Meet Our Instructors
Ms. Agnes (Mrs. Seo)
Agnes Seo (Park), RYT 500, MBA
Director and Owner/Founder
Agnes Seo is the Director and Founder of YogiS. Having lived in Howard County, Maryland almost all her life, she is also the Director at S-Martial Arts (SMA), the yoga studio’s sibling school. As a Master Instructor in Taekwondo, Agnes has been practicing yoga and completed all teacher trainings at The Yoga Center of Columbia and is also a certified ChildLight Yoga & Mindfulness for Children Instructor. Deepening her practice in yoga, she has found yoga to be one of her healing and joyful moments in the regular routines of life, physically and mindfully. Agnes hopes for YogiS to be the perfect getaway, for all yogis, from the busy routines of our daily minds for a joyful moment to connect to ourselves.
Lisa Takasaki, RYT-200 loves practicing yoga as a benefit for her entire being; body, mind and spirit. She brings this passion into each class through guided sequences, matching breath to movement, offering modifications for all abilities. Lisa finds great joy in encouraging each individual to find a new strength and hope through their yoga practice.
Tanima Sinha (RYT500): Tanima’s interest in Yoga started at a young age during visits with her Grandmother in India where she enrolled at the Yoga Cure Institute in Kolkata. Over the years, Tanima became interested in obtaining a deeper understanding of Yoga, including the sister science of Ayurveda and found herself enrolled in yoga teacher training. Tanima completed her training at The Yoga Center of Columbia, MD. In Tanima’s classes, she emphasizes proper alignment, focusing on the breath, mindfulness and most importantly patience with oneself.
I was introduced to yoga in my early 20’s, but migrated to louder, faster paced movement and fitness classes. Many years later, my once flexible body constantly felt stiff, achy, and dull, so I picked up yoga again, using books, TV, and DVDs, eventually developing a regular morning home practice. However, I adamantly resisted entering a yoga studio, expecting to see much younger women in scanty spandex, twisted in complex poses.
Eventually, my son encouraged me to attend a free class with him at The Yoga Center of Columbia. Immediately, I was hooked, strengthening and refining my practice with correct alignment guidance from experienced teachers. Shortly after starting studio classes, my family experienced several compounding losses. Struggling to heal, I was soon drawn back to attending my regular yoga classes, where I gained my physical strength and stamina back, along with mental clarity to move forward.
When I enrolled in the YTT200 program with Kathy Donnelly at The Yoga Center of Columbia, it was to deepen my practice. Coinciding with completion, I retired, yet told the universe I was afraid of being bored. The universe responded. Quickly, I was being asked to teach in several communities. It didn’t take long to realize I fully enjoy teaching, which continually expands my own practice. I teach to very diverse populations, fully embracing that yoga is for everybody, by encouraging all students to “Start where they are, use what they have and do what they can”.
My style is Hatha yoga, with emphasis on body alignment in the practice of asana and pranayama, which together may help bring unity to mind and body and possibly prepare the student for a deeper spiritual practice and meditation. To put my students at ease, I sprinkle my classes with gentle humor and playfulness, while always respecting each student’s individuality.
I have completed my YTT500, and additional 100 hour yoga/Ayurveda immersion at The Yoga Center of Columbia. I have additional training in trauma sensitive yoga, various special conditions, plus yoga philosophy. I have been studying Sanskrit for 3 years and am working towards my Level 1 certificate in Energy Medicine Yoga.
Lauretta Ciampa, RYT200; graduated from Columbia Yoga Center, trained in kids yoga from Child Light Yoga. I was a competitive gymnast for 10 years and enjoy teaching at a local gym. In addition, I am a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and am continuing in my practice of martial arts. When teaching yoga, I like to focus on self-awareness and self-improvement, physically and mentally. Yoga grabbed me while working on my certification due to its vast benefits physically and emotionally. I am also the mother of five beautiful children. I quit my career as a software test engineer to raise and homeschool my children. Watching my children grow has been an honor and blessing. I am inspired that physical movement and poses can help improve our physical and mental well-being; Yoga does that. My passion to embrace life and live it to the fullest every day is the energy I will bring to every yoga class I teach.