Danielle M. Reyes
Owner & Lead Yoga Hiker
Yoga Hikes DC was founded in 2013 by certified yoga instructor and running coach Danielle M. Reyes (RYT 200 and RRCA certified). Growing up playing sports, hiking, paddling, and fishing with her family, Danielle has had a life-long love of the outdoors. She moved to Washington, DC in 1998 after serving in the US Peace Corps and lives steps away from the trails of Rock Creek Park where she has walked, hiked, and run countless miles. A former tennis instructor, professional educator, yoga instructor, and running group leader, Danielle has been involved in teaching and fitness training since she was a teenager. She is incredibly passionate about working with people to help them achieve their goals.
Yoga Hikes DC blends Danielle’s love of fun social activities with her joy of teaching yoga, hiking, and the outdoors. Trained in Vinyasa yoga, her instruction style integrates years of teaching and coaching into a fun and inspiring experience that will keep you challenged and leave you refreshed! Her professional yoga experience includes teaching private individual and group instruction in both indoor and outdoor settings. She has been a part of the yoga staff at Sculpt DC and STROGA, has taught the Sunday Community class at Lululemon in Georgetown, and has led retreats with Yoga Luxe Retreats in Bordeaux, France. Danielle served on the host committee of the 2013 Yoga Alliance Business of Yoga Conference where she designed and led a roundtable discussion on teaching yoga outdoors and led an urban yoga hike for studio owners and instructors from around the country. Danielle is also an ambassador for Ahnu Footwear a company that specializes in hiking and yoga footwear.
Beyond her work at Yoga Hikes, Danielle is committed to service and is an expert in the nonprofit sector. Her Yoga Hikes Flow for a Cause program, supports local nonprofit selected as Yoga Hikes’ Cause of the Month. She is a member of Rock Creek Conservancy, Friends of the National Arboretum, Friends of the National Zoo, and other service and environmentally focused nonprofit organizations. In addition, she is a recurring guest on the local radio program Women Talk, a member of Leadership Greater Washington, has served on the board of directors for several nonprofits, and is an appointed Commissioner for Serve DC – the Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism.
Rachel Wimberley was first attracted to yoga after a significant weight loss in her twenties. After changing her diet and lifestyle she was ready to find a way to help tone and refine her physical body while also bringing calmness and clarity to her busy mind. Over the past few years she found that both mind and body have been transformed by her yoga practice.
She is a graduate of STROGA’s Yoga Teacher Training program and is a registered instructor through Yoga Alliance (RYT 200). She also been trained in Budokon Yoga (BYC-30). She still considers herself a student just beginning her journey and hopes to share her optimism, enthusiasm, and gratitude with her students.
In addition to her yoga practice, Rachel works full time at the Holocaust Museum working specifically with Holocaust Survivors. She just completed her Masters degree in Museum Studies. In her spare time she goes to as many yoga classes as she can, runs, works on her very old home, and cares for her three dogs.
Krista was practically born with a love for hiking and the outdoors. Camping, backpacking, hiking and cross-country skiing were all a regular and favorite parts of her childhood and naturally rolled into adulthood. She has always found solace and rest in the quiet of the woods and her love for being in nature is fierce. You will often find Krista, her boys and her dog wandering through Rock Creek after school on any given day of the week. Krista discovered yoga eight years ago as a mother of two young children and a frequently deployed husband and is forever grateful for that discovery. She loves the beauty and joy found in and through yoga and the peace that continues on and spills over through life. Through moves, job changes, and eventually moving away from military life the love for yoga stuck with her. She teaches an alignment-based Vinyasa style Hatha class and will frequently be found telling her students to “listen to their own bodies.” Krista teaches a joy-filled class and always loves when her students leave a little more peaceful and relaxed then when they came in. The opportunity to marry her love for yoga and her love for hiking and the outdoors is one that fills Krista with excitement. On the weekends you may find Krista going on bike rides, hikes, or cross-country skiing with her husband and kids. Krista received her RYT-200 through Sky House Yoga and is so grateful for her teachers and all she has learned through them.
Sara is a registered yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance (RYT 200) and graduate of the prestigious Mimi Rieger Teacher Training Program. A student of yoga for over a decade, Sara began accelerating her practice during (and while recovering from) a full term twin pregnancy. Through this experience, Sara is equally comfortable working with advanced students and those new to their practice.
Sara’s yoga philosophy can be best described through one of her favorite quotes from BKS Iyengar. “Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.”
When not training and teaching yoga, Sara is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Virginia and is dedicated to supporting the local nonprofit community. Sara is a graduate of Ohio University and is the winner of the 2014 Nonprofit CFO of the Year Award, Rising Star.
All Yoga Hikes DC instructors are Registered Yoga Teachers through Yoga Alliance.