About Sol Yoga
At Sol Yoga, our mission is to infuse and inspire health, wellness
and wholeness into daily life through the practice of yoga. In our
light-filled studios, students escape the stresses of life and
rejuvenate their energies. We are committed to serving the community
and encouraging people to care for themselves and others.
Sol yoga extends far beyond our mats and our studio space. We are an established vibrant community filled with fun, intelligent, witty, soulful and sincere people living life a little better thanks to yoga. We step out of our lives and into the studio for a stretch, a re-set, some peace, to build strength or to connect with our inner child.
“Yoga has its roots in Indian thought, but its content is universal because it is about the means by which we can make the changes we desire in our lives.”T.K.V Desikachar
sol: (sun) a star that sustains life on earth yoga: to join together
sol: (sun) a star that sustains life on earth yoga: state of balance
sol: source of heat, light and radiant energy yoga: union
Whether for a cup of sugar or world peace, we need each other. Simple human connectivity is sometimes lost in our drive for individuality, uniqueness, and independence. And while it is possible to exist in our culture with very few close encounters with humans, to thrive, we need to connect with our brothers and sisters around us. Sol Yoga is devoted to being a space for natural connections and community action. Enjoy our activities and musings and join us in our mission to infuse and inspire health, wellness and wholeness into daily life.
|Dorcas Quynn McWilliams, ERYT 500: Founder, owner, and director, Dorcas has been dedicated to yoga since the late 90's and has had the privilege of practicing around the world with teachers in the United States, India, Nepal, and New Zealand. She has trained in a variety of styles including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara and Vinyasa Yoga. Dorcas has studied with little known and well known teachers such as Baron Baptiste, Lisa Black, and Shiva Rea and received her Registered Yoga Teacher Certificate from Down Dog Yoga in Georgetown, DC. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance and has an extensive background in martial arts, fitness and personal training, but has truly found her passion in practicing and teaching yoga. Dorcas teaches an invigorating class, safely encouraging you to step right to your edge and honor your body by breathing, moving and listening. When she isn't in the studio, Dorcas is busy with her 3 young children and husband. Ultimately, she lives to travel the world and be barefoot in the sun! Email DQ.|
Kristina Molinari, Teacher Director & Teacher, RYT-500 is an integral part of Sol Yoga. She has been a student of yoga since the late nineties, training in San Francisco, Los Angeles and now on her home turf. Naturally gifted as a teacher, Kristina effortlessly guides students through thoughtful sequences & relaxing postures. Her background of dance, her passion for yoga & her ability to listen to her students all shine through in each class. Her energy is uplifting & she’s truly a gift to the studio. Email Kristina.
Jan Faulkner, RYT An inspiring teacher, Jan has a gift of sharing her multitude of life experiences on the mat, creating fun, soothing and joyous sessions. Yoga found Jan in 2002 and she’s been hooked ever since. In addition to her extensive and ongoing self study, Jan has enjoyed trainings with Sean Corne and has completed a 200 hour teacher training at Charm City Yoga in Baltimore, Md. Jan stays grounded by digging in the dirt and knowing everything there is to know about plants as she balances her business, Tropical Plant Outfitters while teaching yoga all over the county! Busy as can be, but you wont know it in her relaxing classes.
Eva Rosvold, RYT During her many years in the fast-paced world of politics and government, Eva kept her mind and her body in top form by adhering to a regular running regimen and by practicing Yoga. She learned first-hand that focusing on fitness, no matter how busy or harried she got, was a life saver. Eva traded in the world of power politics and founded Fundamental Fitness in 2004 to empower others with the tools and knowledge that worked so well for her. Eva received her personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Yoga training with YogaFit. She is an experienced long distance and trail runner, hiker, and backpacker, and has completed several marathons and ultra-marathons, including a 100-mile race. In the 2004 North American Ultra List published by Ultra Running Magazine she was ranked in both the 50K and 100 mile distances.
