First chakra: survival Second chakra: sex, emotions and creativity Third chakra or solar plexus: digestion and ambition Fourth or heart chakra: compassion and love Fifth or throat chakra: center for communication Sixth chakra or the third eye: perception and intuition Thousand petaled lotus chakra: complete spirituality  


  Yogavita yoga in Virginia  

Who are we?


Rachel Varon is the founder and director of Yogavita A certified yoga and pilates instructor who is an American-Peruvian, Ms. Varon began her yoga training twelve years ago and got her Certificate from the Yoga Institute in Houston in 2001 . She has also completed the Vinyasa Masters Training Program with Shiva Rea. Also, nine years ago she was certified to teach Pilates by PowerHouse Pilates and Stott Pilates. She is also a Yogafit for Seniors Certified instructor as well as a Prenatal Yoga certified instructor (Whole Birth® Resources) 2003. She was the first to bring Prenatal Partner Yoga to VA Hospital Center 10 years ago as well as the Yogalates or PiYO class. In adddition, Ms. Varon is also certified to teach Pilates ball by Stott Pilates. And most recently in Zumba.

Rachel has produced and hosted yoga videos in Spanish and English.   Apart from teaching at her former studio, she has also taught and lectured in several important DC organizations and companies such as the White House, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Monetary Bank (IMF), Intelsat, Global Services, Gannett, USA Today, and at Senior communities. She has also been teaching at Hospitals. She teaches Hatha Yoga (vinyasa style), Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal yoga, Pilates on the Ball & mat; Yogalates (a fusion of Yoga and Pilates) and Pilates-Barre. She also conducts different workshops and lectures such as “YogaFAcials” and especially in Prenatal Partner Yoga.

Rachel received her B.A. from Brandeis University and a Masters from Boston University. She is currently getting a Masters degree in Management of Aging Services. She speaks 4 languages fluently and is proficient in a fifth. She has worked as a sports broadcaster for ESPN, CNN and Telemundo, among other networks.




NATALIA has been a yoga practitioner for the past 11 years and Pilates for the past 5. She currently teaches at VA Hospital Center and at Arlington County. People flock especially to her Yogalates and Pilates Barre classes; she is a natural in terms of pacing the class to perfection and adjusting it to different levels. She is a certified Yoga insructor and has also completed her 200 hour prenatal yoga teacher training with Yogavita. Natalia holds a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology and is a certified Brain Injury Specialist, working in Northern Virginia. Her patience is unusual which makes her an amazing teacher. She shares her life with her wonderful husband Victor , and their sweet beagle, Amelia.

GAYLE: A daily Yoga practitioner (has been practicing it for many years), Gayle brings art to our spiritual trips. She has worked as a dedicated artist-citizen in Los Angeles and through out the world for twenty-five years. She has used art to create more unified local communities, all the while affirming peace and unity among all peoples. She has directed numerous outreach art projects in LA for Sony Pictures, Fox Studios, Hollywood Arts Council, Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Gayle was awarded the 2004 Peacemaker Award Honorable Recognition in the Peace Festival Los Angeles at UCLA and the prestigious 2001 FETE d' EXCELLENCE gold medallion for contributions to YOUTH in Geneva, Switzerland. Her education includes receiving a BFA from the University of Arizona; an MFA from Otis Art Institute/Parsons School of Design in Printmaking and Inter-active Media. In 1995, she founded KIDS FOR PEACE ( a living, growing, International mural and arts project.


Elyse: An ASHTANGA EXPERT! She has been practicing Yoga since 1996. She began exploring with Iyengar Yoga as a means to maintain lifelong physical flexibility, studying under Julie Shulman-Byers at The Yoga Studio of Miami Beach. Her teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga was facilitated by Wayne Kressner at the Shakti Yoga Loft of Miami Beach. She has also studied in workshops with Michael Gannon, Manuoso Manos, Seane Corn, and Dharma Mittra. Elyse has taught yoga at Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management; Lifetime Fitness; Ironworks Gym; and Yoga Grove, among others. Elyse loves yoga for the gifts it has brought to her life, including a clearer focus on what is important, moral and spiritual purity, and enhanced health and well being.


Unyong: She is the adoring mother of a beautiful infant, "Ella", and has been teaching various family related yoga classes for the past several years, including yoga for school-age children and their parents, for infants (ages 0-4) and parents, and pre-natal yoga. She has also taught privately. Her teachings have been through Arlington County, Falls Church City Public schools and Eden Yoga.




Susan: she always collaborates with us in many of our activites, in particular, those which have to do with yoga outside of the mat, philosophy of yoga, metaphysics, etc.


Susan seated in "bliss".



Shirley: has shared her 30-year long yoga experience with by mainly being our advisor and mentor. She has also worked with us as the lead yoga and meditation instructor during our retreats. A former owner of a yoga studio in Chicago, Shirley is truly an expert: she is able to teach yoga to absolutely anyone and make people love it right away! Her experience, creativity, sensitivity and care make her a very very special yogini. She also visits our studios a few times a year to lecture on many subjects, including meditation which she has been teaching for 10 years. Shirley has a psychology degree, is also a painter and lives in Arizona where she is a very popular and highly respected...yes! yoga and meditation instructor!

OUR FAVORITE LINKS: : Quality Ayurvedic Alternative Herbal Supplements Since 1986 (English). : a Peruvian yogini tells us about yoga and its link to the Andean Culture (Spanish). : a listing of yoga related links. : Cod Liver Oil, a rich source of Omega 3, Vitamin A & Vitamin D. : Herbal and Home Remedies. : a Chilean/Argentine with lots of experience and knowledge in the world of yoga. Interesting articles (Spanish). : a wonderful yoga center for moms and for future teachers.(English). : a practical site to promote harmonya & well being in their life with yoga.
































































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