We started Zentral Station to bring a studio like none other to Charles County. We wanted to create a safe place where everyone can come in to practice and enjoy a little ZEN in their busy lives. We have a strong sense of community and want to uphold the 8 Limbs of Yoga to enrich our fellow neighbors.
We are Fran & R. J. Hrapsky.
Charles County has been our home for almost 18 years. We have valued our friendships and the strength of the people who have built this community. It gives us the feel of where we grew up in PA, but without the crazy winters. We are dedicated to bringing well-being and a peace of mind to everyone we meet. We are extremely thankful and grateful to be a part of Charles County, MD!
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Fran is a 200 hour RYT certified yoga instructor. She also has certifications in Kid's Yoga, Katherine Roberts "Yoga for Golfers," Restorative Yoga, and is currently working on her 300 hour training.
Fran enjoys traveling, reading, golfing, and of course practicing yoga any chance she gets.
Having her own yoga studio has been a dream for many years. To actually have one is a dream come true!
Her love for making people happy and feeling good is what fills her heart with joy. Her passion for sharing something that not only makes your body feel good, but also, the mind and spirit, is what she enjoys most of all.
Yoga Instructor/Reiki Master
(Reiki Master, RYT200, Certified Meditation Teacher)
Sudasi Melinda sees yoga as a pathway to help create harmony in the body, mind, and spirit through a focused and dedicated practice of both stillness (meditation), movement (asana), and breath (pranayama) surrounded by gratitude and acceptance.
She uses the practice to create a balance in her own life away from her environmental scientist career. She strives to share that harmony she has found with her students. She has been actively practicing yoga, meditation, and energy work for more than a decade.
Over that time, she has studied a variety of disciplines which, in addition to the above, includes Reiki, Tarot, energy work, herbal medicine, chakras, Master Gardener, and others. She is a Reiki Master (2011), Registered Yoga Teacher (2019), and a Certified Meditation Teacher (2022).
Her on-going focus is on sharing the joys of meditation and yoga with anyone who will listen and hopes to share that with you all as well.
Yoga Instructor/Teacher Trainer
Cathy Valentine is a 200 hour certified Yogi with over 20 years of teaching experience. Her style has often been referred to as a mix of skill and spirit as each of her classes combines the physical challenge of Yoga asanas with a spiritual undertone, creating what has been referred to as an “alluring” experience.
Her love of Eastern philosophy, spirituality and understanding of anatomy are all weaved skillfully into her teachings. By combining these skills with the ancient teachings of Yoga, Cathy’s goal is to encourage her students to find insight and answers to life’s deeper questions.
What does YOUR body and mind need? The responses can vary from day to day, as well as changing with the seasons, not to mention with life altering events (stress, sensory overload, etc). Do we notice that which is happening in the cycles of nature, in the news, and in life - ALL of that impacts what you bring to the mat and what you need to take away for the sake of your body, mind and soul.
I am Roxy Nino, and Yoga has been an essential part of my life for over 35 years. Growing up I always saw my mother exercising and dancing, not just for the sake of staying fit but, for the sheer enjoyment as well. For me, movement was an important counterpoint to what had been my daily corporate communications office life. I found rollerblading, Tai-Chi and Acro-Yoga were my favorites.
Originally from New York City, I moved to Southern Maryland to become an American Sign Language Interpreter. Transitioning from the fast-paced city lifestyle of the Northeast and in my search for balance in life, I decided to become a certified Yoga Teacher. Teaching has been the most joy filled and inner healing pursuit that I love sharing.
Come explore how to Stretch & Strengthen, reignite how to connect with your Core & Alignment, find variations within Vinyasa Flow, while incorporating elements of meditation, mudras and stimulation of circulation. All levels welcomed to decompress, deepen your breath and delight yourself with finding your way between effort and ease.
E-500 RYT/BLACK BELT KUNG FU SHAOLIN - QIGONG
Understanding emotions and how they affect our everyday life has always been a journey of mine. As an educator in my country Ecuador, South America, that interest helped me serve my students better. Ever since I embarked on this vibrant healing path with Kung fu and Qigong, in my late twenties, I discovered how to understand myself better.
Then Yoga, in my forties the Deepac Chopra Institute, showed me a different tool to embrace many truths in the practice of yoga and some of my personal dilemmas and traumas became crystal clear. This led me to a new path toward expanding my knowledge in how the body keeps record of our experiences.
