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Why Qualifications Matter
Yoga is a beautifully layered practice. Learning about Yoga – the discipline, execution, history, philosophy, The Eight Limbs – should be shared with reverence and wisdom. Safety and inclusion are paramount.

How do you know the teacher you are learning from is qualified to teach?   At pranapiloga, we have credentialed instructors that have at met and often exceed the requirements to be Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT).

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

Yoga teachers who complete a 200- or 500-hour teacher-training program may apply for registration and use of the RYT credential, provided their training and teaching experience meet Yoga Alliance’s requirements.

E-RYT 500

  • Complete a 500-hour yoga teacher-training program
  • Teach a minimum of 2,000 hours and for four years
  • Adhere to ethical and continuing education policies

E-RYT 200

  • Complete a 200-hour yoga teacher-training program
  • Teach a minimum of 1,000 hours and for two years
  • Adhere to ethical and continuing education policies

RYT 200

  • Complete a 200-hour yoga teacher-training program
  • Adhere to ethical and continuing education policies

YACEP – Continuing Education Providers

The YACEP designation is designed for experts in the yoga community to set them apart and to teach courses that qualify as Continuing Education hours for RYTs. The YACEP designation is only open to E-RYTs.


  • Complete a 220-hour International Teacher Training Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan
  • Adhere to ethical and continuing education policies

Rebecca Elsen

Space Holder, Yoga Guide, Thai Bodywork

Yoga – I incorporate a variety of yoga lineages into a smorgasbord of fun in my classes! Having taught for 20+ years, I love learning and my students are my best teachers. My practice deepened following an accident and opening a studio was the next step in my journey. Many thanks and blessings to my teacher Maryam Ovissi, owner of Beloved Yoga – her encouragement is paramount in my journey. When I am not teaching, you can find me outside enjoying Mother Nature. ERYT500, YACEP, RYS200

Thai Bodywork – I studied in-person with Riverview Spa and online with Thai Healing Massage Academy and Thai Healing Arts Training Center. You will be guided through a series of yoga postures, while working along the body’s energy lines and pressure points. This results in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.

e-ryt500 yacep 

Certifications & Education
-200 RYT, Vinyasa Yoga, Beloved Yoga
-200 RYT, Hatha Yoga, Karuna Yoga
-300 RYT, Vinyasa Yoga & Modern Yoga Therapy, Beloved Yoga
-ERYT500 Cumulative
-Level Two: Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
-Level Two: Ayurvedic Thai Yoga Massage
-Level One: Reiki


Leslee Bender (The Bender Method), Beryl Bender Birch (Ashtanga Yoga), Allison Davis (Yoga Therapy), John DeMinico (Blue Collar Yoga), Nischala Joy Devi (Yoga of the Heart), Lauren Eirk (Yoga Integrated Science), Teri Gentes (Health & Nutrition), Petra Kolber (Yoga & Fitness), Devra Kudeviz (Ashtanga Yoga), Daniel Orlansky (Meridian Yoga), Pat Pao (Anusara Yoga), Robert Sherman (F.I.T., Inc.), Beth Shaw (YogaFit), Shiva Rea (Yoga Trance Dance, Prana Vinyasa), Integral Yoga, Yogaville, Bhekaji Lynch (Anatomy, Ashtanga, Iyengar), Doug Keller (Anusara Hatha), Dr. Joe and Michelle Esposito (Anatomy), Ilena Gonzalez (Ayurveda), Kate Desiro (Embroylogy/Bowen Technique), Krishna Das (Kirtan), Dr. Markus Saraswati (Dao Yoga/Hormonal Imbalances)

Andria Corso
Isabelle Baker

Meditation Guide

Isabelle Baker also known as Ms. Izzi has a background in education, outreach, and management. Her beautiful journey with Mindfulness Meditation began 3 years ago as a passion that grew into a personal practice. With a desire to teach youth Ms. Izzi recieved training from Mindful Schools to teach children K-12 the Mindfulness Curriculum. In addition to Mindfulness Meditation she teaches the Kindness Curriculum at a local private. Ms. Izzi also holds a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and an Associates in Applied Science. She has a love for animals, journaling, and nature.

“My goal is to reach every child possible. Sharing the gift of Mindfulness and hoping they share it with a friend.” 

Michele Bledsoe
Amy Biddle

Yoga Guide

“The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.” ~ Bruce Lee

Amy is a life long horse lover and equestrian athlete who discovered yoga as a way to help her achieve union with her horses while remaining supple and strong. Riding horses and yoga are unique combinations of yin and yang, a balance of strength, softness, coordination and timing. As a N.C.S.F Certified Personal trainer and a 200hr yoga teacher, she shares her love of physical fitness and mindfulness with her students and clients. Helping others find balance, both mentally and physically, is her main focus. RYT200

