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.

Megan Elliott

MeganMegan is an ERYT200hr Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and a RYT500hr Certified Integrative Yoga Therapist. Megan has studied and practiced extensively within the Kripalu lineage and Joseph LePage’s Integrative Yoga Therapy. She has a thriving background of certifications, degrees and continuing education including Trauma Informed Yoga Training, Vipassana Meditation, Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Bodywork and Yoga for Athletes. Megan has been teaching yoga professionally for 10 years and has the natural ability and advanced skills to teach and work with students of varying capabilities and conditions. Her teachings are grounded in structural integrity, breathing practices, mental focus and relaxation. Megan views the yoga class as a living laboratory where practices like curiosity, compassion and commitment can inspire personal growth and healing. In Megan’s classes you will find an infusion of invigorating unique flows of movement and stillness, bhakti (love) reverence, seasonal and element yoga and of course laughter. Megan meets students where they’re at and helps to guide them where they want to be. Megan teaches privately, in groups, leads dynamic workshops, clinics and seminars. Megan uses her yoga activism to help initiate change in the world, working with non profit organizations to develop and implement yoga and healthy living based curriculum for their clientele.

Yoga Therapy Sessions with Megan

Yoga therapy is the adaption of Yoga practices to meet the needs of people with specific or persistent health problems not usually addressed in a traditional yoga class. As a Yoga Therapist, Megan works with groups or individuals addressing all levels of the person: physical, energetic, psychological and spiritual. With Megan each session is a personalized experience, addressing your concerns and conditions. Weather you’re having difficulty structurally or the challenge is deeper lying we work together to find the best resolve for the whole body. Sessions with Megan are progressive offering you tools and practices prescribed for a more full, easeful and balanced life. In her years as a Yoga Therapist, Megan has seen that the condition may not always be curable but “together we can improve quality of life and shift outlook on life.” Sessions with Megan can include various styles of yoga, breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation and or guided meditation, personal affirmations and deep relaxation as well as other private offerings such as Thai Yoga Body work, Yoga Dance, Reiki etc. Yoga therapy is perfect for people who want to pro actively work with their condition or situation from a more intimate, holistic approach. *The first session devotes more time to intake. Long term results work best in successive sessions and with the active participation of the student.

Denyse LeFever

DenyseDenyse 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 has received several certifications and has completed over 1000 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. Denyse has offered Yoga and Lavender workshops in VA, PA and NJ.

Yoga Therapy Sessions with Denyse

Yoga views the individual as a whole to include body, breath, emotions, intellect and spirit. Denyse works with you to help you identify appropriate practices for your needs. Each session is structured according to the intention the student identifies. The yoga therapy sessions use individualized yogic practices to help each individual move toward achieving their specific 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 based on what goals the student sets. Normally several sessions work best toward achieving objectives. Based on our session together, there will usually be some practice assigned for homework between sessions.

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. Currently Denyse is enrolled in a 3-year Comprehensive Yoga Therapy Training program scheduled to complete in 2017. As part of this training, Denyse designed a program focused on applying Yogic Principals to Metabolic Syndrome.