Through awareness and collaborative engagement of the body, mind, and inner wisdom, each of us has the capacity for greater growth and success, as well as a stronger connection with ourselves and our community. INA Wellness believes a cornerstone to better health is developing that connection — the inner-connection of mind, body and self and the interconnection of our selves to the world around us. INA Wellness celebrates the “I iN All,” the INA-woven nature of ourselves and our Universe and the power we have to heal and grow together.
The physiological consequences of stress build up over years and decades. The Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University conducted a study that found that levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, decreased after a single session of yoga, even in first-time participants. Reducing stress through the mindfulness-based behavioral health programs provided at INA Wellness, including yoga, meditation, and the arts, can improve physical, social and emotional well-being in children and adults. INA Wellness offers private and group yoga & mindfulness classes, educational training and workshops, and programs to provide you with tools to unlock your inner greatness and to better connect with and strengthen yourself and your community. We truly believe that learning is a lifelong process and that yoga and mindfulness education can take place safely and effectively among people of all ages, all body types, and all styles. It’s just a matter of matching your needs with one of our creative and dynamic classes or workshops. Discover the benefits and joys of learning through yoga and mindfulness with INA Wellness. Create calm and cultivate confidence, focus, strength, joy, resilience, and peace within yourself and your community through the creative, dynamic, powerfully effective educational programs at INA Wellness.
The INA Wellness Create CALM Team
Our team of certified, professionals are trained in the fields of education, mental and physical health, and the arts. They have backgrounds as psychologists, occupational therapists, museum educators, approved trainers, master yoga instructors, art teachers, classroom teachers and counselors, life coaches, and wellness advocates. They have blended years of training in wide varieties of modalities with successful work in their communities to bring innovative, personalized, exceptionally high-quality mindfulness-based learning to our clients.
Our Founder & Director
LISA DANAHY (ERYT-200; RCYT-200, RCY-95, YACEP) is the founder and director of INA Wellness. She is also a seasoned and highly successful professional in management, education, and leadership. At the core of her success is a rich and fulfilling yoga practice.
Lisa began her yoga journey in the early 1990’s. Recognizing immediately the physical benefits of yoga and gradually uncovering its profound spiritual dimensions, Lisa was moved by her practice of Kripalu Yoga. In 2011, Lisa completed her 200-hour certification in Pranakriya Yoga, a classic form of Hatha yoga taught in the tradition of Swami Kripalu. Shortly thereafter she obtained additional certifications in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra ®, Dynamic Gentle Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Kripalu Yoga in Schools, and Radiant Child Yoga. She most recently completed the Radiant Child & Family Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher training and through private instruction with Shakta Khalsa, the founder of Radiant Child Yoga, has become a Radiant Child yoga teacher training facilitator.
Lisa is a published author on yoga and mindfulness education, most recently completing a five-article series that appeared in Teaching Young Children, a publication of NAEYC. Her long-time interest in serving adults and children is supported by a BA in Psychology and over 30 years of experience as an educator, former school administrator, and human resource manager. Lisa now leads private and group classes for students of all ages and off-site trainings and workshops for schools, businesses and organizations throughout the DC area as the founder and director of INA Wellness and as an instructor at Dream Yoga Studio in McLean, VA, M Street Yoga, in Washington, DC, and The Happy Yogi in Fulton and Olney, MD. Lisa believes that yoga is a building block for creating a community of active, aware, and compassionate citizens. Yoga is a practice that brings strength, joy and richness to live. Whether in corporate team building, developing cultural competencies, or inspiring individual growth, Lisa weaves yoga into lesson plans and workshops to create real, active, and substantive learning experiences for all of her students. Lisa aspires to be, in the words of Swami Kripalu, a “Pilgrim of Love” and is committed to improving health, enhancing resilience and building community through yoga and mindfulness education.
Certifications: ERYT 200 (Pranakriya Yoga & Radiant Child & Family Yoga); RCYT200 (Radiant Child Yoga) Kripalu Yoga Education in Schools; Kripalu Dynamic Gentle Yoga; Ashaya Therapeutic Yoga Level 1, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra; Pranakriya Penatal Yoga; Approved Trainer, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Division of Early Childhood Education (OSSE/ECE) for the District of Columbia.
Professional Affiliations: Registered Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); International Board of Certified Trainers, Yoga Alliance (YA), and the Pranakriya Yoga Teachers Association (PYTA).