Becki Curtis LMT
Allie Clatterbuck

Yoga Guide

As a former Sports Acrobat, Power Tumbler, and gymnast I am always amazed at what our bodies can do. After teaching competitive, special needs, and recreational gymnastics and acrobatics over the past 20 years, I’m excited to start guiding others on their journey of self-discovery through yoga.  My own yoga journey started in 2007 as a way to reconnect with my body during my first pregnancy. A mom of two boys and twin girls, yoga has helped me love the skin I’m in, regain strength and flexibility, and balance both mentally and physically. I hope to share yoga with all bodies including children and teens, those beginning a yoga practice, and those looking for an advancing practice. My classes will help you to enjoy your body, feel more balanced, and may safely incorporate gymnastics or acrobatic elements. RYT200, YCAT Yoga Therapy Level One

Andria Corso
Tisha Downing

Yoga Guide

Coming‎ from‎ a‎ dance‎ and‎ ballet‎ background‎ at‎ NYU,‎ I’ve‎ always‎ enjoyed‎ improving‎ on‎ my‎ physicality.‎ After‎ dealing‎ with‎ 2‎ knee‎ surgeries‎ and‎ 6‎ dislocations,‎ I‎ knew‎ I‎ needed‎ to‎ explore‎ ways‎ to‎ improve‎ my‎ mobility.‎ I‎ discovered‎ my‎ passion‎ for‎ Yoga‎ and‎ its‎ benefits.‎ Teaching‎ Yoga‎ gives‎ me‎ the‎ satisfaction‎ of‎ being‎ able‎ to‎ share‎ my‎ story‎ and‎ Yoga‎ journey‎ to‎ inspire‎ others.‎ RYT200‎, CWT-CYT

Annette Hyde
Annette Hyde

Yoga and Fitness Guide

After 20 years of teaching group exercise and yoga in NOVA, I am excited about bringing my passion to pranapiloga. Classes with me are playful, informative and alignment based. My practice and work in yoga as therapy are inspired by my primary teachers, Doug Keller and Cora Wen. I believe that yoga is a continuous journey that opens the mind, strengthens the body, and frees the spirit to take on life’s opportunities and obstacles. ERYT500, YACEP

Becki Curtis LMT
Melanie Justis

Yoga Guide

Melanie comes from a background in mental health counseling, fine arts, and education. She actively draws upon aspects of these disciplines for her yoga classes. Melanie believes that it is essential to incorporate mindfulness, kindness, compassion, and creative play into our daily yoga practices, both on and off the mat. These practices can then facilitate a nurturing affect that continues the journey to better understanding the self; physically, emotionally, and mentally. Melanie enjoys working with children of all ages, including adults and seniors! She is eager to aid in guiding her students to further discover what they are fully capable of physically and mentally through instilling confidence, joy, compassion, and love. RYT200

Becki Curtis LMT
Cassandra Miller

Yoga Guide

Hi, my name is Cassie Miller. Originally from my hometown of Rolla, MO, Culpeper became my home in 2016, and I’ve been an active yogi ever since. I have a fiancé (Garrett), and 3 kids (Ethan, Skyler, and Serena) who love going to yoga classes and learning new poses. I graduated Yoga Teacher Training 200Hr in June 2017. YTT 200 was an amazing experience, in which I learned methods I still use in everyday life. My yoga style is about strengthening and stretching the body, and calming the mind using Hatha Yoga sequences. I love moving muscles from my head to toes, all in one yoga class and then leaving feeling invigorated, yet relaxed. RYT200

Becki Curtis LMT
Linda Orfila

Yoga Guide

I self-trained in Hatha Yoga and pursued lessons while in South America with a modern dance troupe who taught a variety of yoga classes. We were always practicing yoga and choreography. I experienced the feeling of “walking on clouds” while strolling on concrete sidewalks. I’ve never forgotten that profound feeling and look to nurture that again in myself with yoga as the core of my discipline. That weightless feeling, from the ground up, (opposite of discomfort and pain) was possible to achieve through yoga. Everyone deserves to know how much yoga will help keep us mobile and in control of pain – before pills and surgeries. RYT200

Andria Corso
Lisa Phelps

Yoga Guide

I was first introduced to Yoga in college. Not feeling coordinated enough to put myself into the poses, I continued my daily exercise of running. Fast forward to marriage and children; I began to meditate when my children were young, not realizing then that meditation is one of the eight limbs of Yoga. Meditation helped to ground me. I began to notice that running wasn’t enough; I was losing flexibility. I began practicing yoga through videos and noticed I felt better, less tight. I attended yoga classes at Pranapiloga and felt a connection with the way the classes were accessible for everyone and every body. My new journey began. I was inspired to learn more about Yoga’s eight limbs and to share this philosophy with others; Yoga being the balance of mind, body and self. RYT200

Andria Corso
Jan Rosehart

Yoga Guide

Jan found this beautiful practice called yoga when taking a class in Buffalo. She resonated with it so, that this practice led her to self-study and eventually take several trainings. This journey for Jan came by accident but she has witnessed it’s holistic benefits and now shares this through teaching. Jan believes yoga is a heart centered practice. and we should practice with an open heart on and off the mat. Practice a karma filled life, with compassion, grace, joy and love. ERYT500, RYT100 Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutic Essentials