For a look at our teachers' bios and classes, visit our online scheduling site and click on the teacher's name.

Christine Barford,

 Co-Owner and Operator

A former middle-school principal, Christine works for a DC education consulting firm coaching principals in DC charter schools.  She has been teaching at Yoga NoMa for two years since her move to DC, appreciating the strong community that’s been formed among teachers and practitioners.

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Alisha Lineswala, 

Co-Owner and Operator

Alisha came to Yoga NoMa first as a law student and now continues to give back to the community by teaching.  Alisha enjoys the way Yoga NoMa allows both students and teachers alike to find themselves on the mat.  She co-founded, along with John, a volunteer-based yoga program (Meet in the Middle) that partners with the Community Services Foundation to provide free yoga classes to senior residents in DC community centers since 2017.  When not teaching yoga, Alisha advocates for long-term care consumers as a policy attorney at the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.

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John A. Stevenson, 

Co-Owner and Operator

A serial entrepreneur and former research professor, John joined the Yoga NoMa community after completing the Whole Yogi yoga teacher training in 2017. He co-founded, along with Alisha, a volunteer-based yoga program (Meet in the Middle) that partners with the Community Services Foundation to provide free yoga classes to senior residents in DC community centers since 2017. When not teaching yoga, John currently works as a data scientist for boutique consulting firm specializing in business intelligence, commercial gaming, and national security; and as a co-founder and managing editor of the South Living Room, which is a digital space sustaining and empowering entrepreneurial, creative projects (such as blogs, podcasts, fiction, etc) for Millenials.


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Julia Romano,  Founder

Yoga NoMa was founded by Julia Romano, whose personal chief mission is to keep yoga affordable, accessible, and joyful. Julia is a masters level Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT, 2016) with masters in clinical psychology, and conflict management. She teaches yoga as process, one of continual refinement, whereby dysfunctional patterns of the mind and body are reworked so that one may gain access to an internally derived inner and infinite source of ease and peace. She transition to Operator Emeritus in August 2018.


Interested in Joining our Team?

Check out instructor and volunteer opportunities below!

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Instructor Positions

We are a teacher-led studio, and are always on the look out for talented, experienced mediation and yoga instructors. Our teachers are require to have a 200 hour teaching certificate and proof of liability insurance. Interested in teaching something other than yoga? Please reach out to us! We've enjoyed hosting dance and other movement classes. Please email us your interest with "Teacher Application-First Name Last Name" in the subject line.

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Volunteer Cadre        

Our awesome, dedicated, joyful volunteers donate four hours a week at Yoga NoMa in exchange for free, unlimited yoga. Volunteers provide support in a variety of ways from cleaning the studio to welcoming students before class to helping with social media efforts. Sometimes we have potlucks! Please email us your interest with "Teacher Application-First Name Last Name" in the subject line.