Monica Abdul Saleem, owner, has been a teacher for all of her professional life. She has spent more than 25 years in the District of Columbia public school system as an elementary school teacher, library media specialist and computer education specialist. During that time, Monica has also pursued a life-long interest in physical fitness and has a wide range of fitness and training capabilities. She is a personal and group fitness trainer, which includes a Zumba license, Cycling and Piloxing Certifications. She also offers fitness training for children. She practices Yoga and is a Reiki Energy Healer . It was an easy step to adapt her teaching skills to adult fitness instruction. She is dedicated to helping others live a healthier lifestyle and achieve their maximum fitness goals. Monica is certified by: the American Fitness Association of America, as well as, the National Personal Training Institute. She has been awarded “Teacher of the Year” from D.C.’s Ward 5 school community twice during her 25 years as a DCPS teacher. She received her M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Trinity University, and her B.A. in Elementary Education from Howard University. She enjoys traveling with friends and spending time with her Granddaughters and family.
Owner/Yoga for Weightloss & Yoga for Kids Instructor
Ajeenah Abdul Watts, owner, is a native Washingtonian. She has worked in the education and social service field since 2005. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Trinity University and completed her Masters in Business Administration at Trinity University. Ajeenah was introduced to yoga by her mother and instantly fell in love with yoga. Ajeenah absolutely loved the idea and challenge of staying focused and remaining calm during her invigorating yoga practice. She was amazed with the physical and mental benefits she felt from her yoga practice. In 2012 she completed her yoga training and is a registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance, teaching both adults and children/youth yoga. Ajeenah believes incorporating yoga into a child’s life can help them focus more in school, and help to understand and control their emotions in school and as they grow into adult hood. She enjoys traveling, out door activities in the sun and spending time with her husband and daughter Amorah.
Juan E. Escobar
Juan E. Escobar, is from San Miguel, El Salvador. He has been living here in the United States for only 3 years. Juan received his degree in Architecture and while studing, he learned to appreciate the arts in all ways. Juan's passion is dancing and its the power of music that motivates his life. Juan loves people and loves to make them feel good.
His hobbies are going to the gym, singing and dancing. Juan says "Fitness is part of my life, be strong and be happy, is my motto".
Yetunde Patrick is native Chicagoan, and has recently made the District of Columbia her home. She has always had a passion for dance and fitness and has received professional training in West African dance since age 6.
In 2013 Yetunde launched her fitness career by becoming a certified Zumba Instructor and later received her group exercise license from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is committed to bringing her students the highest level of health and fitness and continues to study and learn new exercise formats such as Aqua Zumba, Strong by Zumba and Kickboxing.
Yetunde received her B.S. in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2011 from the University of Maryland Dental School. She is an active member of the Lamond-Riggs Community and provides dental care to the under-served residents of Ward 2. Spoiler Alert, check out her new office on U street in early 2018.
In her spare time Yetunde loves travelling, spending time with her family and hitting up some of DC's great trails on her bike.
Fitness for Seniors Instructor
Zahra Christine is an artist and healer who fuses styles of expression with healing and relaxation. Through movement, body adornment and energy work, she creates an environment dedicated to relieving stress and experiencing joy.
It was through dance that Zahra was introduced to henna in 1997, and she has been enjoying it ever since. After a three year period of practice and experimentation, Zahra became a professional henna artist in 2000. She provides all natural henna designs for individuals, at parties and other private events as well as at festivals and flea markets. Zahra has also included Jagua, a fruit from South America, to her temporary body adornment practice.
In 1997, Zahra also began studying Reiki, receiving her Level l certification. In 1998, she received her Level ll and Level lll. After practicing Reiki for 13 years, she began training in Spring Forest Qigong and has received her Level l, ll and Level lll certifications. Using what she has learned from energy healing has enhanced her dance practice and helps to emphasize the healing potential of dance.
Emily took her first Zumba class in 2009 when she moved to Washington DC from Portland, Oregon. She immediately recognized that Zumba helped her to let go of all the stress created by a hectic DC workday. And the music and booty shakin’ made her smile. Something she didn’t often do while working out! After a couple of years as a student, Emily got certified to teach. In her four years of teaching, Emily has adapted her class for her students as well as her own life-changing events, including two pregnancies. She taught prenatal classes during her own pregnancies and even a class specifically for postpartum women this past winter just after she had her sweet baby Jameson. What Emily loves most about teaching Zumba, besides shakin’ her own booty, is its immediate and positive effect on her students’ moods and health.
Dance has always fueled Tori’s lifestyle. From the time that she was 3 years old in the stereotypical jazz and tap classes, to her hip hop dance team at the University of Maryland, she has found that dance not only embodies her personal expression, but was a release from the daily stresses of the world. As an incredibly energetic instructor, Tori fell in love with the way that Zumba allowed her students to become involved in dance and, somehow, emit the same amount of enthusiasm as she did during the class. Tori graduated from UMD with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish Language and Literature. Come join the party with Tori!
Restorative & Mommy and Baby Yoga Instructor
Tiffany Maqubela is a RYT-200 vinyasa yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance, who received her certification at the Buddha B Yoga Center in Washington, DC. Tiffany discovered yoga through a free class in Southeast taught by Sariane Leigh. Inspired by Leigh’s soulful flow, as well as, the immediate connection she felt to the practice on a spiritual and physical level, Tiffany sought to learn more by dabbling in different styles of yoga, such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and Restorative.
As a yoga teacher, Tiffany hopes to contribute to the diversity of instructors and encourage all people, regardless of size, age, ability, or color, to feel a part of the world of yoga. In her classes, she intends to help students embrace themselves within their individual practice and to find a moment of peace on the mat that can be carried into their daily lives.
Tiffany has expanded her instructor development by completing training in Restorative yoga and Prenatal yoga. She is an alumna of Howard University, obtaining a B.A. in History and an M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy. Currently residing in Silver Spring, MD, Tiffany is a stay-at-home mother who enjoys quiet evenings watching online movies and eating oven-made chocolate-chip cookies with her husband.
"I recommend Twist and Turns to anyone looking for a personalized workout"
The workouts are fun but challenging and Monica’s upbeat positive energy keep us going. Learning to hula hoop like I was a kid again has been amazing.