Instructors


In 2009, Gretchen Schock started Bee Yoga Fusion as a mobile yoga studio based out of 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 to 2016, Gretchen opened the doors to the boutique yoga studio at 111 Centerway (2nd floor) in Roosevelt Center with the same name- Bee Yoga Fusion.

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  ERYT-500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). 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 and provides training to other yoga teachers so that they can fulfill their education requirements by studying under a Registered Continued Education Provider like Gretchen. She also holds a B.A in Musical Theatre with a Dance minor from Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA).

In 2017 Gretchen continued her wellness journey and became accredited by the International Coach Federation as a certified Health Coach and Life Coach, she helps clients 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 works with clients one-on-one and also in small group sessions twice a year.

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.

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. She is a certified personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and certified group fitness instructor through Les Mills for multiple fitness programs. Cara has worked in the fitness industry for over 15 years in the United States and New Zealand. She holds a B.S in Physiology and B.A in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine.

When she isn't teaching spin classes, tai chi or pilates Cara loves to go on bike rides, hikes, camping and exploring with her husband and two young children.



Barre Fusion Instructor: Kelly McLaughlin
Kelly’s focus is to help students learn proper technique for injury prevention and recuperation while allowing students to discover their own movement quality and forms of self-expression. Kelly holds a B.A in International Studies and Spanish Literature and an M.A in Social Justice and Human Rights. During college, Kelly served as team captain and coach for the competitive ballroom dance team. Kelly is a certified Ballerobica instructor and certified in Classical Ballet Pedagogy (Vaganova Method) from the School of Classical Ballet. By day, Kelly is a professional fundraiser, currently working as the Director for Donor Engagement for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. 

When she isn’t dancing or on the elliptical, Kelly is baking, hiking with her husband, or making music with her energetic two-year-old.

Dance Cardio Instructor: Michelle Ford
Michelle aims to keep her classes upbeat and lighthearted, all while helping students boost confidence and nurture body acceptance. Surrounded by music and dance her whole life, Michelle eventually discovered her passion for teaching dance to others and became a certified Zumba instructor in 2014. Michelle holds a BS in Computer Accounting and is also a certified group fitness instructor through the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Michelle has taught hip hop for kids, dance fitness for adults, and low impact/chair dance for those with special needs. 

When she isn't shaking it on the dance floor, Michelle is homeschooling two energetic boys, hitting heavy weights at the gym, baking chocolate-based goodies in the kitchen, or actually sitting down to knit and watching TV with her hubby. 



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.   
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