Yoga Centric instructors each bring their own unique trainings, perspectives and personality that deeply influence their teaching style and practice. We encourage all yogis to take each one of our dedicated and talented yoga teacher’s classes. There is so much to be gained by trying something new with someone new. At Yoga Centric, we live by the words, “When one teaches, two learn.”
All of our studio instructors are trained and certified through the Yoga Alliance®, the largest non-profit association representing the yoga community.
Candice Hennessey, E-RYT 500, Owner/Founder
After years of sports, high impact exercise and a full life shared with her husband and three daughters, Candice began to explore yoga as a way to ease her busy mind and tired body.
After attending hot yoga classes regularly, she quickly fell in love with her practice and the unexpected benefits yoga brought to her life. As her practice took on new form, so did her vision for the future.
In 2015, Candice made a life changing decision to leave her 15 year career as a pharma-sales rep & changed gears, by fully immersing her time into the foundation and future of Yoga Centric. Although creating a studio from those qualities that made her most comfortable as a student and not yet a teacher, would be risky, she believed that the busy people of Harford's suburban towns would also see the benefit of having a place where they could just come to relax and “be.”
With creativity and the provisions of comfort and ease at the forefront of her mind, Candice has since become a yoga teacher herself, bringing that creative flare to her classes.
Drawn to the transformative aspects of yoga Vincent understands the ornate process of these practices deeply and intimately. Supportive connectivity that embraces community are an integral component in Vincent’s personal practice and the impetus of his Asana instruction. Vincent offers a balance of challenge and opportunity toward development and growth into one’s own unique yogic path. Yogic practices light his world, sharing the gift of yoga being of service to the community is an absolute pleasure and honor.
Being a multidisciplinary artist Vincent enjoys being a musician, writer and visual artist always finding ways to express life creatively.
Jen Barrett, RYT 200
Jenn’s initial attraction to yoga was the heat and sweat factor. Jenn enjoys varying her workout routines and thought hot yoga would be a great complement to her fitness repertoire of running, bootcamp and strength training. She started taking Bikram yoga classes in 2012, where she was encouraged to push her body to its limits.
Jenn began taking heated vinyasa classes when Yoga Centric opened near her home in 2015. She fell in love with the therapeutic benefits of a challenging yet mindful practice, and has been hooked ever since. Jenn graduated from Yoga Centric’s 200 hour YTT in January 2018. Jenn enjoys showing her students how to balance mental and physical fitness to benefit mind, body and soul.
Gloria Carbaugh, RYT 200
Gloria was born in Baltimore, MD. She lives in Harford County with her husband, 3 children and 2 dogs. She retired from Nursing after the birth of her twins to be a household manager. The twins are what lead her into the world of cheerleading! Gloria has coached Cheerleading to youth athletes for 15 years. Her focus is building strong athletes to avoid injuries. Instilling kindness builds self confidence. Gloria is a 200 hour trained yoga teacher, Certified Aerial Instructor and USASF All Star Cheerleading Coach. In her free time she loves camping with her husband, spending time with loved ones and yoga.
Gloria has been practicing yoga for 12 years. She leads by example and leads with her heart!
Nancy Clough, RYT 500, ERYT200, RPYT
Birth Doula, Reiki Master
First and foremost, I am the mother of 4 beautiful children. My kids mean everything to me. Prior to having children, I worked at Johns Hopkins for about 10 years making my way through various jobs that I thought I should do. They served a purpose, I suppose, to make an income but did not fulfill me. My real interest was health and the many ways to achieve it. I studied Reiki with my younger sister years ago. Experimenting with energy work was fascinating to me so I advanced and took the Master Training.
Once my kids were in school, I had a little time for myself and was drawn to yoga. I started taking classes and my curiosity led me to sign up to take a training with Yoga Works. Aside from teaching my kids things, I did not know that I could teach anything to anyone, but after receiving my certificate in 2013, I began teaching yoga. My goal from that point on was to get more! I became a yoga junkie. As life goes, however, I had a set back from attaining my ambitions for a while. After a brutal divorce, several moves, massive changes, and figuring out my life and who I was, I kept teaching and learning. Yoga directed me to study myself and figure out my purpose. And so, I was stuck to yoga or yoga was stuck to me.
Next, I completed the Prenatal Training with Heather Brown; co-owner of The Womb Room and Yoga Birth. I also studied one on one with her for my Birth Doula Certification. I fell in love with coaching women through pregnancy to giving birth, and preparing them for big changes. Motherhood is a lifelong job but one with many benefits.
