Andrea Creel

Owner & Educational Director

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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 Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) 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.  She teaches the before & after-school classes at Ritchie Park, Beall, Jones Lane, North Chevy Chase, College Gardens, and Ronald McNair elementary schools and Chesterbrook Academy.

When not teaching or practicing yoga, Andrea enjoys playing board games with her son, Quinn, singing karaoke, and trying out new vegetarian recipes!

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Nooshen Amiri-Hutton

Teaching 10+ years and loving every minute of it.  I am passionate about more than the postures respecting their value and proper place.  I live my yoga, to the best of my ability, on and off the mat. My teacher has taught me the principals of alignment and their importance in daily life. We are not only aligning our bodies but also our hearts. 


My style is heart, breath and alignment which I remind myself and my students consistently. My favorite part of teaching is the central focus of the breath, and showing students how the breath transforms them dynamically. I welcome all types of students.  I love teaching children yoga because they are so receptive to new ideas and to learning meditation and yoga in a fun and playful way while still reaping all the benefits that they can use in their daily lives.


My previous life as a government attorney has helped me in understanding and communicating the logic of the yoga philosophy and the yoga practice.  It is my hope to help others access their peace and joy through yoga and to help them realize their full potential to live in the present moment and be happy and healthy. 

Nooshen teaches the after-school class at Wyngate Elementary!

Lika Elwood

Lika’s dream came true when she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Washington DC, becoming a full-time yoga teacher. Initially Lika ( E-RYT 200) was drawn to yoga as a way to maintain her flexibility and strength but was intimidated by yoga's spiritual and scholastic side which she did not find in previous experiences with ballet and modern dance. After a short time however she discovered the power of yoga as a path to a more balanced, compassionate, meaningful and happy life.

Lika's training is diverse and continuing. She has taken countless workshops and trainings in different styles of yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Prana Flow, Ashtanga, Rocket Yoga, Jivamukti, Kids yoga, Aerial yoga, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Restorative yoga. She has studied under the guidance of well known instructors such as David Williams, David Swenson, Shiva Rea, David Kyle, Tara Brach, Elena Brower and others. Lika continues to evolve as she sees herself in the position of a student and a practitioner first and only then a teacher. 

Mariela Gomez

Mariela's daughter brings such joy, fun, energy and love to her life. As a certified kids yoga instructor, she wants to share that experience and playfulness with her students, helping them disconnect from their everyday stresses and connect positively with their children and families.

Mariela teaches the yoga classes at Candlewood Elementary and Cashell Elementary.

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Lina Freeman 

Lina Freeman started her yoga journey when she was 4 years old at Willow Street Yoga. Ever since then she has valued physical excise. She discovered aerial yoga about 2 years ago at Yoga Fusion! Lina completed her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Intensive at Thrive Yoga. In addition, she received her aerial yoga level 1 and 2 certifications from Transcend Wellness and Yoga. She is currently finishing her Thai Massage Training. In her free time she likes to read, play with her dogs, and volunteer. 

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Sydnea Lewis

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”.

Sydnea teaches the after-school classes at Greenwood and Meadow Hall Elementary.


Amy Morrison

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.

Amy teaches the preschool yoga class at Bethesda Country Day School.

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Meg Schaap

Meg teaches Vinyasa Flow yoga. Six years ago, she moved with her husband and three children to Potomac, Maryland. She began her formal 200 RYT training in yoga with Shannon von Burns at Village Yoga. Since 2012, she has been teaching till Dec 2015 at Children Manor Montessori School in Rockville and Germantown and teaches now at Broad Branch Montessori School in Chevy Chase. She believes in the invigorating power that yoga offers the body and mind.

She grew up in Holland, lived in Spain, London, Paris and Munich, and the United States.
In 1997 she started practicing yoga when she was pregnant from her first child. After moving with her family to the US, she expanded her passion for Vinyasa Yoga in Naples, Florida with Debi Grilo, Bala Vinyasa Yoga.

Meg has a formal 4-year training as a painter at the Academy Minerva in Groningen, The
Netherlands. She continued her studies as an artist at Saint Martins College in London, UK. In Munich, Germany she painted with master painter Eichacker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, major Art, Magna Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Meg teaches the after-school classes at Primary Montessori, Beverly Farms, Travilah, and DuFief Elementary.