Yoga Instructors


Dr. Kristi Shaw, founder, owner

Coastal Retreat owner, Kristi Shaw, Ph.D., MHS, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, C-IAYT (Certified Yoga Therapist), NCPT (Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher) began her yoga teaching career in 2006 at the local YMCA. Following the path of yoga therapy as an integrated approach in her teaching style, Kristi completed her RYT 500 and C-IAYT hours with University of Maryland Medical School, Center for Integrative Medicine, which included a focus on yoga therapeutics, Reiki and energetic healing. In addition to her yoga training, Kristi has completed Reiki training through Master level. In 2008, Kristi completed her RYT 200 Anusara-based training with Golden Heart Yoga in Annapolis, MD. During that time, she has also completed a Body Balance Yoga Therapy Training series with Jenny Otto, E-RYT 500, Senior Anusara Teacher, and 20 hours study of therapeutic yoga for scoliosis and back care with Elise Browning Miller, E-RYT 500, Senior Certified Iyengar Teacher. In 2015, she completed her certification in Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) with Nikki Myers.

Kristi has taught a range of class styles over her career as a yoga teacher, from vinyasa to prenatal yoga, in settings ranging from gyms, studios, community centers and outpatient addictions programs, with a focus on the therapeutic use of yoga as a mechanism for powerful transformation and healing in the body through alignment and self-awareness. Kristi is most excited to share the powerful and transformative properties of yoga, both physically and emotionally, which are available for each of us as we step onto our mat and into our breath. Kristi Shaw also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences (2005), Master of Health Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (2007) and a Ph.D. in Marine, Estuarine and Environmental Sciences from University of Maryland, College Park (2013). She enjoys blending her scientific background with the study of yoga to deepen her yoga practice.

She founded Coastal Retreat Studios and Wellness in 2017 to further her vision of bringing multiple healing modalities under a shared roof, sharing a common focus on aligning and healing the whole person.

eleanor denegre

Eleanor Denegre, RYT 500, began studying and practicing Yoga as a teenager to build strength and grounding for her career in theater and dance as a performer and a Theater Specialist at the NEA. Her practice cultivates resilience, stillness, and focus within the “noise” of daily life and her inquiry is how to create freedom and joy within the constraints of desks and schedules. Eleanor is a 500-hour Kripalu Professional Teacher and a certified Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher, Nosara Yoga Institute. She studied Yoga with Swami Neeladevananda and corporeal expression with French artist Etienne Decroux and with theater artists Henryk Tomaszewski and Jerzy Grotowski as a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow in Poland. She has been honored to teach at the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria, VA, C2 Fitness, and the Justice Department for over 17 years in Washington, D.C.

Hamilton garces

Hamilton Garces, RYT200 is a New Jersey Native and Marine Veteran with 3 tours, including Afghanistan. After 4 years of service, it wasn’t easy living with post-combat PTSD. Seeking the mental & physical benefits of yoga, Hamilton immersed himself in yoga teacher training at Integral Yoga Institute, Fairlawn, NJ and Yogavilla in Buckingham, VA. Hamilton is also a Healing Arts Practitioner utilizing the Native American Flute, Didgeridoo, Crystal Singing Bowls, Throat Singing and Tuning Forks. Hamilton and his partner, Jabe, live in Cambridge and have recently welcomed a beautiful daughter into the world.

Sharon Gotimer

Sharon Gotimer, RYT200, Certified Yin instructor.

andrea Hoopes

Andrea Hoopes, RYT 200, is a registered member of Yoga Alliance, Barre Sculpt and Pilates teacher, and a Reiki Master Level Practitioner.  She has an 18-year background in Radiology, which allows her to practice an intuitive interpretation of asana focusing on alignment.  

Suzie Hurley

With over 40 years of yoga experience, Suzie Hurley, E-RYT 500, has practiced yoga and meditation with roots in Kripalu, Iyengar, and Anusara. She is the former Director/Owner of the Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park, MD. which served nearly 2000 weekly students. Her clear and precise teaching style is balanced with fun and authenticity. Often told that her own essence is joy, Suzie’s teaching is enthusiastic and inspirational. Her goal is to always encourage, enliven, and empower her students to open to their intrinsic goodness that lies within. More about Suzie at

Karen knauss

Karen Knauss, RYT 200, Physical Therapy Assistant and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher, Karen blends her physical therapy background with alignment-based yoga instruction.  Trained at Willow Street Yoga Center by Maria Hamburger, Joe Miller and Natalie Miller, Karen continues studies in children's yoga through Radiant Child.  Karen is a Pilates mat and equipment teacher, a certified stand-up paddle board instructor,  and a certified Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (Y12SR) leader.

julie phillips-turner

Julie Phillips-Turner, RYT, AYS, Y4C, discovered yoga and meditation in 1990, and found that it profoundly helped her to focus on studies and become a more organized and grounded person. In 2008, two family members were diagnosed with cancer, and Julie's yoga practice became her source for comfort, strength and mindfulness to handle life's difficult moments.  To Julie, yoga is a powerful therapy for both mental and physical well being, and not just a great physical workout. Twenty years after first discovering yoga, she earned her 200 RYT certification - twice - and continue to pursue therapeutic yoga education and training that can help others with everyday issues. In addition to RYT certifications, Julie's studies also include Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) certification with Kathryn Templeton; Para Yoga master courses with Rod Stryker; Boomer+ Yoga for seniors with Amy Kraft; Ashaya Yoga Therapy with Todd Norian; Yoga for Arthritis with Stephanie Moonaz; Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) teacher training with Tari Prinster; Restorative Yoga with Cindy Lee, and Yoga for Trauma and PTSD. As a Certified AYS, Julie has a deeper understanding of client’s mental and physical needs though the practice of Ayurveda when developing a one-on-one specialized yoga program. As a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, she is also able to help others reach a deeper level of relaxation and understanding of how important our personal energy is for maintaining good health. Certified as a SUP Yoga Teacher, Julie brings her knowledge of yoga to the board to show students how to experience new ways of practicing yoga.  Her style focuses on developing mindfulness though breath awareness and proper alignment. I also mix various styles of creative movement, restorative techniques and powerful sequencing of poses so students realize the ultimate experience in relaxation and awareness in the moment.

Dr. ann smith

Ann Smith, PhD, sits a lot as a clinical psychologist, national trainer and consultant for the treatment of Substance Abuse and PTSD.  Prior to that, she moved a lot in her work as a drama therapist, a yoga instructor and as a general overall New Yorker who walked everywhere instead of sitting.  Ann has completed more than 500 hours of yoga training under the guidance of The World Yoga Center in New York City and Anusara Yoga.  These days, instead of walking to work, she does facial yoga during her commute, and shares her love of yoga and meditation with her patients. Currently, her husband and daughter keep her moving as they live, love and play on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.