Our Quality Assurance Team
Siji Oni (MS, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor) is the manager of program curriculum and implementation as well as the quality of programs, client and instructor feedback and support lead, as well as one of our instructors with Create CALM. Siji received his B.A in Psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and went on to receive is M.S in Industrial Organizational Psychology from University of Missouri Science and Technology. He uses that expertise to bring quality across Create CALM’s programming. Throughout his college years he has worked with children and teens in varying capacities primarily through the Montgomery County Recreation Department. Being an avid gym goer, he always was interested in yoga to increase his overall health physically, and when he got into it, he was enamored by all of its additional parts. Siji received his certification to bring yoga to children and teens in 2018. In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym, playing video games, and spending time with his god-daughter.
Jean McDonald (Children’s Yoga Instructor, MFA in Theatre, BMED in Music Education) has been practicing yoga and teaching students of all ages for over 25 years. She has taught general music, theatre and creative movement to elementary age students; choral music, public speaking and theatre to middle and high school students and drama to students with learning disabilities. She has taught acting, storytelling, improvisation, dance and musical theatre to adults; dance to university opera students and led many workshops to educators about integrating the arts into the classroom. Jean’s work experience includes teaching at many well-regarded schools, including Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, MD; Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT; Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square, PA and both The Briarwood School and the Kinkaid School in Houston, TX. She was also the Assistant Director of Education at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA and the Managing Director of the Lone Star School for the Performing Arts in Galveston, TX. Her Teaching Artist positions have been at the Des Moines Metro Opera, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony and the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education. In recent years Jean has turned her professional and personal focus increasingly towards wellness, including yoga and mindfulness. She is a certified Radiant Child Yoga instructor and recently attended The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning. Jean blends her education background with her SEL and children’s yoga training as an instructor for Create CALM and in her capacity as a curriculum and administrative facilitator.
Our Trainers and Curriculum Development Experts
MEGHAN LALLY (MA, Museum Education, Children’s Yoga Certification) has always been involved in the world of education. While completing a degree in Communication and Psychology, she began working in early childhood education. She worked for several years with children ages 0-5 before becoming the Director of Education at the Friendship Children’s Center, concentrating on curriculum development, arts integration, and teacher training. Feeling strongly about the use of arts in the classroom, and the power of objects to teach young children, Meghan moved from DC to New York to pursue a degree in Museum Studies and Art History. She completed research and a Master’s Thesis examining early childhood education in museums. During her time in New York, she served as the Manager of Education Programs at El Museo del Barrio, New York’s leading cultural institution celebrating Latino arts and culture. Here she had the opportunity to work with students of all ages, parents, and teachers both in and out of the galleries. She designed a series of workshops to educate parents on the integration of arts into their child’s education. She has led numerous workshops for educators and developed a training series for museum educators on conducting gallery tours and workshops using a variety of methodologies. Meghan is now a museum educator for the Art Around the Corner outreach program at that National Gallery of Art. Based on Harvard Project Zero Artful Thinking Routines she designs curriculum for DC Public School students in the program and leads gallery tours and workshops. She is currently focusing on developing the family programs component to Art Around the Corner and exploring intergenerational learning. She is a strong advocate for the arts and early childhood education. She recently joined the faculty at The George Washington University, her alma mater, as an adjunct professor of Communication. When not in the classroom or a museum, Meghan can be found sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, practicing yoga, cooking for her friends, and exploring our nation’s capital.
THERESA TOVEY (Licensed Occupational Therapist, ERYT-200, RCYT-95, YACEP, Professional Educator, Children’s Yoga Trainer & Instructor) has been an Occupational Therapist since 1985. Theresa passionately blends her roles of public school OT and Children’s Yoga Teacher. Whether teaching whole classrooms, small groups, or individual children, her students feel loved, accepted and empowered. To promote her vision of making yoga an integral part of every child’s life, she teaching yoga throughout the school year and travels the US leading children’s yoga trainings during the summer months.
Our Educators & Instructors
Cory Perez-Wielinga, Children’s Yoga Instuctor & Bi-Linqual Curriculum Consultant
Lauren Rubenstein, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, RYT-200, Children’s & Adult Yoga Instructor
Lauren Fulbright, ERYT-500, Children’s & Adult Yoga Instructor