Andrea Creel, MSW, LMSW, E-RYT 200, YACEP

229-B Jay Drive • Rockville, MD 20850 • 240-277-2683 •

Yoga Professional Experience

Owner, Inspiration Yoga & Wellness, LLC, Rockville, MD 2017-Present

Inspiration Yoga & Wellness is a Limited Liability Corporation registered in the State of Maryland that offers yoga & wellness services, including the Shining Kids Yoga before & after school programs, group & private yoga classes, workshops, and yoga retreats.

Owner & Educational Director, Shining Kids Yoga, Rockville, MD 2014-Present

Duties: Provide before & after school yoga classes for children in preschools, elementary schools, and middle school settings.  Coordinate with schools and PTA leadership to offer programs to students in over 20 public and private schools in Maryland.  Communicate with parents regarding class logistics, child behavior issues, and other important information. Hire, train, and manage class instructors. Run weekly payroll and distribute paychecks to instructors. Create and distribute marketing materials and manage company website. Create and facilitate 17-hour kids yoga teacher training and apprenticeship program. Full list of schools available upon request.

Yoga Teacher Training Faculty, multiple locations

Shining Kids Yoga, Rockville, MD (March 2019) Created and facilitated a 17-hour children’s yoga teacher training covering teaching methodology, child development, classroom management skills, and ethics. Complete training information can be found at:

extendYoga, Rockville, MD (2015-2019) Instruct teacher trainees within a 200-hour yoga teacher training program.  Create class syllabi, goals, and learning objectives for sanskrit, mythology, and chanting/mantra learning modules.  Provide feedback to trainees on their teaching skills.

Yoga Bliss Studios, Gaithersburg, MD (2018) Member of the teacher training faculty presenting on the topics of: sequencing, theming yoga classes, and trauma-sensitive yoga.

Yoga Teacher, Multiple Studios/Locations (full list below)*, 2005-Present

Duties: Instruct group yoga classes and individual sessions in a guided practice that includes yoga poses, breathing, and meditation. Interact with each student in a group class individually using verbal adjustments and clear, concise instructions to ensure each student's safety and to enhance their experience. Create and execute class curriculum for specialized populations, including: babies, children, teens, pregnant women, new mothers, seniors, and individuals with mental health conditions.

Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, Family Services, Inc. Gaithersburg, MD 2016-2018

Duties: Taught chair-based yoga classes to adults with mental and physical disabilities. Provided instruction on yoga poses (asanas), breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation. Provided modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of each student.  Explained how poses, breathing, and relaxation tools can be applied to every-day life.

Yoga Studio Manager, Tranquil Space Bethesda, Bethesda, MD 2006-2010                                             

Duties: Proficient in MindBody Online software.  Responded to client inquiries and concerns.  Created and updated online wiki to provide team members with easy access to information about studio policies and procedures.  Recruited, trained, and supervised members of the work study program. Scheduled workshops of interest to our client base. Verified daily transactions and deposits.


Shining Kids Yoga, Rockville, MD Children’s Yoga Instructor/Owner; 2014-Present

Yoga Bliss Studios, Gaithersburg, MD; Vinyasa Yoga Teacher; 2013-Present

Extend Yoga, Rockville, MD; Vinyasa Yoga Teacher; 2014-2016

Warrior One Yoga, Gaithersburg, MD; Vinyasa Yoga Teacher; 2011-2015

Olney Yoga/The Happy Yogi, Olney, MD; Yoga Teacher Sub; 2011-Present

Balance: Your Pilates & Yoga Studio, Bethesda, MD; Postnatal Yoga Teacher; 2005-2006, Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Sub; 2005-Present

Sacred Space Yoga, Rockville, MD; Vinyasa, Prenatal, & Postnatal Yoga Teacher; 2011-2012

Calm Unity Yoga, Gaithersburg, MD; Vinyasa Yoga Teacher; 2007-2011

The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD; Vinyasa Yoga Teacher; 2009-2010

Tranquil Space Bethesda, Bethesda, MD; Studio Manager, Vinyasa, Prenatal, Postnatal, Children’s & Family Yoga Teacher; 2006-2010