After thousands of hours teaching, and lots of support, this past September I finally accomplished my goal of getting my 300 Hour Certificate. I have grown from this experience in ways I never knew or could dream of. It truly is a lifestyle that I value greatly. It gives me joy, hope, direction and freedom. Yoga is Life.
Carrie Dayton, RYT 200
Carrie attended her first yoga class about 20 years ago in a high school library. Since that time yoga has played some role in her life – sometimes a small part, other times a much bigger part. On several occasions Carrie considered yoga teacher training as a way for her personal practice to grow, but not to actually be a teacher. In 2017, she finally pushed the button reserving her spot in YogaCentric’s YTT. When she graduated in January 2018 Carrie knew that she wanted to explore the idea of teaching restorative yoga.
Carrie very reluctantly attended her first restorative class in 2016 - it was her friend’s birthday and her friend had paid for a private class for the group, so how could she say no? By the end of that first class, restorative yoga made sense. Carrie knew she had to return to that state of mental and physical relaxation.
After graduating in January 2018, Carrie took a weekend long restorative yoga training to learn more about restorative yoga. After that weekend she decided she did want to teach restorative yoga.
Carrie is here to share that with you. Restorative yoga is a great counterpoint to an active practice like vinyasa or simply to the busy lives we all lead.
Christina DiMartino, RYT 200
To Christina, yoga saved her life. After years of suffering from depression and anxiety, it was suggested that she start practicing yoga and meditation. Two years ago, she took her first yoga class and fell in love immediately. She would walk out of each class feeling safe, protected, and empowered. This amazing transformation opened her eyes to the world around her and helped her love herself again.
After two years of practicing, Christina wanted to dive deeper into this beautiful and powerful practice and become a yoga instructor to help others the way yoga had helped her. She received her RYT 200hr certification in April 2020 through MaKa Movement and was ready to start her new journey immediately.
In July 2020 she started teaching at Yoga Centric and immediately fell in love with the studio and the community. Because of her journey rekindling her own self-love thanks to yoga, Christina uses that same teaching in her classes to help her students strengthen their relationship with themselves. Christina emphasizes the importance of loving yourself unconditionally on and off the mat.
Off the mat, you can find Christina hiking, reading, or cuddling with her daughter, Chloe, the world's cutest pomapoo (and you can’t convince her otherwise)! She also enjoys watching movies, pro wrestling and singing along to musicals!
Shobita DuBois, RYT 200
Sho became an RYT 200 certified yoga instructor in April 2021 at Yoga Centric in Harford County, Maryland. She teaches all levels of students. A class with Sho may be fast-paced and challenging one day, and slower with more purposeful asana the next. For the student who finds it challenging to have an asana practice, Sho will guide you through meaningful movement.
Alex Dull, RYT 200
Maria Fratus, RYT 500
From Maria herself, “Well, let’s just say, I love to move!” For Maria, this passion started a long time ago. Probably during elementary school, in her living room, where she spent most nights dancing to Elvis records. She never stopped dancing from the time she can remember. She spent her teenage years in a dance studio, training for a competitive dance team, and then as a Carolina Coquette, dancing with the University of South Carolina’s marching band on the football field. Three decades later she still spends most of my time moving her body in a studio, teaching many fitness formats from yoga to dance classes.
After discovering yoga in the late 90s, she realized that it was exactly what her mind and body needed, as she found it to be a dance that nourishes and heals. This is what built Maria’s desire to teach. “Everyone, all ages and fitness levels, can benefit from Yoga, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing it with the world!” Maria has a powerful practice, focusing on strength and flow which is evident in YC’s Signature Heat Vinyasa class.
Emily Glasgow, E-RYT 200
Emily's journey to Yoga is somewhat of a happy accident. Having never practiced yoga before 2015, Emily was employed at Yoga Centric as a studio caretaker and quickly fell in love with the energy and spirituality of the practice. A people person through-and-through Emily knew that she wanted to able to connect with people on a larger scale.
In April of 2017 she completed her first certification (RYT 200) and has been working rigorously to improve her craft while also being one of the faces of Yoga Centric as the studio manager. To this end you may see Emily working the front desk, teaching a class, or even on the mat next to you taking a class or four.
Emily's guiding philosophy is to always learn and she takes great pride in learning as much from you as you do her. Emily is a well known master chef when she's not in the studio. Although she sometimes feels like the imperfect yogi because of her love affair with the occasional pizza, cheesesteak and fries!
