18485745_10100170563687288_1278839922329815914_n (15).jpg

Merideth VanSant, MS, ERYT-200, YACEP

Merideth is the owner of 405 YOGA, and co-founder of national 501c3 True U which has brought yoga + mindfulness to underserved populations through the United Nations, National Girl Summits, and Girls Inc. Merideth’s work focuses on resiliency, growth, and positive psychology. Merideth consults with national government agencies and micro business models in the nation’s Capitol and  has been featured on iTunes' number one business podcast, served as a keynote speaker in national speaker series, and often speaks to the psychology of leading teams that thrive rather than just survive. Merideth holds a Masters of Science degree in human development from Oklahoma State University and a Bachelors of Science in human environmental science. Merideth is a trained power flow instructor and Rocket yoga instructor. 

Connect: 405yoga@gmail.com || @meridethvansant

Facilitates:

  • 200 Hour Power Flow Teacher Training: history, philosophy, Power Flow teaching school, and the business of yoga. 

  • 30 Hour Power Flow Teacher Training: Power Flow teaching school.


unnamed (91).jpg

Megan Burnett, ERYT-200

A devoted dancer and athlete her whole life, Megan has a passion for movement and enjoys sharing the joy and balance that dancing and yoga provide. She got hooked on yoga in 2006 and immediately started to see a transformation in her body, her dance training, and her life. Seeking to also empower others with the tools to find balance within themselves, she started teaching yoga  in 2011 and has since guided classes and workshops in cities across the country. Megan's energetic and alignment-based teaching approach creates an endorphin-releasing practice environment. She is passionate about teaching healthy alignment and yoga 'from the ground up', which draws beginners and experienced practitioners to classes that are both playful and soulful. Megan is a trained yoga instructor in Rocket, Vinyasa, Power Flow, Prenatal, Yin, and Restorative Yoga. When not on the mat, she's with her son, romping outside, playing her ukulele or cooking (dancing!) in the kitchen!

Connect:  @luxveda

Facilitates: 200 Hour Power Flow Teacher Training: anatomy, subtle body, yin, and meditation.


Elyse Yoga Headshot.jpg

Elyse Dibartolo, RYT-200

Elyse found her love for yoga after walking into a Rocket class post college in 2014. Movement was always a part of her life, having danced and been an athlete growing up. With both parents being Chiropractors, she values a healthy body and mind for happiness in life. Originally from the Jersey Shore Elyse spent her days going upside down at the beach. Her playfulness comes out in her classes where she encourages everyone to invert themselves once a day. Over years of consistent practice she believes yoga can strengthen your body and ease your mind. Her class gives you the opportunity to develop a solid Rocket yoga practice and challenge yourself. 

Elyse is a dedicated Rocket student and studies under Rocket and Ashtanga teachers every year. You can also find her in the early morning in the Mysore room practicing Ashtanga.  Her Rocket classes include Ashtanga inspired hands on assists and make you wanna dance playlists. She leads arm balance & inversion workshops in the DC area yearly and is a guest teacher during 405 YTT. Her motto for practice is "a backbend a day keeps the doctor away." 

Connect:  @elyse.greta

Facilitates: 200 Hour Power Flow Teacher Training: rocket, arm balances, and assists.


25995029_10212675119931038_8973744009135818343_n (1).jpg

Ahmed Jabali-Nash, ERYT-200

Ahmed can be seen frequently doing handstands and arm balances all over the city, most especially at lululemon Athletica in Georgetown and Tysons Corner, where he is a brand ambassador. 

Although his forte is inversions, Ahmed has a strong background in various kinds of yoga including but not limited to Ashtanga, Baptiste, Power Flow, and Rocket.  Ahmed completed his 200 hour teacher training through Corepower Yoga in April of 2014 and his Rocket yoga teacher training in October of 2014 through Little River Yoga with David C. Kyle.  He also teaches creative classes such as yoga with weights, inversion and arm balance workshops, and boot camp style classes. 

Ahmed has a very athletic background that includes Mixed Martial Arts, soccer, golf, running, and cycling.  He not only focuses on the physical aspect of yoga, but he also appreciates and practices the spiritual side. He meditates regularly and strives to keep a regular mindful personal practice. 

Ahmed enjoys teaching multi-level classes, with a focus on teaching strong foundational skills and challenges that even the most experienced practitioner can enjoy. 

Connect:  @yogiman_83
Facilitates: 200 Hour Power Flow Teacher Training: rocket, inversions, and assists.


14484629_10155299766079488_8270083338890280226_n.jpg

Steve Pyka, Rocket Man.

Steve has been teaching for a long time. He always wanted to teach, and even got a bachelor’s degree in education. Teaching yoga has been much more rewarding than teaching math, mostly because people choose to be in class and nobody asks, “When are we going to use this?”

When you take a class with Steve, you will be reminded frequently of the importance of breathing. It's not a new-agey thing to talk about breathing; it’s actually the way vinyasa yoga is performed. With breath. The sooner you get that, the easier things will be. 

The Ashtanga-based Rocket sequences that Steve teaches are very repetitive, because repetition brings success. Steve could make a lot more money if he made you believe he was more spiritual than you, knew something more than you, or could outperform you physically, but instead of relying on these time-tested yoga teacher trade practices, he just keeps sharing what he has learned- you’ve got it all already. 

Yoga is about many things, and ultimately you’ll see that it’s about everything. It’s about who you’re being about the things that happen in your life. It’s the cultivation of a peace of mind that is untouchable. If you’re ready for ease in your life, now is the time for yoga. If all you care about is postures and getting fit, there’s always the circus. 

Steve is the owner of AstaYoga in San Francisco, the only yoga studio in San Francisco that still has a soul, and he also teaches teachers whenever and wherever he has the pleasure of being invited. Steve also loves the circus and can help you with your math. 

Connect:  @stevepyka
Facilitates: 50 Hour Rocket Training #allofit