Meet Our Team

Meredith Walsh

Current City: Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Bluemont, VA
Favorite Wine: Pinot Noir

Why do you teach yoga?

I teach to ignite the spark in everyone I meet and to build awareness of our connection to the environment. Sharing this practice allows me to fulfill my innermost desire to offer healing to the world and allows me to supply people with the tools and wisdom to create sustainable behavior change in their life. I believe yoga is the system ordinary individuals can use to do extraordinary things to positively impact the world. Every individual has the power, but it takes awakening the spark within and letting go of the ego to become aware. Yoga reignites my desires everyday, and everyday I strive to be a better version of myself.

What’s special about taking your practice outside?

Practicing outside grows our awareness to the deep connection we have with our planet. This growing awareness reminds us to slow down and breathe. I’ve taught classes to the sounds of roosters, the river flowing, horses chomping, dogs barking, in the rain, the blinding heat, and in freezing temperatures (not recommended!), all of which created space to grow awareness and connection. By becoming more in tune with mother nature, we can better serve the needs of the world. 

Name your most challenging pose and why?

Malasana (yogi squat). Most assume you have to be extremely flexible to practice yoga, however it’s the yoga that makes you more flexible. My hips aren’t flexible enough yet to stay in Malasana for very long, but one day I’ll get there!

Why do you support WineDown Yoga?

I created WineDown Yoga in 2013 as a way to bring life to my local community by connecting people with each other, wine and the outdoors.  WDY is building a community of teachers, artists, musicians, healers, winos, outdoor adventure enthusiasts, chefs, and yogis who support our mission to #WineDown — I can’t wait to see what’s next!

What’s your favorite #WineDown moment?

I have too many favorite #WineDown moments to name just one! From teaching on the river to watching the creation of FlowJam unfold, I have loved every moment. The best part is meeting all the incredibly inspiring people along the way. 

Jenny Thibodeau

Current City: Washington, D.C
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts
Favorite Wine: Sauvignon Blanc

Why do you teach yoga?

I teach to learn more about myself, and the world around me through my students. Teaching yoga intrinsically enhances my personal practice both in terms of asana (physical postures) and in the other seven limbs of the path of yoga. Every time I interact with a new student, whether it be their physical or mental being I learn more about nature and the presence of the human condition. Teaching yoga allows me to see the divine being in everyone and live a more compassionate life.

What’s special about taking your practice outside?

Practicing outside is a reunification of the body and the earth. The one thing I can be absolutely sure of in this life is that we are all headed back into that space eventually so creating and maintaining the bond between dirt and breath, grass and blood is intrinsically vital. Seeing the beauty of nature increases our awareness to treat the physical earth with love and allows us to exit the realm of selfishness even if it is momentary.

Name your most challenging pose and why?

There are many physical poses I cannot do, in fact there are more poses I cannot do than poses I can! But I will always say the hardest pose is Sukasana (Easy Seated Pose) on days of high mental activity. The physicality of the pose is not difficult, especially when assisted by a blanket or a block, but the mental ability to keep the physical body still while the mind races with excitement or anxiety can be truly challenging.

Why do you support WineDown Yoga?

One of my dearest friends is the founder and I know that the true nature of the endeavor is rooted in pure love and hope for bliss in the world. Also, I love the idea of a female owning a business and being a trailblazer in her community, it sets a wonderful example for me and for future young women who have dreams and aspirations.

What’s your favorite #WineDown moment?

I taught my first full physical yoga class at FlowJam in 2014 and during that class I felt so incredibly supported by friends, the eternal feminine
and WineDown Yoga that I pursued teaching more regularly. WineDown and Meredith’s faith as a friend and yogini gave me the spark to realize I was enough.

Jennie Light

Current City: Washington, D.C
Home: Chicago, Illinois
Favorite wine: Syrah

Why do you teach Yoga?

I teach yoga to inspire students as my teachers have done for me. Yoga has been an integral part of my life since 2008, grounding me in each place I live and travel, and connecting me with a beautiful community. I love sharing the yoga sutras, physical postures, pranayama, meditation, and other elements, which help make me a better version of myself each day. Additionally, I find that my students teach me so much and I leave classes with a renewed sense of calmness and joy.

What’s special about taking your practice outside?

Practicing outside is a powerful experience because it is both invigorating and humbling. The sounds and sensations of the outside are calming and soothing. At the same time, the outdoors present new obstacles for you to work through, such as: uneven ground, sunlight shining into your eyes, unexpected turns in the weather, and more. Working through these obstacles and working at not allowing these bother you are all part of the practice.

Name your most challenging pose and why?

Handstand. It is an elusive posture that is there one day and gone the next. While it often feels like the most challenging, it is also one of the most rewarding.

Why do you support WineDown Yoga?

Meredith is so thoughtful with her planning of WineDown Yoga. She prices the event to make it accessible to everyone and puts in a tremendous amount of time to ensure it works out successfully. Because of her hard work, we have the opportunity to get together to create community, enjoy music, and share memories together.

What’s your favorite #WineDown moment?

Last year, during Savasana, a little girl who had been observing my class (maybe 4 years old) came over and crawled right on top of her dad. The two hugged and enjoyed the sun-soaked moment. I could not help but smile the whole time.

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