In the past two years Emily's life has changed so much, as a person, a friend, and a mother, she wouldn't change anything about her past, her present, or whats to come in the future. Those things make her the person she is today! “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”
BJ Hart, RYT 200, E-RYT 200, RCYT
BJ began practicing yoga in 2004 at Charm City Yoga in Baltimore. Right away, he saw and felt the benefits of yoga. BJ practiced intensely for about three years before he decided to become a yoga instructor.
BJ received his 200 hour certificate in 2013 and has since taught at several studios in and around Baltimore. BJ believes that the transformative power of yoga reaches far beyond the confines of his mat. BJ teaches out of gratitude and service and hopes to spark and nurture such transformation in others.
When he is not on the mat, BJ can be found writing, playing guitar, juggling, hiking and spending time with his son.
My first experience of mindful movement was attending a yoga class in college, simply hoping to find greater flexibility in my body to improve my climbing. After practicing for several months, my spark for yoga came when I found that my practice of yoga really was helping to alleviate tension in my body, and it was also teaching me practices to care for my mind and soul as well.
In my classes, I value the balance between effort and ease, movement and stillness, challenge and surrender, in order to guide others into a space where they can experience greater freedom and healing in their own bodies, minds, and souls.
Tara Lundon, RYT 200
For as long as she can remember, Tara has been interested in the practice and methodology of Eastern philosophy, and searching for ways to infuse some of its key aspects into daily life.
It wasn't until she moved with her family from New Jersey to Harford County in 1995 that she began to seriously study Kundalini yoga, under the guidance of teachers at a local dharma center. In 1998, Tara started incorporating meditation into her practice, continuing to expand on her teachings by attending workshops, open practices, and online learning.
When her foremost place of Eastern study closed in 2006, Tara continued with her personal practice, however shifted her focus more towards her career as a paramedic firefighter, and to various volunteer projects.
Eventually, after months of sensing that something was missing from her life, Tara finally found her “Happy Place” at Yoga Centric, and felt her love of yoga reignite. She completed her RYT-200 certification in 2018, and continued her yoga education by certifying as an instructor in both Aerial, and Yin Yoga. Tara firmly feels that everyone, at any age, can benefit from yoga, and is currently working to bring both yoga and meditation to first responders, and those working is fields that are both physically and emotionally stressful.
When she's not on her mat, or in the aerial silks, Tara, an avid animal lover, can be found playing with her dogs: Saffron, Olive, Jingles and Carmen, and her hedgehogs, Clover and Livvy, or working on her quest to find Maryland's best French fries and craft beer.
Kate McElroy, RYT 200
Kate has a background in competitive dance and a lifelong calling towards mindful and spiritual practices. She found yoga to provide her body with a less toll-taking practice, while still giving her all the room to connect, flow, stretch and roll around the floor. After incorporating personal spiritual studies and physical yoga practice into her daily life, Kate found her way to Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca MX at the age of 20 to receive her RYT 200 certification. Kate feels she has finally found what she calls her “happy movement” to fill the void for that mind-body connection, bringing together two important values in her life of spirituality and movement. When not on the mat find Kate as a barista at Z Vault or wandering around Barnes & Noble and Sprouts, (her two happy places).
Javier Moro, RYT 200
Javier came to yoga to build onto his work out routine but found the yoga mat offered so much more. He found self-awareness, mind body connection and physical challenges in the heated studios.
Javier completed a RYT 200 teacher training in 2021 and practices a high tempo vinyasa flow. He offers opportunities for everyone to experience their own journey at their own pace, to modify when needed and respect how the body feels.
Louisa Musser, RYT 200
Louisa earned her degree in Integrative Studies with a concentration in resilience and well-being from George Mason University. With appreciation towards self-expression, movement and healing through the arts- Louisa minored in dance. "By showing up as I am, I aim to provide an atmosphere where you can listen and let go with ease. I teach in a way that allows you to self-observe while being supported through guided asana and breath. I strive to live a yogic lifestyle and lead my classes in a way that reflects that choice. The classes I teach are focused on the foundation of each practice with the idea that you meet yourself where you are. I teach with the intention to lead a safe class for your mind and body to flow with purpose."
Louisa completed her 200 hr program with Yoga Centric at Zenna Wellness in Berlin, Maryland and works as a Community Manager for YC.
Carlie Pierorazio, RYT 200
I am a lifelong learner and I am passionate about personal and professional growth. I first started practicing yoga 14 years ago as a college student as a way to move my body and ease my mind, and have continued a regular yoga practice since then. I have also been a Nurse Practitioner for almost 10 years and have worked in a variety of clinical settings, primarily in geriatrics and palliative care.
