Who we are


Jesse’s yogic journey began in 2002 after a near-crippling mountain biking accident. After six weeks of immobility and meeting many of his demons through earnest meditation, He began to practice Hatha Yoga in the Southwest United States. Today he says that life didn’t truly start until that fateful accident. Life is yoga, he believes, and it’s a daily practice of gratitude and intention. Click here to read the rest of jesse’s bio.

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Sherri is a CPA, local business owner and mother of 2 boys. She has practiced yoga on and off for the last twenty years but it wasn’t until she met Jesse 3 years ago that she developed a consistent yoga practice. Through Jesse’s teachings, she learned the importance of intentional breathing and linking breath to movement which has subsequently helped her cope with her anxiety and the stress of raising a child with special needs. She considers her chance meeting with Jesse as a “gift” and wants to share that gift with the world, one person and one community at a time.

Sherri Hatam



Uprising Yoga Center was created for the main purpose of building a strong community of individuals, and empowering them to be their most incontrovertible, unapologetic, authentic selves.

The greatest things in life come from a space of vulnerability, and our mission is to create a safe, welcoming, and all-inclusive space for that. It’s created with the intention of providing a sacred space to reset, heal, grow and connect.

Our yoga studio in Washington, DC, is built on the notion that yoga is for everyone and every body, and through mindful movement and meditation you will clear your mind, feel grounded, and connect with yourself and others on all levels(physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually).

In the Bhagavad Gita it says, “yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” Our breath focused yoga classes are carefully curated to great music. Come prepared to breathe, move, and feel more. It is your time on your mat to move your body, settle your mind, and dig a little deeper into your heart.

Giving back to our community is an integral part of our business and yoga community. We offer donation based classes that will benefit various local charities in Washington, D.C.. as well as partner with local non-profits who share our vision of partnership and perpetual healing and growth.

 As part of our vision to build a community, we want our space to not only serve as a center for movement and meditation, but also a space for creatives and artists of all sorts to present their work and talent. We will proudly showcase visual arts from local artists and make our space available for open mic nights for local poets, authors, and musicians.




Readers of Washington City Paper voted for the best yoga instructor in Washington DC — After coming in 2nd place in 2018, Jesse climbed up the ranks to the #1 spot for 2019. Congratulations, Jesse!

Listen to Jesse Talk Life and Yoga on the Intentional Performers Podcast: