditation to be helpful in easing her into adulthood. As she embarked on her over 30-year career in global business, she periodically returned to Yoga to maintain a sense of balance.  Approaching her senior years, Denyse decided to take her casual interest in Yoga to a more professional in-depth study and focus. Specifically she focused on some of her personal areas of concern – Stress Reduction, Healthy Aging and coping with lifestyle dis-eases. She began teaching part time in 2011. Denyse is a Certified Yoga Therapist and completed over 1900 hours of yoga teacher training.  At East Meets West, Denyse has taught group classes to include – Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga and Chillaxation, a restorative yoga practice to reduce stress. Denyse is known for combining her love of lavender with yoga to ease stress.

Yoga Therapy Sessions with Denyse

Denyse works with you to help you identify what works best for you. The yoga therapy sessions use individualized yogic practices to help each individual move toward achieving their specific their body/mind/spirit wellness goal or objective. A typical session will last up to an hour and may include breath work, meditation, relaxation techniques, discussions, and/or a posture practice. Normally several sessions work best toward achieving objectives. Based on our session together, there will usually be some practice assigned for homework between sessions.