Erin Sprague, RYT 200 Accidentally and serendipitously, Erin stumbled upon yoga at a time in her life when she was literally and figuratively running all over the place. “I found yoga at a moment in my life when I needed a tool to be calm in my own body, life and mind. My first yoga class I felt like I had been introduced to the real journey that needed to go on inside of me. It felt like the perfect integration of spirituality and physical release.”
Many years since that moment, Erin has practiced with many local and international teachers and has embarked on a teaching path that allows her to share her passion with others. Erin loves connecting with people and community and will have you sweating, laughing and loving your yoga experience right from the beginning. “If I had a hope of something that people would take away from yoga it would be self-acceptance - accepting where they are in their yoga practice, in their lives, in their bodies, etc.”
Debra Spotts is an E-RYT through Yoga Alliance and is a former Yoga and dance studio owner. She has been on staff at Sol Yoga since 2005 and is certified to teach Yoga for Kids, Yoga for Seniors, Wheelchair Yoga as well as Spiritual Yoga, Meditation, and the Chakras. Debra is also certified as a Healing Touch Practitioner and offers her services at the monthly Community Healing Circle at Unity in Frederick, to outreach programs, and private sessions.
Kandi Austin, RYT completed her 10 month, 200 hour, Yoga teacher training at Yoga Center of Columbia in October 2007. She continues her education with workshops in Yoga Nidra and shoulder clinics with Debbie Jensen and clinics with Marion Griffin and Diego del Sol. Shes'completed 16 hours of Sanskrit training with Vyass Houston founder of the American Sanskrit Institute. "Sanskrit is as much like music as language, bringing the mind into a beautiful flow." You may find laughter in some of her classes as she integrates 12 hours of training in Laughter Yoga with Karen Ricagno. It is her goal to lead you on a beautiful journey of transformation, as she leads her classes through the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. With a reflective attitude, mindfullness and balance, she connects with students hearts, inspiring them to express their yoga from the inside out.
Julie is a Psychotherapist and Registered Yoga Teacher. Yoga found Julie in 2001 and her practice led to completing her first teacher training in 2003. Anusara, Kripalu, Prana, Vinyasa & Goddess styles influence her teaching, which focuses on the healing aspects of a yoga practice. She views yoga & psychotherapy as a journey to “wholeness” and self-discovery. Her classes combine yoga philosophy and earth wisdom, the physical benefits of the postures, breathwork & stillness to foster healing, emotional release and relaxation. Julie received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a psychotherapist for over 20 years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; RYT (Has over 300+ hrs of teacher training and independent study); a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists & a Life Force Level I Yoga Practitioner. For more info go to www.livingbalanced.org. Other interests include leading wellness retreats and workshops for women and hiking or biking around Frederick.
Carla McAdams, E-RYT500 Carla discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been following a path of self-realization ever since. Trained principally at the Kripalu Center of Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA, she has also studied Iyengar, Anusara, and Viniyoga styles of yoga. Carla creates a safe and nurturing environment in her yoga classes for students to explore their own growth and unfolding. She delights in bringing yoga’s gifts to diverse populations, and has advanced certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis, and Yoga for Seniors. Teaching yoga since 2000, she owns Mountain Spirit Yoga studio in Middletown, MD. Off the mat, Carla’s passions include dancing, gardening, immersing herself in nature, and traveling anywhere-anytime.
