Carl J. Powell III is the host of "Magnificent Living Today, a Lifestyle improvement cable show. He is also the lead instructor at The Magnificent Body. Prior to his move to the DC Metro area, Carl lived and studied on the island of Maui. In Hawaii he learned about O’Hana (family), and has used it to make The Magnificent Body a Wellness family.
For 20 years, Carl presented his work at Fitness Conventions, and Conferences, before changing his focus to Personal Wellness. While living abroad, he had the opportunity to sell fitness products on QVC Germany, Train Fitness and Dance instructors, and share his motivational skills with US Troops. His work has been featured Ebony Magazine.
A Taijifit Master Trainier, Carl is a certified Taijifit, Pilates and Yoga Instructor, and has been certified by the American Council on Exercise, the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America.
Carl serves on the Board of Directors for the Laurel Cable Network and was named “Ambassador of Health and Wellness” by the Mayor of Laurel, Maryland.
Carl’s motto is “Honor where you are today, every day is different”.
Leslie Joliet received her certification in Pilates Mat Level 1 after studying under the highly respected instructor, Cathleen Murakami, director of SynergySystems Fitness Studio in Encinitas, California. Leslie received her Level 2 Pilates Mat certificate after studying under Michelle Brodsky, master trainer for BalancedBodyUniversityTrainingCenter. She studied Pilates and yoga under Claudia Micco of Hypnofit Maui in Hawaii.
Leslie discovered her love of Pilates while studying under Carl J. Powell III at The Magnificent Body Studio in Laurel, MD. Leslie currently teaches Level 1 Pilates Mat classes, Flo Bar Works and Barefoot Boot Camp classes at The Magnificent Body.
Vidia Dhanraj started taking Pilates when Carl Powell first opened his studio in Laurel. She fell in love with the art of Pilates and was thrilled with the results it gave her. As a long time runner she quickly knew that Pilates filled in all the gaps she was missing in her exercise routine.
She loved it so much that she decided she would like to become an instructor. She completed her certification in Level 1 Pilates mat instruction in 2007, studying under the highly respected instructor, Cathleen Murakami, director of SynergySystems Fitness Studio in Encinitas, California.
Vidia is a consultant in Howard County and serves on several Boards of non-profit organizations. With her family, work and volunteer commitments, Vidia is a testament to the fact that “when we know something is good for you – you make time for it!”
Now residing in the DC area and spreading the light one flame at a time. Rachael Renzi born and raised in CNY was saved by yoga and is now branching out to bring the awareness of others to the powers of strengthening and healing that yoga can bring. Currently certified in wellness and in the midst of training to become a health coach.
Rachael is also a Certified 200hr Kripalu teacher, Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga , Will Power and Grace, and Taijifit instructor.
Nancy is not an athlete. In the beginning of her practice, yoga was difficult, uncomfortable, and frustrating. She found that yoga forces her to come face to face with feelings about herself, limitations, and potential. After years of consistent practice, she still considers yoga difficult and frustrating, and is learning to face adversity without judgment. Nancy teaches vinyasa and restorative yoga that tries to blend playfulness and mindfulness into the practice. She believes that pranayama and asana are powerful tools that facilitate learning body awareness and supports achieving a sense of peace. Nancy acknowledges that Yoga extends beyond the mat. It is a vigorous practice (mentally as well as physically) that is often challenging and uncomfortable, but with enough focus, presence of mind, and lack of judgment, it can be rewarding, fun, and illuminating. Nancy completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Charm City Yoga in November 2013.
Rachel’s teaching technique combines traditional Pilates with modern principles of exercise science. Her encouraging teaching style and attention to details helps clients with body awareness and alignment.
She is adept at teaching a diverse clientele ranging from youth, athletes, weekend warriors, to clients in their 80’s. Her attention to client’s limitation due to injuries: back, hip, knee, and shoulders allow her to offer exercise modification to promote greater ease of movement and healthy biomechanics.
Certification – AAAI/ISMA Personal Trainer Certification
AFAA Group Exercise Instructor with Specialty in Pilates, Bodyworks ,Kickboxing, Zumba, and Aquafit.
She is also a Keiser Certified Indoor Cycle Instructor.
Predencier "Pre' Marshall
Certifications: •Certified personal trainer •Certified group fitness instructor, •Adult child and infant CPR certified
Accomplishments/ Highlights: •Navy/Military training network •More than a decade of professional training experience
“Being fit is not a phase, it’s a lifestyle” -Predencier
Personal Training and Group Classes
Jensen Joseph is a Personal Trainer who loves the Maryland outdoors. Having graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2002, Jensen immediately gained respect for the human body and its function and purposes. “I used to look at the human body as a field that needed plowing and refreshing”, referring to his past experience working at the University Of Maryland Turf Research Center where he prepared, maintained, and adjusted plots for experiments.
He says that massaging people was not only a fulfilling and rewarding task, while he gained a B.A. in Religion/Philosophy from Columbia Union College (Takoma Park,MD), but it was a way of keeping his skill set growing from the same foundation. Massage Therapy also lead Jensen and his wife Swapna to take on an active lifestyle within a health club community. For 10 years they have been attending Yoga, Pilates, and various group classes in gyms- one in Silver Spring and here in Laurel since 2006.
Jensen Joseph is currently focused as an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer in using his understanding and connection with the human body gained through the years, to bring clients to their desired destination. He uses his vast knowledge of local trails, ponds, rivers, streams, and mountains to meet fitness with new and exciting experiences.
After years of celebrating a good lifestyle within gyms, he and his wife see the studio sessions as a wave of calm and tranquility that requires deep commitment and intensity in order to stay on it. They are excited to invite friends on this new and exciting journey, and Jensen wants you to ask him, “How has participating in T.M.B. affected you?”
Yoga Master Trainer
Deahna Brown has been leading yoga classes since 1982. She has taught throughout the Southwest, and internationally. Her classes incorporate asanas that encourage strength, balance, and flexibility.
Strong influences are classical hatha yoga as taught by Robert Rose, and an emphasis on inner body awareness and wisdom as taught by Angela Farmer. In addition Deahna offers a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor certification course that covers the essential poses, texts, and lifestyle of classical hatha and raja yogas, including an introduction to Sanskrit and to Ayurveda.
The Magnificent Body 8101 Sandy Spring Road Suite 224 Laurel, MD 20707 (240) 547-0701