After years of aspiring to teach yoga and a sense of pandemic burnout, in addition to a strong desire to join my two worlds of yoga and healthcare together, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2022 from Yoga Centric in Bel Air, MD and I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. I believe that yoga should be accessible to all and hope to bring yoga to fellow healthcare workers, patients with serious illnesses, and geriatric populations.
Outside of this special interest, I also enjoy teaching all levels of vinyasa-based classes to the general public. With a deep knowledge of anatomy and physiology and a strong belief in the mantra “meet yourself where you are,” I aim to make every class safe and enjoyable for all. Off the mat and away from the hospital, I can be found enjoying time with my husband and two energetic boys, cooking, or seeking out the next thing to learn.
Maddie Riley, RYT 200
Maddie is a young new face to the yoga centric community. Bel Air born and raised, Maddie played lacrosse and field hockey in high school. After graduating and heading to college she found it hard to find new ways to move her body in a way that motivated her.
Maddie took a break from college and turned to yoga as not only a way to incorporate exercise but also practice calming the mind. Completing her 200 hour in the spring at YC and 50 hour restorative training in the fall of 2023, she is slowly making her way up the yoga chain.
When not teaching class you can find Maddie working at the front desk as a community manager. She brings a fun energetic feel to her classes with creative playlists and sequences that will make you work!In her free time Maddie loves to travel, do seasonal activities, take early morning workout classes, cook for her family and of course shop till she drops. Next time you’re at the studio say hi to Maddie!
Paula Shaw, RYT 200
Paula began practicing yoga to connect with herself and minimize the stresses of life. Her practice deepened as she noticed how yoga began to enhance her life. Her love for Yoga and compassion for people and nature has influenced her practice and teaching of both Yoga and Breathwork. Through her own experiences and witnessing the results of clients, Paula places focus heavily on the breath through mindfulness, meditation and yoga.
Paula completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Centric to become RYT 200 certified. She is also a Certified Breath Master, Mindfulness Coach and Spiritual Lifestyle Consultant. Paula was led on this path through a journey toward self-actualization and love for humankind. She learned that Yoga connects each of her professional disciplines & allows her to serve others which is a joy as she believes that our primary purpose is enhancing the lives of others.
Erin Subramanian, RYT 200
Samantha Wieczynski, RYT 200
Samantha began practicing yoga in 2015 and initially fell in love with the practice of mindfulness coupled with the strengthening and stretching of her body through powerful flow classes. Following a tough and life-changing year, Samantha decided to pursue RYT 200 as she noticed immeasurable benefits through turning to yoga as an outlet to settle her mind and feel in tune with her body. She later graduated from Yoga Centric’s RYT 200 program in June 2021 eager to spread her passion to others through teaching.
Samantha aims to provide her students with endless support in their journey and practice of yoga in a judge-free atmosphere. Through supporting her students, her mission is to aid them in their search of healing, empowerment, self-understanding, and self-love through the power of the study of yoga. Samantha prioritizes transparency and authenticity and invites each and every individual to join her on the mat exactly as they are, free of expectations. Samantha typically teaches a fast-paced, sweaty Vinyasa class with the goal of leaving you feeling invigorated, inspired, and powerful.
To further her education, Samantha plans to expand her knowledge gaining more expertise in both the studies of meditation and Ayurveda as she highly values the full-body practice behind yoga, extending beyond the purely physical aspects.
Off the mat, Samantha works full time for a fast-paced, global affiliate marketing company and spends most of her free time enjoying the outdoors, taking pride in being a major foodie, and playing with her puppy Aspen.
Alexis Yauch, RYT 500, Community Manager/Teacher
Here at YC, Alexis has come into her practice, which has grown into a lifestyle and inspired the pursuit of a teaching career. Starting with a personal at-home practice at the age of 18, she began to find herself in love with the valuable experiences and lessons that yoga has to offer. From growing up in Pittsburgh to living in Virginia, North Carolina and now Maryland, Alexis has always been able to rely on yoga to provide guidance along the way.
As a recent graduate of YC’s first YTT, you can find Alexis not only teaching at the studio or working as a community manager at the front desk, but also leading Paint Night workshops. Aside from yoga, Alexis loves to paint to express her creativity. She often spends her free time eating tacos and guac with the studio manager Emily!
Teaching has flourished into a lifelong journey for her, as she wishes to spread the love of yoga and share the ability to ease the mind, heal the soul and strengthen the body. Keep it simple, remember to breathe.