Now, being certified in Trauma Informed Yoga and as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, I designed my signature program CBT Yoga, which is the perfect blend of Yogic philosophies and CBT Principles. This kind of yoga flows along with deep meditations on cognitive distortions or undesired thoughts, it is a unique way to help practitioners in their journey to awareness and how to heal their own lives.
Mandy Mona, ERYT, CWC, TIYT, FYT
Mandy Mona is an experienced Yoga teacher (ERYT), who holds certifications in CWC personal wellness coaching, TIYT™ Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, Functional Yoga Therapy, sound healing, Meditation and Pranayama practitioner. Mandys goal is to make movement available for everyone, and every-BODY. Supporting clients journey towards their goals. She specializes in substance use disorders recovery, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, and postural remediation.
She is currently completing her internship in TIYT™ Clinical Facilitation under the mentorship of Genevieve Yellin. Mandy has the loving support of her husband, Brenden, and two wonderful children Leo and Violet.
Yoga Instructor/Reiki Master
Yoga Instructor and Reiki Master, received her 200 hour training in 2001 after practicing yoga for a decade.
Karen is an open, warm and welcoming person who is devoted to the life-long study of yoga and it is her greatest pleasure to share her love of yoga with her students.
Karen is certified in Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Energy Medicine Yoga, and Meditation. Karen also offers South Baths and is in training for one to one Sound Healing.
Sojourner Walker Williams
Sojourner Williams (E-RYT 800+) is a yoga instructor, Ayurvedic practitioner, author and energy healer. Sojourner completed her 200 hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training at Laughing Lotus Yoga in 2008 and has been teaching yoga ever since.
Sojourner completed additional training at Laughing Lotus to specialize in Restorative, Yin and Yoga Nidra and in 2020, completed a 500 hour Kundalini Yoga and Meditation program at Yoga Farm in upstate New York.
Her teaching is an intuitive integration of all of these lineages. Sojourner is a practicing Reiki master and trainer, Kemetic Alchemy energy healer, reader of the Akashic Records and Ayurvedic herbalist and practitioner.
She mostly lives in Brooklyn with her husband and three children but is often in her garden in southern Maryland too.
Lindsey has been practicing yoga for over four years and has seen both the physical and mental benefits of the practice firsthand. When not teaching yoga, she spends her days as a stay at home parent of two young children and a freelance writer for a local online publication.
Her approach to yoga is one based in fitness and mental well being. Expect a briskly paced (but easy to follow) class that places an emphasis on increasing one’s strength, balance, and flexibility, followed by a brief, encouraging relaxation session. Proper form is of the utmost importance to her since it’s vital to staying safe during the practice, so it will be reiterated often during her classes.
The beauty of this ancient practice is that it can be whatever you choose to make it. Her hope is to make yoga accessible to all, even those who would not typically be interested in the practice.
Hi, my name is Sonja.
I am excited to join the Zentral Station Team!!!
I was so disconnected from before I began practicing yoga.
Socially - I distanced myself from people. Physically -disconnected from my body. Mentally - unaware of all the thoughts running through my mind and the ailments that they can cause. I started practicing for the physical benefits. I had a lower back fusion in 2014. A consistent yoga practice allows me to move freely.
I discovered the benefits of yoga evolving into much more than just physical. Yoga touched every area of my life. I have experienced its healing power - mind, body and soul.
I received my 200hr YTT in 2018. I teach hatha and vinyasa yoga. As a yoga teacher I aspire to improve the well being of others through therapeutic exercise and empower them to commit to long-term health goals. I strive to help beginners feel comfortable in their practice, learn essential alignment and ensure a safe practice for everyone.
When I am not practicing yoga you can find me chillin with my cats, watching a detective show , skydiving and going to the sauna.
Yoga Instructor/Thai Yoga Bodywork Practitioner
Alessandra Poroj is the owner of WOWD (Women of Worth & Destiny) Center for Wellness.
She is The Self-Care Architect, curating self-care experiences for women that are deeply rooted in practices that allow you to experience deep rest and relaxation.
Alessandra is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy and Howard University School of Divinity. She has practiced pharmacy for over 20 years. She had experienced burn out several times and watched other women constantly running on empty, due to a complete absence of consistent self-care. These experiences, along with a deep knowing that she wasn’t walking fully in her divine destiny, lead to a career pivot and an exploration of transformative self-care practices.
This amazing journey has resulted in Alessandra becoming a 500-hr trained yoga teacher with additional hours of training in restorative yoga; Reiki practitioner; Thai foot and Thai yoga bodywork practitioner, yoga nidra and meditation guide; and certified pre- postnatal yoga instructor. She is also a trained ritual facilitator.
