We’re excited to welcome two new teachers to East Side Yoga: Olimpia Lee who will be taking over our Sunday Prenatal Yoga class, and Stephanie Cruse, who will be teaching our new Postnatal Class and our new Wednesday night Prenatal Class. Both teachers have hands-on experience in women’s health and working with both pregnant and new mommies – on and off the mat. Please welcome them to the East Side Yoga community:
Olimpia Lee found yoga & meditation as a way to recover from various injuries, lessen stress & thrive during her time as a student at Oberlin College. Yoga became her anchor as she graduated, as she moved from one country to another in the following years, as she worked tirelessly at women's health & reproductive justice non-profits, as she dove into & emerged victorious from cancer treatment.
As a result, Olimpia aims to share the transformational power of yoga through accessible teachings & practices. She keeps her classes playful & inspirational while encouraging students to find strength & grace through a mix of challenging, empowering & therapeutic practices, including meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques), asanas (energetic postures), mantra (sound therapy), yoga nidra (deep relaxation), patience, perseverance, gratitude & trust.
While she loves working with a wide variety of groups, as a labor assistant, birth doula & women's health educator, Olimpia’s passion lies in promoting women's wellness by providing education on accessible & empowering approaches to holistic healing, living, birthing & being. She translates her deep respect for the feminine processes of life into her yoga classes through the inclusion of nurturing hands-on posture assistance, creative visualizations & the intention to allow each student the space to listen to their own needs & inquire into their own experience with courage & compassion.
Read more about Olimpia on our website.
Stephanie began practicing yoga in 2006 and enjoys learning something new each time she practices yoga and meditation. After having her son in 2012, she found yoga to be a grounding practice in the midst of crazy baby/toddler life, and became a yoga teacher in 2014.
Students will find her vinyasa-flow style of teaching to be accessible with options for challenge, combined with opportunities to deepen their understanding of the spirit-ful side of yoga. She also believes that yoga should be fun and aims to provide a relaxed atmosphere for students to practice yoga and get their zen on.
Stephanie is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) with the Yoga Alliance. She is also certified through BirthWorks as a Childbirth Educator, and is the owner of MamaChakra, serving Northern Virginia and the Metro DC Area.
Read more about Stephanie on our website.