The Team

IMG_2439Jess Gruber | Director

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 founded 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. She has trained with Mindful Schools and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Yoga Therapy.

“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.

Merritt Wuchina | Grant Writer + Meditation Educator

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.


Jen Moore | Curriculum Development + Yoga Educator

Jen’s background is in Education and Psychology and she has completed yoga trainings in Sivananda Yoga, Imagination Yoga, and Kali Natha Yoga. Her life’s work is sharing her love of this practice of yoga with others as it is a precious gift in her own life. When she became a mother, she knew that she wanted to share the gift of yoga with her son as early as possible.

“I love watching kids’ level of confidence and happiness grow while we play in and learn from the ancient Yogic tradition. Namaste!”





Nicole Gruber | Assistant Educator

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.



Angelina Halpin | Art + Yoga Educator

Angelina is a Rockville, Maryland native with a diverse background of personal and educational studies. She studied Speech Therapy, Fine Arts, and has completed some graduate work in Art Therapy. Angelina is a freelance artist who enjoys painting, drawing, mixed media collage, ceramics, and sculpture. She specializes in yoga nidra (meditation) studies, along with art + yoga paired practices and workshops for all ages. Angelina is passionate about sharing art, yoga, creative movement, and the depths of the imagination with her students. After becoming a mother herself, she is especially interested in family yoga practices of all kind, including prenatal and postnatal yoga. She completed her 500-HR YTT at Thrive Yoga in Rockville, and has been teaching kid’s yoga and art since 2015.


Molly Heinsler

Molly practices yoga as a way to become more present in everyday activities, as well as increase mindfulness, flexibility, and strength. She loves yoga and the ability to instill that love into the next generation of yogis. Students can expect a supportive and encouraging atmosphere, creative poses, and lots of laughter during classes. She is grateful for the opportunity to guide students towards more mindful actions and thoughts — both on and off the yoga mat.