Derek Waddy

Down Dog Yoga

Yoga became a part of Derek’s life after a football teammate recommended a yoga class. At first he was reluctant to do so because of his preconceived thoughts about yoga. After further thought, and some convincing from his former teammate, he decided to give yoga a shot. And it has been a great experience. "The physical workout far exceeded my expectations, and as I grew in my practice I noticed I began to change how I thought and handled things off of the mat," Derek says. He began his yoga journey at Sid Yoga in Towson, Maryland, and is excited to be apart of the Down Dog Yoga community. Through his teaching Derek wants to give students the feeling that there are no limits to where they can go on the mat, in hopes that they walk in that same way in their everyday life. He is... Read the profile >>

Melani Hom

LAAVA Performance

LAAVA [?läv?] (noun) A passionate person dedicated to their sport, their wellness & their love for others. Melani Hom is founder and head coach of LAAVA Performance, Washington DC’s multi-sport training company dedicated to educate and empower athletes to explore and promote the crossroads between smart training and leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Melani’s competitive drive to train hard and her enthusiasm to help others succeed in their sport was first defined during her collegiate years as Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field Team Captain for NCAA Division I Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. These passions continued after moving to the east coast as she discovered her LAAV for multi-sport events & yoga. Her yoga practice has given her the... Read the profile >>

Sarah Spear Sands

Dance Trance Fitness

Sarah spent six years as a tax attorney and lobbyist on Capitol Hill. After meeting and marrying the love of her life, Ben Sands, both husband and wife decided to leave the corporate world and prioritize improving the quality of lives of others. Ben founded a company called Regret Free Life and Sarah started Dance Trance DC. Sarah discovered Dance Trance while in law school, and what it did for her she wanted to share with others. Sarah has always been an athlete but had never thought working out could be so much fun until she found Dance Trance. Sarah and her team of instructors strive to recreate a club-like environment in the gym – loud music, top 40 dance hits, and DJ lights. Dance Trance has become a community of men and women supporting one another, both on and off the dance... Read the profile >>

tanO Mazi

In the spring of 2008, tanO took his very first yoga class on the same day that he was hired at lululemon athletica. He eventually took classes at a variety of studios, including Down Dog Yoga, but as his practice grew steadily over time, he developed a strong connection to the physical practice and an interest in the principles of yoga. With a solid background in various sports and general fitness, overall, tanO developed a strength training regimen that centered on using his own body weight and natural resistance. He began to incorporate yoga into his weekly routine of running, biking and strength training and immediately began to see a transformation take place. Not only was he becoming stronger physically, but also mentally and even spiritually. tanO completed several... Read the profile >>