Owner & Educational Director
Andrea is the founder of Shining Kids Yoga, which began as an after-school program at her son's elementary school in 2014. She has been teaching yoga to all ages since 2005. Andrea completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training & prenatal yoga training at Tranquil Space Yoga in Washington, D.C. In addition, she received specialized training in children’s yoga from the Radiant Child Yoga program, training in postnatal yoga from Baby OM, and training in therapeutic yoga from The Samarya Center.
Andrea is also a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) through the State of Maryland, having received her MSW degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore.
She has taught yoga for children at yoga studios throughout the DC area, including Tranquil Space, Budding Yogis, Rock Creek Yoga and Warrior One Yoga. She also teaches classes for adults at Yoga Bliss Studios and Extend Yoga, where she is on the yoga teacher training faculty.
When not teaching or practicing yoga, Andrea enjoys playing board games with her son, Quinn, singing karaoke, and trying out new vegetarian recipes!
Farah Bekdash began practicing yoga in her early teens after discovering it on daytime tv during a school break. Farah continued to practice yoga throughout university, her Master's degree in Biology and while teaching preschool. Her love for yoga spread to her family, motivating her to train as a kid's Budding Yogis yoga and mindfulness teacher at Circle Yoga in Washington DC. A mom to three, certified labor doula and childbirth educator and amateur anything crafty, Farah tries to incorporate mindfulness and good intentions in all aspects of her life. Her classes combine storytelling, music, imagination and movement allowing even the youngest of yogis to blossom and grow.
Terra has been in the early childhood education field for 25 years. For the past 13 years, she has taught a young twos preschool class and has incorporated yoga into her preschool classes. Terra has completed yoga teacher trainings with YogaFit and Shining kids Yoga where she completed her Kids Yoga Teacher Training in March 2019. She loves watching children discover that their mind, body and spirit are all connected!
In her spare time, she loves to read, sing, dance, pretend play, swim and play on play grounds with her husband and 3 year old son.
Carla has over thirty years of experience in special education, behavioral intervention, residential counseling and therapeutic recreation with children and adults. As a certified yoga instructor, she has been instrumental in developing the yoga program at The Maddux School, as well as providing direct yoga instruction to young children.
Sydnea Lewis is an international graphic designer, yoga teacher and entrepreneur from New Orleans, Louisiana. With a professional background in fine arts, Sydnea has been able to use her innate creative abilities to hone in on the movement and stillness of the mind, body, and spirit. Yoga has been a part of her life for over 7 years, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. “Yoga inspires me to be more mindful while focusing on the present moment without judgment.”
Sydnea’s journey through and to yoga has led her to not only attain a Budding Yogis Certification to teach yoga to kids aged 2-12 years but also to complete the 200hr Certification to teach all ages and backgrounds in various styles - including Baptiste’s Power and Dharma. With the certifications Sydnea has attained so far she has been able to move, touch and inspire not only the lives of children in public schools across Washington, D.C but adults as well. She has taught classes in corporate offices, apartment complexes, community gardens and also at various fitness inspired community events in the DMV area such as Urban Boxing and Herbalife Nutrition. Her goal is to help break the assumed stereotype that yoga is only for a “certain type of person, at a certain age, with a certain background”.
Bei discovered Yoga when she was pregnant with her now 12-year-old son, Philip. She immediately fell in love with Yoga and has practiced yoga ever since. Bei graduated from the Willow Street Yoga Center Teacher Training Program in Takoma Park/Silver Spring, Maryland.
Bei grew up with educators and doctors like her parents, uncles and grandparents. Her passion for education, arts and sciences has only grown stronger with Yoga and meditation practices and teaching. Bei is a firm believer that everyone especially children deserve LOVE, JOY and PEACE. As an artist and photographer in her free time, Bei brings her artistic creativity to her classes combining imagination, storytelling, compassion and playfulness. She is super thrilled to have this incredible opportunity sharing her love of Yoga with young yogis.
In addition to being a RYT 200 and a Certified Yoga Instructor, Bei holds Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry and Chemometrics. She is a scientific and business executive in global health, life sciences and medicinal field.
Sarah’s passion is in facilitating creative expression, through various modalities, whether through movement, music, or visual arts. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and has been an educator for over 20 years. Sarah holds a BA in Art History, an MA in Art Therapy, and an Advanced Professional Certification in Art for grades K-12. Now, she really enjoys helping children increase awareness of their bodily selves while laughing and also guiding them into stillness. Three things that nourish her soul are gardening, the outdoors, and family. Sarah believes that love, compassion, and expressive creation can change this world and that working with children to nurture those qualities is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.
Amy began yoga RYT-200 teacher training in 2010 with YogaFit International. She has also completed training programs focused specifically on children's yoga with YoKid and Move with Me Yoga Adventures.
Amy developed a passion for yoga after her twins were born in 2008. Yoga provided stress relief from the demands of balancing a full-time job as a graphic designer and two infants.
Since becoming a yoga teacher, Amy has taught classes to participants of all ages. She currently teaches kids classes, adult vinyasa flow classes and gentle classes for cancer and Parkinson's patients.
In her free time, Amy likes to run, hike and spend time with her family.
Jessica Robinson has a deep love of yoga and playfulness, and has been working with Shining Kids yoga since April 2018.
Jessica has been practicing yoga for 20 years. She completed her Budding Yogis Children’s Yoga Teacher Training in June 2017. In addition, she attended Sonia Sumar’s Yoga For the Special Child workshop to use with classroom movement breaks while working in Hong Kong as a special education teacher. In August 2018, she completed a specialized training in teaching yoga to children with special needs.
Jessica was a special education teacher in preschool and elementary schools for 15 years in the US and internationally. She often brought her own experience of yoga and mindfulness into her school teaching. After her daughter was born in 2016, she left the school system to become an independent special education consultant. She does both yoga and special needs with love in her heart to help others grow into themselves. She believes strongly in adjusting or developing a learning program according to every child’s needs whether it’s yoga or in school, to give every child what they need in order to pursue their interests and potential.
Jessica loves to practice with her toddler daughter, Anna.
Natasha Romano is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with over 500 hours of teaching instruction and a Registered Childrens Yoga Teacher (RCYT) through Yoga Alliance, the national organization that sets standards for the initial and ongoing registration of yoga teachers. Inspired to share the benefits of yoga to her own children, Natasha began teaching yoga to elementary and tween age children in 2005. Natasha has specialized training in Yoga for Kids with Special Needs and infuses therapeutic games into her classes. She has taught yoga at Butler School, Temple Beth Ami. Deiner School and her home studio, Warrior One Yoga. When she isn't teaching yoga, Natasha enjoys paddleboarding, hiking, and travel.
From a young age, Clarissa was drawn towards a spiritual way of living and mind body connection.
She started teaching kids yoga about 10 years ago.She wanted to immerse herself in a training to deepen her own personal practice. Little did she know the universe had other plans. Clarissa has a passion for teaching children and she strives to bring yoga into everyday life by doing, evolving and truly living it. In her free time you will find her traveling with her family across the sea enjoying the beauty and experiences this world has to offer!
Clarissa is a 2019 graduate of the Shining Kids Yoga Teacher Training program. She completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training at Life Time Fitness in 2016, a 300 hour training at Body and Brain Gaithersburg, and is a certified Aeriel yoga Teacher I and II through Flow & Fly Yoga.