Who We Are

  • Alyssa Hjembo

    Alyssa is a busy mom of 4 kids.  After experiencing chronic lower back pain as a result of abdominal weakness and great amounts of stress due to deployments and frequent moving due to being married to a U.S. Navy Officer, Alyssa turned to exercise to help recover physical and mental strength.  The success of this led her to want to share its benefits with others.

    Alyssa does personal training and teaches a variety of classes around Alexandria including cardio kickboxing and PIYO.  Her certifications and training include AFAA Group Exercise, NASM Certified Personal Trainer,  and AFAA Perinatal Fitness. She is a committed life-long learner, believing that the more you discover, the more questions you have.

    “My classes incorporate free weight and body weight training, balance training and dynamic stretch with elements of Pilates and yoga choreographed right in to the workout.  I focus on moving with control and grace and I believe in the many physiological and mental benefits that challenging exercise provides”

  • Christine Heckel

    christineChristine Heckel grew up in Tucson, Arizona and since then has devoted 19 years to the art of classical ballet as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, and has danced, choreographed, and taught with Tucson Regional Ballet, Ballet Rincon, Ballet Arts Academy at The Old Waldorf School, and The Studio Cooperative, dancing principal and soloist roles in many classical ballets as well as several contemporary works. Her teachers and mentors include Christopher Hird, Danile Geisy, Randall Marks, Daniel Catanach, Carolyn Haatainen-Wallace, Gary Mackenzie, Devin Krahling, Jayne Stephanie-Keating, and Oscar Hawkins.

    In 2009 Christine was introduced to Pilates and found it provided strength and control in her dance technique, as well as a method to both prevent and rehabilitate injuries. Her desire to share this with her students led to continuing her studies of movement, anatomy, and kinesiology through a contemporary, anatomical approach to Pilates. She studied at Balance Pilates Training Center in Richmond, Virginia and obtained her full certification as a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2011. This includes training in the essential through advanced levels of Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair, and Barrels as well as training in the use of props and exercise modifications through the Injuries and Special Populations (ISP) course. In 2012, she was accepted into the STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer course for Matwork and Reformer in Toronto, and will be continuing her study of Pilates at the next level. She currently teaches at The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia.

    Christine continues her study of ballet in Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. She has practiced yoga for ten years and believes that the mind/body/spirit connection is at the core of all forms of movement.

    “In my ballet classes, I have made the study of the Vaganova (“Russian”) ballet syllabus with its artistry, passion, discipline and simplicity, a key component of my teaching philosophy. It is my goal to provide any student who wishes to learn or return to dance with the skills needed to safely develop or hone their technique in a positive environment.”

  • Eboni Jones

    Eboni Jones is a professional dancer with 20+ years of training and performing and 10+ years of teaching. She graduated from The Ohio State University with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Pre-Med. She also holds a Masters degree in Health Administration from The University of Phoenix. She is an American Council of Exercise (ACE) certified group fitness instructor and is level one YogaFit teacher trained.

  • Emily Straight

    emilyEmily took her first yoga class when she was pregnant with her second child. That night she had her first full night’s sleep in months, and she was hooked. As a soccer player, Emily has experienced the customary aches and injuries that come along with competitive (and weekend warrior) sports, including a torn ACL and both knee and hip surgery. She knows first-hand the healing power of yoga and the necessity to respect the individual needs of each student.

    Emily began teaching in 2006 and received her 200 hour teacher training from Rolf Gates, author of Meditations from the Mat.

    “I am drawn to the athleticism of vinyasa yoga, but believe in balancing any vigorous practice with patience and rest. I allow for  lightness in  the classroom that invites laugher and self-study. My goal is to provide inclusive and non-completive classes that are challenging, welcoming and fun.”

    Blog about Emily’s Yoga Class

  • Kat Buechel

    Kat grew up in Southern California before moving to Washington, D.C.  After the move from West to East, and being immersed in a busier and faster paced culture, she was searching for a way to de-stress. She found herself moving towards her calmer California roots through her practice of yoga.

    Kat’s specialty is working with athletes. Her work with CrossFitters in Northern VA has been published in Mind Body Green and she is a regular contributor on yoga to Box Life Magazine. She has helped active military, police force, ROTC, and fire fighters train for everyday service through the use of yoga. Kat holds a yoga certification as an E-RYT200hr/500hr Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and completed teacher training through Tranquil Space.

    “I offer an open yoga class for all levels. I strive to provide an enlightened experience to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. All classes include an athletic vinyasa flow with hands on assists to safely guide your practice and special touches of aromatherapy sprinkled throughout class and during relaxation.”

  • Kate Fahs

    Kate is a trained dancer who has studied ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, and musical theater. She grew up in Traverse City, MI where she studied dance, performed and taught. Kate furthered her studies in dance at Hope College and Columbia College Chicago, as well as trained at Point Park University.

    Following an injury, Kate spent many years studying yoga and Pilates as a way to heal her body and continue to immerse herself in the world of movement. As a childbirth educator, doula, and prenatal fitness educator, Kate has a passion for women’s health and coming alongside women as they enter into motherhood.

  • Kristine Duba

    Kristine Duba grew up as a competitive gymnast, track and cross-country running athlete. She became familiar with lifting weights and taking her mothers group fitness classes at just ten years old. She has since earned her B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Sports Management, and become a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor.  For over eight years, Kristine has been teaching strength training, cardio conditioning, spin, TRX, Zumba, flexibility, and core-focused classes. She also specializes in developing personalized exercise programs and nutrition guidelines for adolescence, athletes, weight loss clients, expectant mothers, seniors, and special populations.