Linda Pruce RYT 200
A speech-language pathologist by profession, she received her Bachelors at the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters degree at West Virginia University. While living in Manhattan she attended the Jivamukti Yoga studio then studied Ishtar Yoga with Jillian Pransky in Hoboken, NJ. During this time she earned her Holistic Health Counseling Certification at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. After moving to Frederick with her husband and two daughters, she started facilitating women’s empowerment workshops and co-created Sol Yoga's Moon Lounge. Linda completed her 8 month, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, at Sol Yoga in 2009 and is currently finishing up a 50-hour Home Study Program through Integrative Yoga Therapy. Linda teaches a variety of classes at Sol Yoga. She injects her sense of humor into all of her classes, creating a safe, unselfconscious space for students to explore their body, mind and spirit. She believes that the student's mat is their mirror and as such students can learn a lot about themselves by coming to yoga on a regular basis. A writer in her spare time, you can check out her blog: www.enterthecircle.com
Melissa Karlicek, RYT 200
Melissa loves to explore, play and have fun with yoga. Her enthusiasm and passion shine through in all her classes and her warm demeanor and big smile will set you at ease as she provides a comfortable and safe environment for you to learn and grow. She believes yoga allows you to be who you are and become what you are capable of becoming. Melissa has been practicing yoga since 2001, but didn't get truly hooked until 2004 when she was recovering from an injury. It was then that she realized that yoga was more than a physical practice. She practiced through two pregnancies and started practicing with her daughters when they were born. Piper loves to teach Mommy new poses (you may find one in her classes!) and learn the Sanskrit names. Talia enjoys testing her strength with challenging poses like Down Dog and Donkey while making the corresponding animal noises. Melissa completed her 200-hour teacher training at Sol Yoga in 2009 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) through Yoga Alliance. In May 2010, she completed Levels 1 and 2 of the Radiant Child Yoga Program. For more information, please visit her website: www.twinklingstaryoga.com
Donna Bialozor, RYT 200
A dedicated practitioner of yoga for many years, Donna was inspired to participate in the Sol Yoga Teacher Training by the experienced yoga teachers and Sangha (community) at Sol Yoga. As a graduate of this program in 2009, she brings her love of the essence of yoga to her yoga practice and her teaching. In fact, she has been teaching ‘down’ dog for several years in the sport of dog agility to dog owners and their companions. She is passionate about yoga on and off the mat and her constant study is revealed in her informative, compassionate and authentic classes.
Holly Sontz, HBCE, MSW
Holly, is passionate about pregnancy, birthing, and families! When Holly was first pregnant and trying to decide with her partner how she might like to birth their babies, their midwife told her about HypnoBirthing® The Mongan Method. In attending the first class, Holly and her husband knew they had chosen the right method of childbirth. HypnoBirthing® just made sense and Holly could hardly wait to actually use the techniques she learned in her upcoming labor and birthing and subsequent two birthings. Once Holly’s first baby arrived, Holly knew that one day she would become certified to teach other families about HypnoBirthing®. In 2008, Holly did just this – became certified as a HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator. Holly would be honored to be a part of this exciting time in your life by introducing you to the philosophy and techniques of HypnoBirthing® that make it possible for you to envision, plan and prepare for your baby's gentle birth.
Julie Skaarup, RYT 200
Julie Skaarup discovered yoga while attending college and it has
become an integral part of her life and her life philosophy. She
completed her 200 hour training at Sol Yoga in 2009, and taught at
York Home in York, PA until 2012. She complete Prenatal Teacher Training in 2011.
A child at heart, Julie brings a sense of play to all aspects of her life,
including her yoga practice.
Christa Angelo RYTChrista stumbled upon yoga in the form of a Power Yoga DVD nearly 15 years ago, however it wasn't until she found her way to The Yoga Center of Columbia that a more meaningful interest took root. After several years of dedicated home and studio practice, Christa decided to deepen her study by signing up for the teacher training program. Over a 10 month long, life changing experience and under the loving guidance of her senior teachers, she completed her certification to teach Hatha Yoga in 2006. Her teaching style and philosophy blends an eclectic mix of alignment-based Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. She continues to learn from internationally-acclaimed teachers when she can, however she draws most of her inspiration these days from life itself, and her continuous curiosity and exploration of movement. She enjoys weaving together her training, experiences and intuition to help guide students through a thoughtfully sequenced and rhythmic yoga experience. Christa's love of sharing yoga and thirst for adventure has led her to live, work and play on both coasts of the U.S. and Hawaii as well as internationally. It was also the driving force that led her to establish a life abroad on the north coast of Peru where she opened her own yoga school http://mancorayoga.com/, offering both daily classes and workshops to the local population as well as the diverse community of international travellers. Although she misses her daily surf and barefoot lifestyle she is excited to be on her home turf again, sharing yoga and stories with her home town community.