Thrive Yoga, Rockville, MD; Vinyasa & Prenatal Yoga Teacher; 2007

F.I.T., Bethesda, MD; Vinyasa & Children’s Yoga Teacher; 2006-2008

Sport Rock, Rockville, MD; Vinyasa Yoga Teacher; 2006

Budding Yogis, Chevy Chase, DC; Children & Family Yoga Teacher; 2006

Rock Creek Yoga, Rockville, MD; Vinyasa, Prenatal, Postnatal, Children’s & Family Yoga Teacher; 2005-2007


American Red Cross Volunteer Yoga Teacher

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Bethesda, MD; August 2014-June 2016

  • Taught gentle hatha yoga classes to patients on the Adult In-Patient Behavioral Health Unit

  • Modified and adjusted class content to meet the needs, abilities, and limitations of the patients

  • Educated patients on how the practice of yoga can increase resiliency in responding to difficult emotions and life circumstances


Clinical Skills Educator

Val G. Hemming Medical Simulation Center, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS)

Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Rockville, MD; August 2011-January 2017

  • Instructed and guided standardized patients in mind-body exercises designed to reduce emotional and physical stress and fatigue

  • Guest Lecturer for the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner doctoral students on the subject of mind-body relaxation practices

  • Worked collaboratively with physicians and nurses from USUHS and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to create and run educational medical simulation events for medical and nursing students, and resident-level learners

Social Work Intern

University of Maryland Mental Health Service, College Park, MD;  September 2010-April 2011

Provided individual and group psychotherapy. Developed diagnoses and treatment plans for individual clients. Taught individual clients mindfulness and breathing exercises as tools for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression  Developed and taught yoga for depression & anxiety workshops for University students and staff.  Served as guest educator on mindfulness for ADHD psychotherapy group.

House of Ruth Maryland, Beltsville, MD; October 2009-April 2010

Provided individual and group psychotherapy to adult and child victims of domestic violence. Taught mindfulness, breathing, and relaxation exercises to adult and child victims of domestic violence.


Workshop Leader, “Mindful Stretching & Breathing,” National Grange Convention, 2016, Herndon, VA

Presenter, “Mind-Body Relaxation for SP Educators,” Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) 2016, Tampa, Florida

Invited Presenter, “Practical Stress Relief and Mind-Body Relaxation Techniques for SP Educators,” Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshop, Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) 2015, Denver, Colorado, June 2015

Presenter,“Practical Stress Relief and Mind-Body Relaxation Techniques for SP Educators, Parts 1 & 2” Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2014

Presenter, “Practical Stress Relief and Mind-Body Relaxation Techniques for SP Educators,” Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) 2013, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2013


Co-author, “Using simulation in a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner doctoral program.” Journal of Professional Nursing, September-October 2016.


University of Maryland, Baltimore Boston University, Boston, MA

Master of Social Work Degree Magna Cum Laude

Cumulative GPA 4.07 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology


  • Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners, License #17106

  • E-RYT 200, Yoga Alliance, Registry #23329


  • Tranquil Space Yoga, 200-hour Teacher Training (April 2006)

  • Tranquil Space Bethesda, Level 1 Teacher Training (April 2005)

  • Tranquil Space Yoga, Pre & Post Natal Teacher Training with Anne Thiel & Carol Collins (July 2005)

  • Radiant Child Yoga Program (RCYP), Level 1&2 Teacher Training  with Shakta Kaur Khalsa (July 2005)

  • Yoga 4 Teens Teacher Training with Christy Brock (October 2005)

  • Baby OM Teacher Training with Sarah Perron and Laura Staton (June 2006)

  • Integrated Movement Therapy Training Level 1&2 with Stephanie Sisson and Molly Lannon Kenny (February & April 2007)

  • Mantra for Yoga Teachers Training with Namadeva Thomas Ashley-Farrand (August 2007)

  • Kirtan College with David Newman & Mira Newman (August 2009)

  • Street Yoga Teacher Training with Mark Lilly (February 2010)

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Inspiration Yoga & Wellness, LLC

DBA Shining Kids Yoga