Featured Instructor: Angela Meyer
Meet one of VIDA’s most tenured yoga instructors + martial arts expert Angela Meyer! Angela has been with VIDA for four years and currently teaches seven yoga classes a week at both the Yards and U Street.
Angela’s been athletic her whole life, and loves to share her passion for yoga and martial arts with others. She first got into yoga while playing soccer for the University of Alabama and went straight for the intense stuff – Bikram (heated) yoga!
“I like to sweat. In Bikram it’s 110 degrees and very detoxifying,” says Angela.
She started discovering other types of yoga while living in Denver after college and began practicing regularly. After moving to DC in 2003 for a job with an AIDS Hospice, she says she needed something to take her mind off the less-than-cheerful work environment she was facing on a daily basis.
“I loved the grounding aspect of yoga; it helped me find my balance. I’m an extremist, so yoga really helps calm my fire,” she says.
Her instructors and fellow yogis kept encouraging her to start teaching, so she eventually got certified at the Down Dog Yoga studio in Georgetown. Since then she has taught part-time at various yoga studios throughout the city while holding full-time ‘day-jobs,’ (including the Group Fitness Manager position at Metropole, and the Regional Director at the YMCA) but finally made the decision to start teaching yoga and her other passion, martial arts, full time.
“I love being able to create a space for people to practice and figure out exactly what they need from their practice that day. It’s very empowering to tell people how to do something, and then watching them discover it for themselves,” says Angela.
Her VIDA yoga classes include a heated sunrise yoga at the Yards, plus Vinyasa, Power Yoga and Yoga for Athletes at both U Street and the Yards. When she’s not teaching at VIDA, Angela teaches at a Budokon studio (a mixed yoga & martial arts practice) where she leads training programs for other instructors to get certified. She’s also experienced in Jiu Jitsu, Krav Maga and Muay Thai, and is working on bringing her own self defense program to VIDA!
“Yoga has so many benefits to other cross training programs. It helps with your range of motion, balance, alignment and movements in general. Try it – it’s definitely a workout!” says Angela.
As someone who has taught yoga all over the city, she comments that the quality of VIDA’s yoga program is on par with other smaller yoga studios she’s experienced.
“VIDA has done a great job of really investing in their yoga program and finding quality instructors. I’m very impressed with the integrity that I have always been treated with and the culture we have created for yogis. People come here just for yoga now,” she says.
Some of Angela’s other hobbies when she’s not teaching, practicing, or training include biking around the city and trying out new restaurants (Kapnos is her fave!) You also may have seen her on the big screen at the Nationals Ballpark at our Yoga In The Outfield event back in June, leading a class of over 1000 yogis on the field. Check the class schedule to see when you can drop in a class with Angela this week!