In 2009, Gretchen Schock started Bee Yoga Fusion as a mobile yoga studio in Greenbelt, Maryland. Gretchen would show up at any venue to teach, from lunchtime corporate clients to homeschooled children, and she hosted a donation only community class in the basement of a local church. Fast-forward eight years and Gretchen has now opened a boutique yoga studio at 111 Centerway (2nd floor) in Roosevelt Center, above the New Deal Cafe.

Gretchen empowers students through the creative exploration of yoga to achieve balance and enhance their quality of life. She first discovered yoga in 1999 while living in New York City. The hustle and bustle of the crowded city that never sleeps led Gretchen into a yoga class with the promise of personal space the size of her yoga mat. Gretchen infuses her love of yoga and dance to connect with her students on a personal level, teaching from a place of authenticity.

Gretchen has taught over four thousand hours of yoga earning her the industry’s highest certification of “Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher-500”. She is also a Registered Continued Education Provider offering classes to other yoga teachers so that they may fulfill their education requirements. Gretchen is also a certified Health and Life Coach, she helps students discover small changes they can make to get amazing transformations so that they can feel better in their body, their health and across all areas of their life.

She has been trained by nationally renowned teachers; Seane Corn, Faith Hunter, Kim Manfredi and Dana Trixie Flynn. Gretchen received her RYT 200 from Embrace Your Flow with Faith Hunter in Washington DC and her RYT 500 from Charm City Yoga (YogaWorks) with Kim Manfredi in Baltimore, MD. Gretchen received her certification to teach yoga for children through MiniYogis with Shana Meyerson in Los Angeles, CA.  She maintains a good standing with Yoga Alliance. Gretchen is accredited by the International Coach Federation as a certified Health Coach. She also holds a BA in Musical Theatre with a Dance minor from Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA).

Gretchen believes in fostering a safe and nurturing environment for students of all levels to explore their yoga practice and is best known for her challenging adult vinyasa yoga classes and fun-filled children’s classes. Students love that each yoga class is unique with a diverse sequencing of poses to keep every student’s interest regardless of ability. Bee Yoga Fusion is a boutique studio which allows everyone to receive personalized instruction and the intimate environment supports building community. We hope you’ll come take a class and see for yourself.   

When she isn’t on a yoga mat Gretchen enjoys traveling, bicycle rides and hiking with her wife and two sons and their energetic dogs. One of her boys is on the Autism Spectrum and she writes about her parenting journey on her personal blog, CocktailMom.

Pilates Fusion Instructor: Cara Leisnham

Cara loves to inspire others to be the best they can be. A certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor that has worked in the fitness industry for over 15 years here in the United States and New Zealand. When she isn't teaching spin classes, tai chi or pilates she loves to go on bike rides, hikes, camping and exploring with her husband and two young children. 

Barre Fusion Instructor: Kelly McLaughlin
The only thing Kelly loves more than dancing is teaching dance classes! Starting at age 3, Kelly studied many forms of dance but fell in love with classical ballet. At the age of 17, Kelly was certified in Classical Ballet Pedagogy (Vaganova Method) from the School of Classical Ballet. In college, Kelly served as team captain and coach for the Elon University Competitive Ballroom Dance Team. After graduating, Kelly moved to Arizona where she became a certified Ballerobica instructor in 2012. Kelly’s focus is in helping students learn proper technique for injury prevention and recuperation while allowing students to discover their own movement quality and forms of self-expression. By day, Kelly is a professional fundraiser, currently working as the Director for Donor Engagement for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. While not a Greenbelt native, Kelly met her husband teaching at Creative Kids Camp, was married on the Greenbelt Community Center lawn, and moved into Greenbelt in 2013. You’ll often find Kelly at events around town with her one-year-old daughter in tow.

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