Registered Yoga Teacher and Family Nurse Practitioner
In 2010, I began my yoga journey when a friend recommended Yoga to the People podcasts as a way to exercise while I was volunteering in Lima, Peru. As a former gymnast, I was naturally hooked on the physical practice. When I returned to Washington, D.C. in 2011, I fortuitously discovered Yoga District where my teachers Marie Belle and Mike Graglia inspired me to grow my practice to strengthen and expand my body and mind through asana, pranayama, and meditation. In 2012, after receiving a Yoga Activist Outreach certification, I started to volunteer teach chair yoga at a D.C. women's shelter. When I saw the impact that yoga had on the physical and mental state of these women, I knew it was time to shift my professional endeavors towards a career in health and wellness. In early 2014, I left my job in renewable energy, completed my 200-hour teacher training at Yoga District, and started my nursing education. I have since become a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and hope to one day marry my passions for yoga and healthcare in a private practice.
My core philosophy is centered on creating balance between the sympathetic (fight/flight) and parasympathetic (rest/digest) nervous systems. Evidence shows we are empowered to reprogram our brains and alter the body's stress response in a healthier way through yoga. My classes are designed to reflect this notion. If you are interested in the science of yoga, CHECK OUT MY RESEARCH BLOG, which translates the latest medical and scientific evidence on the benefits of yoga.
Classes integrate meditation on movement, sensation, breath, and mind. Deep core work is incorporated through warming standing sequences and optional inversions. Pauses for stillness to observe shifts in the nervous system are offered throughout class. Pranayama (breath work) is frequently included to further harness the power of our parasympathetic response.
New to yoga? No problem- classes are all levels. Seasoned yoga teacher? I got ya- I offer options to expand your asana and meditation practice throughout class.
FEBRUARY 6-10, 2019
5-DAY YOGA RETREAT IN TULUM, MEXICO (SOLD OUT- WAITLIST ONLY)
Escape DC this Winter and Head for the Caribbean
LOCATION: TULUM, MEXICO WITH: ASHLEY SHRADER & ANDREA DIRADDO
Plan your winter right! Join Yoga District Senior Teachers Andrea DiRaddo and Ashley Shrader for 5 days and 4 nights of sunshine and yoga in Tulum, Mexico this February 6th-10th. Don’t feel like doing yoga everyday? No problem. The house comes with a pool, fire pit, and the beach is only 10 minutes away. This trip will serve as a reset button for you and your friends, no matter how you choose to spend the time. Price includes yoga, accommodations, most food*, and transportation to and from airport. See below for additional details.
TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE:
6:30am: Coffee, tea and fruit will be available for a pre-class light snack.
7:00am to 8:30am: Energizing yoga and meditation (both optional).
FREE TIME: Swim, read, get a massage, lie on the beach, or explore the Mayan ruins. Do as much or as little as you’d like.
5:30pm to 7:00pm: Restorative/yin yoga and meditation (both optional).
7:30pm: Healthy onsite dinner*
9:00pm: Hit the town, make a smore by the fire pit, have a late night swim, or go to bed early.
*Lunch and dinner will be provided daily by us. We will venture into town for an optional group dinner one evening (at your expense).