I am a yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, RPYT, Certified Yogahour Teacher) and partner at Realignment Studio in Washington, D.C. A writer, athlete and former dancer my classes are accessible, artful and challenging. My classes aim to increase your range of motion, flexibility and strength of body and mind.
Growing up in Texas my mom always called me the little girl with a curl. The nursery rhyme goes “For when she was good she was very good, but when she was bad she was horrid.” In other words, I grew up a hot head.
As a child and into my early adult years my creative outlets of dance and writing brought forth the best in me, but my strong competitive nature and focused career ambitions kept me playing the line as that little girl with a curl.
I moved to Washington, D.C. in 1999 ready to change the world one issue at a time as a Congressional Aide. Turns out congress does not pay much so I started teaching a dance workout class at the local gym. I received a complimentary membership and had an outlet to sweat and de-stress after work. One day the gym offered to pay my way for yoga training. Day one of training was my first yoga class. I was resistant to even remove my shoes, but by the end of the training I was eager to keep learning…and share whatever I could with others.
Yoga took hold of me tightly, joining my need to move and strengthen my body while tapping into a calmer state of being. That little girl with a curl spunk is still in me (and very present in my daughters), but thankfully now I’ve got a big yoga toolkit.
By 2008 I transitioned out of politics to concentrate my voice in yoga, and for the next seven years I grew a thriving yoga community as the co-owner of Capitol Hill Yoga. At the end of 2015 I sold my piece of Capitol Hill Yoga. I shifted focus to my expanding family and to further expand my wings in the local business community as Executive Director of CHAMPS, Capitol Hill's Chamber of Commerce. In June 2017 I joined as Partner of Realignment Studio, a yoga, meditation and wellness studio on Capitol Hill. The journey continues...
In my first yoga class I learned the names and shapes of poses. That was enough. Later I learned how to access greater muscle tone and flexibility in the yoga poses. Little by little more opens. And still today I continue to learn and teach others how the poses give me confidence and compassion to live this life fully - one breath, one practice, and one day at a time.
Nuts and Bolts Bio
Betsy Poos (E-RYT 500, RPYT) is Partner at Realignment Studio (a yoga, meditation and wellness studio) and has been teaching yoga on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. since 2005. The former co-owner of Capitol Hill Yoga (2009-2015) and the current Executive Director of CHAMPS, Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce, Betsy brings her local business expertise and love for community building to Realignment Studio.
A writer, athlete and former dancer her hatha and vinyasa style classes are equal parts accessible, artful, and challenging. Betsy's classes aim to increase your range of motion, flexibility and strength of body and mind. She has taught well over 4,000 hours of yoga classes and is proud to maintain the highest level of training and teaching experience recognized by Yoga Alliance.
Betsy lives near Eastern Market with her four most influential teachers; her incredibly patient husband, two strong willed daughters, and lovable boston terrier.
- 2015 – Yoga Birth Prenatal Teacher Training RPYT 85 with Heather Brown
- 2015 – The Science of the Private Lesson with Francesca Cervero
- 2014 – Certified Yogahour Teacher Intensive with Darren Rhodes & Brigette Finley
- 2013 – Yogahour Training with Darren Rhodes, Brigette & Alexis Finley
- 2012 – Advanced Teacher Development with Noah Mazé and Christina Sell
- 2010 – Anusara Yoga Certification Track RYS 500
- 2010 – Yoga for Two Prenatal Teacher Training with Mary Barnes
- 2009 – Willow Street Yoga RYS 200 Teacher Training with Suzie Hurley
- 2008 – Anusara Yoga Immersion with Kate Miller
- 2005 – Living Yoga Program RYS 200 Teacher Training
- 1999 – The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts in Government