Meet our Instructors

 

Carolan Hoffman yoga instructor

Carolan, Studio Owner

Inspired by the inner journey of my students, I am devoted to creating a nurturing, loving and joyful environment so each student can fulfill their potential.

 
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Christina

I discovered Bikram Yoga in 2001 while stationed on an aircraft carrier. It saved my sanity. I graduated from TT in 2005. I am now finishing Dharma Mittra's 500-hour training to expand my experience with all eight limbs of yoga. Off the mat, I am a KonMari consultant (home decluttering and organizing) and I enjoy spending time with my husband and son.

 
Holly Hancock yoga instructor

Holly

I first tried Bikram Yoga for the challenge, but continued because it healed me inside and out. I’m honored to share this powerful practice with you and look forward to seeing you on the mat. In my spare time, I bartend, travel, and do crosswords–sometimes all at the same time!

 
Jane Cho yoga instructor

Jane

It's ok to surrender, be in stillness and accept myself for who I am and where I am each day. It is an honor and privilege for me to share time and space with you in the hot room. Together we are so much more.  I promise to always teach from my heart.  Can't wait to see and sweat with you in class!  Breathe...

 
Jennie Bragg yoga instructor

Jennie

I became a Bikram instructor in the spring of 2011 and taught in Los Angeles. Outside the hot room, I love traveling, tacos and surfing (I'm learning). I have a masters degree in Public Health.

 
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Jessica

I came to Bikram Yoga in the cold winter of 2009 and attended Teacher Training in 2012. I graduated from Columbia University and am trained in ballet, modern and Egyptian dance. I am thrilled to be on this path sharing this yoga with others.

 
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Julie

I graduated Teacher Training in Spring 2010 and began teaching in Las Vegas, surrounded by showgirls, actors and other glittery teachers and students. I moved to the DC area in 2011 and am thrilled to be a part of the culture of this wonderful town. When not in the hot room, I enjoy spending time with my husband and wacky muppet dog, trying new restaurants, traveling, art, and a good book.

 
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Mark

I was born in Washington, D.C. and I’m a firefighter. Had severe back pain and surgeries but my life changed when i started taking Bikram Yoga at Hot Spot Dupont. I lost 40 lbs and quit smoking. I went to Teacher Training and began teaching in 2007. If you like a super hot and fun class with a 2 minute camel i’ll see you soon for class!

 
Michael Joel Hall yoga instructor

Michael

I am a dedicated student and daily practitioner of yoga (since 2001). I'm fascinated by hatha yoga's intersection of human movement and insight practice. I encourage the therapeutic benefits of practice for the body and the mind–and hopefully the spirit, too. For this, I am most grateful to my teachers.

 
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Pong

I have been practicing yoga since 2007 and I went to teacher training in 2011. I enjoy spending time with my husband and dogs. When not doing yoga, I like to snowboard, sail and camp.

 

Rissa

I enjoy sharing my knowledge with students and am inspired by yoga and the movement arts. I became certified to teach Bikram Yoga in 2002 and am trained in martial arts, vipassana meditation and thai yoga massage. I am also trained in culinary arts.

 
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Tina

I began practicing at Hot Spot Dupont in 2004, and became a certified teacher in 2013. When not traveling for my work in international development, I love practicing and teaching, especially at HSD. I have been a guest teacher in Liberia, Maui, Kauai, and Palm Desert, CA.

 
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Vahid

I’m a life-long athlete whose childish sense of curiosity thrives through my will to experience and know more about being human. Since 2012, I’ve taught yoga around the world and I have a Master’s degree in yoga therapy. I feel grateful for the opportunity to take part in this community and to share my sense of wonder.

 
Whitney Hosein yoga instructor

Whitney

I've practiced yoga most of my adult life. I'm a scientist and certified Ashtanga instructor; people believe these disciplines are diametrically opposed, but yoga is beyond exercise, breathing, and meditation. Adopting yoga as a way of life is a constant reminder that nothing is serious, change is the only constant, and all is within one's potential.

 
Yasmin Tuazon yoga instructor

Yasmin

I became a teacher in June 2005. I work as an actor and will shamelessly promote any show I am in. I like coffee, naps, NY Times crossword puzzles and Teaism. I also like it when students bring jokes to the front desk (keep it relatively clean, folks).

 

Gail, Studio Manager and Karma Yogi Coordinator

I am a farmer, yogi and social justice activist. The Hot Spot Dupont community is such an important part of my life and I am honored to be part of it. I am grateful to all of the teachers who give the gift of guiding us through a moving meditation. I am grateful to each and every student who shares their energy every day.

 
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Jessica, Yoga In The Park Coordinator

I enjoy being a part of the Karma Yogi program at Hot Spot Dupont. I am thankful for the wonderful, positive community. This inspiring practice has made a significant impact on my life and has helped me to maintain balance despite a demanding career in finance. I hope to see you at the studio!