IMG_2439Jess Gruber

Jess has been teaching children’s yoga since 2011. After traveling the world teaching both yoga and English as a Second Language, she settled in Washington, DC in 2014 to teach pre-school and kindergarten. Jess created Little Moon Yoga as a means to synchronize her passions of yoga and education. Her mission is to guide children to cultivate tools of body awareness and mindfulness that they can take with them as they grow and navigate the world.

“To me, life is about discovery and exploration: discovering and exploring the new, or simply altering your perspective so that you can see old things in a totally new way. This is what my yoga classes are about: discovering the magic in everything.

Nicole Gruber

Nicole is an aid for Little Moon Children’s Yoga, assisting instructors during classes and camps. She is studying Special Education at Towson University and will bring knowledge and understanding to those children who have special needs specializing in working with children who have autism. She has worked at Franklin Montessori, Longview School, and AccessAbility MedCare.

Merritt Wuchina

Merritt is a writer and educator living in Washington DC. She came to mindfulness at a young age, when her father introduced her to the “I AM – ness” of her being, by telling her to look into the mirror and contemplate her existence. He also suggested that she “try not to think for a few minutes” while looking at a candle. She found it very difficult.

Mindfulness entered her life again post-college when she began practicing Buddhist vipasana, or the art of observing the breath. She continued her practice while teaching English in rural China for two years.

Today, Merritt is passionate about children and change. She hopes that mindful-awareness with heart-based consciousness can bring light and love to those around the world.