Jes Hrivnak. In the fall of 2011, I made the decision to pursue my goal of teaching yoga. My practice both on and off the mat led to a shift of perspective in my everyday life. It was this same shift that left me with a desire to share my yoga with others. I left my full time job in finance with the aspiration of bringing yoga to others and am beyond excited to do so with Tranquil Space. I moved to Washington, D.C. in 2010 with my husband Mike and our furbaby Gilmour. It has been a pleasure growing with the Tranquil Space community first as a newbie, then a member, then to my current role as daytime Tranquility Concierge and now the addition of teaching. Thank you for welcoming me into your teacher family.
Courtney Clouse relocated from the other Washington (Seattle) almost two years ago and is thankful to have found TS as a way to help her adapt to the DC/east coast climate! She graduated from TT200 in December and is entirely grateful for the incredibly talented and inspiring TS staff who opened this new world to her. It was the genuine sense of cOMmunity that drew Courtney to her first TS class, and she is absolutely thrilled to join the team. She is passionate about cooking, traveling, the great outdoors and reducing her carbon footprint in every way possible, and now, weaving yoga into each corner of her life.
Dawn Torti has been living in Arlington over 20 years; she was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and moved to the DC area to begin her studies and eventual career in International Business. Before beginning her role as a teacher of yoga, she designed and sold satellite networks to foreign phone companies in the Middle East and Africa, and later supported the US government in building up communications in Iraq and Afghanistan.Dawn Torti has been practicing yoga for over 14 years and has traveled to over 53 countries, while enjoying her practice abroad and with private instruction. Through her growing love of all things yoga; she quit her corporate career in 2006, and has now devoted herself to teaching yoga locally, and being home with her three children who assist with her yoga practice for kids, and keep her inspired.
Mie Horiuchi has been a regular yoga practitioner for over eight years, and exposed to different yoga teachers and styles while living in Japan, Africa, and the United States. Off the mat, she has passion and a long history of personal and professional commitment to wildlife protection (especially chimpanzees!) and environmental, conservation education within an international framework. She has worked for the Jane Goodall Institute for many years, currently helping its Japanese branch. Mie is originally from Japan, and a proud mother of two boys, Kanto (6 years old) and Simon (3 years old).
Kathryn (Kat) Buechel, originally from Orange County, California, moved to D.C. in 2005 and currently lives in Alexandria with her husband and rescue dog Brandy. During the day she works in higher education policy for the California State University in Washington, D.C. At night, Kat enjoys teaching yoga to students in need of tranquility, volunteering in the Alexandria community, and spending time with her family that live in the area. She is excited to grow and learn together with the community at Tranquil Space and looks forward to the many memories ahead.