Les Mills, barre, and personal training
I started my fitness journey in 2005 to “get back into shape” after having my second baby. I fell I love with group fitness classes at my gym and made some lifelong friends. I decided to get my general certification in 2007, and I added a spinning certification in 2008 and Les Mills BodyCombat in 2009. In 2020, I decided to add a barre certification and Les Mills BodyFlow to round out my cardiovascular and strength work. I love the energy and support of teaching in a studio. I’ve always found that in the group setting, participants find success in reaching their goals through consistency and mutual support.
Wendy is a 2019 graduate of the Evolve Yoga and Wellness 200 hour Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training. Her training also includes 100 hours of study and experiences of yoga philosophy, religion, and history, as well as training in teaching yoga for individuals with PTSD. She has had a career in public safety for over 20 years. She started her career as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. She worked as a 911 operator, police dispatcher, and has been a police officer for 20 years. She discovered yoga in 2009 as a way to manage chronic pain caused by injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. The practice of yoga began to weave its way into other facets of her life as a means to focus the mind and manage stress. Wendy’s desire to become a yoga teacher was fueled by her passion to share the amazing things that yoga can do for the mind, body and spirit with others.
Traci Grzywacz is a 2019 250RYT graduate of Yoga Teacher Training at Evolve Yoga and Wellness. She began her yoga journey about 6 years ago. An avid dancer, Traci is also a certified Barre instructor through Barrevolution. Movement has always been integral in her lifestyle. She is currently a first grade teacher of 26 years. Traci incorporates yoga into her classroom on a daily basis and strongly believes it is beneficial and life-changing for the future of our youth. She views yoga as a path to self-love and peace. Through gratitude and compassion, Traci hopes to share the seven chakras and connection to the Earth and healing with her practice.
Yoga and aerial
I began taking yoga in 2011 as part of recommended therapy for PTSD. This was a far cry from the high-intensity, aggressive workouts I was accustomed to, but I quickly fell in love with the practice of yoga, not only for its physical benefits, but also for the peace and comfort yoga brought to my life. For me, the practice is a place to connect with myself and find stillness in the chaos. I will always be a student of yoga and I am thankful for the many amazing teachers who have shared with me. In my classes, my goal is to create a safe space where individuals of all levels can meet on the mat to move their bodies with purpose and turn inward to find stillness. Through tuning in to ourselves, we can find peace and equanimity in the world. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga.
Les Mills, barre, and personal training
I began my fitness instructor journey becoming certified in Les Mills BodyCombat in 2014. Over the last seven years, I have become certified in Les Mills BodyAttack, Les Mills GRIT, and barre. This year, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and get certified in Les Mills BodyFlow. I am also a Pre-K teacher with 16 years of experience in Early Childhood Education. I am excited to share my passion for group fitness, and motivating others on their fitness journey to go further than they ever would alone.
Melissa is a 2019 graduate of Evolve Yoga & Wellness 200RYT Hour Yoga Teacher Training. She has also completed Anatomy with Soul, a 50-Hour Multi-Dimensional Yoga Teacher Training, and Kids Yoga & Mindfulness Training for Educators. She is a Maryland Certified Elementary Education Teacher and has taught yoga in the school setting for students as well as staff. She is CPR, AED, and Basic First Aid Certified.
Her interests include spending time with family, camping, traveling the world, spending time at the beach and helping others.
Courtney found yoga amidst the chaos in her life in 2017. As a practicing Paramedic in the field of EMS for 20 years, she learned to balance chaos and calm by marrying her two passions together. Her practice provides a place of peace that quiets her mind, strengthens her body, and allows acceptance of all the perfectly imperfect pieces that makes her unique. Her journey progressed in 2018 becoming a graduate of Evolve Yoga + Wellness Interdisciplinary 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Courtney is also disciplined in teaching Yin Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Yoga For First Responders®. She brings to the experience of yoga, meditation, and breath work by weaving the balance of peace and chaos together through acceptance of where you are in that moment. Courtney creates a safe, nurturing experience for all to show up as perfectly imperfect pieces of energy with infinite potential and possibility.