Alessandra created WOWD Center for Wellness to be a sacred space for restorative self-care practices that allow for transformative shifts in the body, mind and spirit that strengthen, heal and empower women.
She partners with women, tapping into the magical and restorative power of rest to support them on their journey to remember and reclaim their authentic self, reconnect with and re-know their worth so that they may walk fully and boldly in their divine destiny.
Alessandra stays busy with her roles as wife, daughter, sister, bonus mom, dog mom and
godmother. She is an active member of the DMV Xavier Alumni Association and the Ft. Washington Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She loves to travel, cook, play outside, and of course, practice self-care.
Traci has been an elementary school teacher for 28 years. She is a mother of three amazing sons and loves animals and flowers of all kinds! She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s in Curriculum Design.
Her passion for movement began at the age of two when she began dancing and continued into adulthood where she found herself through yoga. Traci was inspired by her personal trainer, John Carlos Buitrago-Salazar, to pursue wellness and recovery. She is an avid fitness lover.
Traci Is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher with instruction in vinyasa, meditation, posture, pranayama, hands-on assistance, and adaptations and modifications. She received this initial certification through Evolve Yoga and Wellness under the amazing instruction of Ann Hunt. Traci also had the wonderful experience of mentorship with Ann Hunt. She is 95 hour children’s yoga certified and has attained 50 hours each certification in restorative yoga and anatomy.
Traci trained with the Kundalini Research Institute and has completed 200 hours with emphasis on meditation, Kriyas and breath work.
Traci is also certified in aerial yoga and hot stone restorative yoga. She has trained in Thai massage and loves to share pranassage techniques with her students. Traci is a certified sound and vibration therapy practitioner. She practices group and individual healing. Traci has a passion and knowledge for the chakras. She believes in the power of inner light and breath and strives to help each soul find their authentic self. She is eager to share her connection and insight with a variety of students!
Ruth has been practicing yoga since 2013. The love, energy, and passion for yoga
blossomed which inspired her to enroll in a 200 hour yoga teaching program.
She is a 2019 200 hour teacher training graduate of Cathy Valentine Yoga / Live Out
Loud Yoga Studio, La Plata, MD; and a certified Level 1 & 2 USUI / Holy Fire II Reiki Practitioner.
She has been teaching since August 2019, Live Out Loud Yoga, Meridian Fitness,
SMAC Fitness, Charles County Public Schools, Private sessions, and Edelen Station
Ruth incorporates gentle flow, strength, and stillness, with a variety of music, in her
practice. She feels that yoga is a way of life; always looking deep inside to find self love
and inner peace.
Tasha welcomes all of your little ones in to be cared for while you are enjoying some self-care of your own.
CPR, First Aid, and AED certified.
Pilates Instructor/Personal Trainer
Susan has been working in the fitness industry for 30+ years. She is an AFAA certified group exercise instructor and an ACE certified personal trainer. She also has obtained multiple certifications throughout the years for individual formats. She teaches many varying fitness classes to include Pilates, step aerobics, group cycling, strength conditioning, and senior fitness.
As a mother, licensed realtor and fitness professional she understands the importance of balancing family, career and good health practices. Susan believes that a body in motion stays in motion and that good nutrition is a key ingredient to overall fitness. Her passion for good health and fitness is what guides her and she loves to share that passion with her clients.
A former math teacher, in 2014 I started my journey in yoga as a way to improve my strength, flexibility, and balance for competitive figure skating. Although I expected the physical challenge of yoga, I unexpectedly discovered the emotionally healing nature in my very first practice. Yoga became such a therapeutic and uplifting part of my life that I chose to continue with it after I stopped skating.
In 2021, being an educator at heart and wanting to share the positive effects of yoga with others, I completed my RYT 200 to become a certified yoga instructor. Since then I have completed certifications in Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness.
My husband and I moved to Maryland from California in 2022, and have settled in Waldorf. When I’m not practicing yoga, I like to paint, read, and go for nature walks. I am so excited to be part of the local yoga community and Zentral Station.
Yoga Instructor/Children's Yoga
Janine is an RYT-200 that received her training at Mind the Mat Pilates and Yoga in Del Rey, Virginia from February through June 2014. She also received her Children’s Yoga teaching certificate from Kidding Around Yoga in January 2016. Janine is passionate about bringing yoga and mindfulness to people of all ages. She believes that the first step to learning how to best love and care for others is in learning how to best love and care about the Self.