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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 home schooled children, and she hosted a donation only community class in the basement of a local church. Fast-forward seven years and Gretchen has now opened a boutique yoga studio at 111 Centerway (2nd floor) in Roosevelt Center, next to the New Deal Cafe.

Gretchen empowers students through 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 in 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 two thousand hours of yoga earning her the industry’s highest certification of “Experienced 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 allowing her to offer Continued Education credits for yoga instructors. 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 week the 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 can be found running after two energetic boys, she and her wife are also in the process of adopting an older child from foster care. One of her boys is on the Autism Spectrum and she writes about her parenting journey on her personal blog, CocktailMom.

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