Staff Bios

DeShan2DeShan (Shakti) Foret

DeShan’s background is in traditional public health, with a specialization in health education and prevention.  In 2007, her health education focus turned towards wellness education when she became a yoga teacher (500hr). Since then she has been teaching groups about yoga and meditation for positive behavior change. She was a full-time staff and yoga teacher for the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers for 6 years where she led numerous courses and workshops for retreat guests. She currently supports and consults on various mindfulness initiatives with The Inner Resources Project.


Christine McMichaelChristine McMichael

Christine is certified with Yo-Kids 20 hour program at Baltimore Yoga Village (July, 2012) and Charm City Yoga 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (January, 2014). Her mindset is: Our children are precious; Let yoga help them realize this. She enjoys creating an environment for movement via yoga poses, relaxation via breathing exercises and self-expression via arts & crafts.



Kamila StoeberKamila Stoeber

Kamila is a kid at heart. She learned to do a head stand with a little help from her dad when she was only six years old so she could join the acrobats at the circus. Even though she never fulfilled this childhood dream, she did find her way to yoga when she moved to Maryland, leaving her small village in Poland. Her biggest inspiration to teach children’s yoga is her three-year old son who loves to help with lesson plans. Kamila is YoKids certified and is anticipating her 200 RYT graduation from the Jivan Teacher Training at Baltimore Yoga this August. She holds a B.S. in psychology/child development. Yoga and mindfulness give her peace and remind her to breath!


Karen ShavinKaren Shavin

Karen has a background in early childhood education and special education, with a focus on infant mental health. After many years in education working with children at-risk for learning difficulties, her career took a shift following a knee injury. She discovered the healing powers of yoga. Now a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level, her focus is on the mind/body/spirit connection. To that end she has continued her studies in meditation, iRest Yoga Nidra, the Feldenkrais Method, and massage therapy. She currently works as a massage therapist, teaches Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®classes to adults, and teaches yoga and meditation to both adults and children. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and certification in yoga therapy.


nicoleCoxNicole Cox (Coordinator, Blossom and Grow)
Nicole began the practice and study of yoga under the insightful guidance of Trina Ford in North Augusta, SC over 12 years ago. She has continued to study through reading, personal practice and with loving and insightful teachers. She experiences yoga as a reflection of life and is delighted to share the practice of yoga with children and adults, alike.