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Courtenay S. Brown, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP®

Founder & Owner

An avid runner, Courtenay took her first yoga class in 2007, after getting hurt training for her first marathon, when a physical therapist recommended it as a great way to cross-train. “After my very first practice, the moment I got up from the mat, I felt overwhelmed by a deep sense of gratitude. I felt like I had an encounter with God.” That sense of gratitude continued to prevail and 13 years and 13 marathons later, she discovered that yoga was the perfect way to cross-train for life. She completed her 200-hour certification in 2014 and her 300-hour certification in 2019, both under the guidance of her Guru Dana A. Smith at Spiritual Essence Yoga. Courtenay became a Yoga Alliance  Continuing Education Provider in 2018. 

Courtenay is a Reiki Master and a Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner. She is the creator of Gospel Yoga Flow ®, a vinyasa flow, geared to creating a "worship experience" on the mat. Gospel Yoga Flow ® focuses on strengthening the spirit and the mind, as much as the body. A book publisher by profession, she holds BA and MA degrees in English. She is also a wife and proud mother of two daughters. She is working on her first book, "Peek-A-Boo Faith: Meditations for Conquering Fear," which will be published in 2020.

Courtenay Brown

Our Teachers

Tonya Lewis, RYT


Tonya’s yoga journey began over 10 years ago. At the time she was heavily into sports and sought yoga as a compliment to her workouts. She began to practice at various studios, but didn't feel connected to the practice right away and assumed yoga was not for her. Tonya completed her 200-hour teaching certification in 2018 at Spiritual Essence Yoga. Her mission is to share her love of yoga and sports to help others experience the best health possible. 

Theresa Speed, RYT

Senior Architect

Theresa started her yoga journey in 2015 when it was offered through the wellness program at her job. Her love for yoga grew so much that she developed a desire to teach. She completed her 200-hour teacher certification in July 2018 at Embrace Yoga DC. She wants her students to view yoga as more than a workout but a practice that can be used everyday.

Sybil Buchanan, RYT

RYT - 500

In 2017, during her quest to find stillness, Sybil found yoga. Initially, she thought a diligent practice was all about building a stronger body, but soon found out she was becoming mentally stronger. As a result of her two-year practice, Sybil found that she could finally quiet her mind enough to hear her true self speak.

Her epiphany led her to want to share the gift of yoga with others and become an instructor. Sybil completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher training at Shabach Yoga in 2020.

Tynika Lytle, RYT


Tynika "Ty" Lytle began her journey with Shabach taking the first Gospel Yoga Flow®️ teacher certification in 2019 and then earning her 200-hour teacher certification in 2020. Ty has loved yoga since she began taking classes in 2012. 

Ty is a public school system instructional specialist by day, wife, busy mother and grandmother. Ty enjoys spending time with her family and learning about health and wellness.

Patrice Carter, RYT

RYT - 500

Patrice is a career educator who was introduced to yoga by a friend who suggested it as a form of exercise and life balancing practice. As a certified Reiki Master, she decided to complement her journey and completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher training in 2020 at Shabach Yoga. Patrice's flow is focused on the practice inspiring introspection, balance, and spiritual growth. Patrice is currently an elementary school principal, a wife of 26 years, and the mother of three sons. Patrice believes that having a yoga practice allows her to acknowledge, accept, learn to love unconditionally which is in total alignment with Divine Order.

Caprice Nathaniel, CYT


Caprice began her yoga journey in 2004 while taking a class in her local gym. Although she was immediately drawn to the “flow”, she became conflicted due to her Christian faith. In 2018 she combined her love of teaching children and yoga by becoming a certified children’s yoga instructor through Kidding Around Yoga (KAY). She also discovered Gospel Yoga Flow® (GYF) at Shabach Yoga and became a certified GYF instructor in 2019. She completed her 200-hour training  at Shabach Yoga in 2020. Caprice believes true wellness can only be achieved through healing of our physical, mental and spiritual body.

Paris Richardson, CYT


Paris is a rehab specialist/patient representative. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, she holds a BS in Exercise Science. Paris completed her 200-hour yoga teaching certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in 2016. Paris’ empathetic nature allows her to easily connect with others and to provide comfort and support to students on the mat.