    Post college, Kristine discovered the “Fitness” division of bodybuilding and saw this as an opportunity to fuel her competitive drive as a former gymnast. She began competing in Fitness in 2012, earned her IFBB Professional status in 2014, and has since competed professionally around the world. Just this year, Kristine has competed in the Arnold Classic competitions in Australia, South Africa, China, and Spain. She also qualified for the Fitness Olympia in 2015 and 2016 and is currently ranked eighth in the world in the Fitness division.

    “I have an extensive background in personal training, HIIT,strength training, core, stretching, spin, TRX and even Zumba. I pull the best exercises and concepts from each of these classes to create a unique workout tailored to my classes and my students. You can expect to learn something new every class .”

  • Lynn Liebreich

    Lynn began her yoga practice in 2000 while working as an engineer in North Carolina. Her initial yoga experiences revealed how inflexible her body had become from years of running track & cross-country, and rowing on a college crew team.  Lynn has scoliosis in her lower back, which required her to wear a back brace in her tween years.  After years of yoga practice, her back has become more flexible, and balanced improve.

    Lynn graduated from the YogaWorks 200-Hour teaching program at Georgetown Yoga in 2007 and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She has taught students in the Washington DC metro area, Indonesia, Hawaii, and Manila. Lynn is currently enrolled in the 500-Hour Advanced Teacher Training program at Tranquil Space Yoga. 

    “I remind my students to honor their own bodies, as I guide them through a class incorporating many styles of yoga including: hatha, vini, ashtanga, vinyasa, and principles of BKS Iyengar. I often allow time near the end of class to “play” where seasoned students may choose to practice their inversions or backbends, and beginners can receive assistance in a new pose that they are learning.”

  • Nicole Radshaw

    Nicole Radshaw completed her 200-hour training studying Multidisciplinary Yoga with Daniel Hickman and Jolene Ryan at Radiance Yoga. Following she completed a 40-hour Prenatal Yoga Training with Leslie Lytle of Ommama (now Nurture) of Richmond, VA, and a Postpartum Pilates Training with Debbie Goodman in New York City. Nicole did additional continuing education in philosophy, mindfulness, and yoga training for children with YoKid and Circle Yoga. Most recently, she finished the Mindful Schools Educator Essentials course. Find her on Facebook OmInTheGarden or on Twitter @OmInTheGarden

    “I teach a vinyasa-based class influenced by the gentle explorations of Self-Awakening Yoga, the energizing challenges of Core Strength and Jivamukti Yoga, among others. I seek to engage students with creative sequencing, playful music, and philosophical musings, In addition to soft savasana assists, I provide lavender eye pillows to ensure complete relaxation.”

  • Sara Lavan, Owner

    Sara is the founder and co-owner of Local Motion Studio. She began studying ballet as a small child in  Connecticut, then minored in dance at New York University, where she was introduced to modern dance.  While at NYU she Deborah Damast and Dancers and continued her studies after graduation at Peridance center until moving to Alexandria 17 years later. Here she danced with  Choreographers Collaboration Project  for almost a decade.

    Before leaving the city she received her Pilates training at the Kane School of Core Integration (now Kinnected Center).  Sara also has done continuing education in  Franklin Method, Brain Dance, Debra Goodman‘s approach to Pregnancy and Postpartum fitness, where she completed the advanced training.

     “I encourage my students to be their own movement investigators knowing there is no “one way” to do anything. I want to see everyone find movement they enjoy and then be able to do that movement for a very long time! My passion for movement and all of its wonder and benefits spills into every modality I teach”. 

    Sara is also the founder and executive director of Local Motion Project; a non profit organization that brings meaningful dance education to Alexandria. More information at www.localmotionproject.com


  • Sarah Craig, Owner

    Sarah Craig came on as business partner and co-owner in 2016. She was a client at the studio and a long time enthusiast of creative and well taught group classes. Sarah is currently working toward her Aerial certification and AFAA Group Fitness Instructor certification.

  • Silvia Burstein-Hendi

    Silvia Burstein-Hendi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied at the National School of Dance, obtaining her degree as National Teacher, and studied at the prestigious Teatro Colon where she obtained her Diploma as Professional Dancer. Ms. Burstein performed extensively in Canada with Le Ballet Classique de Montreal, Theatre Ballet of Canada, P.M. Ottawa Jazz and Le Groupe Lab (Le Groupe de la Place Royale). Ms. Burstein’s teaching experience includes  Le Groupe de la Place Royale,  Elaine Hunter Dance School, Le Petit Ballet, Dance Educators, Atelier de Dance Carole Brouard, and Ottawa University. She choreographs and performs with Choreographers Collaboration Project.

    “I strive to challenge each and every student in each and every class. From a beginner to a professional, there is always something to work on. The main goal of a ballet class to me, is not to do everything perfect, it is to try to make small achievements each time. I ask them to sense the joy of moving to different types of music. It is amazing how active the brain has to be in a dance class. It is constant stimulation for the body and soul!

  • Tess Dorrier

    Tess Dorrier received her Pilates training with Physical Mind, her yoga training at Tranquil Space and Barre training at Barre Body.  Additionally, she studied ballet though college. Has been teaching yoga and Pilates since 2003 and barre since 2014.

    “My classes draw from dance, Pilates, strength training and yoga.  My Cardio Strength class is a high energy full body workout that will move quickly and challenge mind and body safely.  My yoga teaching aims to help raise body awareness with a focus on anatomy and breath. My Pilates class incorporates movements from other disciplines, and includes arm and leg work as well as traditional mat work. I strive for creative classes that are challenging, but also offer modifications and variations for all levels.”