Studio Staff & Volunteers
Without an official "staff", sol yoga operates by help from our wonderful volunteers in our work exchange program. We have over 20 committed team members at any one time covering everything from opening the studios, answering phones and email to stocking water and cleaning bathrooms. They keep things running smoothly and we are immensely grateful for their tireless efforts. Special Thanks to our ‘management team’ Kristina Molinari O'Boyle, Erin Sprague, Jaime Russell, Shanna Gallegos, Christa Angelo, Julie Skaarup and Janani Nadarajah. Staffer, Yael Shafer. Work Exchange Volunteers include: Alice, Meredith, Courtney, Jenn, Erica, Mic, Chris, Leeann, Keiko, Erin D. Kelsie, Michelle P., Michelle G., Kim, Cheryl, Bonnie, Kathy F., Heather, Kathy N., Kelly, Jenn T., Stephanie, Kristin, Katia, Brooke ,Charity, and Leah.
Local Neighbors & Friends
Ask for reciprocal discounts with our local friends.
Holistic Health Associates
Kriplau Center for Yoga & Health
256 West Patrick Street, Frederick Maryland
Located in Historic downtown Frederick, our studio occupies the bottom & top floors of a beautifully maintained historic building. It’s easy to find & parking is available in the rear of the building. Enter on Patrick Street and look for your class in either Studio Earth on the main level or Studio Sky on the top floor!
Sol Yoga at The Grand. 20 W. Washington Street.
Come to our gorgeous new space in downtown Hagerstown. Nestled on the second floor of The Grand, Sol Yoga is excited to be apart of The Downtown Movement with other like-minded business in an effort to revitalize downtown Hagerstown. Metered parking is available on the street or use the parking deck in the alley right before The Grand. Check 'Locations' under our Classes tab for the schedule.
52 West Main Street, New Market Maryland
In a suburb of Frederick, our New Market studio is located in the heart of a quaint antique shopping district. Our Aerial Yoga offerings are exclusive at our New Market studio. Park right on the street & enter in the rear of the building.
to be a yoga teacher or just simply work in a healthy environment? We
have a wonderful crew of teachers and volunteers that work together to
keep Sol Yoga running smoothly, but we are always looking for more!
Are you a yoga teacher? Come on in! Yoga teachers are eligible for our ‘student’ discount of $15 drop in our $125 flexipass (10 classes @ $12.50ea). If you teach occasionally with us classes are just $5 and you get additional benefits too. We encourage you to attend as many as possible to explore our levels and various teachers to determine if we are a good fit for YOU.
If you are a certified, established teacher with experience, email or call us, we may have a job for you.
If you are a new teacher, or teacher trainee, we can accommodate you too. Everyone needs a place to get started and we’d like to give you the opportunity. Once we’ve seen you taking our classes, we’ll be a lot more comfortable moving you into the teacher position! We also have mentoring programs, hands on assisting opportunities and informal teacher trainings that all teachers, teacher trainees and aspiring teachers are invited to attend. Email us for dates.
Love yoga and want to get more involved? Be part of our work-exchange program.
We are so proud that our studio is run almost entirely by volunteer effort. It’s an incredible community of Studio Volunteers that work in exchange for free classes. It’s a perfect balance of sharing and receiving and a great opportunity to deepen your practice and your connection to the community. If you can commit to volunteering for 8 classes per month, you could qualify. Email us for more details.
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Written by Katie Leslie, Photos by Travis Pratt